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  1. The Not-So-Secret Secret World

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    I think one the greatest events in any gamer's life is that magical moment when he knows that he has discovered an original game universe, one that he intuitively knows he will be exploring and enjoying for a great many years to come. Such moments are unfortunately rare. Gaming is no different than other media, be it books, television, or movies: works of true genius are exceedingly rare, so such magical movements are few and far between. For me, I've only had two such gaming moments: when I first discovered the fantastically grim military science ...
  2. Your Friendly Guide to DCGs

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    As I just blogged about, I am getting increasingly fatigued by modern gaming. Everything is "hurry, hurry, hurry!" Or, if not that, it is often about "second life" experiences. That is, it is about deep experiences where the player can invest hundreds and hundreds of hours immersing himself in a virtual world almost as tangible as his material reality (games likeSkyrim and Eve Online, come to mind). Now, I am a fan of such experiences - in fact, I think such games are what is best about modern gaming - but it can get all so tiring after ...
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  3. Sunday - July 20, 2014

    Well then, it has been awhile!

    Time to get this rolling again.

    Quite a lot has happened with the Campaign Series and Middle East lately. A new UPDATE for the Campaign Series bringing it up the 2.01 UPDATE standard is available here: UPDATE DOWNLOADS

    That and the 2.00 UPDATE are HUGE UPDATES for the Campaign Series, incorporating many new features and User Interface improvements. A huge thank you to the new programmer on the team, Berto. Here is a link to the changelog:

    CHANGE LOG

    With the active support for the game, we ...
  4. Summer Games: Battlefield 4




    Lately, I've been pretty harsh on the world of PC gaming, even to the point of labeling the industry as being downright disreputable. I still stand behind those sentiments. And little, if anything, has changed in the intervening months. Things are still pretty rotten around these here parts, perhaps more so as we now can add disreputable indie developers to the mix. It's all enough to make a man want to take up chess again....

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  5. Balance and Playability

    HAYSEED: 'That's the fifth black card you've drawn in a row.'


    SUNDANCE: Yeah, lucky...'


    HAYSEED: 'I think there's more to it than luck.'


    SUNDANCE: 'What are you sayin'? Are you saying that I'm cheating?' '


    HAYSEED: I'm sayin' nobody draws five black cards out of a Russian pile without drawing a single red card.'


    BUTCH: 'Soviet.'



    HAYSEED: 'OK, Soviet then. It can't be done. Take that last FFE off the board or I'm gonna fill ya full of holes.' ...
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