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« Reply #1035 on: June 30, 2014, 12:17:46 PM »

Gaming was my life for as long as I've owned a computer which was back in 1992 if I remember correctly.  Oh the fun I had blasting Nazis in Wolfenstein 3D, slaying demons in Diabolo, conquering the world in Civilization II, ruling Europe in Castles II,  building woad raider armies in Age of Empires,  establishing cities in Simcity 2000, and fighting NOD in Command and Conquer and possibly best of all, building the Roman Empire with Centurion, Defend of Rome. Nowadays, I struggle to be entertained. The graphics are a million times better, but the gameplay and the charm is largely gone. Instead, I am left with "microtransactions" and "massive multiplayer games". I can no longer build up and rule my kingdom at my own pace, I must constantly worry about other players who have dumped $5000 into the game running my desmesne over. There are no charming, pixilated figures marching across the battlefield, I'm left with facebook games and apps and high resolution blood and gore sprayed across my screen.

I miss my youth.  Cry
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« Reply #1036 on: June 30, 2014, 12:25:22 PM »

I feel similarly, though I think I've mostly just lost interest, more than actively disliking what's currently available.

Anyway, here, have an old school hero, and cheer up  Grin

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« Reply #1037 on: June 30, 2014, 02:35:13 PM »

Gaming was my life for as long as I've owned a computer which was back in 1992 if I remember correctly.  Oh the fun I had blasting Nazis in Wolfenstein 3D, slaying demons in Diabolo, conquering the world in Civilization II, ruling Europe in Castles II,  building woad raider armies in Age of Empires,  establishing cities in Simcity 2000, and fighting NOD in Command and Conquer and possibly best of all, building the Roman Empire with Centurion, Defend of Rome. Nowadays, I struggle to be entertained. The graphics are a million times better, but the gameplay and the charm is largely gone. Instead, I am left with "microtransactions" and "massive multiplayer games". I can no longer build up and rule my kingdom at my own pace, I must constantly worry about other players who have dumped $5000 into the game running my desmesne over. There are no charming, pixilated figures marching across the battlefield, I'm left with facebook games and apps and high resolution blood and gore sprayed across my screen.

I miss my youth.  Cry

Yes. I remember sitting on my dad's lap watching him play Pirates! Gold on an old, weird-colored PC, and also games like Warhammer: Shadow of the Horned Rat. I would later watch both of my parents play Diablo. All of which I soon started playing myself, as well as Warcraft I and Quake. This would go on to include Warcraft II, Age of Empires, Total Annihilation, Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate II, Diablo II, Simcity 3000, etc.

PC gamer, born and raised. A shame how things have changed, although there seems to be some hope lately with throwbacks like Planetary Annihilation, Divinity: Original Sin, Pillars of Eternity, etc.
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« Reply #1038 on: June 30, 2014, 03:13:40 PM »

Finished up F.E.A.R. 2, what a great, and freaky game. F.E.A.R. 3 on tap, though I def think they blew it with this one, lousy level design, along with pretty unimaginative enemies, no real fear factor yet either. a real step backwards from 2 imo
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« Reply #1039 on: June 30, 2014, 05:40:08 PM »

Gaming was my life for as long as I've owned a computer which was back in 1992 if I remember correctly.  Oh the fun I had blasting Nazis in Wolfenstein 3D, slaying demons in Diabolo, conquering the world in Civilization II, ruling Europe in Castles II,  building woad raider armies in Age of Empires,  establishing cities in Simcity 2000, and fighting NOD in Command and Conquer and possibly best of all, building the Roman Empire with Centurion, Defend of Rome. Nowadays, I struggle to be entertained. The graphics are a million times better, but the gameplay and the charm is largely gone. Instead, I am left with "microtransactions" and "massive multiplayer games". I can no longer build up and rule my kingdom at my own pace, I must constantly worry about other players who have dumped $5000 into the game running my desmesne over. There are no charming, pixilated figures marching across the battlefield, I'm left with facebook games and apps and high resolution blood and gore sprayed across my screen.

