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This is a weekly column from freelancer Rowan Kaiser, which focuses on "Western" role-playing games: their stories, their histories, their mechanics, their insanity, and their inanity. Here's the moment I realized I loved Torchlight 2: It's the screenshot right above this. This is an Engineer. He's...

October 12th 2012 at 9:30pm 0 Comments
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Awareness. Social, self, spatial -- whatever your flavor of awareness, it's a useful trait. And if livestreamers have got it, great. If not, well then Massively TV is just that much more amusing! Didn't notice that boss mob standing at your heels? Chuckles ensue. Was that actually a cliff two ste...

October 8th 2012 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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Valve detailed the latest patch for Torchlight 2 on its Steam blog yesterday. Available now, the update includes wardrobe tweaks, map visibility toggle controls, a fix for the merchant system's "buyback" tab and dozens of other improvements.The patch also addresses a few hardware crashing issues a...

October 6th 2012 at 10:30pm 0 Comments
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Ahh, October! A month of changes: the leaves, the clocks, the infamous fall line up... wait, don't change that dial! You may notice that a new show has taken over MV Guide's time slot. Was that a gasp? There's no need to worry; Massively TV isn't going anywhere! All your favorite livestreaming i...

October 1st 2012 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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The Mac version of Torchlight 2 is "next on the agenda, but it will take a couple months at least," Runic CEO Matt Schaefer says on Reddit. We knew Runic Games was working on a Mac version of Torchlight 2, before the team travels far away from any form of technology for a few weeks, and now we know...

September 26th 2012 at 5:30pm 0 Comments
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A few of the developers with games in the rather fantastic Humble Indie Bundle 6 are hosting an AMA on Reddit right now.In attendance is Runic Games co-founder Max Schaefer, representing Torchlight (and Torchlight 2, it seems); programmer Matt Bush and composer Terrence Lee of Dustforce's Hitbox Te...

September 26th 2012 at 3:45pm 0 Comments
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The running theme in nearly every Torchlight 2 review is its inescapable comparison to Diablo 3 – heck, even we did it in our glowing evaluation of the game. Given launch proximity and that Runic Games CEO Max Schafer co-founded Blizzard North, creating Diablo and Diablo 2, it's onl...

September 21st 2012 at 1:30pm 0 Comments
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I gave Diablo 3 a five-star review, and though the word "perfect" didn't come up, I did call it "a masterpiece." I still stand by that score, despite the somewhat bumpy reputation the game has earned since launch. Now, Torchlight 2 has finally arrived to complete the pair. Besides their obvious gen...

September 20th 2012 at 5:00pm 0 Comments
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Even with Torchlight II newly released, people are already wondering what's in store for Runic Games in the future. A handful of questions about what comes next popped up in a recent Runic Games AMA, and Rock, Paper, Shotgun sat down with CEO Max Schaefer to talk about the future. If there is to...

September 20th 2012 at 11:30am 0 Comments
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Happy birthday to Torchlight II -- like, the actual day of its birth, not a commemoration of the date after the fact. Games have a rather longer gestation period than humans, but they can be every bit as cute and loveable when they come out. The game's already been available for pre-purchase on...

September 20th 2012 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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Runic Games is celebrating the impending launch of Torchlight 2 with the release of the game's soundtrack, which is available to download at Joystiq, free of charge. The soundtrack features 28 tracks and is composed by Matt Uelmen, who also crafted the music for Diablo 2.Uelmen recorded a live symp...

September 18th 2012 at 8:30pm 0 Comments