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    Sticky: @Eight Rooks I haven't made it to the forest...

    @Eight Rooks
    I haven't made it to the forest yet, so that's something to look forward to. The day/night mechanics are indeed fantastic. I didn't mean to give the impression that I don't like the...
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    Sticky: Oh, I'm aware that Monster Hunter is A Thing....

    Oh, I'm aware that Monster Hunter is A Thing. Also, Shadow of the Colossus, I 'spose. I have to disagree about the exploration and worldbuilding being better than Skyrim -- wonderful hiking sim,...
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    Sticky: You mean the original SotS? I haven't played the...

    You mean the original SotS? I haven't played the sequel. SotS is not that complex, though it doesn't always explain itself very well. In some ways, it actually involves a lot less busywork than most...
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    Sticky: That sounds amazing. I remember playing the demo...

    That sounds amazing. I remember playing the demo for that game back in my misspent youth, and being blown away by it. I'm not sure if I could actually play it now, though -- it's just so ludicrously...
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    Surprised no-one's mentioned Glitchikers. I used...

    Surprised no-one's mentioned Glitchikers. I used to enjoy cruising around in Need for Speed Underground 2 back in the day -- though there was a lot of 'go fast' in that one.
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    Sticky: I enjoy the odd bit (ok, a lot) of cathartic...

    I enjoy the odd bit (ok, a lot) of cathartic videogame violence, and I think you're right that not all games embody the ideology just because they contain the trope. That said, it's exactly the 'us...
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    Sticky: It's worth noting that the whole pulp tradition...

    It's worth noting that the whole pulp tradition of the hero waging a one-man war of extermination goes back to colonial romances and early science fiction fever dreams about the 'yellow peril' and...
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    Valve are in a bit of a bind. Because of their...

    Valve are in a bit of a bind. Because of their unique structure/conventional aversion (especially among techies) to adding labour-intensive processes to their business, they were never going to do...
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    Sticky: I got to the final mission of Shadowrun Returns:...

    I got to the final mission of Shadowrun Returns: Dragonfall and suddenly got bored. I haven't touched it since. You'd think I would push on, having enjoyed the rest, but for some reason I haven't....
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    Sticky: Did... But... What... Handbags at dawn it is. ...

    Did... But... What... Handbags at dawn it is.

    Morrowind does rather hide its light under a bushel, but it makes perfect sense.

    First, let's go back a step. Redguard was the previous game in the...
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    There's a certain tendency, especially in some...

    There's a certain tendency, especially in some quarters of the left (particularly the Guy Debord-inflected sort) to construe activism on issues like race and gender as ineffectual gestures that help...
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    Regarding gnosticism: the Altmer in the Elder...

    Regarding gnosticism: the Altmer in the Elder Scrolls games are basically gnostics. I think it's a play on Tolkien -- they want to escape the physical reality they think is a black iron prison and...
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    Sticky: I didn't know that about transmuting uniques. I...

    I didn't know that about transmuting uniques. I figured there were a bunch of recipes, but haven't bothered looking them up.

    Re: SotS. My hand grenades always get eaten by some ancient evil before...
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    Sticky: I've only played T2 on veteran, and it doesn't...

    I've only played T2 on veteran, and it doesn't really start to pick up until act 2-3. A lot also depends on your class and build, I think; I can see how some embermage or engineer builds might...
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    Sticky: @Eight Rooks I agree with a lot of your points...

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    I agree with a lot of your points (PoE and loot especially), and I share your ambivalence about the genre. One thing I should have made clearer is that I'm not (and have never been) one...
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    Sticky: True. I actually bought it based on those...

    True. I actually bought it based on those recommendations (thanks!). What I mean, I suppose, is that most people (myself included) introduce it as 'total war in space' or as a kind of byzantine war...
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    Sticky: Yeah, It really incentivises you to start...

    Yeah, It really incentivises you to start multiple characters, if only so you can store all the cool class-specific gear you pick up.

    For those with graphics card woes: I find that PoE is...
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    Sticky: PoE's skill and crafting system is genius, no...

    PoE's skill and crafting system is genius, no arguing with that. I may have mislead you with the word 'power', though. PoE *feels* like D2 in its movement and combat, which doesn't mean your...
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    Sticky: Yes, but that spoils the analogy, doesn't it?

    Yes, but that spoils the analogy, doesn't it?
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    I do like the idea of the undead Sublime Gate and...

    I do like the idea of the undead Sublime Gate and its army of clones.
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    Sticky: I find Torchlight 2 is a bit like Rammstein: half...

    I find Torchlight 2 is a bit like Rammstein: half the time I'm convinced it's some sort of cleverly hidden, subversive artistic genius, half the time I think it's just trash that slavishly (but very...
  22. That's not quite the same thing, though. Press...

    That's not quite the same thing, though. Press interviews are different from investigative journalism. A comparable example would be if somone wrote a piece about Jodorowski's Dune...
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    Actually, I think early 20th C. modernism was...

    Actually, I think early 20th C. modernism was quite self-conscious about its rejection of the values of earlier art. Consider the assault on 19th C. sexual mores by Art Nouveau/Vienna Secession. Made...
  24. You know what gets me? How do you think...

    You know what gets me? How do you think investigative journalists, like Nathan in the case of the game jam piece, get their information? They talk to people. Build a rapport. Hang out with them. It's...
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    I stand corrected.

    I stand corrected.
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