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The Backlog: Torchlight

Games and Gaming

Torchlight is the perfect game for those times when you want some mindless fun or you have a mouse on its last legs and you want to try and kill it once and for all. I’ve started several different Torchlight characters and had abandoned each of them fairly early into the game’s proceedings. There just comes a point where it’s more and more of the same: run through a pretty, atmospheric dungeon, bash the skulls of some monsters in, and then return to town to sell the “goodies” (99% of which are utterly useless, short of their resale value) before repeating that cycle.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s great, mindless fun. It is. It’s definitely worth the price you can get it for now. But I can’t seem to escape the fact that there is a LOT of filler in the game. From items, to monsters, to skill trees — it seems like all of the creative energy for the game went into the art assets.

Maybe I was doing it wrong.

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My Steam Library Makes Me Crazy

Games and Gaming

We’re deep in the midst of yet another Steam sale. This time, I thought it a near certainty that Valve would have nothing to offer that I don’t already have. For what must make for a dozen-sale-long streak, I was wrong — so very, very wrong.

During the routine task of checking my email on my phone, I got an email letting me know that a game on my Steam wishlist was on sale. Given the sheer number of games in my Steam library that I’ve never so much as installed, I have no idea why I have a wishlist. Nevertheless, the deal — 75% off of Orcs Must Die 2 — was almost too much to resist.

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