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The Essential 100, No. 31: Ultima IV

One the greatest strengths of video games comes from their sheer mutability. Games can take on myriad forms with endless objectives. Whether serving up simple high-score challenges or taking players an interactive journey to Hollywood by way of the Uncanny Valley, a video game can provide practically any kind of escapist diversion you desire: So concentration-intensive you slip into a trance of adrenaline, or such repetitive clicking and grinding your delta waves start to peak. Even within a genre, you can find an enormous gamut of styles, approaches, and objectives.

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