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A Veritable Grab Bag Of Thoughts

Because I find myself in one of those situations where I can't seem to settle on a topic for the weekly editorial, I have to issue a grab bag of snippets and thoughts. Hope you don't mind too much...you try coming up with a new subject every week for years on end.

Beat Nier...still think it's way fun: I finally finished it up after taking a long break to handle a slew of reviews, and as I told you in my analysis, I really believe Cavia's simple yet very entertaining RPG is great for old-school fans. I'm still not entirely sure why, as it certainly doesn't feature turn-based combat but everything else...I dunno, it just sorta felt like home when playing. And the ending has quite the storyline twist, too...!

So, Human Revolution looks bad-ass, huh? Did you guys check out that new E3 trailer? Well, damn. I've always been a fan of the series and I've been waiting for another title...this one appears to be fantastic. Man, just gimme what we always had in terms of gameplay, and with that level of slickness, polish, and style, the game ought to be a winner.

Don't really care about Tera Patrick: Yeah, so I used her pic in that Sony saying "no" to Vivid story, but I didn't go out of my way to find my favorite pornstar, or something. I needed her for that Saints Row stuff, remember? Just sayin'.

So...that secret...next month...love it! Okay, I admit it. I'm getting some sort of cruel pleasure from taunting you with our secret PS3 exclusive, but that's probably just because I've been in a weird mood lately. And I treat y'all pretty damn well - I think - so allow me a bit of fun. Besides, you might forgive me when it comes to light... And I don't feel like getting on Sony's bad side! Or on the bad side of my source... All of that would suck.

So...you want us all to know you drive a piece of sh**? One thing I don't get, that perhaps the younger crowd could explain to me: so you've got some $500 piece of junk Civic. You trick it out with a retarded muffler, tinted windows, and some ridiculous lighting arrangement. Then there's the $2000 sound system. ...so, your aim is to draw attention to yourself. You drive it to parking lots and stand next to it...you believe someone, somewhere, somehow, will be impressed. ...dude. You're driving a $500 junk heap that would get beat by just about any vehicle on the road (including some lawnmowers), and it looks like hell. It screams, "I have no money and no class but look at this!"

I don't get it. I'm sorry. I had a 350Z, but it was stock and besides, that might be a car worth standing next to. I now have an Infinity M35x. Another one maybe worth standing next to (definitely worth sitting in) that costs...hmm...math...more than 50 times what that $500 sh**box cost. But I sure as hell don't park it somewhere and stand next to it, and I'd never do it if I owned crap. So...I don't get it. Girls? ...really? What sort of girls? Explain, young people, explain!

6/4/2010 Ben Dutka

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Comments (88 posts)

Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, June 04, 2010 @ 9:59:44 PM
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By the way, I don't have any pics of my own M35x but here are a few; Arnold posted his 350Z pics so I figured I'd just toss out a few:

http://reviews.cnet.com/sc/31473906-2-440-interior-4.gif

http://www.sellscars.com/aai/images/catalogimages/522/P2200014.JPG

http://automobilesdeluxe.tv/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/infiniti-dash.jpg

Mine's a darker blue and with black leather inside, but these show you what you need to know.

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sawao_yamanaka
Friday, June 04, 2010 @ 10:22:54 PM

Nice car! I can't really explain because I never owned one. My 1st car was the scion tc before I crashed it on the highway. Please do explain why. I wanna know as well. Wasn't nier, well the japanese version, different from our US release? I can't wait for that secret game hopefully it doesn't disappoint :(

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NeoHumpty
Friday, June 04, 2010 @ 11:35:09 PM

I wish I was cool enough to care what I was driving. I have a Dodge Caravan ZX37409-XI358 that work pays for. I also don't have to pay for gas, maintenance, or insurance. A chick once tried to say that I didn't look like a "Caravan" kinda guy. If the "Price Is Right", drive it.

