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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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A rambling start to a rambling blog

Posted 26th March 2011 at 03:52 PM by Stuman

One of the big problems with being bored on a quiet Saturday arvo, whilst having access to the internet, a decent computer and a selection of fine games to play - is that indecision that comes around mid-afternoon.

Do you play a game?

"Sure" you answer, "but which one?".

Well considering that the 10 hours of Civ V that got spent yesterday and last night have you seeing hexagonal shapes in your sleep; a bout of waiting in queue for...
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What is your hearts desire?

Posted 16th March 2011 at 11:56 AM by Ebonytears

This question was asked of me when I was backpacking over 15 years ago. At the time I gave a flippant answer and forgot about it. Recently it has been something I have been thinking about.

The other day it came to me. My hearts desire is, quite simply, to learn. Doesn't seem like a biggy really, something rather simple. It's not and it has caused me no amount of trouble.

I don't just read books, I devour them. I am always enrolled in some course or another of some...
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