Video games are subject to a number of balance issues from which traditional games have largely stayed free. It can be hard finding players of comparable skill-level to create even match-ups, [...]
Author obviously never played basketball with his friends.
[...] diverse gameplay options can quickly become irrelevant if someone finds a broken feature that beats everything else [...]
You mean this?
[...] and some online games make your ability to play competitively a question of how much time and money you've invested in a game, rather than the skill you possess.
Time spent training is a large factor, if not the largest, in attaining a high level of skill. Good equipment helps in real-life games and sports, too. Some even insist that shell and slate stones make them play better go. Go figure.
Many in the security industry praised him as a smart pick, [...]
Did anyone else misread this as "smart prick"?
Iridium is extremely rare on Earth, and the high concentration of it at the K-T boundary in the Earth's crust is what suggests a meteor took out the dinosaurs. I am positive that the symbolism of the permanence of Iridium, the reminder that we are star-stuff, and the fact that the ring would be one-of-a-kind would really strike a chord with my girlfriend.
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