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For Obsidian's crowdfunded love letter to Infinity Engine games like Icewind Dale and Baldur's Gate, I was impressed by its willingness to pull back the curtain and let me see the machinery behind it.
We've all been there. Everyone remembers that mission. You and your partner are climbing up the mountains in the snow, striving to pull some slick clandestine operation about getting some intel on a bad guy, or something similar (because let's face...
Subject: Local arcades suck!
I dont know if its just me, but there are very
few arcades where i live. The ones that i do have,
suck. Theres one good arcade, about 30 min away. Ahhh,
the great games there. There must be a million Capcom
fighters there, a few SNK machines, and some strange but
cool D&D games. All of these other arcades suck! There are
bad, over priced games. Some of the games are those cheap
games where you win tickets. Now you can finally win that
bouncy ball you wanted for 8000 tickets! Come on! We need
more "serious " arcades with lots of fighting games and some
games actually worth paying that treasured 50 cents for. I
dont know about you guys, but WE NEED ARCADES
Dear Unfortunate AOL Subscriber,
Sadly, the arcade scene has
gone downhill over the past decade, due in large part to the success
of the home consoles. Why pay a quarter or more just to have one go
at a Street Fighter game when you can just buy the damn thing
for 40 bucks and play it endlessly?
So in order to offer something different from what you can get at home,
arcade game designers have opted for big,
silly contraptions that look (and play) more like rides than actual
games. This would be fine if they didn't cost a buck each.
We miss the good old days,
when arcades were filled with arcade games. These days, you have to
really go out of your way to find cool
Copious Amounts Of Shut Up
From: "Mike at freefallsoft"
In the past mailbag you used the word "plethora"
in one of your responses. This is possibly the most
annoying (and most overused) word in writing. From now
on, please use any of the following substitutes:
a whole lot
this much |------------------|
more than will fit up your ass
So "plethora" is
overused, but "several" is not? You must be from Planet Plethora,
because here on Earth, people use the word several a whole lot more
than plethora. One might say that several is used a truckload of times,
this much. Is that more than will fit up your ass?
Now That's What I Call Advanced AI
From: Greg Llwyn
Subject: Serious Issue for Serious Times
It's time we approach this matter in public, over the
weeks i've beaten GTA3 maybe 3 or 4 times. And everytime
the same thing keeps coming into my head on Staunton Island.
And i think you know what i'm talking about. And so does
nearly every other guy that has played that island knows too,
the facts have narrowed it down to a 99% cchance of being true.
And now i need your expert advice...
Are Asuka and Maria Lesbians?
You knew that was gonna come sooner or later, it's time you
tell the gaming public. GR, your our last hope in this world
You sad, lonely man. We're
not privvy to the intricate details of video game character's inter-personal
relationships. We did not write the code that dictates Asuka and Maria's
sexual tendencies. We did not program the Lesbian Engine!
But for what it's worth,
yes, they are.
Friends Don't Let Friends Use AOL
From: "Scott Pensyl"
Subject: Our very grounded friend.
I have a suggestion for our poor, unfortunate grounded friend...
He can get online, and start checking out internet communities to
fritter away every last hour of his time. It's what I've done for
five years and it's helped fight the boredom of having been grounded
before! But now.. I'm just a sad, lonely freak with no friends,
and a gaming rig that I don't use for games.
What I'm trying to say is... This person should learn to talk to
people so he can become lonely and bitter just like I have..
eventually growing to live as a hermit with a T3, sending Bill
Gates porn spam of epic proportions.
P.S. Anyone who lets AOL get jammed down their throats, or
worse, PAYS for it, NEEDS to be grounded. =)
Thanks for trying to help.
You're a real stand-up guy. Now please stop sending Bill Gates porn
spam and start sending him stuff he doesn't like, like cheap
beer. Oh wait...
From: "kyler brose"
Hi i just wanted to get somthing off my chest. Being a
hardcore video game player ive rented a lot of games
(and i mean a LOT)and every single time i rent a game
thats a cd i have to to wipe the serface of cd because
it's covered with dust,finger prints and smudges. So I
just wan't to send a message to other gamers out there
hardcore or not when you rent a game please WIPE THE
CD OFF and for heavens sake take care of the game. All
to often ive had to exchange a game because the first
one I rented was scratched or had dried sticky stuff
on it that wouldn't come off and therefore didn't work.
p.s. did you know that the first console system was the
the odyssey 100 by magnavox, it was released in 1972
2 years before the first atri. Oh yah viva
We published your mail as
a public service announcement to gamers who rent. Please, folks, take
care of the games. You might think that you're screwing over Blockbuster
by trashing their games, but really all you're doing is screwing over
your fellow budget gamers. So be kind. :^)