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So, I'm still playing SWTOR...

...unlike a lot of people apparently.

A lot has happened in the last four months. Between the server transfers and mergers, name change drama, my guild imploding, and overwhelming pessimism about the game from the community overall, things have changed quite a bit. I seem to have emerged on the other side okay. While I'm sad about ditching the old guild even though it was going down in flames, it was absolutely the right move since I stumbled into an awesome and active one. It's kind of amazing how being around other players who actually *like* the game can really make things 100% more fun. I'm still worried about whether that will last, or what's going to happen to the game after it goes f2p and whether Bioware will exist as anything other than a brand name.

Will this game exist in a year? No idea. At the moment, I'm just trying to enjoy it while it lasts.

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SWTOR at +5 months...

...and I'm still enjoying this game quite a bit although the weaknesses and problem areas are definitely becoming more apparent the longer that I play, especially with two characters at the level cap. Still, I have no intention of unsubbing anytime soon.

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SWTOR First Impressions

Okay. I'm not gonna lie. I love this game.

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At any rate, I'm not sure how many of you are playing SWTOR, but if you're not, you should *cough*siujerkjai*cough. And if you are, I'm always up for a group with either a toon I have, or rolling a new one (as making new characters hasn't gotten old yet), so let me know where you are and if you want to play. You can send me a tell anytime. I'm usually on Naveh on Sanctum of the Exalted, although as you can see I bounce around a lot.

Also, show me some screenshots. I love seeing other people's characters and what they look like.
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Go the Fuck to Sleep

This is one for the parents on my f-list. I just read an article about a new illustrated children's book for parents called Go the Fuck to Sleep.

Go the fuck to sleep

It's goddamned genius, freaking hilarious and is flat-out the most honest thing I've ever read about the mental process a weary parent goes through with a wide awake kid at the end of the day. I wish there were more more honest books like this, instead of all of the cloying bullshit that makes you feel inadequate and guilty as a parent and earnest parenting books that are never actually useful. This was way more therapeutic for me as a parent than anything else I've ever read.

A sample verse:

The eagles who soar through the sky are at rest,
And the creatures who crawl, run and creep.
I know you're not thirsty. That's bullshit. Stop lying.
Lie the fuck down, my darling, and sleep.

Someone put the whole book up as a google document (here), so go read it before it gets taken down. And then go to Amazon and buy it for every person you know who is going to be a new parent.
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xbox Game Recs...

For Christmas this year I got the flu (boo...) and an xbox 360(yay?).

For some reason my parents bought me both a console and a television as a family gift for all of us. I doubt that this will stop me from computer gaming though - as most of the games I want are sequels to saves I want to port into the next game (DA2 & ME3) or only offered exclusively on the PC (Civ V, Sims 3, The Witcher - which I keep meaning to play). I'm still really a PC gamer at heart, but it will be fun to play sitting on the couch with Tom or with friends who come over. And I'm sure my kids are going to love it.

But now I'm sort of at a loss since I don't know what good xbox games are. It came with Final Fantasy XIII which might be one of the lamest games of all time. I've enjoyed FF games in the past even though I tend to find them quite silly I still thought some of them were fun and imaginative, but this one is just lame. The characters are all extremely boring and all you do is run down path after path after path and fight one boring monster after another. I actually don't think I can play through the entire game.

We just bought Red Dead Redemption which is probably how we're going to spend New Years, but I thought I'd ask all you console gamers for recommendations.
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Fallout: New Vegas

Looks like Fallout: New Vegas is coming out soonish. Is anyone planning on buying it? I haven't heard much about it other than it's buggy as hell (what a shock!) so I'll probably wait until they release a patch and the price drops a bit and finish up other games in the meantime, but I'd love to hear from anyone who is going to or has already bought the game if they think it's worth it.