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MyWorstNightmar
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 12:27:25 AM

Neo, what kind of job you got? I drive a Ford Windstar for work. I run around working on phone systems.

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Jawknee
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 2:34:42 PM

oooh Ben you have good taste in cars. I love Infiniti. I owned a 1995 Infiniti G20 when i was in high school.

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Bandit King
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 5:06:29 PM

Ben in case you missed it in my last post, thanks for making me take a second look at Nier, its a fantastic game and no I can't explain why either. Oh also I got no clue about the sh*t box "boy racers" out there, as for the chicks I don't know man some women just like a "fixer upper". Personally my car (07 Mustang GT) always has to be clean and nothing I do to it ever looks out of place. Though I'm more 60s/70s muscle (Bullit Steve McQueen) then Fast and Furious.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 9:18:32 PM

Glad to hear it Bandit. Nier really is very fun, and I've tried to convince people of that. :)

Jawknee: Well, I'm pretty picky. I drove both the competing models for BMW (535i) and Lexus (GS350), and I settled on the M35 because it felt like the best of both those other worlds. BMW was stiffer and better in the turns but didn't ride well at all; Lexus has the best ride in the world but is a boat around turns; Infiniti is right in between.

It's why I had a Maxima before...Toyota has a better ride and Honda/Acura has better performance, but neither is well-rounded as the Max, IMO.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, June 04, 2010 @ 10:19:55 PM
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The mufflers to which you refer are called "fartcannons"

I hope I enjoy Nier as much you did Ben, I just can't take on too many games at the moment.

You could have used Mia Rose just as easily Ben, we all know the truth boutchya.

Can't help but feel the exclusive will be underwhelming.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, June 04, 2010 @ 10:30:24 PM

Oh right, Mia...totally forgot.

As for the exclusive, I suppose that depends.

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Highlander
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 12:05:20 AM

Coffee can exhausts are an infallible sign of a small penis.

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Scarecrow
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 12:15:01 AM

So that's what they're called
Makes me want to go all GTA on those damn cars

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Silent_J
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 9:08:46 AM

Lol "fartcannons".

Saw this one civic with a ridiculously large spoiler on it.he might as well dig himself a grave with all that downforce.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 8:15:03 PM

I call those big spoilers: A Park Bench

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Alienange
Friday, June 04, 2010 @ 10:27:35 PM
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When you post the article about the secret exclusive, make sure you put the word "FIRST!" right at the top.

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Kangasfwa
Friday, June 04, 2010 @ 10:27:51 PM
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"just gimme what we always had in terms of gameplay [Deus Ex]"

I didn't like Invisible War, just about everything in that game felt weak. The original Deus Ex was awesome though.

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Milonakis
Friday, June 04, 2010 @ 10:29:43 PM
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Some people think that since they can't afford nice things they should make it seem like they are proud of their less than nice things. They look stupid and generally seem to lack self esteem. I especially hate the plastic spinners.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, June 04, 2010 @ 10:31:13 PM

I still don't get it. If it's about self-esteem, wouldn't they feel worse about themselves to know they're basically being laughed at by anyone over the age of 20...?

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Milonakis
Friday, June 04, 2010 @ 10:34:50 PM

It makes them like the other douschers doing the same things including rappers. And they feel self esteem from being like a rapper.

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GuernicaReborn
Friday, June 04, 2010 @ 10:54:05 PM

I think the worst is the mirror tint on the bottom half of the window. Nothing says trash like mirror tint.

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Milonakis
Friday, June 04, 2010 @ 10:32:36 PM
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The secret exclusive has got to be Ben Dutka: Mess with me, Get the Tree.

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sawao_yamanaka
Friday, June 04, 2010 @ 10:38:56 PM

D1P for me! Would we be trying to get out of bens way or would we be ben?

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Lawless SXE
Friday, June 04, 2010 @ 10:40:29 PM

LOL, now that would be a game worth playing.

