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Friday Links – March 9, 2012

Got nothing clever to add this week sorry.

Storms Mangle Ky. Town; Community Comes Together

MARTIN: So, what do you do as a minister, as a member of this community? What’s your role in this? What have you been doing?

DONAHUE: Well, it is to do whatever we can. To be honest, this is not a one-man team. This is not a one-organization team. We have got people spearheading all different areas right now. We’ve got donations. We’ve got people taking care of displaced people. We’ve got people preparing food. But we have had just an unbelievable outpouring of community love and support.

It’s easy to forget all the good a church can provide for a community. This is a great story.

→ Obama Scolds G.O.P. Critics of Iran Policy

“Those folks don’t have a lot of responsibilities, they’re not commander in chief. When I see the casualness with which some of these folks talk about war, I’m reminded of the costs involved in war” — for those who go into combat, for national security and for the economy. “This is not a game, and there’s nothing casual about it.”

After linking way to much garbage about Santorum recently it’s about time to bring light to Obama kicking ass.

Windows UI Concept ~ What Windows 8 Should Look Like

Microsoft have just launched their new Windows 8 logo. It has sparked a great deal of controversy as not everyone agrees if its good or poor. So with this news still fresh in everyones heads we have decided to showcase Sputnik8‘s incredibly minimal and uber sexy take on designing the Windows OS.

Personally I’m not much of a fan of “Metro” and all those boxes designed for displaying advertisements (thanks 360 dashboard). I like the flatness and minimalism of this concept. Especially for support people Metro looks like it could be a nightmare. There might be a tad too much white space but I like most everything else about it.

Forza Horizon Coming this Year

The decision to bring in an extra team to provide an “off year” game is normally reserved for the very biggest franchises – such as Call of Duty and Medal of Honor, but Greenawalt said he isn’t phased by the step up.

Game companies are getting really good recycling their best stuff with yearly updates. Call of Duty, Assassins Creed, and now Forza. They keep doing this because it’s being proven it works. ITERATION! Love this posted in the comments: “I was just saying to myself the other day when I was looking at my 360 that what I really needed with my copies of a Forza 2, Forza 3 and Forza 4 is yet another version of the same game!”

Mass Effect 3 Review – Giant Bomb

At the end of the day, Mass Effect 3 is a game for people who liked Mass Effect 2 so much that they absolutely need to see how it all ends. Despite claims to the contrary from the game’s publisher, I really don’t think newcomers will get much out of it at all.

Best review I would suggest to all with questions with minimal spoilers on ME3. Everything I’ve heard about that game has been good and looking forward to hopefully getting my copy soon and playing Multiplayer with everybody.

→ Retailer Sends Copies of Madden Instead of Mass Effect 3.

Sounds like “some” customers of online retailer Newegg who pre-ordered a copy of Mass Effect 3 didn’t get what they paid for. They got a game, delivered on time, only it was...Madden 12.

Speaking of ME3…I wrote already about this but I’m glad this story had some legs. From here I can say Newegg’s CS reps are fantastic at their jobs and very diligent. On the downside I have to make my way to a UPS on my own time and gas money to return a product I didn’t purchase and they didn’t provide any credit or coupon codes for my efforts. At least I’m not alone.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive loses cross-play

“The beta has proved we want to update not just the beta, but the game itself post-launch frequently on the PC,” Valve’s Chet Faliszek revealed to Joystiq. “To do that we need to separate the platforms so one doesn’t hamstring the other. So for that, we have removed the idea of cross-platform play — essentially make all platforms stronger by not mixing them.”

Not shocking at all. Many factors I’m sure played here. Resurgence (profitability) of PC gaming? Microsoft not opening up XBL for connectivity to other services? Adoption of Steam not as high on PS3? This is a good move for purists, PC personally is the only way to play CS. This isn’t even bringing up the discussion of the high amounts of KB/Mouse advantages against controller players.

→ INCEPTION

BRRROOOONNNGGGGGG

BRRROOOONNNGGGGGG

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