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Overwatch – The new Hanzo skin is bad.

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I waffled today between posting something about the Net Neutrality vote, or something that won’t depress me. Come back tomorrow for something a bit more serious. But in Overwatch news, Hanzo got a… Continue reading

Design Theory: Balancing for the middle

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We’ve talked about balancing competitive games before, but what I’ve deliberately avoided doing until now is specifying where exactly that balance point is. That is, who do you balance the game for, exactly?… Continue reading

The Masochist’s Lament: Why do I torture myself with underpowered things?

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I swear it’s some kind of curse. In nearly every game I play I seem to gravitate toward the least powerful option as my favorite of the bunch. In a way, this sort… Continue reading

Anybody else excited for Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition?

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I’m a big ol’ tabletop RPG nerd. I play a bunch of Pathfinder on play by post and wake up early every Sunday morning to play Dungeons and Dragons 5e with my friends… Continue reading

The Official Top Five List Of the Best Games I Played This Year

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I’ll be honest, I rarely pay attention to game awards anymore. There was a time I’d tune in to the VGAs and all my favorite other outlets’ game awards ceremonies every year, but… Continue reading

An Ode to Modding

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I don’t think there’s anything more likely to pique my interest in a game than hearing it has an active modding scene and/or the company is supportive of a modding community. In my… Continue reading

My Love/Hate Relationship With Grinding (and/or Farming)

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Grinding has been a large part of RPGs for as long as I can remember. Particularly MMOs and JRPGs, but any other kind of RPG as well. And, over time, it’s crept into… Continue reading

How Feature Creep And Lack Of Focus Can Ruin A Game (Featuring Fallout 4)

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I am currently embroiled in an online discussion about why I don’t like Fallout 4. It’s not that I hate the game, I’ve put roughly 120 hours into it, but it doesn’t engage… Continue reading

Let’s talk about the National Committee for Games Policy

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The “National Committee for Games Policy” is such an official sounding title for such a vague organization. I’ve been following this group’s interactions with the public since they started making waves a week… Continue reading

EA – The Worst Gaming Company In America AGAIN! Here’s Why

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All feels right with the world again, in a strange way. Having flown under the radar the past few years it’s easy to forget that EA was once voted “worst company in America”… Continue reading