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Ben's Week In Review: February 15

Happy Valent-! Eh, screw it, I don't care that it's another non-holiday. Is it at all bizarre that I'm sitting here watching "Swingers?" Which just so happens to be one of the PSXE boys' favorite movies...? Whatever.

What is going ON with my Final Fantasy XIII?

Okay, so somehow, Dragon Quest IX may have an adverse effect on the launch of Final Fantasy XIII, which is already a long ways off. I have said multiple times in the past that when the final result arrives, it will erase any and all reservations and acquired hatred the fans may have for Square-Enix. After all, an awesome game is an awesome game, especially when we're talking about the RPG for most role-playing aficionados. But I've realized there are a few things going against both the game and the publisher this time around. First of all, Square-Enix never had this amount of negative energy floating about the game industry before, and it's starting to build. A DS game pushing back FFXIII...? What? Secondly, the gap between FFXII and FFXIII is really going to weary the avid franchise followers (like myself) and at some point, we're liable to forget. The whole situation is starting to worry me, and I'm wondering if anyone else feels the same way.

Now, just to clarify, I will be getting the game the day it comes out. I'm sorry, but that's just the way it's gonna be. But at the same time, I've become leery of Square-Enix's business practices, and the mere fact that they're nothing like the Squaresoft I adored a decade ago irks me. Hell, it annoys the crap out of me. And I'm not the only one; the point is, all this negativity circulating throughout Square-Enix's fanbase is going to have some backlash. I just think it's unavoidable.

God of War III...holy &*%*, that *%(Q is the (#%*!!!

New gameplay details are in, and there's a new full-length video, which is, unbelievably enough, real-time. That was enough to amp my excitement level through the damn roof, and it was already pretty effing high. I think the thing that really hit me right between the eyes was the combat style; it wasn't so much the visuals, it was what Kratos was doing. Now, we've heard that the camera will sit closer and a bit behind Kratos in this new installment, and we see that clearly in this awesome preview. But look at the dynamic control and atmosphere! I wasn't even playing, and that video was enough to make me sweat. This could very well be the most intense action experience we've ever had, although that may be jumping the gun...the game may not arrive for another year. Remember, the popular theory is that March 2010 is the launch for GoWIII; the previous two entries both came out in March, so...

Anyway, I think GoWIII may have topped Uncharted 2: Among Thieves as my #1 most anticipated title of the generation at this point. But as amazing as the latter looks, it's a tough race, and that's a good sign for the future.

Personal gaming update

Well, now that I have all the powers in Prince of Persia, I should be able to finish it up pretty soon. However, over the past few days, Flower has taken up all my attention; I just wish it was longer. You can finish it less than three hours without a problem, and I'm not sure if there's a reason to go back and re-do the levels again. I will go back, though, just because of how much fun - and how relaxing - it is. Killzone 2 is next and after that, yeah, I'm probably going to play Resident Evil 5. I'm starting to become a very large fan of what's on the PSN, though; talk about innovation and originality! And at some point here, I'm going to pick up LittleBigPlanet just because I have to. I mean, I feel terrible that it's not part of my collection.

So that's it. Hope you guys are having a happy V-Day, and if not...well, there's always the candy sale. Leap all over the clearance sales; just don't eat too much of that stuff. I'm guaranteed to eat some, which means I'm guaranteed to ramp up the rowing regiment for the next week. Oh well.

2/14/2009 Ben Dutka

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Advent Child
Saturday, February 14, 2009 @ 11:15:28 PM
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Has anyone thought that maybe it will have a good effect? Like they will take resources away from DQIX because its falling behind?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, February 14, 2009 @ 11:17:57 PM

Not according to Wada's quote.

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KevinCairo
Sunday, February 15, 2009 @ 12:54:42 AM

"There is a possibility that Dragon Quest IX delay could effect Final Fantasy XIII."

