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September 23, 2014

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A little over two years back the team at Hidden Path Entertainment, the creators of Defense Grid: The Awakening, ran a Kickstarter campaign with a slate of goals. The baseline goal was to raid $250K to create a new set of levels for Defense Grid: The Awakening.  Being one of my favorites in the tower […]
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09:57
Once upon a time a video game ended with some sort of "Game Over - You Won!" screen at the end and rolling credits. And during the game you played the same character with the same abilities from...
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September 22, 2014

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One of the tenets of the MMORPG industry these days is that players will come and go.  After a certain point in the life cycle of an MMO the installed base, those who have played the game at one time but who are not currently playing, is the most fertile ground for marketing.  Somebody who […]
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09:00
My first proper MMORPG (not counting LPMUD and the like) was Ultima Online. I was there when they introduced open world housing. It was a disappointment, with not enough housing space available, but...
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September 21, 2014

21:00
Because… EverQuest! (Direct Link)  
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17:00
Brewfest rolled around again in World of Warcraft, which generated a moment of excitement until I remembered that I had already done all the achievements and events in past years. I sagged a little at that.  As with last year, I felt my momentary enthusiasm gutted by the reality of nothing changing in the world. […]
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10:39
TLDR: That’s not what I said, that’s not what I meant, but I apologize that what I wrote could be construed that way. But that doesn’t mean that CHS’s logic
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07:42
Kotaku last week had an article asking whether we are on the cusp of another video game industry crash. I think that is very much possible. It isn't just everything mentioned in that article, like...
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September 20, 2014

07:49
I don't watch live TV. Having to be there at a specific time, and then sitting through the ads, not my cup of tea. But I do watch a lot of TV shows, either recorded with a hard drive recorder, or...
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03:44
#GamerGate diehards insist that the current discussion has nothing at all to do with politics and that they are, in fact, trying to keep politics and ideology out of gaming. 
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September 19, 2014

18:00
This was going to be something for the top section of the month in review, but it ended up being a bit longer than I would like, so I’ll just complain about WordPress.com or something on the 30th. So over there in the side bar on the right hand side of the blog, there is […]
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13:52
Watch Dogs: 77. The Sims 4: 70. Destiny: 77. These are some current average game review scores from Metacritic for some of the biggest game releases of this year. In a scoring system where a good...
Source: Tobold
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11:48
The goal of Dungeons & Dragons is to create great stories by interactive story-telling. In a recent post I explained how important it was that the players felt that their destiny was in their...
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06:19
My four-day weekend went by in a flash, as ArcheAge has me by the balls. There are some strong technical reasons for this: I invested about three times the price of a AAA title in acquiring this...
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September 18, 2014

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All men dream: but not equally.  Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake up in the day to find it was vanity, but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible. -T.E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of […]
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13:54
Many of our readers are introverts. In broader conversations about our lives as gamers, a question often comes up: “How do I even talk to people?” Personally, I have found that the answer differs if you are a PC or a console gamer, and I don’t think we can really attribute that to the kind […]

Tips for Introverts is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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09:49
Keen recently coined the phrase quit wall for the point in a game where "it’s a natural breaking point where [the developer] essentially gave players permission to quit their game if...
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03:35
After the spam deluge, Ethic applied a stronger spam filter that automatically sent more things to “spam” rather than “pending.” The effect is similar except that the site no longer e-mails me 50 times per day to ask if the comment by “Buy Cheap Louis Vitton” is legit. A blogger buddy asked me to check […]

When You Buy Counterfeit Fashion, You Are Paying to Spam Our Site is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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September 17, 2014

18:00
GUARENTEED FIGHT IN FOUNTAIN TONIGHT -Blawrf McTaggart, the broadcast some claim jinxed the whole thing Black Legion still has a tower set up in Fountain.  We had put it into reinforce and the timer was set to come up last night.  We were going to go and try to finish it off. Reagalan put up […]
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September 16, 2014

19:57
ArcheAge releases today, although those who purchased founders packs had the last four days to get a head start.  I was one of them, but decided to work for three out of four of those days, so I...
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18:00
Various World of Warcraft topics combined into a single post. Timeline to Draenor We are getting there.  There is now less than two months to go until until November 13, when Warlords of Draenor launches. (I’m still wondering if this was all foretold in the hint we got back in January)  And the reality of […]
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14:55
The previous session ended with the Favorites of Selune handing over their weapons peacefully to the ruffians guarding the euphemistically named seamstresses' guild (I had expected that they would be...
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08:12
The sales strategies for video games for different market segments appears to be pretty much set: On the one side we have expensive triple A games for a small hardcore market, and on the other side...
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07:02
At Gen Con, we learned to play Hyperborea from one of the developers, which is one of the glories of Gen Con. As I type this, it is soon to be published in the US but not quite there; it may be available by the Tuesday this appears. It is recommended but costly ($90) and […]

[TT] Hyperborea is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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04:37
So, my Twitter feed has been full of people who believe that Anita Sarkeesian wants to corrupt my brain, and convert me into being an SJW zombie, thus ruining every
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September 15, 2014

