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Alon Rand
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This is bizarre and awesome.

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Printers are so entitled.

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Amazing stuff.

So, since DC Universe Online has gone to a freemium model, I thought I'd give it a go. I downloaded it onto my PS3 last night (took several hours) and have been messing around with the character creator this afternoon. I finished designing my first character about 10 minutes ago, and have been waiting to get into the game itself ever since. So that's a black mark.
I was more than a little surprised at how limited the choices were in creation, though. The options to customize appearance are reasonably robust, though no better than City of Heroes was years ago when I gave that a shot, and CoH has broadened their choices considerably since. The place where they were really stingy was in power sets. There are only 6: Fire, Ice, Gadgets, Nature, Mind, and Sorcery. You have about a dozen implementation choices after that (basically how do you use your powers--shoot blasts from your hands, wield a weapon, punch stuff, etc.) that provide some variation beyond that, but still, that's really limited. Doesn't even allow them to cover the bases for many of their most iconic existing heroes. I had to discard the concept I was going to start with in favor of something far more generic as a result. I remember CoH had 2 or 3 times that many power types (as well as classes that are analagous to the weapon types in DCUO) way back when, and I think, again, has a good deal more now.
We'll see what the content of the game itself is like. If it doesn't impress me, I may load up CoH again, now that it, too, has gone freemium, and see what changes have been wrought there in the last few years.

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I'm not actually into the Elder Scrolls series myself (though I'm contemplating getting this particular one at some point). Nevertheless, I found this most amusing.

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Came on this indirectly. Sorry, it's not a happy thing. It fills me with shame that I share a species designation with some of the slime discussed in these. But I think it's a genuinely important subject on which to advance awareness and discussion all the same.
Three-for-one, suggest you read in order, quoted without comment other than to say that sometimes - often - I am really fucking disappointed in my fellow man. (Gendered noun intentional.)

http://glutenfreegirl.com/warm-brown-rice-and-grilled-vegetable-salad/
http://ittybiz.com/death-threats-online/
http://whatever.scalzi.com/2011/08/31/the-sort-of-crap-i-dont-get/

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Good to know!

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I'm so sorry, Wil. But that may be one of the best things ever. I think http://wilwheatonsuperteen.tumblr.com/post/2137543336/the-wesley-crusher-estrogen-brigade is my very favorite one of all, and its not even a picture. I cannot imagine how mortifying it must have been being you in the 90s.
I just ... uh ... thought that some of you, um, reading this may want to know that this ... this exists.

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Genius.

Wee! I am typing this (somewhat awkwardly, admittedly) with the touch screen of my brand new Asus tablet (could use the bluetooth keyboard, but I don't feel like it). I've been busily installing and configuring things all evening, and still have more to do. Should probably stop and go to bed, continue tomorrow evening. But CS5 says it's only got 19 minutes left (though it's been making that claim for the last 5 minutes) and I'd like to let it finish.
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