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It's the opinion held 'round the Slog:
Sam Machkovech is too stupid to play video games, much less write about them

Posted by Tollbooth | August 11, 2008 1:55 PM

Speak for yourself, @1. As a once-in-a-great-while gamer (and roommate of a regular gamer), I always appreciate Sam's posts. I've been watching my roommate play Braid and wanting to check it out myself. Thanks for giving me more reasons to do so . . .

Posted by Levislade | August 11, 2008 3:03 PM

@2: STOP WATCHING YOUR ROOMMATE PLAY. You're gonna spoil half the fun of figuring the puzzles out.

Oh, and thank you.

Posted by Sam M. | August 11, 2008 3:47 PM

@3 - Point taken, will refrain from watching. Although so far I don't think I've understood enough of what I've seen to spoil anything.

Posted by Levislade | August 11, 2008 4:03 PM

@1: Chill. Sam is writing about games from the POV of a non-gamer.

Posted by gametimer | August 11, 2008 5:11 PM

@5: What? Sam is a gamer, and I haven't really seen him writing from any other POV.

@1: He does a good job covering this area of nerd-dom, and is usually quicker to cover new releases than some other sloggers are to cover the current events in their respective areas.

Posted by Jason Petersen | August 11, 2008 9:03 PM

To be fair, I doubt you took the time to collect the secret stars in the game and wonder if you revealed the hidden text as well. Even though it constitutes replaying the game I still consider that to expand it's life by a great deal, especially since collecting the stars reveals something startling. Also I think story wise it deserves just as much credit as it's been given, there has been no other game in a long time that really racks my brain like this. I just view the plot and gameplay the same way - deceptively simple but with grander schemes involved over time.

Anyway fair review and there is definitely room for the game to expand and be even better, those are just my different opinions about the quality. I'll have to try that Portal game out and see what it's about.

Posted by William Hart | August 14, 2008 5:45 PM

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