I hate all this complaining. It wasn't an official statement, and furthermore note that he said it's a possibility. Considering DQIX is only delayed three months, I doubt it will have any "adverse" effect on FFXIII; there's no way they would pull the whole team to help on DQ so there's no way it could delay FF by more than 3 months, if even half of that.

AND nothing about the quote specifically denies the possibility of them taking resources away from DQIX. It's not that I think the effect will be positive, but this is flat out putting words in the guys mouth.

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WolfCrimson
Sunday, February 15, 2009 @ 2:08:49 AM

Well, first, I'd like to say hi, I have been reading the articles here for a couple of weeks now, and they're great. This site is really good.

What I noticed about Wada's statement about DQIX affecting FFXIII is that he did not say how it would affect it. He did not say it would delay FFXIII's release, for all we know it could speed up FFXIII's release, so don't fret everyone, it's gonna be ok. And as Ben said, it's gonna be a great game (based on the videos we've seen), and we're gonna get it eventually, so why get pissed?

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www
Sunday, February 15, 2009 @ 8:03:35 AM

Advent,u got it misunderstood.

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Kevadu
Sunday, February 15, 2009 @ 3:25:29 PM

If they do delay the JP FFXIII release just because they don't want their two biggest titles so close together (which is what Wada implied), what reason is there to believe that this will affect the NA release date at all? Let's save the whining until we actually know something.

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EddPm6
Saturday, February 14, 2009 @ 11:19:07 PM
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you dont have little big planet!?
for shame......

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Advent Child
Saturday, February 14, 2009 @ 11:19:24 PM
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And just to let you know Ben, your link to the GOWIII video goes to the DQIX article.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, February 14, 2009 @ 11:46:10 PM

Crap, thanks.

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MirrorSoul
Saturday, February 14, 2009 @ 11:59:37 PM
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Man I have eatin a A Load of Candy and Ice-Cream today with this chick, and feel fat as I dont know what.But I just bought Flower and Savage Moon....Must Play Games....Must Exercise....UGH CANT CHOOSE lol, BTW Ben dont feel so bad I havent got LBP yet either

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Cpt_Geez
Sunday, February 15, 2009 @ 12:58:50 AM
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This was my 1st week as a member of psx ive been a long time reader and the GOW 3 trailer was crazy plus the biggest news this week II havent downloaded flower yet im gearing up for SFIV tuesday the funniest thing that happen this week to me is how everybody is wondering why II use double I's keep wonder yal lol ben II cant believe you havent played LBP yet.

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javon_27
Sunday, February 15, 2009 @ 1:24:08 AM

yeah, II was really starting to get concerned as to why you were doing that. you better be careful, people might start copying you, LLoll

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www
Sunday, February 15, 2009 @ 7:54:31 AM

is u really from compton,boy?

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SerichA
Sunday, February 15, 2009 @ 1:24:02 AM
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So now the negativity begins with Square-Enix? The last game I've enjoyed from them was XII, there really hasn't been anything else besides numerous ports and spinoffs, along with what I see as a hellhole of Final Fantasy VII Tifa Tomb Raiders and Chocobo Racing HDs for the future...my excitement for XIII has been lost since 2007, they're really good at not doing what their fans want (getting it out on time, among other things). By no means am I skipping XIII, though.

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ps92117
Sunday, February 15, 2009 @ 1:27:44 AM
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I think with all the wating of ff13 people are going to be expecting a superb masterpiece out of it and if it does not deliver it may kill the ff franchise itself, and that, I think would be tragic ff represents rpg as a genre.As for god of war 3 damn the vid was awsome as hell and I do believe that it is actual footage like sony said because something in the beginning. I also don't have lbp so "you are not alone 1.0". lol. "average IQ of a playstation 3 gamer is:124" lol not after I am done playing kz2.

ps. If you have no clue as to what I am saying, forget bout it lol.

