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As most know, Rock Band and Guitar Hero have been battling it out for a couple of years now to win audiences over. They’ve both released a very large amount of music, and with such an amount, overlaps are going to happen. This is going to be a comparison list of songs that are in both Guitar Hero and Rock Band.

Let’s get started!***

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It seems like I’m always ranting about how much I love the Half-Life games. I could talk all day about the certain aspects of the game that I love, and I could turn any non-believer into a fan.

But, more recently, it seems I’m always ranting about how Valve is leaving us out in the snow when it comes to Half-Life 2: Episode 3. In the snow, naked. Yes, naked. We’re all in the snow, naked, Valve. You hear me? NAKED.

Every single day that I don’t hear anything about Episode 3 is another day where I lose faith in my all time favorite game company. It’s been nearly three years since Episode 2 was released and we’ve seen nothing from the final “episode” in the Half-Life 2 series besides a single concept art. That’s outrageous! I can give them the development time; hell, I don’t mind that they are taking this long. In my eyes, three or four years is a perfectly acceptable amount of time for a AAA game to be released (nevermind the fact that Episode 3 is, you know, an episode, not a full game). It’s the LACK OF INFORMATION that is really making me angry. Because Valve is so incredibly secretive about their games, Episode 3 is turning into vapor-ware.

Yes, I said it. In my mind, Episode 3 is vapor-ware. Like, pre-PAX Duke Nukem vapor-ware.  Three years and not so much as a screen shot? Do they have it half completed? Is the story-board written? Have they even started the damn thing!? What kind of developer ends a game on such a cliff hanger as Episode 2 ended and then just drops the game off the freaking radar? You don’t see TV producers ending season 1 on a cliff hanger and then waiting 4 years to revel what happens in season 2 (well, unless it gets canceled).

I have no doubt that Episode 3 will eventually come out, but making us wait with no information is just punishment. What did we do to Valve that they are punishing us like this?

Newel, I love you and your company. You guys do great things and I always look forward to your games. But enough is enough. Give us something, anything, about Episode 3. Please. You’re losing faithful customers every second you continue to neglect Episode 3. Put down Left4Dead and put down Portal and finish what you started.

Am I the only one who feels this way? Will anyone else send a message to Valve that we want something, ANYTHING, about the vapor-ware-Esq Episode 3?

My new iPod Touch 4th gen is on its way, strait from Kunshan, China on a Fed-Ex plane and should arrive in my greedy little hands by noon on Friday. Weirdly enough, this will be the second major Apple portable device that I have bought on, or close, to the actual release date this year; I bought my iPad, river, just a few weeks after it was released. This has never happened in my life before, as I’m usually months or even years behind the technology in terms of Apple’s yearly updates to their devices.

So needless to say, I’m excited!

But it wasn’t just as simple as “going online and pre-ordering this sucker”, no way. When I got into college just a few weeks ago, I wanted to listen to music or play games late into the night. My roommate, having to get up at some unGodly hours, was in bed earlier than me, so I started using my iPad in bed. But the one time I fell asleep using it and woke up with the device under my stomach, I started to get worried about using the over-sized iPod in my bed (it would be horrible if I was to crush it). So I decided I should pick up a smaller iPod.

The next day I went and bought the 5th generation iPod Nano (the one with the video camera). The little thing was pretty fancy, and I enjoyed it for a good two days.

On that third day, though, Apple announced that they were going to have a press conference on September the 1st. About the same time, a design for a new iPod leaked onto the internet.

I looked my “new” Nano. The only thing that came to mind was “CRAP”.

When the pressy came around, and Apple announced the little beauty you see above you, I took the Nano back (you gotta love Walmart’s return policy) and used the money (and a bit extra) to order it.

*sigh* Can’t planes go any faster?

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