18:00
I made it to through the final four and defeated Iris, the Unova champion, the evening after my last Pokemon post. It was pretty much inevitable that I would win sooner rather than.  I had already made it through the final four to Iris on my second attempt.  It was just a matter of tuning […]
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08:46
Try a little exercise: Stand on one spot and try how fast you can turn a full 360°C. You'll find that it's not so fast (especially if there is friction on the ground and you can't spin on one foot),...
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September 14, 2014

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Not really about MMOs, but certainly could be applicable in some cases, as it takes on the whole “whales” concept in free to play. (Direct Link) This goes well with their episode Doing Free to Play Wrong.
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12:03
Disclaimer: These impression are based on a free copy of Destiny for the PS3 that I received. Reviews are frequently based on a comparison of the reviewer's expectations with the actual product. I...
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07:02
From Clicker Heroes : Zubon Epic Foes is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

Epic Foes is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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04:58
There is a movement afoot in the universe that insists that #gamergate is ALL FOR THE DEVELOPERS.  All for me and my ilk!  Protecting our freedom of speech!  Trying to
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September 13, 2014

07:02
If the rumored deal goes through, I’m happy for Notch and Mojang. I’m told there is some sort of internet controversy about selling out, but “and someone on the internet complained about it” is true for all values of X, and the only counterarguments I’m really interested in entertaining are variants on “he could get […]

Cashing In is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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September 12, 2014

20:01
A list of 5 million GMail addresses was published, together with *a* hacked password for each. According to Google those passwords must have come from somewhere else, because mostly they weren't...
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18:00
Years ago, back when the when we thought the World Wide Web was new and cool and we actually called it the World Wide Web and you had to have “www” in front of a web address because otherwise somebody might think you wanted Gopher access to their site for Christ’s sake, back then I […]
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18:00
Years ago, back when we thought the World Wide Web was new and cool and we actually called it the World Wide Web and you had to have “www” in front of a web address because otherwise somebody might think you wanted Gopher access to their site for Christ’s sake, back then I read an […]
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09:41
In the interest of full disclosure I'd like to report that I received a code for a free copy of Destiny yesterday. Given recent events, that of course made me think: Will I get death threats from...
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07:02
I like what I hear about Final Fantasy XIV. Job-switching sounds like what I have wanted for years and what Horizons aspired to. Sadly, after having killed ten rats and ten thousand goblins, the idea of a new leveling treadmill makes me reach for a book, so I will be spending time with Russian science […]

Wanting to Want is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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00:43
This next entry will bear a lot of similarities to a comment I just left on RPS, but I realized it was basically what I was up to this weekend when I wasn't Hack N Slashing or Space Running.  (I...
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September 11, 2014

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Most modern armed forces, including those in the US, now recruit women as well as men.  So do most terrorist organizations – 15% of all suicide bombers in groups that
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Avoidance is a wonderful thing.  You can accomplish so much when you are trying to avoid doing what you are actually supposed to be doing. I am not ready to admit defeat on my run for the Loremaster achievement, but I must admit that my current focus on the little Nintendo 3DS XL screen is […]
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18:00
Avoidance is a wonderful thing.  You can accomplish so much when you are trying to avoid doing what you are actually supposed to be doing. I am not ready to admit defeat on my run for the Loremaster achievement, but I must admit that my current focus on the little Nintendo 3DS XL screen is […]
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16:12
It’s been a few days since the second Feature Pack arrived from Guild Wars 2, and large chunks of the vocal community are in an uproar. My favorite description of the Feature Pack contents comes from Bog Otter’s delightful YouTube video, but for the written word head to Jeromai’s overview. So there were some class […]

[GW2] Feature Shock and Collection is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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14:30
Syp is asking whether special editions are getting too pricey. I don't like that sort of question, because the word "too" is always a judgement. And whether something is "too pricey" is not only...
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08:35
One of the more important concepts in how to run a tabletop roleplaying game like Dungeons & Dragons is player agency: The concept that the players should feel that their destiny is in their...
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07:02
Lately I have been fascinated with idle games, the way one might be with a wind-up toy or train set. You set things up and just watch it go. AdVenture Capitalist remains strangely compelling, at least for a little while after they add updates. When you can quickly double your earnings, there is something to […]

Idle Hands is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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September 10, 2014

23:02
I had not heard of Destiny until today. Sounds kind of interesting. : Zubon Somehow Missed the Hype is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

Somehow Missed the Hype is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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21:03
Through the mercy of Steam sales, some good gaming has come my way on this, the eve of the Archeage release reckoning. Space Run is hella great. We are all quick to lambaste bad games and drag on...
Source: Geldon
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16:00
Remember when Facebook announced they were buying Occulus Rift back in March? We were in talks about maybe bringing a version of Minecraft to Oculus. I just cancelled that deal. Facebook creeps me out. — Markus Persson (@notch) March 25, 2014 Well, the outrage or discomfort or whatever passed with time it seems. And about […]
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16:00
Remember when Facebook announced they were buying Occulus Rift back in March? We were in talks about maybe bringing a version of Minecraft to Oculus. I just cancelled that deal. Facebook creeps me out. — Markus Persson (@notch) March 25, 2014 Well, the outrage or discomfort or whatever passed with time it seems. And about […]
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09:47
I'm in the middle of my second playthrough of Divinity: Original Sin, and I'll probably stop playing there. On my first playthrough I used the Lone Wolf talent on both characters, which meant that...
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