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The march towards tiered game versions
The march towards tiered game versions

Dragon Age: Origins was rather unique in the fact that at its launch not only one but two pieces of downloadable content were available; The Stone Prisoner and Warden's Keep were two addons that added extra quests and content to the base game. While The Stone Prisoner was available to everyone who bought the game, Warden's Keep was only included with the digital deluxe version of the title. Anyone else wanting to play it has to purchase it for an additional seven dollars.

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9 November 2009
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Infinity Ward's PSA is brought to you by "FAGS"
Infinity Ward's PSA is brought to you by "FAGS"

If you haven't heard by now, Infinity Ward, the developers behind upcoming FPS Modern Warfare 2, have released a YouTube public service announcement warning players against unsportsman-like "grenade spam." It's all well and fine, but the five seconds at the end of the video inform you that the PSA has been brought to you by "Fight Against Grenade Spam," or, FAGS.

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1 November 2009
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The fallacy of Vista's failure
The fallacy of Vista's failure

With the impending release of Windows 7, tech news media has stepped up the common refrain that somehow Vista was a "failed" operating system. While the OS certainly had a rocky launch, is its negative perception today really accurate or the result of misunderstandings and incorrect representations?

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22 October 2009
Missing the point: why we need more LGBT visibility in gaming
Missing the point: why we need more LGBT visibility in gaming

Yesterday both Joystiq and Kotaku covered the release of a new academically-approved public survey soliciting opinions from LGBT and heterosexual gamers about what they look for in video games. The survey itself didn't impress me much, personally, but it's a good jumping-off point to examine the sort of outrage anything like this generates in heterosexual-dominated gaming circles.

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10 October 2009
Aion has a problem with gold spammers
Aion has a problem with gold spammers

The screenshot you see here (click it for a larger version) represents the first two seconds of global chat when I logged into my poor abandoned Asmodian priest yesterday in an attempt to finally ascend him past level 10. The wall of gold spam that hit me as soon as I signed in was the […]

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7 October 2009
Are we getting meaner?
Are we getting meaner?

A post last week on MMOCrunch seems rather hand-in-hand with my entry last week about Love. In the entry, the author ruminates on his experiences in gaming communities and comes away with the feeling that, compared to five years ago, people in MMOGs and online games have gotten a lot more negative. While I agree […]

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6 October 2009
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Love goes into alpha, proves internet full of jerks
Love goes into alpha, proves internet full of jerks

An upcoming MMOG title I have been looking forward to with a lot of glee is Love, the one-man-band game currently in development by Eskil Steenberg. Everything, from the game's engine to the graphics renderer to the AI, has been developed from scratch solely by Eskil, a pretty monumental achievement when you consider the small […]

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3 October 2009
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