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October 8, 2014

18:00
Well, I hardly think this is good enough. I think it would be more appropriate if the box bore a great red label “Warning! Lark’s Vomit!” Inspector Praline of the Hygiene Squad, Crunchy Frog sketch That isn’t actually the quote of the day, which has to do with ArcheAge and the way it installs (but […]
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18:00
Well, I hardly think this is good enough. I think it would be more appropriate if the box bore a great red label “Warning! Lark’s Vomit!” Inspector Praline of the Hygiene Squad, Crunchy Frog sketch That isn’t actually the quote of the day, which has to do with ArcheAge and the way it installs (but […]
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11:11
In a recent discussion on this blog somebody argued that a certain person was bad, based on a screenshot of a tweet "that has since been deleted". That struck me as both wrong and somewhat fishy....
Source: Tobold
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08:54
Earlier this month a story broke how various YouTubers were offered a free preview copy of Shadow of Mordor under the condition that they would persuade their viewers to buy the game and talk...
Source: Tobold
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07:23
Note: TotalBiscuit had a couple of key points in tweets, I appended to the end.   One of the questions that I’ve seen over and over is simple: “Why doesn’t
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05:00
There we were.  The ping had gone out.  Nulli Secunda was running around Deklein.  They were in YA0-XJ, our staging system, when I logged on.  all 54 of them. A fleet was formed. We piled into Tengu fleet doctrine ships to fight them.  We undocked, but our scouts reported they were running. Reagalan, our FC […]
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October 7, 2014

22:01
I’ve been enjoying RIFT a lot, and at the same time I’m wondering how long I will stick around. Coming back after so long, there is so much in RIFT. It could easily become my only MMO, and I would have content to chase for a long time. (I had to tell myself to walk […]

A RIFT in my Brain is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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18:00
Star Wars: The Old Republic continues trucking along, successful by all reasonable measures save comparisons to the Azerothian behemoth.  It is arguably more successful than Star Wars Galaxies ever was.   Somebody likes EA’s fourth pillar. Yes, SWTOR has to walk the free to play path, the reality of the current market, while trying to coax […]
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08:20
While the last entry had me feeling odd about the mix of games I was involved in, this entry has me wondering what I was thinking to have the stance I did about them at all. My assertion that...
Source: Geldon
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08:09
In the previous session the Favorites of Selune were unexpectedly transformed into svirfneblin (dark gnomes) and had to flee the town of Plumton which was already in fear of an "Underdark menace". On...
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00:14
Just a few random snippets. Radio Nero I will be appearing on Episode 3 of Radio Nero tonight.  The topic of discussion will be on the idea that #gamergate members
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October 6, 2014

18:00
We are suddenly living in interesting times in New Eden.  Change is coming.  A lot of people think they know how things will play out, but when CCP is telling people that they cannot predict the results, it can be hard to tell which pundit has some deep insight versus just some wishful thinking. In […]
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10:49
I haven't bought or played The Sims 4. But I did play The Sims 3 a bit, and thus was reading reviews, or watching video reviews, of The Sims 4. And pretty much every review was talking about how The...
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07:26
My post about whether or not the #gamergate crusade is anti-feminism has gotten some attention.  It should be noted that my point was not that #gamergate is misogynist or anti-women
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07:02
I tried two new games on Sunday. Quest of Dungeons is a turn-based rogue-like dungeon crawl. If you like that kind of thing, you will probably like this kind of thing. I did not see anything to distinguish it from others except for its adjustable difficulty. Based on the global Steam achievements, most players had […]

Quick Reviews: Quest of Dungeons and Scribblenauts Unmasked is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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October 5, 2014

21:30
It was Sunday afternoon/evening and elements of the N3 coalition along with Black Legion came calling in force, taking advantage of easy travel while it still exists.  There was a call up for fleets, a tower to be saved, and all of the usual elements.  But the surprising bit was catching the Tengu fleet on […]
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18:00
Because we’re on a roll… plus I have totally ignored any EverQuest Next lore discussions up until now. (Direct Link) Though they also have the EverQuest Next franchise lore in a minute as well.
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14:46
Keeping it simple. : Zubon Spam Comment of the Week is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

Spam Comment of the Week is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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10:25
Back in the 80's some of the games I played were shareware. You could often get the software for free, but then there were nag screens or the game was otherwise incomplete and crippled. By sending...
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October 4, 2014

07:40
Initially written late Friday, updated and copy edited late Saturday. On Thursday night, I did a thought experiment. Basically, I was saying “I am not a #gamergater, but if I
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October 3, 2014

23:01
I think Little Green Footballs was exploring what Milo is up to nowadays. So, this #GamerGate craziness – these are actual adults engaged in this? — Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) October
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18:00
I managed to sit down at the computer last night just in time to have a Jabber alert pop up calling for a fleet.  Black Legion was in our new Deklein staging system at YA0-XJ.  I guess those change of address cards worked. The alert said that more than 100 ships were in YA0 looking […]
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08:42
I might need a tin foil hat. But it occurred to me that Gamergate might be a conspiracy to ruin the reputation of gamers. At the very least that is the only thing I see that the movement succeeds in...
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06:47
Note: I have added a followup article addressing common complaints here. ———————— The core of GamerGate came from the cultures of Anonymous and 4Chan, and so that group has taken
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October 2, 2014

23:51
In the wake of Intel’s unfortunate and (I believe) misguided decision to withdraw their advertising from Gamasutra, I’ve seen some amount of bile aimed at The Verge for their headline:
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19:00
My candle burns at both ends; it will not last the night. But ah my foes, and oh my friends – it gives a lovely light Norman, from A River Runs Through It Not that either the book or the film have any relationship to our attempts to play Total War: Rome II, I just […]
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10:03
I got my first computer in 1981, a ZX81. Getting a game for that computer was extremely difficult, there weren't any shops anywhere near that sold them, and the capabilities of the computer to play...
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October 1, 2014

