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Full Glass Empty Wallet: CIV V Edition

Features, Games and Gaming

Welcome back to the feature formerly known as Do You Like Free Stuff. This time around, I am offering up one pre-order Direct2Drive copy of Civilization V.

The contest will run til 8:00 P.M. Eastern Thursday September 2nd.

How do you enter? Just leave a comment below. I will randomly choose one winner this week and announce it Thursday night.

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StarCraft II : The Eldritch Mystery of Custom Maps Part I

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It isn’t often I’m moved to rant about video games. There are plenty of other nerds with better thought-out opinions, usually supported by graphs and proofs and the phrases “non-trivial”, and “Let N be…”.

But this, this is a hill where I plant my flag, affix bayonets, and take a stand, with all the power in my laughably flabby body with questionable hygiene.

Custom. Maps. In StarCraft. II.

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How am I SO BAD at a game that I play SO MUCH?

Games and Gaming

Civilization IV is a fantastic game. In fact, any game starting with “Sid Meier’s” is probably going to be awesome. But the Civilization series in particular has always gripped me, and kept me playing for hours on end. There’s something so satisfying about finally taking over the world through an ideal combination of war, politics, culture, science and/or religion.
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Demolition Company: The Simple Fun of Breaking Things

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The core strength of gaming’s appeal is, I think, the fact that a game’s success or failure essentially boils down to one question: is it fun? All the other factors that we judge a game’s quality by are essentially tacked-on items that either increase or decrease the fun contained in the game. There’s a lot of wiggle room as to what constitutes fun or not fun, as well as a few absolutes – particularly in the way that games can fail to be fun – but what really matters as far as a game’s worth is concerned is whether or not you as a player enjoy the experience of playing the game. It doesn’t matter how ambitious a game’s design is or is not, as long as you get a kick out of playing.
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I am not normally this nice!

Games and Gaming

So there you are, having just finished riding out into the middle of nowhere Mexico to find that last damn woolly blue curl for your Survivalist challenge, and blammo, you fall down a little cliff that your 90yr old grandmother could have stepped down and your horse dies. Now, you have a couple choices here:

  1. Walk in the direction you want to go and wait until your horse re-spawns and you can whistle for it again.
  2. or

  3. Find the nearest road and shoot the first person you see and take their horse.

In a game world, one would think the choice would be obvious: Shoot a dude and take his horse. After all, you’ve got places to go, and this is the Wild West, where it’s every man for himself. Also, that’s not a real dude! But what do I do? I walk.
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Has John Carmack Joined The Dark Side (In There) Or Lost The Plot (On That)? Part I

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John Carmack is, perhaps, the nearest thing to a demigod the gaming world can claim to have. Half man, half deity, touched by the hand of the eternal, wandering the earth, solving really hard math problems, Sisyphean, DOOMed forever like Leonardo (or any of the other ninja turtles) to eternally strive for a goal that can never be reached — to capture reality.

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Kill Screen Magazine

Kill Screen is the natural extension of a maturing games industry. Far from the sensationalist juvenilia that dots the web and more accessible than the lofty rhetoric and gamespeak of academics, we’re approaching a beloved medium on its own terms as fans and as critics.

Ludicrously expensive, but at least it’s aimed at thinking adults who also play games, and they may be right that the ‘premium product’ model is the way forward for print publications. [via]

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Full Glass Empty Wallet: Week 4

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Since last week’s giveaway was so popular, I decided that another contest was in order.

The only catch this week? The contest ends at 10 P.M. Eastern on Wednesday August 11th (because the game is released the next day).

Up for grabs this week
:

One Steam copy of Puzzle Quest 2!

How do you enter? Just leave a comment below. I will randomly choose one winner this week and announce it Wednesday night.