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Milonakis
Friday, June 04, 2010 @ 10:47:24 PM

I'd imagine you would be Ben, then you would beat up gamestop employees, get challenged to races in your Infinity by Xbots, and then drive home to your pornstars.

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sawao_yamanaka
Friday, June 04, 2010 @ 11:02:49 PM

Hmm so open world like gta. I'll take it!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 12:01:14 AM

"...then you would beat up gamestop employees, get challenged to races in your Infinity by Xbots, and then drive home to your pornstars."

Exaaaaagerate much...?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 2:47:04 PM

Makes for a good story though Ben, lol

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laxpro2001
Friday, June 04, 2010 @ 10:35:47 PM
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Are people giving you crap about your cars Ben? Or are you just amazingly fed up with exactly what you described because believe me I hate them too... my car is a 96 or 97 Altima but I don't trick it out... its nothing fancy and I don't intend to pass it off as it is.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 12:02:21 AM

No, I'm just fed up with what I described.

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Shams
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 2:30:45 AM

I feel the exact same way especially when I have the misfortune of taking a peak at "Pimp My Ride". The selected charity story always is like, "Dayyyum!", and acts as if he/she just won the lottery. If you're gonna pump tens of thousands of dollars on the rims, and installing useless household appliances and electronics, at least put it in a brand new, and reliable car, ya know? What would I do? Send it to chop shop, and put the earnings towards a down payment towards a Toyota, or a Honda. I mean, that's what you're basically asking every street thug in the neighborhood to do, if you happen to drive it down the street where folks happen to be impressed with that kind of sh*t, right?

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laxpro2001
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 5:52:39 AM

Ok just wanted to make sure no one was making fun or else I would have had to teach them to be respectful... with my fists.

O and I just re-read the article and picked up on something that I missed... when did you get rid of the 350z... I love those cars!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 10:25:55 AM

Over a year ago now. My brother needed a car for college, and instead of forcing my parents to pay for one, I just gave him my old Maxima. It only had 120k miles on it and it was in perfect condition.

Of course, without the Maxima, which I used mostly in the winter and bad weather, I couldn't just have a sports car in New England. So it had to go. Pulled an almost complete 180 and went full-on luxury (with a surprising amount of performance, though) and all-wheel drive. ;)

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BikerSaint
Friday, June 04, 2010 @ 10:36:15 PM
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LOL, I see those rolling boom-box garbage heaps held together with baling wire & duct tape, and weighted down by 37 different spots worth of Rustoleum light gray primer in graffiti sized spray cans.

And every full moon, the herd of mental midget's all meet at one time like a pack of wool-starved mothes drawn to the side lampost at a 7-11 & Wawa parking lot, as if it they were in Woolite Heaven.

BTW, if they were smart, they'd sell the 4 Dubs that's been holding up their obnoxious gnat sounding exhaust, and buy a much better car.

But you know what? They probably just go out & get sucked in by an ole time Yugo salesman.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 12:06:43 AM

Ahhh...Yugos. My father drove one once. He said it was the first time he ever laughed while driving a car.

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fluffer nutter
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 12:59:47 AM

I laughed every time that I was in a Saturn. Those things felt like bumper cars from the carnival. I think the bodies are made from recycled soda and water bottles.

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Lawless SXE
Friday, June 04, 2010 @ 10:38:16 PM
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Nier, I'll get around to later in the year, or maybe next. Way too many to play through now after my YLOD debacle, and no back-ups. Oh well, gives me good reason to do lots of user reviews.

I don't like watching trailers, but the concept of Deus Ex is enough to get me interested.

Porn stars: meh, I don't watch much of it, so I can't say I have a favourite.

Your secret exclusive: Twisted Metal or FF7 remake. I know you're just trying to throw us all off the scent with a million denials Ben.

