Archive for the ‘News’ Category

How They Got Me to Pay Full Price for Portal

When I first saw the Portal 2 pre-purchase offer on Steam, my thoughts were this: There is no way that I’m going to pay full price for Portal. I loved the original Portal, but it really wasn’t a full-price game and I just couldn’t (and still can’t) see how the portal game play can be […]

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Quickie: No Shit

So, apparently, Duke Nukem Forever was delayed. This might be the least surprising news in gaming history ever.  Not that I care at all about the game, I don’t, but how awful do you have to be as a game company / publisher to allow a game with a history like that of Duke Nukem […]

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Coin Lock

Rift has a new account security feature that I’m quite surprised nobody else thought of before: the coin lock. When you log in to your Rift account and something is suspicious (such as you logging in from a location that differs from your normal one) your account will become coin locked. A coin locked account cannot sell […]

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Newsflash: Metacritic Reviews No Longer Impartial

So, apparently, a Bioware engineer going by the handle of Avanost gave Dragon Age 2 a perfect 10 point review on metacritic. Or so this reddit post claims, making it “a matter of ethics and integrity”. I suppose the only possible response here is this: Boo fracking hoo.

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Quickie: Magicka: Vietnam

So today was meant to be “Ten bad things about Rift”-day, but this announcement is just too odd (Should I say awesome? I don’t really know.)  to not post about it. As the title of the post suggests, the first Magicka expansion is going to be Magicka: Vietnam. Yeah, that’s right – the cute (and pathologically destructive) […]

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Back To Zul

I don’t even play World of Warcraft anymore, but this piece of news makes me sad: The raid instances of Zul’Aman and Zul’Gurub, both of which have played significant roles in my raiding career  (I led my first ever raid in Zul’Gurub, for example), are being brought back to the game as five-player heroic dungeons. […]

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Why Use a Perfectly Good Game System

So I’ve played a bit of Magic the Gathering : Tactics by now, and I’m quite disappointed. I used to be quite the enthusiastic Magic player and I still get my dose of its online version (awful as it is) from time to time. Richard Garfield’s game system has evolved quite a bit since its […]

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A Brief Look at Magicka

So another Rift beta phase started on Tuesday and I planned to play some of that in between try-outs1 for new flatmates. Turns out I wasn’t able to access the beta all of Tuesday, so I turned my attention to two new games instead – Magicka and Magic the Gathering: Tactics. Please note that I spent little time […]

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Sandy Bridges

The vast majority of my readers are PC gamers, not surprisingly giving my own inexperience with (and therefore lack of posts about) console games. I like PCs for a multitude of reasons, one of which is upgradability, another one is customizability.  I recently replaced my graphics card with a Radeon 6850 because I wanted a bit […]

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Quickie: A Good Week for Turn-Based Strategy

Both Civilization V and Elemental: War of Magic got huges patches the other day. The patch notes for Elemental show a huge amount of changes to actual gameplay, as has been hinted at before by the switch of the game’s lead developer among other things. I didn’t get to try the new, changed game yet […]

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