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Topic: Off-topic / Coke Vs. Pepsi


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Topic: Off-topic / Chat abbreviations

Um, I thought TLDR stood for Too Long; Didn’t Read.

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Topic: Off-topic / Recommended reading?

I’ve actually read Down And Out and I agree, it’s definitely worth a read. Quite a life Orwell had :P

I’m not big on fantasy myself, but Never Let me Go / Notes From Underground sound quite intriguing. I’ll definitely give them a look. Thanks!

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Topic: Off-topic / Recommended reading?

Hey folks,

So, fairly simple thread idea: name a couple of books / authors you’ve enjoyed recently and say why. Maybe you’ll inspire someone to give a book you’ve really enjoyed a read, and pick up a few good titles yourself :) I’ll start:

Fantasy – Clive Barker – Abarat

Clive Barker is one of my favourite writers, and his recent releases in the “Abarat” series are all excellent reads, and very typical of his dark, slightly twisted style. Although “Abarat” is on the surface quite a charming fantasy adventure, it has some real bleak, horror moments to it. Think Alice In Wonderland gone sinister, and you’ll have a good starting point for the plot in this series. So far two books have been released, and I think Barker intends to write another two. Check it out.

Science Fiction – Collection – Infinity Plus

I’m a fan of a number of science fiction writers but I don’t have a set favourite. Stephen Baxter is good, if a little meticulous about theoretical details, as is Ian M Banks. If you’re looking for humour I’d suggest Rob Grant / Doug Naylor (creators of Red Dwarf) for “Colony” or “Last Human”, or the rightfully popular Douglas Adams for his “Hitchhikers Guide”. But a good starting point for anyone wanting to get into the genre is “Infinity Plus”: an anthology of sci-fi short stories including submissions from Stephen Baxter. And most of it’s good ;)

Science – Richard Dawkins – The God Delusion

I’ve just finished “The God Delusion” by Richard Dawkins, and I can honestly say I’m amazed. If ever there was a definitive, systematic and logical deconstruction of all religion (not specifically Christianity, although it is heavily referenced) and its respective claims, this is it. Unusually, it isn’t even read as an attack; more a calm and collected discussion laced with occasional anecdotes. I’ve enjoyed every page. Highly recommended for anyone looking to broaden their horizons in science or religion.

Classic – George Orwell – 1984

Hm, does this count as a classic? I’m not sure. It certainly is by my criteria: George Orwell’s “1984”; possibly one of the more thought-provoking books I’ve read in my time, especially the last third of the book. If you haven’t read this yet, why not? No excuses!

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Topic: Kongregate / Seven Deadly Sins uses Highway to Hell

Ugh, this thread annoys me. Way to moan about something completely irrelevant and nothing to do with you, smigbob.

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Topic: Kongregate / Time for me to moan

Ah, the points system. It’s quite hard for me to complete a fair chunk of the badge challenges on a laptop with a frigging touch-pad mouse. Although I’d always assumed that points for ratings just got nerfed after you hit level three (which is when they went from 5 to 1 for me) as a simple encouragement for new users to keep coming back. I’ll be levelling up at a snail’s pace now. But that’s more my problem than anyone’s fault. So count yourself lucky, dapbot :P

And I’m with you on the Kongregate cards game, to some extent. If anyone has a reason to “bitch and moan”, it’s just ‘cause we have no idea what stage of development / testing the card game is in, and it’s been that way for months and months. A dev’s blog or dedicated section in the news would be very satisfying, and it’d only take a couple of minutes every week or so to keep the community placated.

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Topic: Kongregate / CARD GAME!!1one!!

Any word on when this game is likely to be released? I’ve been waiting for it to come out since I joined this site :P

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Topic: Kongregate / An Article About Kongregate

Can you link in that article? Because starting off with a web address is a little odd. Also, I took the liberty to edit your first paragraph to make it a little smoother and quicker to get into. I hope you don’t mind. is revolutionizing the free online flash games environment. This is a website for any Joe Bloggs that wants to upload their games. This might make you think it would be an environment full of terrible three-second flash games, like the YouTube of flash games. But this website breaks away from sites like and with relatively simple yet revolutionary tactics.”

The first line and last line are great the way they are. It was just the bit in the middle that felt a bit rough. I did go a bit hack-and-slash on it, but then again, as a journalist I tend to do that by default :P

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Topic: Kongregate / KongregateMagazine

I don’t have anything against the idea. I rarely think to check the forums or the news, so something like this magazine does have its place (for people like me :P) – yeah, alright, it’s not a game, but it’s still a damn sight better than some of the other non-game crap that makes its way onto this site. But this magazine idea still fails because the creator just can’t write. I don’t even wanna read it when it’s full of spelling mistakes and threadbare material. It could also do with a bit of humour.

It has potential. But you need a decent writer and a spellchecker, Ngkoi1.