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December 30th, 2009, 15:19
Originally Posted by Rampant Coyote View Post
None of these elements are necessarily bad, or need to be annoying or grouse-worthy.
Yep, thatīs really where it all boils down to. Itīs always about context and whether these elements are integral part of the experience or just a redundance.
Itīs also matter of modesty. I remember that before some patches, the main hero of Arx Fatalis was helluva insatiable mofo.

One particular element where I sorta disagree is the time limits.
I think cRPGs underuse this. I donīt really like them when put on the whole main quest (though in Fallout it worked fine), but Iīd certainly welcome more time limited side quests and generally more consequences for not managing things in timely manner.
However, it should never penalize players for slow reading, pondering upon dialogues etc. Basically, tying it to real play time isnīt a good idea, because it hinders other gameīs apects (playing evil character on the first playthrough of MotB, anyone).
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