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'Tis the season

Friday, January 4, 2008 | 02:46 PM | by
So, it's about that time again. Winter-een-mas is just around the corner. Though from all the emails I've been getting about it, I imagine most of you already knew that. This will be the 6th annual Winter-een-mas celebration, if you can believe that.

At this point the holiday is largely out of my hands. We will, of course, always continue to celebrate the holiday here at Ctrl+Alt+Del, but its really mostly up to you guys now. The people that dig what the holiday is about will celebrate it, and those that don't, won't. But your word of mouth is what really makes the holiday grow each year. The WEMas forums are open now for you to gather with fellow gamers and talk about celebrating, and also to check out discussions and such from past Winter-een-mas celebrations.

I have a few plans for the holiday season this year. Last year I created a cut-out crown that people could print out and assemble and wear during their holiday festivities and such. This year my priority goal is to start creating some Winter-een-mas greeting cards that people can print out and pass around to their friends. I'm also toying with the idea of writing a 7-page Winter-een-mas story that will update every day during the holiday, like I did back in 2004.

All in all it should be a pretty fun holiday this year, and I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone does with it. We will be offering shirts again, for those interested, I'm just waiting to hear back on when they might be available. I'll let you know.

Also, a few of the writers at CADMedia have chosen their top-5 picks for 2007. What do you think? Do you agree or disagree? Discuss it in the forums!

I myself am finally setting aside some time to play through Uncharted, which I've been dying to do for weeks. I'll let you know what I think.

Analog and D+Pad

Friday, January 4, 2008 | 10:58 PM | by
Analog and D+Pad issue 2 has been done for a while, but I've been holding it back while I finish up touches on the reprint of Ctrl+Alt+Del Volume 1 so they can go to print at the same time.

Issue #2 should be out shortly, followed relatively quickly by Issue #3, which is almost finished. We've got a new colorist on these two issues, Stephen Downer, and he's absolutely incredible. His colors really make Zack's artwork leap off the page. I'm so happy with how these two issues have turned out, and I think you guys will really enjoy them.

This is the cover to issue #2. It's part one of a two-part cover, so issue #3's cover will complete the image when held side-by-side.

Ctrl+Alt+Del Xbox 360 Theme and Picture Pack 2

Saturday, January 5, 2008 | 04:04 AM | by
The second Ctrl+Alt+Del picture pack and first (even though it says second) dashboard theme are now up on the marketplace. Also the second episode of the first season of the animated series is up there now too.

Just go to Videos or Games, and then Independents> Blind Ferret Entertainment and you'll find them in there.

I'm really pleased with how the second picture pack turned out. I asked readers what icons they would like to see, and took some of the most common suggestions and added a few of my own.

For the Theme, I love how the blades turned out, but I''m a little iffy on the "guide blade" background. But, it's my first time doing a theme, and now I know for Theme #2. Anyway, as I hate it that XBL asks you to buy themes without getting a preview, here's what the blades look like. You get a different skin for all four blades.

That first blade has the artwork from the new cover of the upcoming reprint of Ctrl+Alt+Del Volume 1.