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For two years now, Useless Babble has been putting out roughly one update a week, with some being much more popular than others. We've recorded the popularity of each article over the last year to bring you a list of the top 10 most popular pieces of 2010. So, let's get started!

10. Origins of the PCs: Hellbred

Originally published: August 13th, 2010.
Link: Here

The first entry in the list, is one of the amazingly successful Origins of the PCs articles, a new feature introduced for 2010. This one outlined the Hellbred race for Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 edition, first introduced in the book Fiendish Codex II: Tyrants of the Nine Hells.

The article for the hellbred, which narrowly beat out the one for the warforged race, included set rules for playing as a non-human descended hellbred character as well as the hellbred paragon class.

9. Reasons to be Scared Shitless of Christmas

Originally published: December 24th, 2010.
Link: Here

The second entry on our list came as a complete shock to me, since it's only been available for a week as of the time of writing this. Still, the paranoid rant about why we should supress our holly-jolly feelings and embrace cold, seasonal paranoia seemed to strike a chord with people.

The article was originally conceived as a list of the top 10 most dangerous things about Christmas, which was scrapped after our crack team of researchers discovered that almost half the compiled list was poisonous, but not deadly. Focus was then moved to a list of the top 10 most dangerous toys, which was also scrapped after we discovered just how many toys were banned each year for being dangerous. Finally, material from the first two incarnations were mashed together with some paranoid theories compiled from some of Useless Babble's contributors over the last couple of years in order to come up with 2010's Christmas article.

8. Hometown of the Dead

Originally published: October 31st, 2009.
Link: Here

Next in the list is another holiday article, this time Halloween. In 2009, we attended Lindsay, Ontario's first zombie walk, and found it extremely disappointing. Some parts were so bad, that the original article had to be toned down to keep it from degrading into nothing but the word 'shit' repeated 5000 times.

Despite our, and many others' complaints about the lack of advertising and direction, the zombie walk continued again in 2010, with even less advertising and direction than before. Useless Babble did not attend the 2010 zombie walk, mainly because nobody knew it was going to be held until a couple of hours before the event. From everything we heard, it was the same clusterfuck as in 2009. Hopefully, everybody involved in organizing the event can get their act together for 2011.

7. Jordan vs. Jordan: Batman vs. Superman

Originally published: June 11th, 2010.
Link: Here

Another suprise in the list was the premier article for a new feature called Jordan vs. Jordan. Conceived by occasional contributor 'Evil Jordan', the article is a heated debate over which superhero is better: Batman or Superman.

There's not much more to say here except that I hope to have more of these in 2011, hopefully continuing with a debate over Samus Aran vs. Megaman.

6. The Case Against Iaijutsu Focus

Originally published: December 19th, 2008.
Link: Here

Wow. This is probably the oldest article to crack the Top 10, and one of the oldest articles on the site. The Case Against Iaijutsu Focus has been incredibly popular, both this year, and last. It's a Dungeons and Dragons article that outlines the issues with the Iaijutsu Focus skill from Oriental Adventures, along with suggested improvements to retain the feel without giving your gamemaster a coronary.

The article received a resurrgance in popularity in November of this year, when it was both referenced by and somewhat expanded upon in the Class Struggles article for the samurai class.

5. Class Struggles: Spellthief

Originally published: May 21st, 2010.
Link: Here

Speaking of Class Struggles, the next entry on the list is the one that details the spellthief class from Complete Adventurer. Why spellthief and not the any of the other five that have come out this year? I can't say, but we're betting that it probably has to do with the feats included in the article.

4. Why Die Hard 2 Rocks Your Face Off Like Norman Schwarzkopf

Originally published: March 18th, 2010.
Link: Here

I don't understand why this is as popular as it is. It's nobody's favorite, but people keep reading it, and it's been consistantly in the top 10 articles each month it's been available. If you haven't read it yet, do yourself a favor and check it out.

Fun fact: Most people visit this site looking for the truth behind whether the villain in Die Hard 2 is the guy from the Dos Equis commercials.

3. Not Another Goddamn Game Review!: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Originally published: September 3rd, 2010.
Link: Here

This ode to Canadian multimedia, movie-based video games and retro gaming makes number 3 in the list. Published very shortly after the release of the game on XBox Live and the Playstation Network, and during the theatrical release of the movie, this article had to be reined in several times after it went on a long, ten page rant, about the poor quality of Canadian media.

What's left is a loving review, and probably the one really positive game review so far. That's not to say the game didn't earn it's share of hatred, thanks mostly in part to an unskippable credit sequence that lasts over half an hour.

2. Top 10 Worst Variations on Good Sodas

Originally published: August 6th, 2010.
Link: Here

Number two on the list is there partially due to an appearance on Fark during what was undoubtedly a slow news day. This article detailed a number of soda-pop failures that are either legendarily notorious or painfully obscure, but all were based on a high-selling soda that was already on the market.

Among some of the more obvious choices like New Coke, there were some stranger ones like the incredibly awkward 7-Up Gold. There were a lot of sodas cut from the final list, such as Pepsi Fire, a cinnamon flavored variety and a hyper caffinated drink meant to replace your morning coffee called Pepsi AM, which was available in the late 80s.

1. Top 8 MMO Catastrophes Caused by their Players

Originally published: May 14th, 2010.
Link: Here

Here it is. The most popular article this year, and well deserved. This article about the funniest ways that players fucked up their favorite Massively Multiplayer Online games has seen over twice the amount of traffic as the number 2 spot.

In the interest of keeping one or two of the more popular games from overwhelming the list, the article was restricted to one entry per game. That's why there aren't more incidents of piracy and outright theft from EVE Online, a series of floating, avatar-based advertisements or funeral crash from World of Warcraft, or your favorite, nearly 20-year old MUD are not included.

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