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    Activision's $6 Billion Candy Crush Gamble

    Actually, if Candy Crush is pulling in a million dollars a day, it will take over 15 years to recoup their investment, assuming that it doesn't lose its popularity or become dethroned during that time, which is a highly improbable if. The other point, regarding giving them access to an...
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    Activision's $6 Billion Candy Crush Gamble

    Here's the problem though - this overlooks the crux of Shamus' argument. Yes, the mobile market is lucrative and untapped by Activision. Yes, if they could get an inroad into it by buying Candy Crush and creating some knockout hits for a few years, could very well justify this purchase. The...
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    Poll: Do you know why you celebrate your national day?

    Canada Day, July 1, is the anniversary of Confederation, where in 1867 we stopped being British colonies and became a united country (although it would be another 50+ years for us to become fully independent). Fun fact, our first Prime Minister, John A. MacDonald, was such a notorious drunk...
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    Poll: So... Assassin's Creed Female protagonist leaked. No Multiplayer. Now do you care?

    If it has good gameplay, and good story, and no major bugs, then... well, I'll wait a while to make absolutely sure, and then I'll wait a little bit longer for a price drop, and then I'll get it. Seriously, after everything they've managed to screw up this past year, I really don't expect this...
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    Ubisoft's The Division Delayed (Again)

    I'm not a very cynical person, but I really have very little faith in Ubisoft at this point. Watch_Dogs was soulless and Unity was a mess of bugs. I never got Far Cry 4, so I can't speak to its being good or bad, but my impression was basically it was Far Cry 3 with just enough tweaks to look...
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    Screen Time and Summer Releases

    Same here - my parents were very disorganized about it, they'd just declare that I'd played too much, or sometimes they'd take the console away for a week or two. It created a situation where I maximized any opportunity I had to spend time playing games, because I didn't know when I'd get...
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    Charging for Skyrim Mods Was a Horrendous Idea

    This wasn't killed because people on the receiving end didn't understand it, it was because on the balance of things, this was a policy that had the potential to seriously disrupt the modding community with very little upside. The fact that there are minor possible upsides doesn't make it a good...
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    Escapist Podcast: 178: Favorite Fighting Games

    Lots of fun watching you try to figure out if Voldo's name is Voldo. The approach I like to take with fighting games is to try and play every character, you sort of get good with the fundamentals that way. That said, Kilik in Soul Calibur is a lot of fun. As is Voldo, if only for the weird...
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    Poll: Do you know the words to your national anthem?

    Yup, in two languages. Yay Canada.
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    Poll: Anime - Dub or sub?

    If I could ONLY have one, I'd have to take subbed, because there's a much higher risk of dubs being terrible and ruining my enjoyment of the show. That said, all things being equal, a well-made dub comes out a little bit ahead in my books, particularly when re-watching a series. The less time...
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    So I completed my first playthrough of CIV5....

    By pace I assume you mean the speed settings i.e. Quick, Epic, Marathon, etc. It affects the costs of everything, from production, to science, to gold, to culture. The biggest relevant change there is that the longer the game gets, the more value you can gain from military units, because while...
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    The Best and Worst of Fate Reforged

    Dark Deal is a terrible card. Sure, hypothetically you can creatte a combo to manipulate it, like bouncing the board and casting it as some sort of mill strategy, but that's true of most wonky magic cards, it doesn't make them good, it means you're jumping through hoops to do a subpar combo...
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    Poll: Which would you prefer to play as?

    Both seem quite nice, but the one on the right looks more appealing and interesting to me - crouched over a rock, looking quite used to being out in nature, there's a lot of characteristics that can be implied by this one static drawing, that if developed would make for an interesting character...
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    Even More Great Anime on Netflix

    Yeah, Netflix has Steins;Gate here in Canada, and I can't imagine that they don't have it in the States. As for the last few episodes, I think I have to disagree with you on that count, I always felt it was pulling in that direction, they set up going there in the first episode, so it never...
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    In The Last of Us, Joel Had It Right

    Most of this stuff was going through my head when I first played the game, and I rather enjoyed the results. Sure, Joel wasn't stopping the fireflies because their idea to dissect Ellie right out of the gate was stupid, he was doing it because he cared for her, but as the silent partner in the...