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    Unskippable: Star Wars The Old Republic

    Okay maybe I was being a teeeny bit hyperbolic :p But still, the sad truth remains that *we* as observers can see the root of this problem while these MMO developers continue to flail about with an inadequate understanding of the genre's flaws. Of course that's a great side to bet on. If...
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    Unskippable: Star Wars The Old Republic

    I'd totally give them extra points for that as well...except they didn't do it for any story consideration, but purely to highlight the three major good guy factions/careers, or whatever they call em, that players can choose. So not only are they characters we shouldn't care about and will...
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    305: What They Say

    "Greg Kasavian (Creative Director, Supergiant Games): The single biggest mistake the industry has made in the last five years is the institution of mass-firings of skilled laborers as a business practice upon the completion of a big project." This truly is the biggest problem right here. The...
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    Rift Review

    Ahh, so THAT'S how you pronounce "Arendt"! FYI Shadotek - if you choose to play as a Defiant (and seriously, when given the choice, who WOULDN'T play as the bad guys?) you are in fact from an alternate future, and have in fact traveled back to the past. It's right there in the game's lore.
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    302: Ocarina of Timelines

    The theory I've always heard about why Legend of Zelda and Zelda 2 come last or near-last was because A) The ruined, abandoned exploration area in LoZ approximately conforms to the classical layout of Hyrule proper, suggesting that you're adventuring in ancient ruins; and B) because the land of...
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    The Big Picture: Mystery Science Theater 3000

    One thing people always forget to mention when they recommend MST3k is that you have to actually like bad movies in the first place to really appreciate it. I can't imagine them myself, but I understand that there are a lot of people out there who actually don't like the idea of seeing a bad...
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    The Big Picture: Mystery Science Theater 3000

    It gave me my favorite one-liner ever: "Not a joke, but an incredible simulation!" (from "Giant Spider" FYI). Also, in case anyone is curious, every episode not available on DVD can be found at the Digital Archive Project, assuming there was ever a physical copy made for it. So ALL IS NOT LOST!
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    Zero Punctuation: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

    I'm surprised. Yahtzee actually had a higher opinion of it than I did. That never happens! He always hates things more! Then again, I seem to have some kind of mental WoW armor, because I've tried playing it a couple times and it always utterly fails to suck me in. It also doesn't help...
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    282: All That's Shiny is Gold

    He should be proud. 14/100 volunteered to get involved with his charity benefit - that's exactly 4% higher than the average expected level of participation from a public audience.
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    Zero Punctuation: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II

    And Shadow of the Colossus And those two sandbox games that came out last summer Someone should make a Comprehensive List of Games Yahtzee Doesn't Loathe Completely. Because I feel like there's more than just that.
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    Zero Punctuation: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II

    We all mourn his loss. The team that made Dark Forces 2, Timothy Zahn, Genndy Tartakovsky, and that guy who wrote "I, Jedi" were the only good things to happen to Star Wars in the last 20 straight years.
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    280: The Crystal Ball of Michael Pachter

    "My method is, I say what I think, and I spend all of my time looking for reasons why I'm wrong" Hey! That's how science works! +1 for you! :D
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    279: Wussy RPG Girls

    Off topic - you know, the final season of the 2003 Ninja Turtles cartoon was pretty strange, but when the Turtles met their elemenal-powered Mentors, my god it was a breath of fresh air to see Earth/Stone represented by the female one. People need to mix that shit up more.
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    279: Wussy RPG Girls

    Good sir I'll have you know that bump on my head was a birth defect! >:O But on a serious note, I agree that stock characters have their place in fiction, and that place is important. But there is also such a thing as a Badly Written Character. It's true! They really exist, and not in some...
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    279: Wussy RPG Girls

    Luckily, no JRPG characters have much going on in the personality department, so they're among equals! OH SNAP. Yeah I went there . Also, it's really true what she said about JRPGs being very popular among women. I remember in highschool - in a classic gender reversal of the 'humoring a...