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Off Topic: Are we seeing the return of linear, closed world gaming?

I don't know if the term closed world makes any sense per se, but considering that The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim ushered in the term 'open world' and it's become synonymous with a certain kind of gameplay experience -- also known as sandbox games -- I thought I'd talk about whether or not gamers are finally ready to embrace games which don't subscribe to that philosophy.

Off Topic: The Outer Worlds is a welcome anomaly in today’s engagement focused game industry

I haven't finished The Outer Worlds, and that's because I have a lot of stuff to do before I fly out to California this week and so this is less a full review and more a preview -- for full disclosure I'm up to level 19 or so and stuck in pretty deep into the world Monarch, or Terra 1, after starting out on Terra 2 and the Groundbreaker.

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