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My name is Jake, I'm an Australian Gamer, and also work as a volunteer staff member here at Strategy Informer. I'm also the former Network Manager for Strategy Informer, until I was forced to retire from the position due to time constraints with studying Games Programming at University and other life commitments.

Currently playing: Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Civilization V, Halo: Reach, Killing Floor
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posted on 03/10/2010 06:41

Yea... I totally don't. However, it seems to always say that I do. Bug? Anyone else have this?

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Mass Effect 2 - Greatest Xbox 360 game of all time?
posted on 01/30/2010 06:24

Metacritic has posted an awesome article on their website regarding Mass Effect 2, it takes a look at the overwhelmingly positive reviews Mass Effect 2 has received thus far.

With over 40 perfect scores from around the world, Mass Effect 2 is poised to be one of Xbox 360's greatest games of all time. Read Metacritic's article below.

http://features.metacritic.com/features/2010/mass-effect-2-inside-the-reviews

Having been playing ME2 for the last couple of days, I can say it is improved in almost every way, though there is a couple of things like the simplification of inventory which I thought was changed too much. Regardless though, it's a very solid game without any clear flaws in sight, and definately a big contender for Game of the Year 2010.

If your interested, you can also see the exact scores and reviews from each site/magazine on the page below.

http://www.metacritic.com/games/platforms/xbox360/masseffect2

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R18+ Classification Poll by EBGames.com.au - VOTE NOW!
posted on 01/20/2010 00:39

EB Games is running a poll on their website about whether Australia should introduce R18+ ratings for games, this being a heavy topic lately, the more voices supporting this cause, the better.

I urge all Australians on this site to go there and show your support by voting, also.. I don't think the poll is region restricted, so anyone around the world who wants to help their fellow gamers out from the land down under, your welcome, and encouraged, to cast your vote as well!

You will find the vote on the right side of their website on all pages.

http://www.ebgames.com.au/

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New Mass Effect 2 Interview / Gameplay Trailer.. it's awesome.
posted on 01/13/2010 01:50

For anyone unsure about whether Mass Effect 2 is a game for you, I think this interview which shows plenty of gameplay and cinematic footage will help with your decision greatly.

http://www.gametrailers.com/video/ces-10-mass-effect/60754

I for one, am very excited for release, and am working my way through a new and improved character in the first Mass Effect which I can then transfer over and continue in ME2! :)

PS. Jamie, there is a couple of other good ME2 trailers on GT.com as well which you guys should chuck on SI... but mainly this one I'd recommend.

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GameSpot's 2009 Game of the Year Awards... humour inbound!
posted on 12/25/2009 21:10

As most will probably know, GameSpot does their annual 'Game of the Year Awards' around this time, and this year is no different.

http://gamespot.com/best-of/

Their articles and video's are quite long and informative covering the entire year as a whole, and then each quarter separately, not to mention the the video's announcing the awards. However, the best part, and the reason I actually decided to post this blog here, was their addition to the 'Special Awards' category of:

"Most surprising title to make it past Aussie censors"

This award gave me a good chuckle, and I truly hope that the classification board see's the video, as it makes a good point about the inconsistencies of their decisions lately on game classiciations. Winning the award was GTA: China Town. A game for the DS, in which your main source of income is through the sales of illegal drugs of various kinds.

Anyway, I have to admit that GameSpot's 2009 Awards are quite interesting and informative, and if you've got a few hours spare or want to kill some time, the video's and articles will keep you busy, and quite often give you a laugh, so I recommend you all check it out.

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Assassin's Creed - Lineage Part 2 and 3 released.
posted on 11/19/2009 02:19

I didn't see it published on this site yet, so I thought I better do so, since the game is now released, or releasing in the next few days depending on where you live.

Part 1 was published a week or so ago, and was posted on this site, but for those who missed it I will place the link below also.

Lineage - Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqGk33RAZA8

Lineage - Part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hkGDPrnw-Q

Lineage - Part 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0ArB92arZw

For those un-aware exactly what these are, they are a 3 part short-movie designed to give some insight into the story relating to the latest Assassin's Creed game. These were professionally made and in my opinion, very impressive. The Visual effects were done by the same people recognised for their superb work on the movie, 300.

Enjoy.

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