Rant Gaming Round-Up 9/15-9/22

This past week on Rant Gaming (the internet’s hottest hub for gaming news, reviews, rants & blather) was a time for celebration, exploration, excavation, and exsanguination. It was a week of Badlands, Dream Lands, and Bad Dudes. It was the week that I saw a giraffe punting traffic across a virtual rendition of New York City. It was the week that I learned about Hideo Kojima’s Metal Gear Solid Twitter app (with camouflage tweeting and stealth type mode). Most of all, it was the week that I learned that there’s something even better than combustion sniper rifles: explosive sniper rifles. It was quite a journey. Unfortunately, I’m preparing for an even bigger journey next week–a record-shattering 100-yard relocation–so I didn’t actually get a chance to write about all of that stuff, until now. However, I did manage to squeeze out a respectable three articles.

I kicked off the week in signature style with my second Not So Old School review. Not So Old School is my weekly rant on the kinds of games that don’t require a memory card, an internet connection, or platinum-plated A/V cables to enjoy. This week’s helping of card gaming goodness was Cutthroat Caverns: A Not So Old School review. Kill stealing? No. Kill helping.

Next, I whetted your appetites for the release of Borderlands 2on Tuesday with a breakdown of some of the things that I, a virgin Borderlands player, learned during my first 10 hours of Borderlands numero uno. Most importantly, I learned that Borderlands isn’t anything but Borderlands (except when it’s Mad Moxxi’s Underdome Riot). Find out more in My First Steps On Pandora: A Borderlands Retrospective.

My final offering of the week was of a more <monocle>serious, intellectual nature</monocle>. In fact, it extends the research I began in my undergraduate Honor’s thesis. Dream Lands: A Study of Interactive Dreamscapes kicked off with six of the wildest psychological landscapes in gaming, with the next six coming this Monday.

What can you expect from Rant Gaming in the coming week? There’ll definitely be another Not So Old School feature, and I’ve got something special planned for this one. Dream Lands will continue with entries #12-7 of the list. Maybe I’ll finally get around to writing about that Twitter thing. Beyond that, you’ll just have to wait and see where the journey takes you.

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