The Backlog: Within You Without You edition

Fact: Playing this guitar makes women swoon and ignore the bassist outright Let's all breathe easy for a moment. After all, things are about to get crazy this fall: Scribblenauts hits North American shelves next week, soon to be followed by big names like Brütal Legend, Uncharted, Assassin's Creed and Modern Warfare.

And if you just dropped a hundo on a big ol' replica Gretsch Duo Jet guitar -- like I may or may not have just done -- well, you're already in full-tilt panic mode.

Guard your wallet carefully this holiday season, dear reader! We're in for a doozy.

Having finally arrived at the fifth stage of grief, Doug revisits an old -- but not forgotten -- friend.

Doug:

This week has involved a bit of comfort gaming and a big look back at a far-gone friend. Unfortunately I've spent more time trying to make sure real life goes as planned than behind a controller, but so goes life.

Comfort gaming has predominantly taken the form of Tiger Woods 2005 on my original Xbox — nothing like a round of golf or two while listening to a podcast (or one of the newly-released Beatles remasters, of which I am a big fan). The joy of sports gaming is that, for me, I can turn my brain off for a bit, relax, and enjoy. Tiger 2005 isn't as polished as some of the later games in the past five years, but it's still plenty fun.

Paying penance has come in memorializing the 10th anniversary of the Sega Dreamcast. I'll have more on that on the site soon, but as a Dreamcast fan from the word go, it's wonderful to see so many people come out both on forums and in the games press to remember the little white system that could. It's a shame Sega can't produce a game now that lives up to the quality of their first-party products in that generation...

Also, according to Microsoft's robotic phone answering system, apparently a replacement Xbox 360 is on its way back to my door. Thank god; I think I'm shaking from withdrawals. Time to get back to the contemporary after that gets back...Batman: Arkham Asylum, The Beatles: Rock Band, Madden and Forza 3 in the not-too-distant future....yummy.

Sitar Hero

Nick:

Try to realise it's all within yourself No one else can make you change And to see you're really only very small And life flows on within you and without you