As far as the car goes? I bought a Mazda Tribute last year as a birthday present to myself. $12,500 and it was beautiful. I intended to go travelling around this beautiful country and set off down the east coast. I got 1,500 km and T-boned a VW Transporter. I didn't have any insurance. Oh, the sad facts of life. Anyway, I don't know why people feel the need to trick out their steaming piles of cars in order to draw attention to it. And as far as standing next to your car. I only do that if I'm waiting for someone and have agreed to meet them there.
Peace.

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Milonakis
Friday, June 04, 2010 @ 10:40:17 PM
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I just realized that his bit about beaten up cars is a hint toward the exclusive making it a Twisted Metal game.

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MirrorSoul
Friday, June 04, 2010 @ 11:08:30 PM
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Ouch, I have a 2003 CiviC I'm proud of....no i didn't try to trick it out but I love my car, and it has decent MPG, that comment kinda stung lol.

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GuernicaReborn
Friday, June 04, 2010 @ 11:15:55 PM

My fiance has an 03 civic coupe. Its a very nice car. I believe Ben is making fun of people using an economy car as something it's not. People who drive a civic like a race car are the intended targets here.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 12:04:51 AM

Yeah, I'm not saying you're a dope if you own a Civic. Nothing wrong with a Civic. As you say, good mileage and completely reliable.

I just mean ANY very used, very cheap car used to supposedly impress people with useless cosmetic upgrades. I don't get it.

And hey, I drove an '86 Peugeot with 93HP all through college. It cost $300 and the transmission was in a box in the corner of the guy's garage; my father fixed it, put it in, and I drove the engine up to 255k miles. Then my brother had it and pushed it well over 300k before the odometer broke. LOL

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Condemnedsoul23
Friday, June 04, 2010 @ 11:18:47 PM
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The exclusive is.................

Mooooooooooooooortalllllllllllllll Kooooooooombaaaaaaaaaaaatttttttttt

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Highlander
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 12:06:16 AM

RRrrriiiiiiiiiddddddgggggggeeeee Raaacccceeerrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!

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laxpro2001
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 5:49:22 AM

Nah see cars are the theme here... its obviously:

Arthur Ready to Race 2: Race With Vengeance

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mike rlz
Friday, June 04, 2010 @ 11:20:08 PM
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I tinted out my 08 Pontiac G5, it's nothing special but why not?

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Metal Head
Friday, June 04, 2010 @ 11:42:25 PM
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I don't understand people's fascination with porn. I hope the exclusive game is not a fps. We need more games like Heavy Rain,inFAMOUS,the last guardian. I drive a Civic. On monday morning am heading to Europe then to South Africa to watch the World Cup with my friends. I had an awesome time in Germany and can't wait for the tournament to start. Brazil,Spain,England are the favorites. I hope the U.S. can reach semifinals?.

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Qubex
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 9:37:19 AM

Please be careful down there. I immigrated from South Africa because of the violence and crime. Tourists will be targets there, so I suggested you stick to what your guides or hotel staff tell you to do. I wouldn't be brave and go off and drive somewhere you don't know... if you don't understand the local temperament don't risk unnecessarily...

South Africa is a huge country, but, there are still an average of about 50 murders a day, it's a very scary statistic and one of the highest homicide rates in the world . You may not be directly effected, i wasn't and I lived there, but the risk is extremely high in areas that you don't know.

Also, not reported in the international news, the Columbian teams rooms were ransacked at there 5 star hotel by the cleaners... all valuables were taken, and they had only been there for a few days prior...

Don't walk around with valuables hanging off you, conceal your mobile phone and camera... head my warnings...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Abidan13
Friday, June 04, 2010 @ 11:57:07 PM
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NieR has become one of my favourite titles on the PS3, beating out even Final Fantasy XIII. The only other titles that I can say have a place in my heart are Valkyria Chronicles and Heavy Rain.

As for the vehicles part, well, kids are stupid. I'm still a kid (19yrs) and I can admit this. Kids (those 16 and 17 year olds) want to be noticed somehow. If they don't have the talent in terms of academics or athletics, they'll find other outlets for attention.

