Author: patcrosmun

Roll an Intelligence Check: Optimization and The Magic Circle


source: – artist zepher234

Twinking, munchkin gaming, power-gaming, Min/Maxing these are a few of the (negative) terms used to refer to the practice of character optimization. Judging by the fact that this practice has so many pejoratives with which to refer to it, it would seem as if this is a practice scorned by many members of the gaming community. My question is why?  Why take so much offense to character optimization? The only truly “valid” answer I could come up with is that optimization breaks the magic circle. To optimize a character requires a player to minimize the base traits that your particular character won’t need, while maximizing the ones that most benefit the role your character will.… Read the rest

Pissing on Flames – or An In-depth Look at the Subtle Brilliance of Dragon Age II.



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The Dragon Age series produced by Bioware has been regarded as a widely successful franchise. According to Metacritic the first installment of the series received a cross-platform average critical score of 88/100 scoring a 91 on PC an 87 on PS3 and an 86 on xbox-360. The user scores for the same game were also quite favorable averaging a 7.9 scoring an 8.4 on PC, a 7.7 on PS3 and a 7.7 on xbox-360.  The second installment of the franchise was received fairly well critically scoring an 82/100 on PC, an 82/100 PS3 and a 79/100 on xbox-360 for an average critical score of 81/100.… Read the rest