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Steam game time as a problem

Dev quitting Steam over the two-hour refund policy This post is in reply to an article on Eurogamer: Steam’s two-hour refund policy leads to indie developer quitting game development, adding ‘This is why we can’t have nice things’. It sets the story up nicely, but Gamersutras explanation is better: Steam...

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Blizzardgate: Blizzard lawsuit reforged

Retelling the Activision Blizzard lawsuit The story so far This is a parody of the news so far, from the initial news that the government have a lawsuit again the company, to disturbing stories from staff, to shareholders suing the company for securities fraud to the latest revelation that Blizzard...

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The rise and fall and fall of Activision Blizzard and WoW

This post: circa 4,500 words, estimated reading time, excluding videos: 22 minutes. When and how the fall of Blizzard began For me, the fall of Blizzard didn’t start with the revelations of endemic bullying, racism, and misogynistic sexism. It didn’t start with Bobby Kotick’s salary rising to over $2m a...

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Baldur’s Gate 3: Defeating the Hag and saving Mayrina

Baldur’s Gate 3: Hag fight: Defeating Auntie Ethel and saving Mayrina This is as at patch 5, early access. Not a hard fight, and they are ways to one-shot the Hag, but I know I struggled at first, hence this simple strategy. No cheese, no expensive potions, just straight play....

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Finding Rat #42, alleged Harvard asshole

Uncovering Harvard’s Rat #42 A poorly copied, blurry version of this parody lab story popped up in my Facebook stream early today. I squinted (it really was a poor copy!), smiled and possibly even laughed as I remembered this from a few years back, found while studying psychology. Funny as...

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Baldur’s Gate 3: defeating the Githyanki (Early access, patch 5)

Ganking the Githyanki At this stage of early access, this is arguably the hardest fight of the game. The bulette, in comparison, is a pushover. The minotaurs? There are ways to slaughter them. But four level 5 Githyanki, that’s not a fair fight. But how to even the odds? Scenario...

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Baldur’s Gate 3: looting guide (Act 1)

This post: circa 6,000 words, estimated reading time, excluding videos: 30 minutes. Baldur’s Gate 3, looting your way to success Note: This is (replay) guide is a work in progress. I am adding sections as I go, in the order that I play them. The aim is to unlock all...

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Stoneshard guide: twenty tips for first starters (short version)

The first rule of Fight Club… This is the Tl;dr version. (The full version runs over 4,500 words if you are interested. See link at the bottom of the page.) First rules: 1. Alt loot! Press ALT to show all the loot, herbs, chests on the ground. { Press ALT...

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Stoneshard links and other games of interest

Stoneshard and other recommended games This was getting unwieldy where it was, so I’ve moved it here to avoid repetition. Stoneshard links Stoneshard: Stoneshard, a reworked roadmap Stoneshard, an Early Access review. (Notes to the devs) Stoneshard guide: twenty tips for first starters (short version) (TL;DR version) Stoneshard Early Access...

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