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July 6th, 2006
Scratches
by Scorpia

Picture of Blackwood ManorSpooky adventure games have been with us a long time. More recent ones have veered on the action-adventure side, where fighting off monsters is a fair part of play. So it’s a pleasure to tell you about Scratches, a game in traditional style.

Michael Arthate, up-and-coming horror writer, needs a place where he can finish his new book. His pal, Jerry the real estate agent, gets him a genuine Victorian pile, Blackwood Manor.

However, Michael won’t be spending much time on his own work. Dark events happened here in the past, and he’s determined to uncover the truth.

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July 6th, 2006
Never Neverwinter?
by Scorpia

A short time ago, I was composing a piece on the longevity of Neverwinter Nights. You won’t find it here, though. The situation has changed radically.

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July 6th, 2006
Cheater!
by Scorpia

Just mention cheating in a game forum, and you can start a flame war in no time at all. It’s a topic on which many gamers hold strong opinions, pro and con. But what, exactly, do we mean by “cheating”? There are those who believe just asking someone else for help with a game is cheating, never mind buying a strategy guide or reading a walkthrough.

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July 6th, 2006
Daemonica – First Look
by Scorpia

Okay, I’ve just taken my first step into Daemonica. This is definitely an action-adventure game. Fighting is possible, and you have hitpoints to keep track of life. That seems to be as far as it goes, though. No commands for jumping around, and no mention of character levels or improving hitpoints. Haven’t had any fights yet, though.

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July 6th, 2006
The Bookshelf
by Scorpia

Every once in a while, say a couple times a year, I get to feeling nostalgic. That’s when I head for the bookshelf and pull out one of three hefty looseleaf binders. They hold manuals, command cards, and instruction sheets for the really old games, the ones I played on my beloved Apple, way back when. Yes, I was actually a trifle more organized in those days. Heh. Anyway, let’s take a look.

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July 6th, 2006
The Non-List
by Scorpia

[When I wrote this little piece some years ago, the games and companies below would have been familiar to almost any gamer. At that time, Origin, Sierra, Maxis, etc. were still putting out product in the series mentioned, and the humor was obvious. These days, I’m not so sure. But here it is anyway, for those who remember.]

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July 6th, 2006
On The Edge Of Oblivion
by Scorpia

When Oblivion came out, I was in no rush to get it. Every Elder Scrolls release has been terribly buggy, and this one is no exception. A check of the official boards confirmed that many players were having problems, aside from troubles related to video – and there were plenty of those.
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