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Path of Exile is good, but The Awakening expansion might make it greatPath of Exile is good, but The Awakening expansion might make it great
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I'm actually interested in this, because as I said, I'm not hugely into this genre. But I bounced off Diablo 3 and find myself really enjoying Path of Exile. What's the problem with Path of Exile from an ARPG fan's perspective?

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It's just a dry, boring game with uninspiring gameplay and an agonizingly slow and haphazard character progression system that depends on luck, endless grinding, and disposable characters ("My build is gimped because I assigned points 'incorrectly' and didn't get good item drops. I guess it's time to start over from scratch. Again.").


Essentially it takes the worst aspects of action RPGs and MMOs and combines them in a single game.

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How the deck is stacked against women in e-sportsHow the deck is stacked against women in e-sports
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The only real way around harassment online in such games is to find teams to play with. Obviously this is only a semi-solution and the problem on a whole needs to be dealt with. Harassment is probably the biggest issue with online gaming but no company has yet to come up with a decent solution. It's only got worse with free to play games since if you get banned you just make another account.

Even as a male I wont play many games alone. Never used mic in CS:GO outside of a team.

in terms of women in e-sport we need to be careful. I don't think female only tournaments is a good idea. While the intention may be to get female players exposure, it ends up serving the idea that the two should be segregated or that women aren't capable of the same level of play as men. Which isn't true.

It also doesn't help when one of them admits being more motivated to compete in women's tournaments basically because she thinks they are lower skilled.

"“When there are other people that have a similar background and are better than you, but the gap is smaller, I think it's naturally more motivating. You can use that as a stepping stone. Women's tournaments are more of a stepping stone to get to a higher competitive level."

That is basically saying that she doesn't believe women are as good as men at the game. You can't run around claiming women are as good as men and then admit that you see women's only tournaments as easier and as only a stepping stone to the higher competitive levels which are dominated by men.
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This is a good point and it's something I asked about. I think what happened to SC2 might be worth considering in this regard. When you let the best players (Koreans) compete everywhere with no restriction, they MASSACRED the foreign scene, and it hurt the game as a whole. We lost tons of former Euro / NA pros because there was no point in traveling to tournaments to get a Ro64 finish. I think women are in a similar boat right now. You're trying to build a player base and a competitive ecosystem that encourages budding talent. You don't do that by asking women to go compete with TSM or Na'Vi right away.

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subedii responded to Rob Zacny's comment in
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How the deck is stacked against women in e-sportsHow the deck is stacked against women in e-sports
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hahaha, you've never actually READ Eurogamer, have you? Anyway, I don't think we've been harping on this point. This is one article and your reaction to is stop reading an entire website? I don't think the problem is on our end, in this case.

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What's hilarious is the number of single digit posters that crop up who are all of a sudden saying you've betrayed their deep investment in this site. :P

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Dota 2 International 2015: Day OneDota 2 International 2015: Day One
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I'm pretty sure this has more to do with the connection issues than a conscious production choice. They're padding out the broadcast because it sounds like the entire event is getting ddos'd to hell.
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KOTOR 2 gets a massive new update, Mac and Linux support, Steam workshop supportKOTOR 2 gets a massive new update, Mac and Linux support, Steam workshop support
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Restart now? In our moment of triumph? I think you overestimate these changes.

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I finished the game more than 12 times, and the native resolution + steam cloud + achievements are enough for another playthrough that will forever remain intact.

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KOTOR 2 gets a massive new update, Mac and Linux support, Steam workshop supportKOTOR 2 gets a massive new update, Mac and Linux support, Steam workshop support
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This is massive. Especially the lost content mod being accessible, and native widescreen. This single handedly takes this game from being a 'If you are really into Star Wars or Obsidian' recommendation to a recommendation for any RPG fan. Any chance the GOG version will get the update? Or at least the widescreen?
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Always in motion is the future.

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Reliving Britain's Normandy nightmare with Close Combat: Gateway to CaenReliving Britain's Normandy nightmare with Close Combat: Gateway to Caen
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Ha, do you listen to Three Moves Ahead? It's linked in the post, but this comes up a few times. Bruce Geryk was always a Combat Mission fan, and I was always a Close Combat fan. They're very different. Close Combat is more about the unpredictability of individual soldiers. You give orders, but the morale model means that your troops can approach them a lot of different ways. It's also real-time. Probably should have said that first.

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Combat Mission is way more about using that we-go turn system, and learning how to handle order delay. It's probably a more tactically demanding game than Close Combat. But also feels a little more detached from combat.

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Sorry, I don't listen to anything I'm afraid. Loud TV, screaming kids, sparse free time. Every game I play has subtitles.

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In 2003 I was deployed out to the Falkland Islands and wanted a tactical game I could kill a quiet tour with. I was aware of Close Combat at the time but I suspect I went with Combat Mission because I prefer my tactics turn based. Not that I was any good at that either.

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I hadn't realised they were still being made, I assumed this was a return to an old classic. I think I might take a look.

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Total War modder to wargame maker: Nick Thomadis' road to Ultimate General: GettysburgTotal War modder to wargame maker: Nick Thomadis' road to Ultimate General: Gettysburg
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Yes and no. It can certainly be cast that way, particularly the last couple years as trench warfare and protracted sieges took their toll. The ACW and the Franco-Prussian War of 1870 both exist and an intersection between Napoleonic warfare and the industrialized warfare that would dominate WWI. I would say the Franco-Prussian War is probably a little more "modern" but really, WWI marks the true discontinuity in military history.

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Thanks for the reply - Great article.

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Rob Zacny responded to unwanted comment in
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Mojang to cease development on Scrolls, servers only guaranteed through next yearMojang to cease development on Scrolls, servers only guaranteed through next year
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Maybe people were confused and ended up buying ESO instead of this game. The names man...they are so similar.

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PERFECT

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Rob Zacny responded to Belimawr comment in
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More like Long Division — Ubisoft delay post-apocalyptic multiplayer shooter to 2016More like Long Division — Ubisoft delay post-apocalyptic multiplayer shooter to 2016
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let them take their time, the game shows promise and I'd rather have a better game, instead of a game rushed out just to get it on sale.

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also if it is Q4 of 2016 surely that would mean a 2017 release window.

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Fiscal Year 2016 ends in early 2016. They date the year based on when they close the books, not when the all those sales were made. So everything that happens Spring, Summer, and Fall of 2015 gets added up and accounted for in 2016.

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Rob Zacny replied to 17 questions on the Wolfenstein: The New Order Review
2 Years ago
Wolfenstein: The New Order review snippet How good is the Wolfenstein: The New Order story?
Absolutely. That's probably the main draw here. The story is very well-executed, with terrific performances, cutscenes, and set-piece battles.
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