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    Hi friends, Over the last few months I've...

    Hi friends,

    Over the last few months I've finished DA:O (second time playing it; first time was around its release) and all associated content, as well as DA2 (for the first time, and though it's...
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    You make good points about spell memorization,...

    You make good points about spell memorization, but it's just so anti-fun to me. I can think of a bunch of ways that make spellcasting meaningful (an instability thing which can rip apart your mage...
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    Bioshock - anything with respawning enemies means...

    Bioshock - anything with respawning enemies means I'm basically going to stop playing (so sorry, NOLF2, I was really primed to enjoy you until you busted that out), but respawning enemies + a game...
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    This is not really related to 10m subs, but RPS...

    This is not really related to 10m subs, but RPS is all about sharing (and sometimes about threadjacks), so:

    I have such a weird relationship with WoW. I played a lot beta/vanilla, quit well before...
  5. Thread: Civ: Beyond Earth

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    I've always found that the Firaxis games are best...

    I've always found that the Firaxis games are best enjoyed well after release, after everything's been ironed out. I got into Civ IV around Warlords but didn't really fall in love with it until well...
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    I've had tech. alpha access for a long while, and...

    I've had tech. alpha access for a long while, and there was a period where I liked the game, but after a few weeks (and this was months ago), I've basically forgotten it and haven't looked back. Part...
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    I'm far from an expert Civ 5 player, but I can...

    I'm far from an expert Civ 5 player, but I can try to volunteer some answers. Read/absorb at your own peril, caveat emptor, etc.

    Limited range units: there's not much point, though they tend to...
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    I can definitely see that at the highest levels...

    I can definitely see that at the highest levels that people were able to push their characters to pre-legendary gems (i.e., running T6 before Patch 2.1), but I was never at that level so I found more...
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    In single-player, escape will pause the game,...

    In single-player, escape will pause the game, even in a Greater Rift.

    With that said, I really hate the Greater Rift mechanics. They transform what's a pretty fun "kill monsters and don't get...
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    I don't have access to links to them at the...

    I don't have access to links to them at the moment (or even knowledge that they made it into the final game), but the cinematics for Hellgate: London were insanely awesome. They had nothing to do...
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    Sticky: Haha, I wonder that says about my turn-based...

    Haha, I wonder that says about my turn-based tactics abilities that I figured that out right away (on my very first attempt), but it still took me about 8 tries across 2 different playthroughs to...
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    Sticky: I jumped on the XCom train quite late: got it as...

    I jumped on the XCom train quite late: got it as a gift from a friend as a consolation for him not attending my wedding. I really should've just bought the game to begin with, but somehow managed to...
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    I started reading the post, but as well-worded as...

    I started reading the post, but as well-worded as it is, I think that it ultimately misses the point: in my opinion, I think Blizzard is both explicitly responsible for, and satisfied with, the very...
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    Yep, still playing nearly every chance I get. The...

    Yep, still playing nearly every chance I get. The busier I've gotten with work/life since RoS release, the less time I have to learn new games or really want to jump in to new things, what with...
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    Note that there's no longer any enrage until...

    Note that there's no longer any enrage until Torment, unless they've changed something from a couple of weeks ago.

    Also, remember the days when elite packs had enrage timers? Those were the days...
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    My appraisal of the new difficulty settings: ...

    My appraisal of the new difficulty settings:

    -Normal/Hard: These are pretty much faceroll modes and I can't imagine them being satisfying for anyone that's looking to do anything other than breeze...
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    Despite having played D3 pretty much constantly...

    Despite having played D3 pretty much constantly since launch, I still have yet to order RoS. Not because I have any doubts that I'll enjoy it, I just find the idea of giving interest-free loans for...
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    The skill redesign for the WD is actually really...

    The skill redesign for the WD is actually really great. The way a lot of the skills work now, you really get that sense of being a commander of decay as you throw out a bunch of DoTs and occasionally...
  19. Thread: The Bigot Gamer

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    I don't necessarily have much to contribute to...

    I don't necessarily have much to contribute to the discussion, but I think Jesus_Phish and Gundato have likely nailed it, at least from my perspective.

    Back when I used to play things online with...
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    It's worth noting that in early-ish builds of the...

    It's worth noting that in early-ish builds of the expansion, elemental damage types did actually have differing effects, contrary to the status quo of the base game.

    However, with the release of...
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    Just a few relevant notes along the lines being...

    Just a few relevant notes along the lines being discussed:

    The Gargantuan was buffed at some point to deal 100% weapon damage (and >100% with any runes). This significantly increased the damage...
  22. Thread: Jane Austen MMO

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    I am terrified by this, in theory, but am also...

    I am terrified by this, in theory, but am also secretly hoping that it becomes wildly popular while keeping some requisite components of gamification as a way of hooking my fiancee into playing more...
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    For what it's worth, I also find D3's combat more...

    For what it's worth, I also find D3's combat more satisfying/responsive/outright entertaining. However, I'm basically as "done" with D3 as I can be from a self-found perspective - all 5 characters...
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    Just wanted to jump in here and say: I played...

    Just wanted to jump in here and say:

    I played PoE a few times before, once early in closed beta and then again in open beta. In closed beta the combat was so clunky and everything so rough and...
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    (I apologize for the lack of pictures. I'm sure...

    (I apologize for the lack of pictures. I'm sure that they're a staple and add something beyond even a je ne sais quoi to the GMM posts, but it's much faster to riff on memory than to yank out...
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