I do intend to write up a review of Dead Space (short version: GO GET IT) and I have an article about Open World games about 75% done.
That said, I have a lot of thoughts about Fallout. I don't normally cheat. Sometimes when I'm stuck I'll check a guide or board online to get past that one part. I never put in cheat codes under any circumstances unless I've finished the game and I'm just having fun. So, I am pretty good about it.
What's interesting with Fallout is that I WANT to go out and read boards and learn as much as I can so that I don't miss anything. But at the same time, using all my willpower, I'm actually avoiding doing that. I'm also skipping the Making-Of disc and the artbook that came with the box set until I get further in, because I don't want to spoil the monsters or gadgets.
The only communicating I'm doing regarding the game is talking to people that I know in real life. Without any pictures or reference to guide you, the conversations with my friends feel more like talking to another citizen of the Capital Wasteland. "Where have you been?" "Oh, I went here and found this." "You found a what?! I want one!" The exchanges go back and forth, and it's more like hearsay than it is a guide. It's actually adding to the experience for me, along with avoiding all FAQery and strategy guides.
I'm quite enamored of this "Fallout" game, if you couldn't tell.