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04 April 2006
Tomb Raider: Legend demo hits alt.games.tombraider
It's worth remembering that USENET exists, if only because it concentrates rabid fans into point sources of unvarnished opinions. The posting on alt.games.tombraider has gone from fewer than 10 posts a day to over 130 a day, driven by the release of the Tomb Raider: Legend demo for Windows. I've not had time to read every post, but it is amusing and disappointing to hear people pitifully clinging to -- of all things -- the control scheme of the original game.

I've spent plenty of time criticizing Tomb Raider, but a change in controls isn't even on my radar. How about things like level design, atmosphere, puzzles, and a decent storyline? Those people who can't forget the past shouldn't force us to repeat it with them. (I know, I know. Who am I to talk?)

It reminds me of that old adage about democracy:
The biggest argument against democracy is a five minute discussion with the average voter.
For videogames:
The biggest argument against creating a sequel just like the original is a five minute discussion with the average fanboy.
--Matt Matthews at 00:28
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