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I'm gonna try to get into Guild Wars 2 again after the semester ends. I haven't played it in nearly a year, and MMOs like that can be heavily reliant on player activity, but I am really hoping it's still doing well because it's honestly one of the most beautiful video games I've ever played-- not just speaking in terms of visuals, but in terms of the entire experience. I think of it as a work of art, honestly, and a breath of fresh air in these times of cynicism and corporate greed in the video gaming world.

To anyone who's been keeping up with it: how is it doing? I remember even when I last played, it was suffering, mostly due to the devs reducing the chest rewards for world events and doing other things that make it next to impossible to make money in the endgame (I had to set up several rather elaborate Excel tables and trade crafting materials in bulk just to make ends meet, almost), because they want players to buy the gems. Also they seemed to be wanting to make all of the game's gorgeous and incredibly fun dungeons obsolete by directing all the players toward Fractals and Fractals alone. Really too bad.

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I play MMOs almost exclusively. I've been playing WoW since the open beta before its release. During that time I've dabbled with a few others (LotRO, GW2, SWTOR, Rift, etc.), but nothing has held my interest for long. WoW is far from being the perfect game, but other games just haven't delivered as much enjoyment. Hopefully EQ Next will be something that holds longer term appeal.

The good thing about WoW is that there have been a lot of zones that give me inspiration for conlanging. Howling Fjord in Northrend fueled the muse for the original concept of my Tibetan Dwarvish lang, and now Kun-lai Summit is helping with the almost complete revision. Hopefully I can actually get that to a state that's presentable someday....

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I recently started playing EVE, and am probably spending too much time just trading good and mining. Some people say that gameplay is like using spreadsheets, but I've been known to enjoy that.

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Games I have played: Runescape, AdventureQuest (and DragonFable), SuperTux 2, Portal, Portal 2, Don't Starve, Spore, Worms: Armageddon, Worms World Party, the entire Lego franchise, Blazing Angels, Minecraft, Space Cadet Pinball, Simutrans, Star Fox 64, Super Mario 64, Super Smash Bros. 64, Pokémon Silver, that one Bejeweled clone, X-Wing Alliance, and others that I can't remember right now.
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I've put some six hours into Antichamber... and I must say I've found it gimmicky and not too engaging. As deconstruction of videogame mechanics go its pretty interesting, but not as a videogame in itself <which may be the point?>. Playing it I felt a bit like one feels in one of those galleries or museums where most of the pieces are one large blue canvas, a can of soup on top of a brick, two forks intersecting over uganda in a world map, and bowl of rice with a cockroach in it. Sure, I get like half the intertextualities, and its not like its *bad*, there's interesting meditations on just what is a game mechanic and so on... but its not like I'm enjoying myself immensely either, and I don't enjoy the "life advice" vibe either, but that's just taste.

Gaming related... I'm not ignorant regarding computers but I know there's a lot of neurons here: do you guys know how important is a machine's CPU with regards to gaming ? <assuming a dedicated CPU, I'm thinking a gtx660 or somesuch>

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It depends on the game; many games require far more video card processing power than CPU processing power. But a better CPU will almost never be a bad idea (there are a few exceptions, but they're mostly games which choke because of early arbitrary format restrictions).

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Its just I'm at like 800 bucks for a rig I'm thinking of putting together and CPUs are pretty damned expensive and, like... i get the feeling most low-end gpus are much less powerful than high-end ones, whereas a high-end cpu is not so faraway from a low-end one. Also, parts are fucking expensive here in the third world, like 1,7x the price you guys pay in civilization... maybe I ought to buy online ?

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Um yes why are you not buying online if you don't have a goodpricehaving local shop?

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Aw fuuuuuck... between tariffs, VAT and shipment expenses it comes down to more or less the same amount of money, except if I import the stuff I don't get any warranty I can leverage and would have to wait for almost a month. Oh, well, I guess the market works here and local vendors don't charge beyond what a regular joe would pay for importing himself.

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Wait, which word should be replaced with "use"? I'm not sure any of them make sense. Also, there seems to be some punctuation lacking.

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except if I import the stuff I don't get any warranty I can use is what pthug would have preferred

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For the record I was only clarifying the confusion, leverage works well enough for me to not raise a stink there.

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If I'd have fixed anything, I'd have put commas after "stuff" and "leverage" and used a "that". But anyway.

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"Leverage" worked for me there, actually; I do not see any real need to replace it with "use" myself.

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