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Level Design Hall of Shame: Fallout 3

Welcome, one and all, to the first and last induction in the Level Design Hall of Shame! This is a video series that chronicles gaming history, and examines the truly awful levels inside and out. If you have any suggestions for future videos, or want to rant about how wrong any of the entries are, leave a nasty message in the comments below, or on the YouTube comments section, because god only knows everyone does that anyways.

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Bummer of the Day: Bungie Has Fired Composer Martin O’Donnell, for No Reason Other Than to Make Me Sad

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Compared to some other folks out there, I think I'm much more forgiving to 2012's Halo 4. I actually gave the game a pretty strong review and, though I regret praising it a little TOO highly (that game has not aged well in just the year and a half its been on the market and, now at least, the flaws of the experience are certainly more noticeable), but I did have one massive problem with the game that I brought up in the review: the soundtrack. The score to the Halo series is one of the all time greatest in gaming, as composer Martin O'Donnell created an iconic sound with each and every Halo game. Halo 4 composer Neil Davidge could not replicate a sound nearly as iconic, and the problems of that soundtrack greatly hindered the overall game, and made me yearn for some Martin O'Donnell orchestral action. But, sadly enough, it's hard to determine when we'll next get that, as O'Donnell has been canned from Bungie for, well, no reason at all. Find out all the outrage details after the break.

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Fargo Episode 1 Review: “The Crocodile’s Dilemma”

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When I first heard that FX was developing a miniseries based off of The Coen Brothers' classic 1996 film Fargo, I admit, I was almost instantly dismissive about the entire thing. To truly understand why though, I think it's important you understand just how much I love the Coen's original version; it's easily one of my favorite movies of all times, and a film I've seen more times than most (at least in the double digits which, for me at least, is an accomplishment.) I think that film is absolute perfection, and just the mere idea that someone would want to ruin such a pure product with a longer TV retread annoyed the hell out of me. But, boy, my mind sure has changed in the past year since then.

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