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recks1jtp
Sunday, February 15, 2009 @ 1:28:40 AM
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Ben...No shame at all that you're watching Swingers, fantastic movie. I can't think of a more fitting movie for this Hallmark holiday. You're so money baby, and you don't even know it. You got these claws, and you're thinking to yourself "how am I supposed to kill this bunny?"...and the bunny's scared Mike...and you got the f*cking claws and fangs, and you're thinking to yourself, "I don't know how to kill the bunny"...

Anyways, great movie, if any of you PSXExtreme-ists haven't seen it yet, I'd definatly rent it, it's a great flick. Or for any of you Mr. "double-down"s out there..."Haven't you seen Boyz-N-the Hood? Now one of us is going to get shot..." g'night everyone.

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Scarecrow
Sunday, February 15, 2009 @ 2:25:33 AM
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GOWIII makes me forget FFXIII ever exist lol

It's even overshadowing Uncharted in terms of grandeur

I prefer sick blades than guns..........

PS: Is it just me or would you guys love Naughty Dog to create a new mascot again? They had so much going on during the Crash/Jak days... :(

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recks1jtp
Sunday, February 15, 2009 @ 3:19:00 AM

Yeah, I agree...sick blades are better than guns most days. If Naughty Dog would create a new mascot, that could be awesome...I still remember the old Crash commercials on TV for the PS1, where the 'real life' crash wanted to drag race the old granny..."Boo-yah Grandma, Boo-yah!!".

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Scarecrow
Sunday, February 15, 2009 @ 11:07:41 AM

Haha those were the days!
Still have all my Crash games for ps1! :D

Don't get me wrong I'll get Uncharted 2, but just kinda feel that they could get more creative with a new mascot.

We need more platform games...Ratchet is alone. By the way really proud of Imsoniac for still making the Ratchet and Clank games!

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Jed
Sunday, February 15, 2009 @ 7:33:29 PM

the old crash commercials were the sh*t

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ps92117
Sunday, February 15, 2009 @ 1:02:00 PM

versus will probably comeout like after 13 and the ways things are going the gap between ff13 and ff12 may put the gap between sc and sc2 to shame. Lol the only ffs I have not played yet are the pre ff7 ones dont think I ll be able to play them either.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, February 15, 2009 @ 3:47:20 AM
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Umm, scuse me but I gotta say this has been a wild week for me, Thanks for the work Ben and I can see we got much to look forward to. If any of you rock the forums like I do you can all see why I feel good, try to take it if you think you can, but at this point I own an wear The Numba 1 Headband. ;)

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chicko1983
Sunday, February 15, 2009 @ 4:14:27 AM
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flower is the best game I have played from PSN.
I thought it was a little bit expensive but it is definitely worth every cent. I hope they make some extra levels and I encourage everyone to get it.

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Im The Man
Sunday, February 15, 2009 @ 4:29:56 AM
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What do you do in flower? Absorb sunlight?

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www
Sunday, February 15, 2009 @ 8:02:33 AM

Suck water through the roots.

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Qubex
Sunday, February 15, 2009 @ 9:40:34 AM

Im The Man, you should purchase it and give it a go...

Q!

"i aM hOMe"

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Im The Man
Sunday, February 15, 2009 @ 10:09:55 AM

I would but I dont wanna be disappointed because Im not sure what it is

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chicko1983
Sunday, February 15, 2009 @ 9:06:57 PM

to put it simply - you fly a petal around a field using the sixaxis, through checkpoints to unlock more checkpoints until you have activated all checkpoints thus completing a level, and completing each level re-awakens the city.

The lead programmer of thatgamecompany describes it as:

Flower, shower, power tower,
First class, string bass, grass en masse,
Sun, fun, nearly done,
Petal, metal, lightning gun?

which I think sums it up pretty well.

