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12:17am on Monday, 17th October, 2005:



I just finished playing Baldur's Gate II all the way through, both Shadows of Amn and the Throne of Bhaal extension.

This is one of my favourite games, which is why I play it at least once every couple of years. Some things annoy me about it, for example the "how many times do I have to kill this person before they'll stay dead?!" thing it has going on, but if there's one thing that really annoys me, it's how you quit.

You click on the OPTIONS button, and it brings up this screen.

Then, you click on QUIT GAME. It should quit you, right? No: it brings up this screen.

OK, well fair enough, perhaps you didn't mean it. You click on QUIT now and you're out of the program, though, right? Wrong.

And having seen what happenened before, it should come as no surprise when you click on QUIT that you get this.

Finally, when you click on QUIT again, it does take the hint.

No wonder people say computer games are addictive — "I just can't stop playing!".

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