The Ninth Circle #4: Why are we here?

Why Are We Here?

Don’t get worried by the title; this column is not a philosophical musing on the nature of existence. I will be talking about Diablo II the game, and of course this site. Why do we come here and why do we play? While the last three columns did stay on the topic of computer games, the scope ranged from the local to the international. I thought it was time to talk about the central reason that brings us all here.

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Fortuitous Ephiphaneia #4: Just Rewards

Just Rewards

Do people really get what they deserve? In The Fellowship of The Ring, Frodo and Gandalf have a conversation shortly after entering the mines of Moria in which Frodo comments that “Bilbo should have killed Gollum when he had the chance.” Gandalf then feeds Frodo several bites of fatherly wisdom, which includes a line that goes something like; “Many who have life deserve death and many who are dead deserve life, but can you give it to them?” In other words, life isn’t fair and people shouldn’t be too hasty to pass judgment on one another. Yet, from a very early age most of us are told to play fair. In America, some school systems have even gone so far as to remove competitive games and sports from children’s activities because they don’t want any child to feel inadequate. Unfortunately, this only works to perpetuate the myth that the world is fair. For this reason I find reward systems to be somewhat amusing.

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Fortuitous Ephiphaneia #4: Just Rewards

Just Rewards

Do people really get what they deserve? In The Fellowship of The Ring, Frodo and Gandalf have a conversation shortly after entering the mines of Moria in which Frodo comments that “Bilbo should have killed Gollum when he had the chance.” Gandalf then feeds Frodo several bites of fatherly wisdom, which includes a line that goes something like; “Many who have life deserve death and many who are dead deserve life, but can you give it to them?” In other words, life isn’t fair and people shouldn’t be too hasty to pass judgment on one another. Yet, from a very early age most of us are told to play fair. In America, some school systems have even gone so far as to remove competitive games and sports from children’s activities because they don’t want any child to feel inadequate. Unfortunately, this only works to perpetuate the myth that the world is fair. For this reason I find reward systems to be somewhat amusing.

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Bone Appetit #7: Ask a Necromancer

Ask a Necromancer

Continuing The Diablo Times? commitment to our readers, we present Dr. Gil McSouleater?s ?Ask a Necromancer? column of helpful advice for troubled, er, souls. Dr. Gil?s considered wisdom may have helped tens of people across America and the world, and now it?s a available to you! So no matter how unimaginably embarrassing your current difficulty may be, feel perfectly at ease displaying it before everyone in this public forum. Dr. Gil, armed with nothing more than your poorly-worded description of the problem and absolutely no direct interaction with you, can recommend a course of action liberally spiced with good ole boy sayings, that is guaranteed to sound helpful!

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Bone Appetit #7: Ask a Necromancer

Ask a Necromancer

Continuing The Diablo Times? commitment to our readers, we present Dr. Gil McSouleater?s ?Ask a Necromancer? column of helpful advice for troubled, er, souls. Dr. Gil?s considered wisdom may have helped tens of people across America and the world, and now it?s a available to you! So no matter how unimaginably embarrassing your current difficulty may be, feel perfectly at ease displaying it before everyone in this public forum. Dr. Gil, armed with nothing more than your poorly-worded description of the problem and absolutely no direct interaction with you, can recommend a course of action liberally spiced with good ole boy sayings, that is guaranteed to sound helpful!

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Salem’s Fire #4: Also in the Box

Also in the Box

Over the past several months, a very encouraging trend has emerged in the world of gaming. It seems that many of the most highly anticipated releases of this past year have had one thing in common. A very powerful world editor.

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Salem’s Fire #4: Also in the Box

Also in the Box

Over the past several months, a very encouraging trend has emerged in the world of gaming. It seems that many of the most highly anticipated releases of this past year have had one thing in common. A very powerful world editor.

Read the full article...