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Shamus Young attempts to make the game industry less dysfunctional by arguing with a rhetorical wall and hoping things change for the better.

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In the opening moments of the first Fallout game, your character is told that they must leave the vault. You have no idea what's outside. And then the sequels came.

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My last two columns were about Fallout 4, so this week I decided to answer some reader questions for a change of pace. But then all the questions were about Fallout 4.

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Bethesda makes some questionable game decisions on occasion. This time around, Shamus wonders why the Fallout 4 protagonist has a voice at all.

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I love Fallout 4. What's interesting is that I was completely irritated at the start. The first big fight had me rolling my eyes, sighing heavily, and - by the end - gritting my teeth.

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Last week it was announced that Activision paid 5.9 billion for King. To put that price tag in perspective: The rumor is that Star Wars: The Old Republic cost $200 million to produce. That values Candy Crush Saga at twenty-nine and a half MMOs.

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How can there be four billion different variations of Spinda? Has Shamus ever reconsidered his stance on DRM, especially now that's he's nearing releasing a game of his own?

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You expect a fright fest like Amnesia, but if you judge the game on that, it's a dud. In actuality, it's wonderful. SOMA is a game interested in asking philosophical questions.

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To be fair, the Survival Horror genre has always been a mess, because nobody can agree on when it began, what games it includes, or even what its characteristics are.

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Let's take a look at why game companies have so much trouble knowing what kinds of games will scare us - versus what games are actually scary.

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Let's talk about why System Shock is a daring game that deserves its celebrated place in gaming history - while also being a frustrating mess that doesn't hold up.

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Today's silly thing is this:

"Why does the game force me to restart when I change the graphics settings?"

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About two weeks ago, Nintendo issued copyright infringement claims against 80% of a speedrunner's videos. This makes them the bad guys. Here's why.

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We tackle some reader questions prompted by last week's column, mostly revolving around why games take up so much space on your hard drive.

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Everyone hears the tems "memory", "processor", "storage" and "graphics card", and they understand that these are somehow parts of a computer, but not everyone has a grasp on what these parts mean and what they do.

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This is a very strange time for computer technology. It's always a strange time for one reason or another, but that's why this time is extra strange. The only thing we were ever sure of is no longer a sure thing.