23:00
We expect the impact of these changes to be emergent, and as a consequence are unpredictable and will take a while to develop on TQ [Tranquility, the EVE Online live server]. This plays into our longer-term plans… CCP Greyscale, Long-Distance Travel Changes Inbound Oh, we’ve spent a lazy summer, with no major sovereignty war to […]
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21:32
I feel odd; what a strange batch of PC gaming I've gotten myself involved in lately. ArcheAge, surfeit of labor. ArcheAge, a South Korean import MMORPG, also happens to be one of the best MMORPGs in...
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18:00
I think I started working on Burning Crusade factions at some point after we had mostly wrapped up Wrath of the Lich King but before I had beaten the Argent Tournament to death.  It was a transitional age, where achievements were still somewhat new, mounts no longer took up bag slots, and collecting one of […]
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09:54
The best feature of multi-player games is other people. The worst feature of multi-player games is other people. People have such a wide range of possible behaviors that they can brighten or darken...
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05:20
@FringeNerd asked me to respond to his response to my article generally praising Anita Sarkeesian’s work.  As mentioned previously, I agree with a lot, but not all, of what Anita has
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September 30, 2014

20:36
I’m generally pro-boobplate.  I mean, I’m not going to go and slap a pair of DD knockers on a Pokemon or anything, but as my friend Scott once pointed out,
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20:00
The Site What to complain about this month?  Yes, with the coming of a new game, the spam turns to follow.  And so there was an outbreak of ArcheAge spam caught in the filter this month. But there is a host of spam caught in the filter every month.  Sometimes SynCaine is caught in there […]
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17:46
I think it was comments in this post about my dream MMO, again, that had me going back to RIFT. That, and it’s free-to-play now. Trion has their hands full with ArcheAge stuff, of which I mostly get the news from Syncaine’s love and hate of the game. Bhagpuss also helpfully puts his spin on […]

I Have Returned, RIFT is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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12:39
I am not playing ArchAge. Part of that is due to reasons not related to the gameplay itself: The high cost of the founder packs, queues that keep out free players, and so on. But a major part of the...
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September 29, 2014

22:00
The next small EVE Online expansion, Oceanus, is set to deploy today/tonight/tomorrow, depending on your time zone.  With one server, it is always happening during somebody’s prime play time, that is for sure.  Named for yet another titan (straight from Uranus, if you want to go for the puerile joke, and I know I do), […]
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17:00
The back half of September has been somewhat quiet in space.  At least for me.  There is always something going on somewhere, but since the move back to Deklein and Freedom Squad hell camping Mordus Angels back into their station and taking all their towers earlier in the month, there has not been a regular […]
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09:23
The truly amazing thing about role-playing games and virtual worlds is that there are so many different ways to experience them. People might think they play the same game, but in reality they don't....
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00:00
Fixing null sec has been a discussi0n point for a few months now.  All sorts of pet philosophies have been floated about power projection, apex forces, travel, fleet sizes, the effectiveness of logistics, how easy or difficult it ought to be to take a system away from another null sec entity, what actions/efforts should be […]
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00:00
Fixing null sec has been a discussi0n point for a few months now.  All sorts of pet philosophies have been floated about power projection, apex forces, travel, fleet sizes, the effectiveness of logistics, how easy or difficult it ought to be to take a system away from another null sec entity, what actions/efforts should be […]
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September 28, 2014

20:31
I said I’d been working on TN content. Well here is the first slice. For a long time I’ve been curious about the names people use in online spaces. This fascination grew as I began to watch eSports and saw how commentators / casters have to navigate a complex name space to make sense of the on-screen action. My fascination has turned into several thousand words exploring the way names are used in a number of eSports contexts. Here is the first part of the jottings, the second part is on StarCraft, Race and Culture. Part 1: What’s your name?...
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17:00
Because… I actually knew all of this at one point.  And then there were expansions and flying carpets and such. (Direct Link)
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17:00
Because… I actually knew all of this at one point.  And then there were expansions and flying carpets and such. (Direct Link)
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13:42
5th edition starts with many races, re-vamps the idea of subraces, takes another pass at balancing races while maintaining classic flavor, builds its new mechanics into the races, and nudges the player towards certain norms. The pool of “standard” PC races has fluctuated over the D&D editions, and 5th edition starts with almost all of […]

[RR] D&D 5th: Races is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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02:20
You can take my thesis statement with a grain of salt, but it’s true.  We have, today, the biggest, most diverse, and most interesting Gaming Journalism we’ve ever had.  Whether
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September 27, 2014

00:39
Guild Wars 2 has some improvements on standard MMO mechanics that are so obviously better that I have found it unpalatable to go back to older MMOs or to play new games that clone them. One of these is the use of hearts and events to level, rather than quest hubs. For the kind of […]

Hubs, Hearts, Story is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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September 26, 2014

22:57
A play in three acts. Act I: Zealous Investigator slams TFYC for not really supporting women or giving to charity. The most neutral way to describe TFYC is that they
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18:00
Barring some sort of miracle, this Kickstarter attempt isn’t going to succeed. But that’s been pretty obvious for a while! The more important thing, to the team here, is that people are getting a lot more excited than they’ve ever been. We’re seeing close to a hundred people online, which is still tiny, but for […]
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18:00
Barring some sort of miracle, this Kickstarter attempt isn’t going to succeed. But that’s been pretty obvious for a while! The more important thing, to the team here, is that people are getting a lot more excited than they’ve ever been. We’re seeing close to a hundred people online, which is still tiny, but for […]
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