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376  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: "Number Crunching" on: June 01, 2011, 10:25:35 AM
A little bit, yeah. :-)

As for the math - the human brain is notoriously terrible at interpreting randomness. I particularly recommend the book The Drunkard's Walk for anybody interested in the topic. The human mind is actually SO bad at randomness that typically when you are doing it EXACTLY right, you will be accused of doing it WRONG. I remember way back when iTunes had to release an update to its shuffle algorithm to make it LESS random because people were accusing it of playing the same songs too often!

EDIT: http://www.amazon.com/Drunkards-Walk-Randomness-Rules-Lives/dp/0375424040
377  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: "Number Crunching" on: June 01, 2011, 10:13:03 AM
I'll say here what I said in the editor forums when we were discussing this particular editorial:

In this day and age, why play games that have an element of randomness if you don't like randomness? At this point there are so many games that borrow storytelling and character building elements from RPGs that if you don't want to ever miss something if you have enough skill to line up your shot, then you can play those games! They exist in abundance!

Same goes for D&D really. Why, games like Sorcerer, Dogs in the Vineyard, etc. - these are games built by people who enjoyed the storytelling and creative elements of D&D but hated the randomness. They were built to cater to exactly the audience Rob is representing here. So why not play those instead?

I think that the point of view is perfectly valid (even if I think the math in the editorial is terribly misleading for reasons already pointed out) - the author likes games where SKILL is rewarded consistently. There are a massive pile of games like that. It seems strange to me to criticize a game for having an element of randomness when it was designed specifically to have randomness.
378  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dungeons And Dragons: Daggerdale. on: May 27, 2011, 11:34:12 AM
Also D&D at this point can mean a lot of things anyway. Do we mean D&D settings like Forgotten Realms, Dragonlance, or Planescape? Spelljammer? Ravenloft? Eberron? Or do we mean rules sets? I dunno.

Just like there are crummy D&D tabletop games run by crummy DMs, it doesn't mean D&D itself necessarily sucks.

I do feel ya though Zyco, it would be nice to see a really solid new video game set in one of the D&D universes. It does seem like its been a little while. But to be fair D&D has had plenty of awesome games spread out over the years. Heck the Gold Box games by themselves were pretty fantastic.
379  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dungeons And Dragons: Daggerdale. on: May 27, 2011, 10:54:02 AM
I will hear no disparaging remarks about Wrath of the Dragon God!

;-)
380  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bioware already working on Dragon Age 3 on: May 24, 2011, 10:11:17 AM
You have to admire the effort though! RAGE AGAINST THE DYING OF THE LIGHT
381  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The girlfriend won't let me play video games, WTF!? on: May 16, 2011, 02:58:34 PM
The issue here isn't even games. It's about respecting the things that make each other happy.
382  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Yakuza 4 on: May 09, 2011, 11:07:48 PM
Playing through Yakuza 4 now and I like it even better than 3. Both are fantastic.
383  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Hockey Thread! on: May 05, 2011, 08:53:55 AM
Hard for me to get sick of overtimes. In fact I'd take a few of them if it keeps the Flyers alive a bit longer.
384  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Hockey Thread! on: April 27, 2011, 10:04:32 AM
I just sort of assume the Flyers are pretty much hated everywhere but Philly. :-(
385  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Hockey Thread! on: April 27, 2011, 08:42:34 AM
Really a bummer about Chicago - was pulling for them. :-(

Plenty of room on the orange and black bandwagon, all are welcome.
386  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Hockey Thread! on: April 26, 2011, 10:28:00 PM
WOOOOOO
387  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Hockey Thread! on: April 25, 2011, 04:07:02 PM
Let's go Flyers.

:-)
388  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What keeps you going everyday? on: April 21, 2011, 03:24:09 PM
You seem to have a fantastic wife Grim. I hate to inform you that she isn't the best wife in the world though, that would be mine ;-)

You're both incorrect.
389  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What keeps you going everyday? on: April 20, 2011, 11:33:00 AM
How awesome today is and how much more awesome tomorrow will be.
390  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Yakuza 4 on: April 19, 2011, 10:22:38 AM
Just picked this up on sale yesterday. Gonna be slow going playing it, but definitely looking forward to it.
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