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It's Enough To Make Me Want To Take Up Gardening

Plants vs. ZombiesI'm going to be very upfront about this.  I paid $20 for the full PC version of Plants vs. Zombies.

Now, you can give me a hard time about this--you certainly won't be the first, and you probably won't be the last.  And when I heard recently that the game had gone on sale for very cheaply, I myself was a bit sad that I hadn't gotten such a good deal.

But I will tell you something else.  I don't begrudge a single penny of that $20.

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Werewolves, and Witches, and Gearworks--Oh My!

Dead Iron: The Age of SteamIn the first several chapters of Devon Monk's novel Dead Iron: The Age of Steam, we meet the following characters: a werewolf, a man that comes back from the dead, a banished prince from another world, and a witch, to name just a few. 

We also meet three brothers who are associated with something called the Strange.

Oh, and the whole novel takes place in a setting that is both Western and steampunk.

It's a setup that seems like it has the potential to get very overwhelming, very quickly.

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Late to the Party: Baldur's Gate

Baldur's Gate BoxBaldur's Gate is a landmark in computer roleplaying games. With its initial release in November of 1998 and the expansion (Tales of the Sword Coast) in April of 1999, Black Isle/Bioware put their name on the map. With the ability to create your character from scratch, as well as unprecedented freedom in dialogue and game completion, Baldur's Gate and its expansion makes the work of Bioware and Black Isle seem almost genius.

The story starts you off as a young character with a mysterious side, and as you develop this character (using the 2nd edition rules of Dungeons and Dragons), you meet many NPCs throughout your journey that teach you about yourself and your heritage.  You're able to control up to 6 characters at one time, and you're able to control everything about the characters, including their class and the weapons and armor they have equipped. All these NPCs that you encounter have their own background and class, and you can choose either to support their cause or to leave them behind. Another mage doesn't really go with your party?  Well, just leave him for another point and time in the game.

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All you have to do is write it

Captain NemoBefore I began writing, I thought the hardest part of being a writer was coming up with the ideas. I didn't realized that all the work - turning the idea into something interesting for other people, thinking about character, and theme, and plot, oh, and actually writing it, all came after.

So I was particularly intrigued by the concept of Captain Nemo: The Fantastic Adventures of a Dark Genius, the latest novel from Kevin J. Anderson. In Anderson's book, André Nemo is a real person, and a friend of Jules Verne's. And all of the extraordinary adventure tales Verne writes are based on the actual adventures Nemo lives.

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Deus Ex: Human Revolution LogoLet me get the disclaimer out of the way before I go any further.  When the original Deus Ex was released back in 2000, it wasn’t even a blip on my radar.  College was starting and my eyes were squarely on Baldur's Gate 2 and Diablo 2 at the time.  Then came along Deus Ex: Invisible War, the 2003 sequel, and I purposely stayed away from that title, only hearing horrible things about its release including a multitude of bugs, not truly fitting in the atmosphere and world that the original created, etc, etc.  But it’s present day in 2011, and a new game has been released into the series: Deus Ex: Human Revolution. This time it’s a prequel to the original.  This is perfect; I don’t really need to know anything about the previous two games, and I can go into this one fresh.  How will that turn out?  Well, read on and we’ll find out together.  Please understand that spoilers will be mentioned and that each segment of this series will continually unravel different aspects of the game, much like a review, however, a very long winded review.  I’ll explain some side missions, the essence of the overarching story, and go into the details of the different components of the game, namely gameplay, graphics, sound, replay value, and stability.  In this first segment, story will be a large focus as you and I will be introduced to what’s going on.

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