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October 27th, 2006
They Don’t Make Games…
by Scorpia

…like they used to. We’ve been around the block a few times with this one. However, Coyote send me a link to a very interesting article over on RPGVault, where several designers talk about this subject, leading off with comments by D.W. Bradley. But it was a remark made by Jeff Vogel of Spiderweb Software, that got me thinking.

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October 26th, 2006
NWN Online – Third Session
by Scorpia

So last night we had our third session of NWN online. Finally, it went smoothly. Well, almost smoothly, since I dropped partway through and had a hard time getting back on. Other than that, however, it did go very well and we had our first full session. Very little lag, too. Because of the drop, I lost much of the log. For those who are interested, I reproduce what I did get below.

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October 25th, 2006
Are You A Sid Meier Fan?
by Scorpia

Well, I’m not, but then you all know I don’t do strategy games ;) Actually, I have a lot of respect for Sid, who has managed to hang on in this industry since the 80’s, and has produced any number of quality products. He’s also about the only one left whose name I recognize (sad, that).

There’s a nice Sid Meier Restrospective over on Gameworld Network. If you’re a fan, give it a read.

Sid Meier Retrospective

October 25th, 2006
The Big Index
by Scorpia

Folks, the number of posts on the site has grown to well over two hundred. It occurred to me that this makes it hard for recent visitors to see everything that’s here, even if they browse by category.

So I’ve just put up The Big Index. It has all (well almost all; I skipped some ephemeral stuff like the one about the mail problem) of the articles, by category, and of course the links are live ;). It’s there in the left-hand column, just under “Game Lair Home”.

I will, of course, be updating as each new post is added. Give it a try; you may find something you haven’t seen before.

October 24th, 2006
Infamous Interview
by Scorpia

The other day, Jay (Coyote) sent me a number of snoopy questions to answer. After sticking Fred in the closet (Fred is sensitive about these things, even though he wasn’t mentioned), I sat down and wrote a reply. You can see the result here:

Scorpia Interview

Do comment over there if you feel so inclined ;)

October 24th, 2006
On Violence
by Scorpia

It is fashionable these days to decry “violence in video games” as though it were some unique phenomenon. Yet “protecting our kids” – and that typically means young males – from what is perceived as “pernicious entertainment” has a long and dishonorable history, stretching back at least a hundred years.

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October 23rd, 2006
Gaming and Politics
by Scorpia

I am about as apolitical as anyone can be. I have always loathed politics in any form. Unfortunately, politics can’t always be ignored. These days, as many know, gaming is a hot topic not only in the press, but in government circles as well.

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October 22nd, 2006
Mainstream Sex
by Scorpia

You’re wondering: Mainstream? Sex? Am I reading the right site? Yep, yep, and yep. After all, you can’t get much more mainstream than Playboy Magazine.

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