Flux’s Decahedron #3: The Ten Best and Worst Characters

The Ten Best and Worst Characters

As you’ve already noticed, assuming your counting skills have progressed beyond using one hand to help, this list would appear to be slightly problematic, being as there are only, um, seven characters. Foolish mortal!  How dare you interrupt! This list is actually two lists, a Best Five and Worst Five list.  This seemed a better option than having a Top 10 where 6-10 served as a sort of inverted Worst Five list.

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Salem’s Fire #3: Open Source Fiction

Open Source Fiction?

One of the more striking phenomena of the Internet is the growth and success of the open source movement. Nearly every computer now in use has on it something that is drawn from the world of open source, such as the Mozilla web browser, or sections of the code that enable computers to network. Even the largest of computer companies, both hardware and software, are, with various degrees of willingness, adopting this movement in some form or another. Linux, perhaps the most widely known of all open source applications, is now generally available as an operating system from virtually every major computer manufacturer out there. Not bad for a movement the powers-that-be were once trying to squish. Certainly this remarkable success is a credit to those who have worked on the code, willing to have their efforts shared and criticized by a large audience, and yet receiving little or no credit for their efforts.

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Salem’s Fire #3: Open Source Fiction

Open Source Fiction?

One of the more striking phenomena of the Internet is the growth and success of the open source movement. Nearly every computer now in use has on it something that is drawn from the world of open source, such as the Mozilla web browser, or sections of the code that enable computers to network. Even the largest of computer companies, both hardware and software, are, with various degrees of willingness, adopting this movement in some form or another. Linux, perhaps the most widely known of all open source applications, is now generally available as an operating system from virtually every major computer manufacturer out there. Not bad for a movement the powers-that-be were once trying to squish. Certainly this remarkable success is a credit to those who have worked on the code, willing to have their efforts shared and criticized by a large audience, and yet receiving little or no credit for their efforts.

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Bone Appetit #5: Just discovered: Removed NPC Comments

Just Discovered: Removed NPC Comments

Recently a group of seriously addicted and underemployed Diablo II aficionados were invited to visit Blizzard headquarters and receive unprecedented access to the original program development files and various beta versions. I wasn?t in this group, but I have access to the internet, and I read all this stuff there, so it must be legit. Anyway, a great deal has already been written about the ?nearly was? aspects of the D2 official release; things originally in the game code but removed at some point during development or testing. A great deal having been said rarely keeps me from adding some more, so how about this: numerous idiosyncrasies and traits of the townsfolk NPCs were lost to the cutting room floor before D2?s grand premier! And I have them here for you to read! Gogo useless trivia!

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Bone Appetit #5: Just discovered: Removed NPC Comments

Just Discovered: Removed NPC Comments

Recently a group of seriously addicted and underemployed Diablo II aficionados were invited to visit Blizzard headquarters and receive unprecedented access to the original program development files and various beta versions. I wasn?t in this group, but I have access to the internet, and I read all this stuff there, so it must be legit. Anyway, a great deal has already been written about the ?nearly was? aspects of the D2 official release; things originally in the game code but removed at some point during development or testing. A great deal having been said rarely keeps me from adding some more, so how about this: numerous idiosyncrasies and traits of the townsfolk NPCs were lost to the cutting room floor before D2?s grand premier! And I have them here for you to read! Gogo useless trivia!

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Flux’s Decahedron #2: The Ten Best Monster Types

The Ten Best Monster Types

Thanks to reader feedback from my last column, I’m now sure that D2X is actually called Diablo II Expansion: Lord of Darkness.  Or possibly Destruction, no one was quite sure about the “D”.  I was informed that the game was sold as “Lord of Distruction” in New Zealand. But that’s not important right now.

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The Ninth Circle #2: Baang: Or Why I No Longer Buy Computer Games

Baang: Or Why I No Longer Buy Computer Games

In the 20 years I have been selecting and buying computer games, they have changed in many ways. However, there is one way in which they have not changed; some are good, others are not. Finding out which game is in which category before you buy is the trick, and while this is not easy, it is easier now than it ever was in the past.

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The Ninth Circle #2: Baang: Or Why I No Longer Buy Computer Games

Baang: Or Why I No Longer Buy Computer Games

In the 20 years I have been selecting and buying computer games, they have changed in many ways. However, there is one way in which they have not changed; some are good, others are not. Finding out which game is in which category before you buy is the trick, and while this is not easy, it is easier now than it ever was in the past.

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