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    I suppose I don't know what the "facts" of...

    I suppose I don't know what the "facts" of relevance to a high-octane video game are. There isn't really anything to get right other than tone and socio-political implications. It is well understood...
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    For example That doesn't speak to purpose....

    For example

    That doesn't speak to purpose. That speaks to effect. I don't think many people who state that WWI had little purpose would further say it had little effect.

    Also the junior...
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    It was an interesting read, but definitely has...

    It was an interesting read, but definitely has some points that seem odd to me.
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    I think my favorite thing about Half Life 2 was...

    I think my favorite thing about Half Life 2 was that old forum thread about getting through the game with the Ravenholm sign. I tried finding it again as there was some nice humor writing in some of...
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    Heavily simulationist systems are never...

    Heavily simulationist systems are never exhaustive. And as for balance ... I think "balancing" an RPG is a very weird concept that requires heavy qualification and definition of terms before it even...
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    Sticky: You say garish like it's a bad thing!...

    You say garish like it's a bad thing! Neoclassicism and similar eviscerated some western folks' appreciation of proper colors. I don't think Ubisoft would pass of the opportunity to both celebrate...
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    Hmm. I've found the episodes do better on...

    Hmm. I've found the episodes do better on repeated play than the original game. I'm impressed by how well it holds up in terms of animations! Even with all the new coats of paint on it, it's an old...
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    I know an anthropologist who got up to some...

    I know an anthropologist who got up to some rather unusual stuff, so I honestly don't know if you meant that as a joke or not. It sort of works both way. :D
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    Sure! That's what I meant by the Indiana Jones...

    Sure! That's what I meant by the Indiana Jones effect. It has very little to do with real archaeology but that hasn't stopped it from inspiring interest in real archaeology despite said not involving...
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    If it was just a spelling corrections I would...

    If it was just a spelling corrections I would have fixed it, but since it was explicitly stated that it jeopardizes my ability to talk seriously about propuganda, I figured I might as well have some...
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    I think I trust Firaxis in that regard. Their...

    I think I trust Firaxis in that regard. Their expansion packs tend to be significant lumps of game and they do seem genuinely interested in fan feedback. XCOM 2 had issues, but cut content and blind...
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    :D Though now that you mention it, I haven't...

    :D

    Though now that you mention it, I haven't played Mercy enough or paid enough attention when attempting to kill her--does killing her mid-callout stop a resurrection? I got the impression the...
  13. Thread: PC Bargains

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    Sticky: ARMA III is having a free weekend on steam and...

    ARMA III is having a free weekend on steam and requisite discounting of it's various bits.

    $20 for the main game, $10 for the DLC pack and $48 odd for the whole thing including the big "Apex"...
  14. Thread: PC Bargains

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    Sticky: Mine was a resounding maybe. ;)

    Mine was a resounding maybe. ;)
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    My favorite part of Overwatch is hand-down: ...

    My favorite part of Overwatch is hand-down:

    "It's High--urghk."

    "Justice Rains From Ab---arrrrgh."

    "Die, Die, Di--euhhhh."
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    I think the most educational BF games have ever...

    I think the most educational BF games have ever been was when they threw a bunch of pre-game text at you in BF1942 that I only sometimes bothered to read. But I suppose there might be an Indiana...
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    I sincerely doubt it's straightforwardly about...

    I sincerely doubt it's straightforwardly about "keep[ing] stuff out of the base game." Budgets are limited, time is limited. DLC is now part of a release cycle, sure, but deciding what to make DLC is...
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    The issue here is that, for example, America...

    The issue here is that, for example, America didn't see the Nazis as the villains in a straightforward way prior to the war. Saying Nazi attrocities were well known is kinda exactly the...
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    I believe he's referring to questionable actions...

    I believe he's referring to questionable actions on the part of Russian command, not strictly to Nazi brutality on the Eastern Front.
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    That's true, but I share the experience from the...

    That's true, but I share the experience from the other side of having a hard time dealing with Tracer as Mei. The game is well balanced, you'll hear no argument from me on that point. But I found it...
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    As long as we're putting things in context,...

    As long as we're putting things in context, consider what that means in a multiplayer shooter. One player is contributing to stop the Nazis. The other player is the Nazis.

    In the WWI game ... both...
  22. Thread: PC Bargains

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    Sticky: As a heathen who still toys with saying Civ III...

    As a heathen who still toys with saying Civ III is better than Civ IV ... I'm still tempted to agree. Civ V is the smoothest operator of the bunch so far. But that AI makes past Civ AI look like...
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    Also ... isn't it ... better when there's no Good...

    Also ... isn't it ... better when there's no Good Guy and Bad Guy? Doesn't that mean no one has to fight under the banner of supporting the holocaust and the invasion of Europe and China? Doesn't...
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    But when that pain and sensitivity comes laden...

    But when that pain and sensitivity comes laden with political and social messaging, we have a responsibility to examine it. When that pain and sensitivity is being used as an argument for modifying...
  25. Have you considered that maybe it was a slow...

    Have you considered that maybe it was a slow sales week? Battleborn is already falling on the top sellers chart, beyond this week's weekend deal on Metro among other things. And Civ V which both of...
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