What REEEEEAAAALLLY annoys me is that rich kid at school who got a miata from his parent's for passing grade 11. Know what I got for passing grade 11? I wasn't beat! lol... i exaggerate... slightly.

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GuernicaReborn
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 12:03:21 AM

Someone got an S2000 in my class for his first car. It wasn't even his birthday present, it was 'just because'. I think it was brand new too, back in '00.

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fluffer nutter
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 1:03:24 AM

That's common over here, sadly. I had a classmate that got a used SL500 for her "sweet 16" and she was upset that it was used. And by used I mean, it was her father's, it had 6,000 miles on it and he gave it to her because he didn't want it anymore and bought himself a new one. Sickening.

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therabbitkinge
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 12:02:59 AM
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I drive a bike... tied my shower radio to it once... fell over in a parking lot going on the uphil ramp and a woman did come over to help me up... so that's my input on that ^_^

I've got Nier and I played both Drakengard games by Cavia and I love how its its great to play just hard to justify with the dated gameplay T^T

And finally about the exclusive, I know its genre must already be decided but me and a friend have a running bet for 20 bucks, I say its anything but a shooter, racer, or simulator of any kind, he's backing those genres so Ben don't let me down lol ^u^

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 12:05:19 AM

LOL That first part can't be true...

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Shams
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 2:17:07 AM

Oh God! LOL! You made my day with that comment! Go see Napoleon Dynamite if you haven't already! Thank you, and mad respect.

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Milonakis
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 10:55:17 PM

bahahaha

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Scarecrow
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 12:10:18 AM
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Ah, those cheap cars that try to act as if they were real sports cars

Those crack me up
They get these loud sounding mufflers to make it seem as if they own a badass car. More like an 'ass bad' car.... *ahem*

And you're so right 'bout the "what kind of girls." The only girls who pay attention to those kinds of cars are just as cheap as their cars.
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E3 is gonna be packed with great games. Can't wait to see the secrets Sony's holding for E3, including Ben's secret exclusive!

I'm guessing Twisted Metal or FFVII remake. Hopefully it's not FFVII remake, I'll be so disappointed.

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FxTales
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 12:15:25 AM
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They see me ridin' my 2003 Honda Demio and they hatin'.

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goodgamer
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 12:37:07 AM
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You're driving a $500 junk heap that would get beat by just about any vehicle on the road
is not about the car as much as is about the man driving

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Kr3sn1k
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 12:37:13 AM
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Ben you know what would be funny if when you post up the article on the secret exclusive dont even put it in the title make the title something completely random

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fluffer nutter
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 1:05:31 AM

Yeah! Title it "Personal Update: My bunghole's on fire but at least the wings were delish!" No? Damn...

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Silent_J
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 9:15:03 AM

LMAO ^^^

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BikerSaint
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 1:05:03 AM
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How do you know that Ben didn't already put the hint in this very thread......

Hmmmmm.....a $500 piece of junk car is nothing more than a big ole hunk of "Twisted Metal" anyway.

(just as Milonakis also thinks too)

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Mavfan321
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 1:57:48 AM
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Is this exclusive a franchise that's always been exclusive to the Sony brand? If not will it irritate the Xbots? Rhetorically asking these questions.

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___________
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 2:22:27 AM
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its all about showing off thats all, its a cock waving contest in a way (or lack of one). thats one thing ill never understand.
a friend of mine had a brand new golf spent 30K on it leather seats, sat nav, the works quite a nice car. for some reason he was not happy with it, so he bought a crappy holden astra and kitted it up.
ended up blowing 10K on the car and another 20K doing it up.
both outside and inside it looks like a piece of sh*t.
hes got this huge muffler on it with a blow off valve, and all this instead of a golf.
thats one thing i really cant understand, why would you buy a crap car and spend a fortune doing it up?
why not put all that cash together and buy a decent car, instead a pile of bolts?

as for neir i have not finished it yet its on my must finish list along with yakuza 3.
im too busy finishing my assignments to play anything at the moment.
god i wish i was still at school!
get to sleep in, see your mates every day, and best of all no homework, assignments or any of that crap!
i really want to finish yakuza 3 too its really got me interested to see whos trying to break up the triad, and if you will go back.
i cant wait till yakuza 4 comes out, just one thing PLEASE NO MORE BABYSITTING MISSIONS!!!!!!!!
i thought this was yakuza not babysitters 3.
yakuza is Japanese for mafia right?

