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February 29th, 2008
Avernum 5 Demo - First Look
by Scorpia

Of course, everyone’s been waiting for me to get around to this one ;) So I downloaded the “demo” the other day and have taken my first steps into the game.

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February 28th, 2008
Why Kill? Let’s Talk!
by Scorpia

Over at the Iron Tower (NOT Lore!) forums, Vince (Age Of Decadence) Weller has up a great post on non-combat play in RPGS.

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February 28th, 2008
Goodbye, Iron Lore
by Scorpia

Yeah, Iron Lore just announced they’re shutting down. In case you don’t recall (or didn’t know), this is the company that did Titan Quest. Looks like there won’t be any more updates to the game, although I don’t know who actually owns the IP. If it belongs to THQ, they may still do something with it. If they don’t, maybe Iron Lore can shop the license. Whichever, it’s sad to see another company go down the tubes.

Iron Lore Closes on rpgwatch

February 27th, 2008
Merger Or Not, Let’s Sue!
by Scorpia

In this crazy world of ours, it seems that anything that displeases you is grounds for a lawsuit. Especially if there’s big money in it. Now Activision is being sued over its coming merger with Vivendi.

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February 26th, 2008
Story, Meaning & Superficiality
by Scorpia

Well, the Game Developers Conference is over. Probably not a moment too soon. I’ve been reviewing reports on various websites about discussions held on the topics of “story in games”, “superficiality in games” and “games with real meaning”, and I have come to a conclusion.

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February 25th, 2008
Ron Gilbert & The Bear
by Scorpia

So I was feeling lazy today, and joystiq helped. They cornered Ron Gilbert at the GDC and presented him with a “typical adventure game puzzle”: getting past a “ferocious robot bear” guarding a cave. So what did Ron do?

Ron Gilbert & The Bear on joystiq

February 24th, 2008
EA Sniffing Around Take-Two
by Scorpia

You expect a quiet weekend after a major developers conference. So it’s a bit of a shock when EA just announced they’d made a buyout offer for Take-Two Interactive.

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February 23rd, 2008
Game Mind Control
by Scorpia

Last year, we discussed controlling in-game actions by thought alone in It’s All In The Mind and More Mind Games. The “More” post talked about a system from Emotiv. Well, it’s almost here.

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