GamersReporting Weekly - March 5, 2008

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Written by DM on Thursday, March 06 2008

Welcome to another exciting installment of GamersReporting Weekly. As you may or may not have noticed, last week’s GRW got a response or two, so, it seems we are moving in the right direction. There is an issue this week I want to discuss that people bring up to us more and more lately – the forum moderation and comment moderation. We know that the forum rules and regulations are not as enforced as some of you want them to be. Let me tell you a little story about another grand GR experiment called GR FlameWars, actually. When we first launched the GR Flame Wars section, the response was overwhelming. In fact, the response was so overwhelming, it threatened to take over the entire site. Because it was pretty much anything goes in terms of language and subject matter, the site patrons who did not want to take part in the “debates” were getting turned off from the entire website. So, to save all of GR, we closed down the FlameWars section with a promise that it would be back in another form as soon as we had the means. Well folks, I am happy to say that the day has just about come when the GR FlameWars can continue, unabated! Keep an eye out in the next week or so for all the details on how to get right back on the FlameWars horse. It might have taken a while, but we made good, and now it is up to you, our readers, to get right back on the horse and make the new project as successful as the original GR. We will also be needing staff, but as I said, you can e-mail us at any time if you are interested in helping out. As for the forum moderation issues on GR, we expect they will dwindle back down to near-zero once the FlameWars project is launched and draws the main offenders and offending posts away from the main GR website body.

Now that that is out of that way, we can get on to the fun stuff – games! I broke down and purchased N+ from the Xbox Live Arcade store this week and ended up not only playing the single player game for a while, but I even hopped on XBL with a bud of mine and we multiplayered the hell out of the game. N+, believe it or not, provides tons of multiplayer options and maps, and is well worth the price if you have even one XBL friend who also has the money for the game. I even checked out the new Capcom RPG/Shooter Rocketman for a bit today. The game moves slow, and the shooting is about as exciting as watching snails hump, but it may be worth the 800 MS points just to see the game’s stylized animations and voicework. Then again, 800 MS points is a lot to spend. Lastly, I also purchased Poker Smash from the XBLA store. Poker Smash is basically a puzzle game that uses the five card stud point system in order to award players wins and losses. It is easy to get the hang of, and frankly, I was bored one Wednesday.

In terms of the good old weekly retail games, I am currently working my way through Dynasty Warriors 6, (which frankly, is the same DW it has been for the last 10 years), Burnout Paradise, and the two military shooters, Frontlines: Fuel of War, and Army of Two. Frontlines is a fantastic game, by the way, even though many of you have been turned off because of the poor demo quality. Let me just say that Frontlines shines online, with multiple classes and huge maps that make for a different game each time you start a match. As for Army of Two, to be honest, I only picked it up today, so I am only a few hours in. What I have seen so far is that the game is not only difficult, but it is also a solid offering for two players. Ao2 screams co-op, so make sure you have a friend before you venture online. There is also one more game coming this week, believe it or that, that you may or may not be getting – Smash Brothers. Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Nintendo Wii is out on Sunday so most Gamestop stores are going to be conducting midnight launches on Saturday, complete with tournaments and giveaways. If you have not pre-ordered the game by now I would not hold out much hope, but you might want to go on up to your local store nonetheless and join the party!

Well, folks that is about all that is going on this week. Remember, we are still looking for staff for GR proper and the new FlameWars project that is launching this week. You know, the one I just told you to keep an eye out for! If you are interested, as always, e-mail us at GamersReporting Weekly E-mail.

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