Archive for July, 2011

Situational Relevance

I’ve been playing some Magic Online recently and spent even more time watching videos of pro players playing on Magic Online. While I gave up paper Magic ages ago, the game still has a dear place in my heart for various reasons. One is the sheer amount of possible combinations of cards you can have […]

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Quote of the Day

“Many lament the shuttle era’s end. But that’s misplaced sentiment. Lament instead the absence of an era to replace it.”  – Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Summer Sales

Steam sales are awesome, right? You get to buy all those games you always wanted to own but never had the money to buy. Even when you have sufficient disposable income, a sale might entice you to try out a game you wouldn’t have considered buying at full price. I certainly have fallen victim to […]

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Professional Gaming Journalism. Not.

I enjoy watching e-sports, other people don’t. E-sports are like pretty much everything else that way (except, maybe, for parfait.)  If I wrote a post spitting on and belittling e-sports I’d probably get some harsh comments, but on a personal blog I can pretty much say whatever I want. I’d expect sites that aspire to […]

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Quote of the Day

“To a game’s developer, buying gold or leveling is akin to telling them their game is so bad, you’ll actually pay money to avoid having to play it.” – Simon Ludgate, on Gamasutra

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Innovation and Diminishing Returns

It has been pointed out a lot (as recently as yesterday by fellow blogger Straw Fellow in a comment here) that modern games tend to have a lot of polish but very little innovation. Barring a few indie titles, this is certainly true. One could argue, however, that this is absolutely normal for a maturing […]

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Games are Getting Better after All

Last time Knights of the Old Republic was up for sale on Steam, I didn’t buy it. I already owned a physical copy after all. This time around though, I coughed up the few coins required for the convenience of having the game in Steam and working rather than simply on CDs. The game immediately captured me […]

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Quote of the Day

“Blizzard makes over 100 times more profit [than Zynga] per player per year.”  – Tobold

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