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soli
Sunday, February 15, 2009 @ 6:44:27 AM
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am begining to flow away into the non care sphere about final fantasy..
on the other hand GOW III had my jaw dropped off..and am sure its coming over the next year
oh and happy sunday (:

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Naga
Sunday, February 15, 2009 @ 7:39:01 AM
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You haven't got LittleBigPlanet yet? shame on you :D

Gow III just blown me away I thought it was CGI but no IT WAS REAL TIME OH MY %@&$<?ยป GOD

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www
Sunday, February 15, 2009 @ 7:59:32 AM
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Wat? Final Fanta wat? XIII,is it a game or somethin'?,sorry never heard of'em.I only see Uncharted2,Killzone 2,Resi5 comin' thus don't know wat u're talkin' bout.

Yea i also gotta pick up LBP cause i HAVE to.

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whooka
Sunday, February 15, 2009 @ 8:45:49 AM
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I watched the uk hoodie horror 'eden lake' last eve which turned out to be a perfect vd-day movie. couple goes on romantic weekend, couple gets terrorized and tortured by young thugs. i watched the avchd/bluray on my ps3 which between flower and my recent purchases of skate2 and LBP with tax return money, played the part of my valentine very well yesterday (i guess one of those kinky japanese peripherals would've finished the evening off perfectly). i can't believe i fought back the urge to buy LBP for so long, i love it and haven't even had people over for multiplayer yet.

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migabyte
Sunday, February 15, 2009 @ 9:33:31 AM
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Hey, I got flower and it says it's 1-2 players, anyone know how to play 2 players(is it online or something). There is no option for 2 players and turning on a second controller doesn't do anything.

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Qubex
Sunday, February 15, 2009 @ 9:42:13 AM

It is neither I don't think... in all the press release talk and review there is never any mention of two players... unless I missed something bad!

Q!

"i aM HoMe"

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Victor321
Sunday, February 15, 2009 @ 10:04:44 AM
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Although I'm saddened again about yet possibly, another delay for FF13, I'm still gonna pick it up when it releases, no matter how sh!!!y SE is now.

I think you might hate the ending in PoP Ben, but I liked it because it taught me a lesson, which I surprisingly found out after the credits lol

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Victor321
Sunday, February 15, 2009 @ 10:52:16 AM

Oh one last thing about FF13, I know for sure that FFV13 won't let us down! ^.^

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Scarecrow
Sunday, February 15, 2009 @ 11:10:49 AM

Well it has Sasuke in it, soooo it might disappoint us.

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Victor321
Sunday, February 15, 2009 @ 4:07:32 PM

lmao good one

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Banky A
Sunday, February 15, 2009 @ 11:41:48 PM

Sasuke? LOL I was thinking of Naruto.
Though I've never seen an episode o_O

;)

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Cpt_Geez
Sunday, February 15, 2009 @ 10:38:14 AM
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A www don't ever call me boy again and yes II am from compton califonia homey!!!

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www
Sunday, February 15, 2009 @ 3:07:19 PM

lol.....and don't ever call me "A"...if it was @ u intended,find it on the darn keyboard...lol!

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shadowpal2
Sunday, February 15, 2009 @ 11:14:23 AM
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Hey I absolutely love that trailer for FFXIII. It looks gorgeous and quite frankly I actually like the look of it a nanometer better compared to GOWIII (sorry, please don't bash me, it's just me...).

But...for a DS game to delay um...a huge game that could possibly help out Square Enix after their last troubling year...um...is that a good idea??? (sigh!), but I still want to get the game of course. In fact...it might be the thing, that will make me buy a PS3 when it comes out.

Of course there are numerous solid triple A titles like MGS 4, Resistance 2, LittleBigPlanet, Killzone 2, Valkyria Chronicles and etc...but heh...I think this would be the game to finally break my suppression of desire.

I'm still counting on Square Enix...even though they will let me down a couple of times...*sniff*...make that many =(

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tlpn99
Sunday, February 15, 2009 @ 11:20:37 AM
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What's wrong with a March 2009 for a release date for God Of War 3 ? It is still March after all or is it as there was so many years in between God Of War and God Of War 2 that they want the same amount of years inbetween again ?