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Oxvial
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 2:47:38 AM

Actually the real name of the franchise isn't Yakuza.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 10:29:36 AM

Wait...wait...wait...if you're going to spend $30k on a car, you go and get a GOLF? Really?

That's more than I spent to get a $52k used (only a year and a half old, with 26k miles), and I'm fairly certain that...you know where I'm going.

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___________
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 7:55:26 AM

depends what model it is.
the standard golf which he had starts at 25.
GTIs start at 60.
R32s start at 70.
i cant believe he bought a holden, now golfs are a sh*t load better than a holden!
at least a golf would last more than a week without breaking.
a friend of mines father had a club sport 07 model brand spanking new spend 120K on it.
within 3 months he blew his engine TWICE!
those things are as reliable as a launch day 360.

i mean a brand new alfa or renult or audi or mini or perguot (though dont buy a perguot there CRAP!) start around 25 and there a sh*t load nicer than the golf, i really cant understand why people buy them.
honestly my 10 year old 13K car has a nicer interior than a brand new golf!
there a nice car, but not 25K+ nice.

i dont mind the golfs, there bulletproof, fairly nice inside but there too expensive for what they are.
he was going to get a GTI but there 60 grand for peeks sake!!!
60 grand, you can get a freaking merc or BMW for that price!
i told him to get a alfa but he would not listen to me.
thats the next car im getting a 147GTA.
which will be soon my cars falling to pieces i had to get a new clutch not so long ago, and now i need to reco the engine and gearbox.

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HAMCHUNKS
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 3:50:43 AM
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great site, but i dont want to know about car reviews or user reviews, LOL just my opinion, i would like some kind of filter for just SONY stuff :)

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Banky A
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 4:22:33 AM
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Ben I'm stealing your Lexus.

Unless you wanna' do a trade. You keep your vehicular transport and you tell me the secret exclusive now?
Sweet thanks.

;D

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 10:27:53 AM

I...have a Lexus?

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fluffer nutter
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 11:26:21 AM

Infiniti > Lexus.

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Banky A
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 8:33:06 PM

*Infiniti

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JackC8
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 7:17:06 AM
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That stuff about cars made me laugh out loud. When I was that age, everybody bought an old Camaro or Mustang and with a few hundred bucks and some basic mechanical knowledge, you could build a rust bucket that could smoke its tires pretty well. I guess nowadays it costs thousands to modify one of these hi-tech engines and even most certified mechanics wouldn't know where to start.

As far as games, Neir has that "feels like home" look to it in my opinion as well. I'll probably have to pick it up one of these days. And Deus Ex is looking fantastic.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 10:27:38 AM

Back then, people cared about things that matter for car; i.e, making it perform better with what little you have. Requires some actual knowledge of something.

Now, they only want to make it LOOK better. It's still a crapbox and can barely move, and IMO, it still looks like hell...but whatever.

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Yogi
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 9:15:46 AM
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Of course you've always been great to us Ben, still my favorite video game journalist.

Imo, it's time you and Arnold went into Podcast mode.

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CrazyIrishBoy
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 9:49:46 AM
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What idiot puts a $2000 speaker system in a $500 car... I hope that was exaggeration :P

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Gone
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 9:52:45 AM

It's the Fast and the Furious wannabes.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 10:26:10 AM

Hell no it's not an exaggeration.

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Jawknee
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 12:04:26 PM

If the care runs, who cares. Gotta have music.

