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Einstein Shadowgate

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Castle Shadowgate

1. Share and share alike. You share it, I like it. 2. Play dirty. Do not pay the troll a single gold coin. 3. Don’t hit yourself, or set yourself on fire, or hit yourself with the hammer, or jump out windows. 4. Put all the items you’ve “found” in your limitless inventory. 5. Clean up nothing. Break the mirror. Do not pass go. It was like this when you got here. 6. Take everything that isn’t nailed down, except the book in the hallway. And if you can’t take it, torch it. 7. Please apologize if you’ve inadvertently hurt and/or killed any person and/or magical creature that is not related to the completion of your quest. 8. Wash your hands after you’ve sent Cerberus back to the depths of hell.…
Legacy of Kain

Legacy of Kain: Crime and Punishment

Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen was the first game in a series about a nobleman-turned-vampire seeking revenge. It was set apart from other games at the time by its strong anti-hero qualities and cinematic, complex story line. I fell in love with it for its voice acting and dark tone, despite its seriously annoying load times and lag. It was also the first RPG I bought for the original PlayStation, so I treasured every moment as I patiently waited for Final Fantasy VII to be released. Back in 2012, a NeoGaf forum member culled published information and created a fascinating account of the series’ development woes. This includes a full account of the legal problems between the original developer and Crystal Dynamics, who was credited with publishing — and even helping finish — the game.…
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