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October 13, 2014

18:00
I missed the big battle at CCP-US, where we traded a titan for 60 dreadnoughts, and the pipe-boming fiasco of Sunday afternoon, so all I really have at the end of the weekend is another round number to write about.  I have hit another meaningless milestone in the eternal quest for skill points in EVE […]
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11:11
I consider myself a neutral observer in the culture war commonly known under the name Gamergate. I believe that both sides use lies, propaganda, and other means of interaction that I personally find...
Source: Tobold
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08:27
I watched Totalbiscuit's uncorrupted Shadow of Mordor YouTube video in order to find out whether I would like to play that game. The answer was: No. And the reason for that was the part where...
Source: Tobold
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07:45
There are three excellent must-reads related to GamerGate this last week, plus one oldie but goodie.  All of them look at gamergate skeptically, not from a position of extremism or reactionary
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October 12, 2014

21:49
Another weekend of “meh” from Humble Bundles. Deadlight is a side-scrolling zombie survival platformer. Run away from the zombies, sometimes shoot or chop them, climb walls, and jump from ladder to ledge to avoid the electrified ground. The atmosphere is nice, and I found any plot incoherence appropriate given that people make bad decisions in […]

Quick Reviews: PC Ports is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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03:47
Writer’s Note: if more harassed women have stories they want to share – on both sides or outside of Gamergate altogether – and can provide links that are well-sourced and
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October 11, 2014

10:13
Between Kickstarter projects, Steam Greenlight and Early Access, and more traditionally financed games there is now a large abundance of different games. So one might be excused to think that if...
Source: Tobold
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October 10, 2014

23:12
There’s been a lot of press coverage of Gamergate in the past few weeks.  Of particular note: The Verge (one, two and three) Breitbart (one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight,
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18:30
CCP put up a dev blog listing out what will be in the next expansion, Phoebe. And while there are many tasty tidbits to digest on that list… including the whole jump drive nerf, which has gotten some alterations based on feedback… the one stunner for me is CCP removing the limit from the training […]
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18:30
CCP put up a dev blog listing out what will be in the next expansion, Phoebe. And while there are many tasty tidbits to digest on that list… including the whole jump drive nerf, which has gotten some alterations based on feedback… the one stunner for me is CCP removing the limit from the training […]
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18:22
As part of a larger series of developer interviews, I gave my two cents to the Escapist.  They claim I asked for an alias.  I don’t recall doing that – I certainly
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18:00
We managed to get all four of us online and together again last Friday.  Mattman, Potshot, myself, and Loghound were all in the hangout, with Loghound telling us about his new Windows 8.1 64-bit install on his Mac, upgraded from an older 32-bit version, allowing him to take full advantage of his hardware.  A copy […]
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18:00
We managed to get all four of us online and together again last Friday.  Mattman, Potshot, myself, and Loghound were all in the hangout, with Loghound telling us about his new Windows 8.1 64-bit install on his Mac, upgraded from an older 32-bit version, allowing him to take full advantage of his hardware.  A copy […]
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04:33
I have one again been backed into a corner by being a very picky gamer, and enough is enough.  As I clearly am not patient enough to wait for other people to get around to it, it is time for me...
Source: Geldon
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03:39
Yesterday Helistar suggested that progression shouldn't be the only reason why one visits a zone in a virtual world, that one could enjoy the zone just as being part of a virtual world. So I was...
Source: Tobold
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October 9, 2014

23:41
Quick thought of the day: if you’re complaining about how feminists are destroying your games, and the best you can give me as proof is Kali losing a little underboob
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18:00
I only just realized last night that it was Darkmoon Faire this week.  I asked my daughter why she did not remind me of this, to which she replied, “That’s not my job.” Teenagers. But it is true that I am usually the one reminding people that it is time once again for Darkmoon Faire. […]
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18:00
I only just realized last night that it was Darkmoon Faire this week.  I asked my daughter why she did not remind me of this, to which she replied, “That’s not my job.” Teenagers. But it is true that I am usually the one reminding people that it is time once again for Darkmoon Faire. […]
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10:56
As I mentioned when the game came out (and independent from the fact that I'm playing a free copy), I like Destiny more than the average Metacritic score of 76 suggests I should. A lot of people who...
Source: Tobold
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08:05
The first game I ever hacked was Manic Miner, back in the days of the ZX Spectrum. Save games or check points hadn't been invented yet, and you just had 3 lives to jump & run through 99 levels....
Source: Tobold
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02:23
There comes that moment in the game where you have crossed some threshold or achieved something notable, and you want to tell someone about it. And you realize that your non-gamer friends, family, and/or significant other would not understand what you are talking about; that it would take so long to explain to them that […]

Don’t Explain the Joke is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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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...
Source: Tobold
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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...
Source: Tobold
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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...
Source: Tobold
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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...
Source: Tobold
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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...
Source: Tobold
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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...
Source: Geldon
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