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CrazyIrishBoy
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 2:55:17 PM

Of course ya gotta have music :) But cars usually come with radios these days :P But sure if the care runs..

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therabbitkinge
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 10:46:18 AM
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Not an exaggeration indeed, I've seen some scary looking sound systems in *hoopdies (*crap cars) scary as in road hazards! Family member of mine took a home stereo system (the ones that stand at about 4 feet tall with giant woofers cased in wood) and wired it to the back of their mint green Nissan quest! The back door stood wide open with this thing hanging out the back ready to fly out at any moment... and apparently that was "ghetto fabulous" lol.

Oh and when it comes to those newer compact sound systems people stick in the dash of the *hoopdies... well to me its like staring at a diamond in the middle of a cowpie.

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JPBooch
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 10:54:27 AM
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I just want to say...I think it's retarded what they do with Hondas.

My stepson is the guy you mention though. He has a multitude of these cars he has paid from 500 to 1500 bucks for and does exactly what you say. Puts all sorts of crap into the motor, the coffee can exhaust, then proceeds to go to a parking lot on thursday night to stand by his crap.

In their defense though, it's a culture. Those Hondas are extremely light and their parts are very easy to interchange and swap making them a veritable Lego kit for people. They go to the parking lot to pick up races and try and make a little money. Fast and Furious was a movie made based on that culture...not the other way around.

We always tend to make fun of things we know nothing about. I'd rather drive an Audi or a BMW, but settle for my Impala as a family car.

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Skatejimmy5
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 11:11:13 AM
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I have a 1991 Volkswagen Polo, which takes me where I need to go. That's what I think that matters now, since I'm young and don't have a job. Later on, when I'm older I'll hopefully get a nice car and a motorbike. But right now, I'm not tricking anything out, it just looks silly.

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Beamboom
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 1:11:19 PM
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What I don't get is the facination of cars... It all strikes me as weirdly old-fashioned and irrational. I mean, how can it be of such importance or essence to "stand beside" something at all? It's just a product? An item? A cash drain?
But then again I live in a city and has no need for one... *puzzled*

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BikerSaint
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 10:00:18 PM

Beamboom,
I wouldn't never think of standing next to my cherry 2003 Fire Engine Red Ford F-150 pickup.

But I'm damned proud to hold up my old 1987 "100 cubic inch", hot cammed,Harley-Davidson, that's also running a pair of straight unmuffled long-shot shotguns, as pictured above.

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Beamboom
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 5:12:17 AM

... But it's just a shop item, isn't it? If you made the non-muffler yourself, or at least designed it for someone else to craft for you, then I would understand this. But the way I see it it's no different than me talking about the spec of my PC. It's pretty good with it's dual SLI gpu setup, sure, but still just something anyone can order. It's just items on a shopping list...

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Ultimate_Balla
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 1:25:02 PM
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Lmao @ the Tera part

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kraygen
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 2:33:22 PM
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So Ben my big question for nier is how many hours did it take you to beat it? Old school feel is what I keep hearing but does it have the old school game play time?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, June 05, 2010 @ 3:27:40 PM

It took me about 35 hours, but I did most of the available quests. You could probably beat it in 25 hours without a problem.

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CharlesD
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 1:46:50 AM
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Still wikid behind on my comments, all this FFXIII, RDR, GOWIII, etc. is really consuming nonsensical amounts of time lately lol

Ben, good pics of the car. I miss the Z, but the Infinity is soo nice. Once I sit in it I feel like I could stay there for quite some time. Definitely one of the more luxurious interiors you could have picked. And it is kinda creepy smart lol

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Shatterday
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 7:30:20 AM
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I'm 21 and I understand what you're talking about with the car thing. I've never had great cars that I've been able to be proud of. I've gone through a lot of junkers and now I drive a 2003 Civic. I don't have a lot of money so a 350z isn't even on my wish list.

I think it might be just a millennial thing :-P

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