Random Ruminations

It seems to be part of my nature to reflect on all my experiences--even the hobby experiences many people consider trivial. And I reflect best when I'm typing. So, here are some of my thoughts on games and gaming. Enjoy them if you can, comment if you like.

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Old-School Games

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"‘Well, at any rate, the Dormouse said—’ the Hatter went on, looking anxiously round to see if he would deny it too: but the Dormouse denied nothing, being fast asleep. ‘After that,’ continued the Hatter, ‘I cut some more bread-and-butter—’"
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By now, VGGeeks who recognize my name or avatar probably associate me with Master of Orion. I've been playing and writing about that game for years. Now I've rediscovered another old favorite, Warlords II Deluxe.
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City Builders--Fun or Folly?

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"‘Well, at any rate, the Dormouse said—’ the Hatter went on, looking anxiously round to see if he would deny it too: but the Dormouse denied nothing, being fast asleep. ‘After that,’ continued the Hatter, ‘I cut some more bread-and-butter—’"
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As I'm reevaluating my collection, one kind of game I'm wondering about and may experiment more with is the builder (sometimes called city builder). I think it started with SimCity way back when.
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Tue Dec 14, 2021 3:59 pm
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Beginning of a Purge?

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"‘Well, at any rate, the Dormouse said—’ the Hatter went on, looking anxiously round to see if he would deny it too: but the Dormouse denied nothing, being fast asleep. ‘After that,’ continued the Hatter, ‘I cut some more bread-and-butter—’"
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This weekend has been a turning point for me in the area of video gaming. I've been putting some thought into what to line up for the 2022 Videogame Challenge (an annual VGG event I'm new to), and it has prompted me to look at my games in a new way. I never plan ahead, and now I'm doing that--considering which games I'd choose to fill the year up with.
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Much Too Much

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"‘Well, at any rate, the Dormouse said—’ the Hatter went on, looking anxiously round to see if he would deny it too: but the Dormouse denied nothing, being fast asleep. ‘After that,’ continued the Hatter, ‘I cut some more bread-and-butter—’"
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Yes, I believe there can be too much of a good thing. I've seen all too many examples of it, even in the field of games alone.
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Turn-Based, WEGO, or Real-Time?

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"‘Well, at any rate, the Dormouse said—’ the Hatter went on, looking anxiously round to see if he would deny it too: but the Dormouse denied nothing, being fast asleep. ‘After that,’ continued the Hatter, ‘I cut some more bread-and-butter—’"
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Since I'm quite a bit older than video games, I grew up during a time when turn-based games were the norm. Whether it was chess, bridge, Monopoly, or poker, you had to wait your turn. And when it was your turn, everybody else waited for you (or impolitely urged you to hurry up).
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Old-Fashioned Me

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"‘Well, at any rate, the Dormouse said—’ the Hatter went on, looking anxiously round to see if he would deny it too: but the Dormouse denied nothing, being fast asleep. ‘After that,’ continued the Hatter, ‘I cut some more bread-and-butter—’"
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I work as an editor and have been at the same place for forty years. These days I'm starting to feel my age, partly because the world has changed. In general, people have less and less patience for reading. They've grown used to texting and tweeting, and they even get antsy about that, as they'd really prefer pictures or voices; so a typical text might be a single emoticon. My work used to involve making written works readable; now, half the time, it involves making written material terse enough that it doesn't alienate nonreaders.
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Down to the Wire

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"‘Well, at any rate, the Dormouse said—’ the Hatter went on, looking anxiously round to see if he would deny it too: but the Dormouse denied nothing, being fast asleep. ‘After that,’ continued the Hatter, ‘I cut some more bread-and-butter—’"
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Somewhere in VGG there's a GeekList for best (personal favorite) game of 2021, but I can't find it. Early in the year I added Age of Wonders III to the list, wondering if it would stand up to Dominions 5: Warriors of the Faith, which I also mentioned.
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Settling In, but Open

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"‘Well, at any rate, the Dormouse said—’ the Hatter went on, looking anxiously round to see if he would deny it too: but the Dormouse denied nothing, being fast asleep. ‘After that,’ continued the Hatter, ‘I cut some more bread-and-butter—’"
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I've got quite a collection of games now, thanks to places like Steam and GOG and the way the game market eventually makes games so affordable (sometimes even free). Sometimes having a big collection has made me uneasy and overwhelmed, but I guess I've grown used to it now.
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The More Modern Games I Play . . .

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"‘Well, at any rate, the Dormouse said—’ the Hatter went on, looking anxiously round to see if he would deny it too: but the Dormouse denied nothing, being fast asleep. ‘After that,’ continued the Hatter, ‘I cut some more bread-and-butter—’"
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. . . the more I appreciate classic tabletop games.

I've been saying that for years, and maybe I'm now at a turning point where I'm going to start walking the walk, not just talking the talk.
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What Bugs Me about Games

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"‘Well, at any rate, the Dormouse said—’ the Hatter went on, looking anxiously round to see if he would deny it too: but the Dormouse denied nothing, being fast asleep. ‘After that,’ continued the Hatter, ‘I cut some more bread-and-butter—’"
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Some people hate negativity--ranting, complaining, griping, whining, bitching, criticizing, and all that nasty stuff. If you're one of those people, 'bye for now; if you can tough it out, stick around. 'Cause I'm in a mood to list and discuss some of the things that repeatedly pop up and annoy me when I'm busy trying to enjoy a good game.
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Sun Feb 14, 2021 9:51 pm
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