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As much as we enjoyed not updating as a condition of our advisory position in service to the U.S. Government during our recent war against Terrorism, we're finally back. As a big welcome back present to ourselves, we took a break and didn't update for a while longer. Then, we did.


"12 Days of Christmas and Complaints About Return to Castle Wolfenstein Week" kicks off. Moving from back to front, we first discuss the boss monster. Spoiler alert! Unless you watched the opening movie. For those of you who celebrate Chanukah, feel free to think of the article as "12 Days of Christmas and Chanukah Sucks".


We're not gonna pussyfoot around this: Terrorists blew up the World Trade Center.  We know it and you know it, and there isn't any other topic on the planet that amounts to much in the aftermath of it.  As much as we'd like to think up some mildly positive spin to this, such as the new possibility that we might get to see Cat Stevens killed on live television, we can't.  Frankly, it's the first explosive act in what will probably be the end of the world.  Luckily for you, unlike many stars of stage and screen, Erik's all cried out now and there's only rage left in the parts of his head where tears used to be. He's a gamer.  That's who he is, that's what he does, that's all he knows, and that's how he plans to avenge us all.


While other crybaby content providers were busy looking for handouts, we decided to do something constructive about this Internet crisis.  I need to save some wrist energy for counting money, so I'm going to stop typing now.  Make sure your wallet is someplace where you can reach it easily, then click here.


Starting at the airport, where I bought a copy Daniel Evans' novel "Glory Hole" thinking it was a tale of bravery in the trenches during World War 1, E3 turned out to be four days of constant surprises.  The big shock this year? Glory Hole is not a military term.  But like the novel "Glory Hole", E3 turned out to still be pretty good.  Well, I guess I've talked enough about Glory Holes for one update, so I'll sit here quietly and just think about them while you read E3 2000 Part 2: E3 2001!


I'll be honest with you: I don't know what happened.  To make up for our extended leave of absence, I've written a letter of explanation that includes three or four hidden game reviews.  As a further act of contrition, I've hidden them in plain sight.  The letter also includes a rap about Black and White.  Remarkably, no apology for the rap will be necessary since it's actually "quite dope", as the Oxford-educated butler on a UPN sitcom guest starring DMX might say.


Serious Sam's out.  To celebrate, we've landed yet another exclusive interview with Croteam's Roman Ribaric.  In it, he once again sticks it to the Man.  As usual, the Man becomes red-faced and shakes his fist at Roman.  You don't have to be against the Man to enjoy this interview, but it helps.  Continuing our long tradition of service to the community, we've made it easier than ever for you to access the interview by providing three points of entry.  Click here, here, or here.

What do you get when you combine The Oldman, crates, Roberta Williams, Marvin and Martin Van Buren?  This years winner for Technical Excellence.  We also take yet another shot at Redstorm for Freedom First.

We are back with our first ever year end awards.  Every day for the next six days we will be giving out an award in a new best of category. 
Best Tribes 2 Screen Shot
Best Use of Norse Mythology
Reviewer's Tilt
The Winner!
For those of you worried about our recent money troubles.  Stop just mailing in and offering us your sympathy. You can make a difference. Yes,  a mere reader like you CAN help.  Just blow up the image on the right and print out as many as you can.   Then staple them to telephone poles in your area.   For maximum coverage - make your own and vary the wallet color.   Thanks.

Reviews:   Freedom: First Resistance
Unlike every other goddamn site, we're not going to ruin the suspense and tell you right from the very first paragraph how we feel about a game.   Instead, we're going to state a few facts, drop a couple of subtle hints, and then only tell you whether or not we like the game at the very end.  See if you're clever - and brave! - enough to guess our opinion... Before we even express it!

An OMM first!  In an edgy display of opinion giving, we review Gunman Chronicles, American McGee's Alice, and a little bit of Giants.  We even like one of them.  Click on the word Giants to find out which one.

Santa's Got Something For All The Good Kids (American Kids Only):
Just in time for Christmas, we're giving away a Dreamcast and five great games and Shenmue.  My goddamn back arrow key isn't working, so pretend the three exclamation points at the end of this sentence  are at the end of the previous sentence!!!  For once we thought ahead and actually had all the prize stuff in our hands before we announced the contest.

No One Lives Forever rocks! 'NUFF SAID!!!

Review Rebuttal:
Election 2000 is almost over, and once again neither candidate appears interested in protecting my right to bear arms against fetuses.  How long will it be before some jackbooted unborn lunatic decides to try to tax my tea and, thanks to big government, I'm left with no legal recourse?  I predict eight months.  Sure scientists will tell you that there's always the partial birth abortion.  That's a good plan, if I was a scientist.  Dear Nobel Prize Patrol, I can't even get the Blair Witch 2 demo to install right.  How the hell am I supposed to perform a partial birth abortion, for chrissake?  I say you eggheads keep yakkin'.  Me and Ms. Colt 44 Hollow Point Ornate Nickel-Plated Derringer prefer the working man's Full Magnum Abortion.   Adding to all the political uncertainty, Chet has written a scathing rebuttal of my Rune review.  Great.   Just fucking great.

Bad Candy Mark buys us a Playstation 2 so that we can sell it for ten times what it's worth on eBay, and LightsOut Entertainment is there to capture it all on digital video.  Not since Triumph of the Will has such questionable behavior been so artfully presented. Click here or here for all the details.

After our brief summer/fall hiatus, we're back on track with more of our patent-application-filling-out-pending long reviews.  First up, Rune.  While you're probably not surprised that Erik doesn't like it, you might be surprised by the fact that Erik doesn't like it!  If you're so jaded that you're not even surprised by bolding, you're just the kind of person we're trying to reach with the Rune review.

Just because we're not as big as Something Awful doesn't mean our financial woes are any less severe.  With Chet gone on business, Erik has decided to single-handedly solve all of our money problems.  And he's convinced Bad Candy Mark to help him.  Read all about it.  Stay tuned all week as we report on our progress.  A lucky reader may even win ONE MILLION DOLLARS, though not as a result of anything having to do with this article, Old Man Murray or UGO.  Please note that the article contains never before seen word sequences mocking Daily Radar's Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask review.  Click on this dollar sign to continue: $


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