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"FYI: you can just hold the mousebutton down instead of clickspamming to kill enemies"
- sag_ich_nicht, via email

Yes, this was the gist of quite a lot of the Torchlight feedback. Yes, you can certainly hold the mouse button down to keep attacking an enemy, but my concern was about needless energy loss, and keeping the mouse button depressed is still a far worse solution than just clicking once to keep attacking an enemy until they die. If I start attacking someone, I am not going to change my mind half-way through. Maybe if they turned into kittens after taking a certain amount of damage, or if I wanted to break off the attack to block an attack coming from another angle, but Torchlight isn't that kind of game.

Yes, this is as inconsequential as fuck, but tell that to the people who email me.

"Why does every 'rpg' nowadays need a dog?"
- Aleate

That's a good point. RPGs do seem to be getting increasingly big on pets. Best guess, it's because World of Warcraft has pets and World of Warcraft goes to work every day on a private jet staffed entirely by hot elf chicks. Perhaps gamers are such manchildren these days that they have difficulty coping with the adversity of RPG dungeons without having a little snuffly friend to give them comfort and unconditional love. Or perhaps it's an offshoot of the co-op gameplay trend reflected in such games as Gears of War, Resident Evil 5 and Borderlands, but catering to people who don't like other human beings (i.e. RPG players).

Hey, speaking of Borderlands:

"Borderlands, how about it, eh?"
- "some bloke," via email

I've been obstinately not reviewing Borderlands ever since it came out, and I was kind of hoping this fact would slip by unnoticed, but enough people have slipped on it that it probably bears explanation. I played it in single player for a bit and thought it was excrementally boring, but I'd heard it was best played multiplayer. As I have mentioned before in this column I avoid online multiplayer because my brain still works. I did get someone around to play it split-screen, but then we got bored half-way through the lengthy opening tutorial and went out for a pie. So the truth is I haven't really given it enough of a chance in its proper environment, and with the busy bar-opening and book-writing schedule for this year I'm not sure it ever will have a chance.

Yes, I know all you kids seem to like it. What can I say. Sorry all this free entertainment doesn't meet your exacting standards.

Yahtzee is a British-born, currently Australian-based writer and gamer with a sweet hat and a chip on his shoulder. When he isn't talking very fast into a headset mic he also designs freeware adventure games and writes the back page column for PC Gamer, who are too important to mention us. His personal site is www.fullyramblomatic.com.

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