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"Mix And Match Genres; Caving on Price" - #Shadowrun bugs me; #Witcher3 on the cheap

Mix and Match Genres Although I had been trying to stick with SWTOR through to the cap, it’s already starting to wear on me. I might see if I can just plow through, head down, and get my main character’s story done, but I don’t know that I’ll even get…
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"Shadowrun was an answer to a question no one asked"

Ding, ding, ding. Perfectly said.
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This is, by far, the funniest thing I have encountered in a video game.
View Scopique's Borderlands video "I could not stop laughing at this." on Forge.
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Remember the debate over whether or not games were art? Did you care? I did, if only because as an art form, games could gain legitimacy in the eyes of some naysayers. But art is a dangerous minefield of detractors and adorers. Within the consumer…
Remember the debate over whether or not games were art?…
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The "you don't have a right to an opinion unless..." sentiments are always bullshit. The hard part though is finding where the value is within the opinions. 

It's easy for developers to feel inundated by opinions that aren't educated in how the game gets developed, or designed. In an ocean of consumer assumptions-- even though it's overwhelming, I'm astonished sometimes how some of the bigger companies will miss a key thing that many of their customers may be talking about. Often big design flaws and bugs that players see will slip through.

Smaller developers I can relate to. It's easy to miss things when you only have one set of eyes and ears.
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"Hoard of the Dragon Queen - Fantasy Grounds Style" - SQUUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Awwww yissss…Smiteworks announced earlier in the week that the D&D 5E module Hoard of the Dragon Queen was available for download for Fantasy Grounds. Of course I bought it immediately. Since we’re running this module on Thursday nights, I figured that I…
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Information on how you can put aside your Witchers and Auto Grand Thieving and get back to 100% pure unadulterated text based Awesomonium. 
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Oh the feels in that image. I used to run TW2002 servers after playing for years in the 90s. Really, really good times! Colonization and trading scripts for this game definitely strengthened my programming talents that pay the bills to this day.
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"State of Being As A Mechanic" Environment as a variable in enjoyment

Monday I talked about the desire to regain the feeling of gaming in days gone by, but there’s one element that’s a lot harder to talk about because it’s totally intangible and totally dependent upon the individual, and that’s our own personal state of…
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My home environment is better than any hotel for a variety of reasons. I certainly appreciate it more after having been away for any length of time. :)
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See, this is how you refrain from doing what might be fun, but also horrifying. 

Anook asked "Have you tried to get your parents into gaming?", to which I replied "My mother used to love Pac-Man". They replied "tell her it's Pac Man's anniversary". 

I WAS going to reply "Well, we didn't bury her with an Atari 2600, so I don't know if she'll care", but as amusing as I thought it would be, my brother and I did this to a friend once and it made her feel horrible. 

So just because you CAN, or because you think it'd be FUNNY, doesn't mean you SHOULD. 
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I am a sick individual cause I thought that would be freaking hilarious. >.<
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"Automation in Tradewars 2002" - I try my hand at auto-trading, and reap the benefits.

Last night I wanted to sit down and try to see what automation offers the Tradewars 2002 experience. As an old-school player, this was an abhorrent thought, as the enjoyment of TW2002 depends on the decisions that are made on which sector you’ll be moving…
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Well, Aereo isn't QUITE dead, but it's not anywhere near as innovative as they were thanks to Big Cable. Got this email this afternoon:

Hello:
As a former Aereo customer we wanted to give you some great news. You can once again receive the broadcast networks with DVR service. You've experienced via Aereo firsthand the power and potential of over-the-air(OTA) television with digital recording capability -- without having to be a cable or satellite subscriber. Well, that experience is back in an even better way with an unprecedented offer on the TiVo Roamio™ OTA for just $19.99/mo. with a free TiVo® Stream1.

Because of the Supreme Court's Aereo ruling last year, OTA television won't be able to be delivered in the exact way Aereo had pioneered. However, TiVo Inc. recently purchased a number of the Aereo assets because we share Aereo's disruptive spirit and are committed to viewers who want to save money, still get a great DVR service, and do so without having to pay a cable or satellite bill. 

Introducing TiVo Roamio OTA, a slick, intuitive device that combines the only well reviewed way to receive and record OTA signals while integrating the best streaming services like Netflix, HuluPlus and Amazon Prime2. This is a major improvement over the Aereo service which did not integrate the over the air and streaming service viewing experiences. This approach gives you an ability to easily find and watch your favorite shows no matter where they may be. For instance, with TiVo's industry leading OnePass, search for your favorite shows and find every episode regardless if they are from traditional networks or new streaming services. In addition, it makes binge-watching really easy. Roamio also has "casting" built in just like a Chromecast™. Simply fling a show from your mobile device up to your Roamio and you're watching on the best screen in the house. 

Now, for a limited time we are offering former Aereo customers an incredible deal. Get TiVo Roamio OTA and TiVo Stream for just $19.99/mo. with a 2-year commitment and no upfront cost at all. That's just a tad more than the original Aereo, but with way more features -- like 75 hours of HD recording as well as recommendation functionality that would have made Aereo blush. 

Roamio OTA has gotten raves across the internet. Endgadget called it "the best over-the-air DVR ever available". And consumers agree: Amazon and BestBuy customers both rate Roamio OTA at 4.5 stars! 

Roamio OTA is awesome on its own, but when combined with TiVo Stream, it allows you to access all your live and recorded programming from your iOS or Android mobile devices using the very well reviewed TiVo apps3. Even more, Roamio OTA delivers twice the number of simultaneous mobile streams you were able to get with Aereo. You can also download shows to your mobile devices to watch when you don't have internet connection — something Aereo could never do. 

And thank you for helping us keep the Aereo dream alive. 

Best regards,
Aereo Transition Officer
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Yeah, Tivo bought them, and are trying to use the tech to re-invent themselves, since they're not doing so well either.

The Roamio OTA is a regular Tivo Roamio with the cablecard ports removed, so you can't use them with cable.  Tivo has been selling them for $49.99 at Best Buy for the past year.
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Yes, she is. The TV is kinda neat, too.
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"Tradewars Rides Again" I'm running a server! And how scripting has taken over the game.

I’ve always been forthcoming about my love of Tradewars, the BBS game that finds you buying low, selling high, and saving up enough cash to make a planet of your very own. I played TW proper on a dial-up connection to a local BBS that I can’t even…
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It's still alive and kicking!
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"The Longing" - You can't go back again, but you'll always want to

There are two kinds of gamers (I’m oversimplifying here): those who stick with one game until complete, and those who jump from game to game as the spirit moves them. I envy the former: seeing something through and realizing the full fruits of one’s…
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I'd rather NOT have this urge to jump back and forth (or more importantly, ever-forth, as the "back" part isn't always a given with me) between ANYTHING, and I've been trying to figure out WHY I have the urge to do so. I have another post queued about the environments in which we game, and what effect that  might have on our comfort, willingness to stay put, and the memories we have of our "best times" playing (which was partially inspired by that "memories of vanilla WoW" post that was making the rounds the other day). 

So this is kind of "part one of two" of that concept XD
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