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Are Video Games Getting Easier?

Posted 3rd April 2011 at 08:14 PM by daranthered (Hello! I am Error.)

Question. Have you ever gone back and played the games you did when you were growing up? How did you find them? For me, the answer can be summed up in one word: Hard.

Finding and playing the games from the 70's, 80's and 90's isn't difficult. Emulators and Apps abound. My preferred method has been for years, to play them on my old Gameboy Advanced, which imported many old titles from the NES, SNES, and SEGA systems. Some of my favorites are Altered Beast, Mario 3, and Castelvania....
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Good Video Game Novels

Posted 1st April 2011 at 02:25 PM by daranthered (Hello! I am Error.)
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A friend and I had a discussion the other day about the worst books we had ever read that were based on video games. Mine was The Ruins of Dantooine. His was a Sonic the Hedgehog novel he had had the misfortune of reading in middle school. Amidst the reminiscences of these truly awful books, I made the assertion that most video game books were bad, which brought my friend up short. The majority, he said, of game books he'd read were actually pretty good. When I stopped and thought, I realized...
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The Age of Empires

Posted 27th March 2011 at 05:17 PM by daranthered (Hello! I am Error.)

I saw this the other day, and was glad.


It's hard for me to express just how much I love the Age of Empires franchise. When I bought my first "just for me" PC more than a decade ago, I couldn't leave the store without a copy of the original Age of Empires. I installed it even before I did Office, and I certainly spent more time using it than I did Office.

It was the first game I ever played PvP. I still have the archaic Ethernet hub...
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Oh Christmas List, Oh Christmas List.

Posted 18th December 2010 at 03:02 PM by daranthered (Hello! I am Error.)

I like to think that I know the true meaning of Christmas. I like to think that I grew out of my "gimme, gimme, gimme" phase before I was in my twenties. I enjoy hot chocolate on snowy days, Christmas lights, singing carols (not personally, my voice is horrible), and the relatively stable nature of my faith at this time of year.

There is a part of me, however, that can't help but look at the bounty that industrial civilization has brought us and say; "I want that."...
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How to Lose at Video Games Without Really Trying

Posted 13th December 2010 at 04:58 AM by daranthered (Hello! I am Error.)

By most standards I'm a pretty good loser. As a tactical thinker a generally treat a loss as feedback that helps to refine my strategy. Though I'm not one of those people who picks up a game and runs straight through it, I usually take comfort in the fact that after a few runs through, I'm pretty hard to beat.

Sometimes I am reminded that my attitude is by no means the prevalent view among gamers, especially amongst the younger generation. it seems like you can't play an MMO, or...
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