yeah its becoming a little crazy but people are seemingly still buying shitloads of EA games and i'd imagine that a lot of them are purchasing the microtransaction stuff as well.it's clearly a successful model. maybe this whole thing get pushed to the point where it is utterly ridiculous and either a large portion of consumers will still bite and microtransactions will stick around they way they are or there will be some kind of general backlash and they may have to scale back but i can't ever seeing them really disappearing.
xrd easy. guilty always been my favorite series. i feel like it gives the player more freedom and the neutral game is quite a bit more interesting than mori designed ASW games. GG has universal/character specific tools that give the player a ton of options without ever feeling gimmicky. don't get me wrong though i've been enjoying bbcp quite a bit and am looking forward to p4u2 as well.
i really hope they arent afraid to take some risks and be a bit ambitious. sometimes it feels like japanese games can be a little conservative but if any franchise was going to avoid oppressive jrpg cliches it'd probably be persona.
i liked donald kagan's history of the peloponnesian war . it forms a solid narrative and is a good alternative to reading thucydides who can be pretty dense. his yale lectures on greece are also available on youtube i think.
like the others in this thread i like mike duncan. he has a really casual tone which can be a good thing or a bad thing i guess.
i enjoyed the rome one but his new one "revolutions" is really great. not really into this dan carlin guy though...