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Opinion pieces that aren't long or detailed enough to be considered feature articles.
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Finished Diablo

I finally managed to beat the original Diablo after a few weeks of off-and-on playing. I chose to play as a warrior, which probably wasn't the best choice since so much of the latter game is dealing with ranged attacks (warriors are up close and personal). Nevertheless, I was able to prevail, and by the time I finally got to Diablo, I was able to kill him in a few seconds.

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Wisdom of Crowds

Lately, I've been reading a very exciting book called The Wisdom of Crowds, authored by James Surowiecki. I don't usually write about books here at AA, but this one is just as good as Donald Norman's The Design of Everyday Things, another must-have if you do any reading whatsoever on technical topics.

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Vintage Games Almost Done

Good grief. It looks like Bill and I might actually be handing in the completed draft of Vintage Games tonight. Even as I write this, Alyx is finishing up the last few chapters (then we'll need to make the necessary changes). It's been a long, slow, grueling process, but I think you're going to be impressed with the book.

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Your Thoughts on Tetris

What are your thoughts on Tetris? Is it one of the world's greatest games? Why or why not?

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Zelda & Zork

Well, as you can see from the above titles, I'm going to be working on the two games that will appear last in the book. We've still got quite a few chapters left, and the publisher is really pushing us to get this thing done so they can start prepping it for printing.

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Neverwinter Nights 2

Whew, I finally finished up Neverwinter Nights 2, a game I've been playing off and on for a couple weeks now. While I don't have time to write a full review of the game, I thought I'd offer some quick points for anyone else thinking of taking this one on.

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Check this out: PETZ. Make sure to watch a few of the video ads on the page.

Can anyone possibly explain this to me? I can't even begin to understand the appeal of games like this, if even the word "game" can be used to describe it. If anyone can shed some light on this, I'd greatly appreciate it.

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Ultima Online and MUDs

Okay, everyone. Now is the time to sound off about your experiences with MMOs and MUDs!

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Rogue: The Procedurally Generated CRPG

Ah, yes, it's time to start thinking about the Rogue chapter of Vintage Gaming. Of course, I covered this game briefly in D&D, but want to develop a different sort of idea of the game for this project. We've already covered Diablo in another chapter, so I don't think there'll be a great need to dwell on that relationship.

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Building Blocks with Simcity

Ah, Simcity. Yup, that's the chapter I'm currently working on, and learning all kinds of neat stuff about Will Wright. There are tons of interviews with him on the net, perhaps because he attracted so much attention from journalists and teachers.

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