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    New Islands in Solitaire Blitz: Jamaica & Mangrove Forest

    Our superstar pal Tara (who is the very definition of awesome) is back with an announcement that’s sure to make Solitaire Blitz fans (which hopefully equals everyone, ’cause that game rules) get up and dance.

    Today is the day, Blitzin’ friends. The air horns have blasted, rays of sunshine are spilling down on the open sea, and your Solitaire Blitz crew is ready and waiting for you to raise that anchor. New islands have been spotted on the horizon and it’s time to set sail!

    Join Jerry, Terri, Barry, and Hank on Reggae Beach where they will sing to a new tune. Hop on a bobsled and race with Gene… you know he’s going for that gold medal this year! We also get introduced to a new dolphin in these Quests: Splashy. But is he friend or foe? Moving forward to Mangrove Forest we’ll help Gene start a new business and set a trap for The Claw. Think we’ll catch that mysterious thief this time?

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    Peggle 2 Duel Mode Is Here

    Welcome to another guest post or, as we like to call it, “Everybody Loves Rowland.”

    Peggle 2 has become more magical with the first installment of downloadable content featuring the awesome multiplayer Duel Mode – a profound new experience that’s completely and utterly free!

    In a smart match, a private match or just relaxing on the couch, players can now compete against each other on the same board and take turns shooting pegs and demolishing bricks in an ultimate test of Peggle skill. Which mighty Peggle Master will you pick? And who will reach the heights of Extreme Fever first? You’ll have to play Duel Mode to find out!

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    Celebrate Julie’s Birthday Day Is Today!

    Hello friends and readers and friends of readers! It’s a happy day on the Blog Ride today, a joyously celebratory kind of day, because today is Blog Ride writer and copy editor Julie’s birthday! We think she might be 31, but she sure isn’t telling! You may not know, but Julie copy edits every single post that goes up on the Blog Ride, as well as writing some, and so is responsible for any sort of readability here, as well as keeping tricky commas in place and such. In her honor, a couple of us have written some birthday tributes. You can too, in the comments.


    From the Mighty Dana:
    As a grammar nerd, I always appreciate meeting others like me. (And no, you’re not one just because you hate it when people misuse there, their, and they’re. Everyone hates that, including, I suspect, the hapless perpetrators.) Julie is one of the only people to whom I can rant about my linguistic pet peeves without having to explain them. That is just one of the things I love about her. I’m also pretty sure I’ve never seen her in a bad mood!

    From the Multiloquent Philip:
    In much the same way that I am the younger brother Julie doesn’t need (she already has four), Julie is the big sister I didn’t think I had room for (I already have five). But somehow our individual birth orders and familial gender imbalances have worked to our advantage. As a Copywriter, I create the copy for use in various places and as the Copy Editor, Julie takes a red pen to it, enumerates the many ways in which I’ve messed up and sends it back for correction. I, not wanting to further incur her wrath, slink away quietly to make the changes and hope to never speak of it again. Happy Birthday, Julie! You are way more wonderful than I will ever admit.

    From the Multipotent Emi (who is one of the super-talented artists here, but who also can write sentences):
    I have said on more than one occasion that Julie is the coolest person I know. She’s the kind of person you want as a neighbor who regularly comes over for a glass of wine. Or the family member you always want to spend the holidays with because she’s happy and fun. Or, in my case, the kind of coworker you appreciate because she’s really good at her job but also just an awesome person to spend 8 hours a day with. When I found out Julie had 2 daughters, I thought to myself “I hope they know how amazingly cool their mom is.” So Hailey and Jamie, I’m sure you know this, but you guys really lucked out. Give your mom an extra hug today.

    Also, Julie, for your birthday present I made you not look like a hunchback in this blog image on this very post. You’re welcome.

    From the Mellisonant Tara:
    Wishing the happiest of birthdays to localization master, mama of the Blog Ride, and the sweetest most genuine friend; JULIE! I feel so lucky and happy to have worked with Julie. Her smile, shoulders to cry on, and intelligence are just a few of the qualities I appreciate on the occasional or weekly Julie visit on floor 2 of PopCap HQ. Love you Julie! <3

    From me:
    Ladieeeeees and Gentlemen and Blog Ride readers. It’s time for the greatest and most anticipated grammatical battle in the history of misplaced modifiers. In this corner, we have the spelling sensation, the phonetic rambler, English John Hart, owner of a record of 16 schwas, four diacritics and one really long o, pride of the olde English, and sometimes known as the Chester Herald. He’s going red pen to red pen with the current Champion of the mark up, the appositive appositiver, the Seattle syntacticalian, the classiest classifying modifier on this or any other blog, Julie Jenkins, long known for defeating commatical and other errors on 134 blog posts in a row – without ever a defeat from writer or wh-interrogative clause! Let’s get ready to re-write!

