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    Sticky: Man, I wished I liked Invisible Inc. more. I love...

    Man, I wished I liked Invisible Inc. more. I love the design in principle, but it's more like a personality clash (it's not you, it's me). Because it's so utterly deterministic I hate to make errors,...
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    Man, I remain a terrible Zenyatta. Not sure why....

    Man, I remain a terrible Zenyatta. Not sure why. I try to play safe but I die so fast.

    D.Va is really good in mystery brawl because she is very difficult to kill these days. It means you can get...
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    Sticky: Irrelevant, surely. It's not about the objective,...

    Irrelevant, surely. It's not about the objective, it's about all the tasty loot!
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    Sticky: I have the dumb morality problem. It's just hard...

    I have the dumb morality problem. It's just hard for me to kill pixels when I technically don't have to, even though it seems silly. Logically, the penalty for killing a guard isn't all that high...
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    Symmetra stuff looks good. Putting shields on...

    Symmetra stuff looks good. Putting shields on everyone was never very compelling, so I won't miss it. Being able to set up my turrets in one go is lovely. Given how apt folks are to run in front of...
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    I didn't find the 3 vs 3 that much fun. The 1 vs...

    I didn't find the 3 vs 3 that much fun. The 1 vs 1 seems neat the couple of times I played it- it necessitated some quick thinking (how does Mei beat another Mei?), but I imagine once you'd been...
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    Sticky: Diablo 3 has constantly and consistently gotten...

    Diablo 3 has constantly and consistently gotten better over time, so there's never been a better time to get into it. I also have been playing it- in dark, stressful times, you can do worse than...
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    Sticky: I got Far Cry: Blood Dragon for free in the...

    I got Far Cry: Blood Dragon for free in the current offering, and have just started it. It's exactly the sort of modern triple A systemic FPS that I have more or less accidentally entirely missed in...
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    Sticky: I have! Exactly once. It was Civ IV, as China. I...

    I have! Exactly once. It was Civ IV, as China. I think it was a space victory? That's it, though. I really like the early game, I get a bit bored around the mid game and I never get to the end game....
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    You run into a problem early Heroes of the Storm...

    You run into a problem early Heroes of the Storm competitive play faced (and is still present to a lesser extent). If you need to fill a certain role (healer, say) and there are limited competitively...
  11. I'm glad I have Supernova. Every thirty seconds I...

    I'm glad I have Supernova. Every thirty seconds I can pop some mobs up in the air and feel like I'm contributing.
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    I hit send and went to bed and realized I'd been...

    I hit send and went to bed and realized I'd been lecturing an actual writer on writing. So sorry for that. In my meager defense I think creators get the balance wrong fairly often.
  13. Again, I'm doing these for the first time....

    Again, I'm doing these for the first time. Outland is beautiful and exotic (Hellfire nothwithstanding- I was glad to leave it), but the quests are a pain. Go kill 10 things. The zone they spawn in...
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    I think you're right. It fits with a theory of...

    I think you're right. It fits with a theory of mine: world building often goes wrong when the writers feel compelled to show you all of it. You need to do the work drawing your map, and figuring out...
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    Which is fine. Good even. Don't bog down your...

    Which is fine. Good even. Don't bog down your silly lovely multiplayer shooter with pointless restrictions. Even Dota figured out the Radiant and the Dire should just be map and creep skins.

    You...
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    The maps themselves sometimes have a story,...

    The maps themselves sometimes have a story, notably the payload maps. In Kings Row the attackers are escorting an EMP to an Omnic district in an act of anti-Omnic terrorism. In Gibraltar the payload...
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    Hey, there's a horde mode for Halloween! That was...

    Hey, there's a horde mode for Halloween! That was a nice surprise. I've played a couple of rounds and it's lightweight, but good fun. I didn't win either time on Medium, so it's not totally trivial....
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    Sticky: It is a relentless game. It's not as frantic as...

    It is a relentless game. It's not as frantic as Starcraft, since both macro (building and economy stuff) and micro are more streamlined. However, like just about every multiplayer or skirmish RTS, if...
  19. Hmm, I had assumed they were a greater...

    Hmm, I had assumed they were a greater commitment. Thanks. I can pop myself in the queue.
  20. I just popped through the Dark Portal to Outland....

    I just popped through the Dark Portal to Outland. I'm still on Hellfire Peninsula, and I can feel the drop in quality. Quests are longer, more awkward (especially if there are other players around...
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    Sticky: Multiplayer DoW2 is a really excellent...

    Multiplayer DoW2 is a really excellent competitive RTS. Six very diverse races, each with a choice of three champions, each if which can be kitted out in different ways to enable different...
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    Sticky: This is one of my favourite things about DoW2....

    This is one of my favourite things about DoW2. You direct relatively few squads, but each one is allowed to behave in more intricate ways. You take fewer actions overall, but the ones you do take are...
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    Sticky: I like it a lot. I like the scrappy underdog...

    I like it a lot. I like the scrappy underdog atmosphere of it. I like setting up ambushes. The classes work well, and can be modded for more variety. It's hit and miss whether you like the time...
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    Sticky: The Long War folks have made a mod for XCOM 2...

    The Long War folks have made a mod for XCOM 2 that adds a very similar system- double the classes, 3 perks per level to choose. It's good.

    The time limits don't put me off as much as many. I like...
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    I have to reiterate the recommendation for One...

    I have to reiterate the recommendation for One Finger Death Punch. It sounds like an idle distraction, and maybe it is, but if so it is the king of idle distractions. Each and every well timed key...
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