If it is ready just release it already. Unless they want it ot be a game of the year contender and not have the likes of KZ2 there or possibly Uncharted 2 if that is out this year.

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ElJefeDiablo
Sunday, February 15, 2009 @ 11:36:24 AM
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www--"roll up b!$#h"--just bustin' your bawls! (Swingers reference)

Ben...You're like this big @#$#ing bear with these big @#$#ing teeth and these big @#$#ing claws! You're so $$$ and you don't even know it!

I lent my copy out to a buddy a couple of months ago. You're making me wanna make like Sue, pull a Snoop Dogg, step to him and flash my 9. Hey, it's better than smashin' teeth out on a curb.

I have to agree with you on GoWIII. I downloaded the trailer and watched it on my 61" DLP. Death is in my blood...fate has brought me here...I hope for nothing...I fear...nothing! GoWII was sick, but progressive scan just didn't satisfy my HD--it lusts for 1080P.

Flower: beautiful, mesmerizing and addictive--just like Flow. Anyone with motion sickness and seizure predisposition beware. I almost caught myself drooling a couple of times and my eyes felt sunny side up when I finished. I also had a big dumb bacon grin on my face. Oooohhhhh...bbaaaacccon...aaaggghhhh

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Robochic
Sunday, February 15, 2009 @ 2:50:09 PM
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@ scarecrow, So true, after seeing the God of War 3 trailer my husband and i completely forgot about Final Fantasy 13. Square will have to be careful cause when more games come out that are must have people will forget Final fantasy, just cause that game has been annouced since 2006 and we're in 2009 and might have to wait till late 2010 for it the longer they hold back on Final fantasy 13 the harder it might be to keep the attention on it. We'll see though.

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packersfan66
Sunday, February 15, 2009 @ 3:02:57 PM
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gow 3 trailer on my 52inch hd tv ftw

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Victor321
Sunday, February 15, 2009 @ 4:08:08 PM

hey same with me! ur not alone XD

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fundando
Sunday, February 15, 2009 @ 4:21:55 PM

damn I only have a 50 inch

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Scarecrow
Sunday, February 15, 2009 @ 4:28:58 PM

Like 2 inches on a tv matters?

as long as it's 30 or so inches you don't need any more.

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Wage SLAVES
Sunday, February 15, 2009 @ 5:32:43 PM

Ive got a 40'' and want more...grr!

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Cpt_Geez
Sunday, February 15, 2009 @ 4:50:26 PM
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LmAo www your comment wasnt worded right but II guess lol if you didnt mean it like that then its no harm done II think imma start using 3 I's

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www
Sunday, February 15, 2009 @ 7:13:09 PM

hahahaa.....think i gotta teach u a thin' or two about psx.
If u wanna reply to my reply(catch my drift?),click the reply next to that yellow stop sign/exclamation.Don't go replyin' somewhere else homey.

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tlpn99
Sunday, February 15, 2009 @ 5:39:18 PM
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I am more than happy with my 32" LG tv in my bedroom any big and I would not have toom to watch it as it is.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, February 15, 2009 @ 9:05:55 PM
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LOL Good to see a few Swingers fans in here. :)

And just to clarify, I WILL be getting FFXIII on the first day of its release (as I said in the article). I just think there's a whole lot of negativity around that can have a negative effect on things.

And I don't mind about a March 2010 release date for GoWIII, either. I just want the team to get it as close to perfect as humanly possible, so I can wait. :)

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Victor321
Sunday, February 15, 2009 @ 10:44:30 PM

yup amen to that

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Cpt_Geez
Monday, February 16, 2009 @ 3:49:42 AM
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lol www II was bout to ask you how you did that there II did what you said but it didnt work when II clicked it it said report as spam lol

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