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Links: Humble THQ Bundle, and Riot Games vs the jerks

The Humble THQ Bundle:

    The current Humble Bundle is a pretty good deal – it’s five THQ games, plus Saints Row 3 if you spend above the average (which is currently $5.69), plus five free game soundtracks to boot.

Polygon: The League of Legends team of scientists trying to cure ‘toxic behaviour’ online:

    Riot Games join ArenaNet and Red5 Studios in the fight to tame the jerk brigade, and they’re having quantifiable success already. This approach, with hard data and specific mechanics, may well be more effective than a general statement from a game studio about “don’t be dicks”.

Recommended: Good With Beer, the GW2 Chef Helper

In haste — I have a longer post brewing, with some thinky thoughts — I wanted to recommend a very handy tool:

Good With Beer is a GW2 Chef Helper tool provided by the lovely Arolaide of Dragonsworn, and it’s worth its weight in gold. Do webpages weigh anything? Never mind, it’s still awesome. Fast and easy checking of ingredients and recipes, and very useful for us completionists.

GW2: first thoughts from the blogosphere

Needless to say, the blogosphere has been lively with reaction posts musing on the first day (and a half, now) of Guild Wars 2. My own post was fairly critical, mostly because I find it hard to find good things to say — not that I’m not enjoying it, I just can’t articulate exactly what it is about the game that appeals to me, whereas I can articulate what niggles. I think it’s that it’s pushing my ‘explorer’ and ‘completionist’ buttons in a big way; it’s the most rewarding game to just run around and see stuff in since… I can’t remember what.

Lion's Arch

Other people have had interesting things to say about GW2, too, so I thought I’d link to some of the posts I found most interesting:

And now I’m off to bed. It’s so tempting to do “just one more POI”, but that way lies madness. Or, at least, sleep deprivation come tomorrow.