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Is it any surprise, really, that Braid + weed != Braid? I did find it interesting that he asserts there isn't any point to the game. Either he hasn't read the vignettes (in which case he should admit that there might be a point he's missing) or he's saying something that could be said about any game: All you do it wander around and [key game mechanic here].

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