Today we’re making a shift in our review process, something of a monumental one for us. I personally have been the review editor for AAGH since it launched, and as such I’ve led us through a number of review format changes. From stars to numbers, with ranges from 1-5 to 1-10, our reviews have had a bunch of makeovers over the years (as you can see by going through our review archive). This time we’re undergoing our largest change yet: we’re removing the game score entirely.

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Does everyone know about our Facebook page? It’s been up since late July and we would love to have you there. Check it out and let us know what you think.

lag_1In case PC gamers needed another reason to love Steam, they occasionally offer free play weekends of their games. This weekend it’s Lead and Gold. If you’ve got Steam installed, you can download the game now and start playing. The game is under 2 GB in size, so it’s not a huge download (that statement would have been balked at even 5 years ago).

I’ve never played the game before, so there’s no better time to try it. After a play test or three I’ll post an opinions article on the game. Let us know in the comments here if you’ve played it, if you’ve liked it, or if you’re going to give it a shot, too. While you’re at it, join the Steam group. It’s nigh silent right now, so join up and make some noise. I’ll be organizing the group as people join up.

For those who haven’t checked it out yet, The Jockeys is my web comic based around two radio DJs, their cousin (a monster) and one of the DJ’s killer pet snake. Since I stared in late 2009 it’s developed a darker tinge. It was originally a clean-cut series but after almost a year hiatus the character’s personalities finally started showing up, and they’re not as pristine as I’d originally thought. Bernie (the monster) in particular is my favorite. Nothing is out of the realm of possibilities with him – even shaving him bald for laughs. Here’s my most gaming-centric comic so far, posted on October 10th, 2010.

The Jockeys

Bernie’s the gamer of the group, but Joey doesn’t understand them. Joey and Bernie argue allot, over games, sports, getting work done, French basketball-playing monsters, you name it. If you want to see more, check out the full series at their homepage.

0.339826604192243-50Here’s a quick heads-up as far as what’s coming on

We’re planning on reviews of League of Legends (PC), Halo Reach (360) and Rune Factory: Frontier (Wii) to hit the site in the coming weeks, and I’m still working on Test Drive Unlimited 2, DC Universe Online and Dragon Age 2.

When it’s released I’m also going to bang out a review of Out of the Park 12, which will be the sixth title in the series to be reviewed here. In addition, I’m planning on getting ahold of Major League Baseball 2K11 for review but that may have to wait until later.

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I’m going to plug one of our network sites here. AlphaSports is our NBA 2K Series My Player-mode blog that follows the misadventures of Rick Daniel, a point guard out of Akron. In NBA 2K10 he went from the Reno Bighorns of the NBADL ultimately to a happy ending with the Orlando Magic. Now in NBA 2K11, he was drafted by the Miami Heat and after a disappointing end to his first season he resigned with them and is trying to take another stab at a championship with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Will they do it? You’ll have to follow the blog to find out.

I want to make a quick update on the new build’s status. Up to the last minute our Game of the Year award pages have worked fine, but right when we went live an error occurred on all of them, rendering them unreadable. They are currently down for repair, but all other pages seem to be fine. Thanks for coming.