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    I can't imagine anyone ever calling someone...

    I can't imagine anyone ever calling someone "friend" in a friendly way.
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    This seems to be the main theme of your post. I...

    This seems to be the main theme of your post. I don't think this is as vital to a "geniune experience" as you seem to think. There are plenty of other sensible ways to interact with a game. I'm not...
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    "Mate" is just how a man talks to another man...

    "Mate" is just how a man talks to another man around here. All other gender combinations use "love", but obviously this is Unacceptable between two men (unless you're in Leeds, for some reason). You...
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    I think in this context it's not about these two...

    I think in this context it's not about these two possibilities but actually the distinction within "choosing options that I / my character actually wants to make". As an example, suppose I am playing...
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    It's interesting that I never have any such...

    It's interesting that I never have any such feelings when I play games like that. I guess this is because I don't see myself as an actor within the fiction, but instead as an external agent whose...
  6. Those horrible high pitched thingies are...

    Those horrible high pitched thingies are obnoxious and unpleasant, both in terms of their sound and what they represent. Perhaps the people installing them don't realize they are shouting HEY YOUNG...
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    This seems like over-analysing control schemes....

    This seems like over-analysing control schemes. Control schemes are designed to make what is natural and easy for us IRL feel natural and easy in the game. Walking is a natural no-thought operation...
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    The roguelike-with-some-persistence is something...

    The roguelike-with-some-persistence is something I can imagine an AAA developer being able to do something interesting with, not sure what, maybe some sort of complicated persistent world in which...
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    It strikes me that I'm being unnecessarily grumpy...

    It strikes me that I'm being unnecessarily grumpy and confrontational on the forum at the moment, and this is another example. I'm not sure why that is, but I'll have a think about it. Sorry about...
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    Well, in the context of this discussion I guess...

    Well, in the context of this discussion I guess this just means you've changed what game you're playing; once you load up the game, the principle applies. (Yes, yes, one can imagine a situation where...
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    A statement that is well-known and...

    A statement that is well-known and well-understood by everyone isn't worth making, and in particular it isn't worth making in a roundabout fashion. You could have saved everyone the time, not written...
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    This seems like a fairly pointless statement in...

    This seems like a fairly pointless statement in two ways: first of all, it applies to essentially everything, including life in general. Second, it seems like we can rewrite it as something like "in...
  13. Can confirm.

    Can confirm.
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    Sticky: I'll put you in my next XCOM squad if it'd make...

    I'll put you in my next XCOM squad if it'd make you feel better.

    Or, oooh, maybe it's time for a forum-themed blood bowl team.
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    This sentiment could easily be extended to the...

    This sentiment could easily be extended to the OP.

    Ridiculous thread by a ridiculous poster. Blight on the forum.
  16. To expand on this some more: in Diablo 2, the...

    To expand on this some more: in Diablo 2, the player was given the ability to simulate having a number of other players in the world, making enemeis stronger, loot drops more plentiful, and...
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    I find a lot of the jargon in this sort of thing...

    I find a lot of the jargon in this sort of thing annoying and impenetrable. I think this is a bit more prevalent in this field of academia than most, but it's acommon theme. I get annoyed with jargon...
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    Is "the unbearable" a technical term with a...

    Is "the unbearable" a technical term with a specific meaning, or is it just the standard meaning of "unbearable"?
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    Sticky: I seem to recall that the game autosaves every...

    I seem to recall that the game autosaves every time you've made an area transition and at least one quest has updated a step since you've been in that area. This is useful information to have, since...
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    It's a terrible term when applied to all other...

    It's a terrible term when applied to all other fields where "criticism" could also reasonably mean "analysing whether it's good or not".

    For instance, we have food criticism too, which is...
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    The problem is that "X criticism" is a terrible...

    The problem is that "X criticism" is a terrible term for what you're talking about. Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be an obvious alternative that isn't either pompous or academic (or usually...
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    Sticky: Long Live The Queen is an odd creature because it...

    Long Live The Queen is an odd creature because it has a simulationist skeleton but in practice operates more like a gamebook. This makes it hard to analyse what to do in the simulation bits, but hard...
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    Sticky: What you have to remember is that there is so...

    What you have to remember is that there is so much stuff in a game like BG2 that certainly by the end of the game there's an enormous range of power you can bring to any given fight, depending on...
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    Sticky: I've got a nasty cold, so I'm mainly restricted...

    I've got a nasty cold, so I'm mainly restricted to iDevice games while lying in bed. Spectromancer is my current choice. I played it on PC ages ago. It's really good.

    On the occasions I can rouse...
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    My work computer usually spams me with ads about...

    My work computer usually spams me with ads about hotels in whatever city I had a conference in at some point. It's also desperate to match me up with someone. The "meet Stockton singles" ads are at...
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