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Last year, around this time, something extremely strange happened to me that I don't think I'll ever be able to forget. It has scarred me for life, and I think I'd like to share my odd experience with you. I'm a huge fan of the game Counter-Strike. It's not a very popular game, so I doubt you've ever heard of it. Anyway, one day I was playing the newest iteration of the series, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, with my friend Gabe and we were killing all of the bad guys on the other team. Of course, Halloween was just around the corner, so the developers, a mysterious small company creatively named "Valve", decided to include a mysterious festive decoration in the game. Gabe had told me that the new addition was something very frightening and involved ghosts. I'm extremely terrified of ghosts, so I was cowering in my chair the whole match. He eventually told me that the map we were on didn't have the ghoulish festive decoration on it, so I breathed a deep sigh of relief and played the map like I normally would until it switched to a different map. The map changed, and I shuddered thinking what the terrifyingly frightful new addition might possibly be. I began to cautiously walk through the map until Gabe told me to come over to where his character was at. I nearly covered my eyes, only letting a tiny area to see out of, and quivered in my seat as I slowly inched my way closer and closer to Gabe's location. As I came close, I finally saw what the "terrifying" new addition to the game was: the chickens that typically wander around this map now looked like little ghosts running around! I wiped away my tears of fear in relief, and sighed. Gabe can be such a jerk sometimes. However, later in the evening something actually did happen to us that I shudder to think about even today. We played a few more matches that night, laughing at and stabbing the spooky ghost-chickens with our knives in jest. I decided to log off and go to sleep after one more match, and Gabe also decided to go to sleep after one last match. We decided to play on opposite teams instead of together like we usually do, and so Gabe chose the Terrorist side while I became a Counter-Terrorist. We both met, and we both fired at each other. I was a bit more accurate than Gabe was, so I got the kill, but something very odd happened after he died. In "CSGO", as we like to call it, after you die a still image of your killer is shown briefly before you either respawn or have to wait to respawn after the round ends. This time however.......what happened is almost indescribable for me. After Gabe died, instead of being able to continue moving my character like I normally would be able to, a still image of his dead body popped up. This time, however, a distorted and somewhat faint apparition was near his body. The still image didn't go away, either. It remained on my screen indefinitely, and as I'm terrified of ghosts I began to back away from my chair. I picked up my phone from my nightstand and started dialing Gabe's number. He didn't answer, so I called once more and again he didn't answer. Gabe always answers, so I thought this was really odd. I tried shutting off my computer to calm myself down, but for some reason nothing happened when I held down the power button. I decided to just sleep on the couch in our living room to avoid looking at the terrifying creature on my screen and go over to Gabe's house in the morning to ask him if he also saw the ghost. As I made my little makeshift bed on the couch and crawled into bed, I started to hear a very faint voice saying something I couldn't quite understand. I hesitantly peeked over my blanket and didn't see anyone, so I buried myself under the covers until morning. When I woke up, I realized I was still wearing my pajamas so I needed to change before I walked over to Gabe's house. As I walked in my room, I initially noticed something distinct- my computer display had changed. It wasn't the still image of the ghost over Gabe's body in "CSGO" now. Instead, in its place were four odd letters on an alternatively flashing white and black background: ÇqÉÆƒ. Initially unsure of what that might mean, I thought about it for a bit and realized that it was my friend Gabe's name upside-down. I immediately tensed up, realizing something was wrong. I quickly threw on a t-shirt and shorts, slipped on some sneakers, and rushed over to Gabe's house. As I turned the corner on to Gabe's street, Half-Life Lane, I slowed down as I neared his house. There was police tape all over the front of his house, and three police officers were standing out front. One officer was taking pictures of his house while another was jotting down notes in a notebook. The third officer was talking to Gabe's mom, who was bawling her eyes out. I was confused- what exactly had happened? As I approached the officers, they directed me to stay clear of the area as it was under police investigation. I asked the officer with notebook what had happened, and he told me a death had occurred in the house. He wouldn't say more, so I walked in sorrow back to my house. Was Gabe really dead? It couldn't be possible. There's no way! As I walked back in my room, my computer seemed to be back to normal, thankfully. It was still powered on and sitting at the desktop. I called Gabe just to confirm that he was truly gone one last time, but to my surprise he actually answered! "G-g-g-gabe?" I tentatively whispered. He replied back, saying, "Yeah man, it's me. Sorry about last night, bro. My memory is sort of hazy so I can't remember everything, but after last night I blacked out after playing a couple matches with you, bro. When I woke up, Horatio- you know, our pet chicken? Anyway, Horatio was dead, man! I don't know what happened to him, but oh well. We got more chickens, so I don't really care." I sighed in relief at that moment. I asked him, "Hey, up for some CSGO, bro?"
TKtheknight posted a topic in General Game DiscussionI'm bored out of my mind and thought of a nice discussion topic for the community. There are many great games that received little hype promoting and turned out to be awesome gems. In my mind there are plenty of games that had that. I'll start off the bat. Valkyria Chronicles is a game that I really enjoyed and loved when I first got my PS3. I remember hearing nothing much about it and didn't get hyped or promoted enough. This was one of the best tactical games I've ever played on the PS3. How about you? What games you've played turned out to be awesome that wasn't hyped?
I'm not a big fan of having a lot of things stashed up, and well, after looking through my old emails and forum PMs, it seems there's a lot of games I either traded for, bought, or got for free in some way that I just haven't done anything with so far. I don't really have any use for them, and so well, I figured I might bring up this again! Yes, the one, the only, the...... Game Podunk Trivia! Did you miss it? No? Well, that's fine too. It's a chance to win free loot so I don't see why you wouldn't be excited now! By answering a set of video game related trivia questions every day, you can amass points that you can use to "buy" items from the prize booth of sorts! Prizes will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis, so act fast if you and other people both have enough for something you want! The current prize list is follows (keep in mind that most of these are keys so I can't 100% confirm if they work but they definitely should): PSN: Toki Tori [EU]- 12 points Rainbow Moon [EU]- 16 points Worms Crazy Golf [uS]- 20 points Hungry Giraffe [uS, minis]- 10 points Steam: Starvoid- 16 points Dungeons/Dungeons Gold Edition [Not sure which, only choose this if you have neither Dungeons game please.]- 20 points Eets- 12 points Puzzle Agent- 12 points Sid Meier's Civilization III Complete- 14 points Humble Bundle V [Non-BTA]- 10 points Indie Gala V [Lowest tier]- 6 points Feel free to throw anything you have laying around into the pile! Just PM me about it if so! So, today's (9-24) trivia questions are as follows (make sure to PM me your answers to them): 1. Name one game released before 1998 that Nolan North contributed his voice acting to. [1 point] 2. The Suffering uses what camera angle(s)? [1 point] 3. Actor Gary Coleman made a cameo in what game? [1 point] 4. "OOaM" is an abbreviation for what game? [2 points] Remember, answer sending is closed whenever I post up tomorrow's set! Standings Marcus Estrada: 9 points Leah: 9 points DarkCobra86: 9 points Ludono: 4 points Kiwi: 9 points Have fun, and good luck!