    Of course, the beauty of the above bout is that even a famous fifteenth-century grammarian would lose to Julie. Cause all he had to worry about was the plague, and she has to finagle with all the blog writers every day (and that’s just a teeny tiny part of her job). This is why she retains the championship belt, on this day, and on all others. Thanks Julie, for making us less dumb sounding and for everything else, too!

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    Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare — Kind Words from the Internet

    Resident Englishman Rowland has been hard at work reading all the nice things people have been saying about Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare. Let us not let his work go to waste.

    Someone once said, I forget who but they were very important. “We are going to make Plants vs. Zombies into a shooter, and people will love it.” How prescient that person was. But before we got to “It’s obvious this was always going to work,” there was a huge amount of work involved. Ideas were pitched from all over PopCap and EA, until finally a small elite team of incredibly passionate and talented developers delivered Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare. Our fans and critics have been very enthusiastic in their praise, read for yourself!

    Game Revolution scored it a solid 100/100 and asks, “Is this the second coming of peanut butter and chocolate?”

    USGamer also gives it perfect marks (100/100) calling it a “thoroughly entertaining, super-competitive, high body count FPS-hybrid.”

    Gaming Trend praises it for being “a shooter that the entire family can enjoy; a game that’s simple enough for my five-year-old daughter, yet deep and varied enough to entrance even the most battle-hardened veteran.”

    Polygon notes that it “artfully starts with great shooter chops and uses PvZ to take bold risks with its design, with inspired twists on multiplayer conventions.”

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    It’s Buy Yourself Something Nice Day!

    If you have the Plants vs. Zombies vs. The Movies 2014 Calendar (which is, between us, the best calendar not only for this year, but for any year that has yet to happen), you already know that today is of course Buy Yourself Something Nice Day. If you did know, maybe you’ve already bought yourself something nice. But if you didn’t know, well, I have some good suggestions. First up, to make sure you don’t miss another important holiday again, you should get the Plants vs. Zombies vs. The Movies 2014 Calendar I mentioned above. Sure, you missed January, but you can still enjoy the awesome art. As an example, put your peepers on what this month’s movie looks like:


    If you already have the calendar, but just plain forgot to pick yourself up something nice, then I have the ideal suggestion. Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare for Xbox One and Xbox 360 just came out, and is setting the world on fire with fun. If you’ve been living on an Internet-free island for the last seven months or so, PvZ Garden Warfare lets you blast zombies and plants across a mine-blowing world that delivers the depth of a traditional online shooter blended with the refreshing humor of Plants vs. Zombies.

    If you have both the calendar and PvZ Garden Warfare already, then you are one lucky person. But you still deserve to get something nice. My suggestion at this point? One of the amazing Plants vs. Zombies headsets from Astro. They are swell.

    Okay, have all of the above? There’s only one thing left for you to get yourself. This circus poster:

    Because you, my friend, are the ringleader of awesome.

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    Ask a Zombie: “Playing Their Fiddles and Dancing Their Jigs” Edition

    If you are reading this, you have a problem that only Zombie can solve. Don’t try to figure it out, just write to ZombieAdvice@PopCap.com and Zombie will make it all better.

    Dear Mr. Zombie,

    There’s something on my mind for quite some time now. Why are you helping us with your wisdom and advice, when you’re simply after our brains? Wouldn’t that make us enemies?

    Confusingly yours,

    Dear Hyphenanthony,

    You want Zombie help or you not want Zombie help? This just a moment in time Anthony. Zombie can help you now and help can be helpful and your life improve and you skip around singing tra-la-la and then maybe later Zombie come and eat your suspicious brain and you go, “Hey, I remember you” and Zombie going to give you the raised eyebrows of acknowledgement and eat your brain anyway. It not personal. It just how The Universe™ is, Anthony. You know how some time you petting a cat and it all cuddly and making motorboat noise and then suddenly it turn around and bite you? Is you all, “Hey cat, are we enemies now?” Just take it for what it is, Anthony. Do not worry about what comes after.