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Anna Bell

Anna Bell @liopleurodonic — Anna Bell -- and yes that is her real name -- has 2 small kids, a degree in English literature, and has been playing video games as long as she can remember. In addition to Blizzard's game she's also into Farm Simulator esports, and romanced Alistair in Dragon Age.

The Queue: Yes or no?

In a look behind the curtain, one thing I learned very early on making content — even as far back as actual writing school — is to never lead with a question which could be answered with a simple yes or no, because that’s all you’ll get, and you’ll have to work to get the person you’re questioning to elaborate further with follow-ups. We do this every day with our Discussion Topic. You’ll also see this in action on social media with questions that go viral. It’s never, “did you like Catcher in the Rye,” it’s always, “what was the worst book you had to read in school?” Which, by the way, it was Catcher in the Rye.

This is The Queue, where you ask us questions and we definitely aren’t jerks about answering them.

The Queue: Look at that view

A few weeks ago, No Man’s Sky released a free patch containing companion animals (including a whole slew of mechanics like breeding) and I’ve never been more glad I’ve put off buying a game in my life. After the initial buzz was wildly, wildly negative, I was really wary, but the exploration aspects alone are incredible. This screenshot was taken on a world which was labelled as “rapidly disintegrating,” signified on the ground by a lot of volcanic activity and high temperatures. I spent a lot of time here mining and trying to save wildlife, bringing them back to my base on a Paradise planet. The ones that adapted to the volcanic activity aren’t happy about it.

This is The Queue, where you ask us questions, and the WoW servers are down for extended maintenance so we may as well answer.

The Queue: Downtime

I heard we all get a chance to relax for a minute today. No responsibilities, no appointments, just downtime. See you next week!

Oh, that’s…not what “downtime” means? Oh. …oh.

This is The Queue, where as long as you have questions to ask we definitely don’t get a break from answering. Nor would we want one — probably.

The Queue: Anything she wants

You ever go back to old content and are kinda struck by some of the things we either left unfinished, or just washed our hands of without thinking about the potential ramifications of the people and creatures which were thriving — or at least surviving — up until our intervention, after which they are all but certainly doomed without further help from us? I feel like this could be a metaphor for something. Maybe an allegory, even.

This is The Queue, where you ask us questions and we swear we’ll stick around long enough to answer this time. Probably.

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