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No Violence Necessary: The case for The Sims as a role-playing game {Joystiq}

Mar 3rd 2012 8:49AM A role playing game is characterised as a game where you are playing a role. Just because there's no combat doesn't mean it isn't a role playing game.

Life simulation games are a part of the role playing category. Life simulation games are only not role playing games if the user's role is extremely passive, life certain cell or zombie simulators.

RPG doesn't mean a battle simulator with an attached story. It is such a broad category. When a game contains RPG elements they usually refer to stats and skills, something that makes your character personal to you as you are building them.

Certain games like Alter Ego are more true to RPG than a lot of other games, you can essentially play a role and watch that character's life progress. Each choice means something. It is an old game with limited trees of choice but it is a fantastic system.

The confusion is the difference between god games and RPG's. You can play the role of a god but it depends on the level and scale of control. With The Sims you work in a relatively small scope which leans itself more towards building individuals, with something like Spore it's a larger scale, it may have some RPG elements but it is further away from the RPG category.

Many games are RPG's, it's just being able to fit these games into categories which define them properly. Whether it leans towards Adventure or even Strategy (One of my favourites, usually with "tactics" in the name).

Games nowadays straddle many genres and borrow elements from genres they may not realise. We can't be snobby about defining games, it's all about interpretation and whether we enjoy them.

Brink review: Jumping high and falling flat {Joystiq}

May 10th 2011 7:06AM I thought this review didn't look right when I first read it, usually CVG and Eurogamer and my first port of call for reliable reviews and Joystiq usually follows straight after. Overall, the game has quite a positive metacritic rating, 80 last time I checked.

I don't know how it's possible to review a game after so little time playing it, Brink isn't a casual game that can be fully understood in a few hours. It's a brutal, punishing multiplayer game with the team aspect very much at the forefront. Being designed by Quake modders it's easy to see that it's supposed to appeal to the hardcore crowd, cool things have been added such as the movement and customisation to appeal to a wider crowd of maybe people who wouldn't usually play it but as it's mostly an online game, the hardcore crowd will be the ones sticking around to play it in the long run if it impresses.

I don't think it's fair to rate a multiplayer game properly before release either, you can judge the engine, the play style, the minimal focus of the singleplayer campaign but it's the community and how the community works together which makes a game like this a good one.

If it's received anything like Team Fortress 2 it will be a hit.

Breakfast Topic: Has your account ever been compromised? {WoW}

Apr 19th 2011 8:17AM My account was hacked early in Wrath, I'd dinged 80 and got the best heroic gear I could get, came back and all my gear and gold had gone.

The GM must have made a mistake, I had more a lot more gold (maybe refunding lost enchants?), all my mats back. All my heroic gear back and some Naxx BoP's that werent' bound.. I put them on the AH and sold them for quite a lot.

Farewell, Internet {Download Squad}

Apr 12th 2011 12:38PM Awful news. :( This is one of my daily visits for interesting things.

Fake pirated Walk and Text Android app embarrasses pirates and steals sensitive data {Download Squad}

Mar 31st 2011 10:44AM @Jade

"You can't just steal someone's private data"

You can't just steal someone's work either. If you stole someone's car and the owner of the car drove into you with another one, you'd still be in trouble for stealing in the first place. The court wouldn't care what possessions of yours got damaged in a situation like that, they'd just want the thief to go down.

"and neither can you cost someone money by sending unsolicited text message"

And neither can you cost someone by stealing two bucks worth, they're just getting a buck back off you. If you were mugged in the street for two bucks you'd be well within your rights to take them down and take your money back, as well as gather any information on them to use in court if you wished to press charges.

I love piracy, it does help you try out software but that's what demonstration versions are for, if a company doesn't provide one you can ask nicely or go find a review online. Some smaller developers have even simply gifted me a serial number when I've enquired about trying it out.

Frankly, if I got stung by this I'd be too busy laughing and congratulating them rather than to start up a lawsuit over a buck or two.

Know Your Lore, Tinfoil Hat Edition: Genesis of the Infinite Dragonflight {WoW}

Mar 7th 2011 7:33AM I always thought the name "Infinite Dragonflight" was quite interesting, nothing is infinite, especially life.

I'd guess they're from the future/alternate timeline/dimension where Nozdormu has cheated death and they're the result of a timeline or destiny being broken. Not to say they're corrupted, they may be an ascended version of the Dragonflight where Nozdormu knows he's done wrong and he's frantically trying to fix it but he cannot himself reveal he is the leader or it may screw up the timeline even more and he may not even exist to complete his current objective.

The most interesting thing I can think of doing is some kind of quest, maybe the end point of the next Caverns of Time instance, where players are thrown into the future to get half an answer about what's actually going on.

Gamestop employees get Dragon Age 2 demo ahead of listed Feb. 23 public release {Joystiq}

Feb 2nd 2011 3:10PM @valkyr0 I'll pay you. $1. That's like money in your pocket.

Scattered Shots: Cataclysm hunter trinkets {WoW}

Jan 24th 2011 9:17AM AtlasLoot says Maloriak but wowhead has confirmed drops from Nefarian.

Drama Mamas: The case of the gold-selling guildie {WoW}

Jan 14th 2011 3:53PM Troubling thing is, benefits for being disabled is more than the benefits for being unemployed and I know many unemployed people who play WoW and have done since launch. So personally, I think they're using the disability thing as an excuse.

Selling gold will always be against the ToS, making any profit off it is strictly illegal. Especially they're claiming it's supplementing their income, they'd have their benefits cut by what they're making, meaning they're be no better off. Or in some cases, cut off completely.

Law wise: Bad
Benefits wise: Bad
Morally: Still bad

He's using his guildmates to make a real life profit, WoW is $15 a month right?
Let's google "wow gold" and pick a random result. 5000 gold for $13.88.

I can grind 5000 gold in a week easily if that's all I want to do on my days off work, my professions are tailoring and enchanting, not the most profitable professions and the majority of my gold comes from elsewhere. Fishing for volatile water is an insanely easy way to get lots of gold without having a profession. I wouldn't be so bad if he did it ethically.

So if he's got a whole month to grind gold with no work in the way, he's obviously making a stupid amount of money and taking everyone for a ride.

Ghostcrawler responds to heroic dungeon difficulty complaints {WoW}

Jan 12th 2011 5:54PM I've heard of this in the past, in gaming you should never be disadvantaged by your rig. Making spell effects noticable even on lower graphics settings should be something high on Blizz's list.

There's a difference between being ignorant and genuinely in a position like that.

I feel for you man.