I miss my youth.  Cry

Yes. I remember sitting on my dad's lap watching him play Pirates! Gold on an old, weird-colored PC, and also games like Warhammer: Shadow of the Horned Rat. I would later watch both of my parents play Diablo. All of which I soon started playing myself, as well as Warcraft I and Quake. This would go on to include Warcraft II, Age of Empires, Total Annihilation, Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate II, Diablo II, Simcity 3000, etc.

PC gamer, born and raised. A shame how things have changed, although there seems to be some hope lately with throwbacks like Planetary Annihilation, Divinity: Original Sin, Pillars of Eternity, etc.

I played Shadow of the Horned Rat on the original PS but hated the controls.  Would have been so much funner on PC.  I played Pirates on C64...15 minutes at a time while waiting 45 min for the power supply top cool down in our un-airconditioned house.  

If you get the new version of Pirates, it's pretty much the same game with a few more ships and 10y r old graphics instead of 30 yr old.

For modern games, you might look at some of the Total War Series.  I haven't played Rome II but otherwise, all of them have been fun up to this point.  The original Shogun and Medieval still have graphics as pixellated as Japanese porn.  the new ones have spiffy new graphics but I find the gameplay every bit as fun.  With AOE, there is an updated AOE II available that has better graphics (sort of) and five new cultures, otherwise the same old game.  Rise of Nations has been re-released.  If Red Alert is ever re-released I will have a field day.  As for Diablo, Diablo 3 really isn't that bad.  It is not as life changing as Diablo II was, but not bad at all.

As for MMO games, I have a friend who plays World of Tanks and is at Tier 8 and doesn't spend any money.  If you just play it for the game and don't want to upgrade tanks with any degree of celerity it is totally playable w/o premium or gold round, etc.  In World of Warplanes I spend almost no money on it and still have fun.  It's just more of a grind than tanks unless you are really good. But regardless, some of my most fun games are in the low tiers anyways.

EDIT - You know, Warplanes really isn't more of a grind than tanks.  I just forget that I have been playing tanks for three years and warplanes less than one.

EDIT II - With Total War, if you are going to play Rome Total War you might look at the Rome Total Realism mod.  I tooled around on it a bit and it was pretty good.
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« Reply #1040 on: June 30, 2014, 06:13:31 PM »

I have played Rome Total War and Medieval Total War 2 with a ton of different mods. I love both of those games, but I have also played them into the ground. If they could beef up the AI, I would go right back to playing them.
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« Reply #1041 on: June 30, 2014, 06:13:55 PM »

I played Shadow of the Horned Rat on the original PS but hated the controls.  Would have been so much funner on PC.  I played Pirates on C64...15 minutes at a time while waiting 45 min for the power supply top cool down in our un-airconditioned house.  

If you get the new version of Pirates, it's pretty much the same game with a few more ships and 10y r old graphics instead of 30 yr old.

Oh yeah, I bought the PS version of Shadow of the Horned Rat a while back and immediately got rid of it. The control design was the most awful thing they possibly could've done for a game like that. Made it practically impossible to multi-task, which was necessary to keep your units from getting wiped out.

And I actually have played the new Pirates. It wasn't bad, I need to buy it again.

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For modern games, you might look at some of the Total War Series.  I haven't played Rome II but otherwise, all of them have been fun up to this point.  The original Shogun and Medieval still have graphics as pixellated as Japanese porn.  the new ones have spiffy new graphics but I find the gameplay every bit as fun.  With AOE, there is an updated AOE II available that has better graphics (sort of) and five new cultures, otherwise the same old game.  Rise of Nations has been re-released.  If Red Alert is ever re-released I will have a field day.  As for Diablo, Diablo 3 really isn't that bad.  It is not as life changing as Diablo II was, but not bad at all.
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EDIT II - With Total War, if you are going to play Rome Total War you might look at the Rome Total Realism mod.  I tooled around on it a bit and it was pretty good.

I've a been diehard Total War fan since about '05 or '06. My favorites are Medieval II (with Grand Campaign Mod) and Shogun II (gameplay-wise the apex of the series IMO, and I personally like the historical Japanese setting). I have played all of them though, except for Rome II, and enjoy them all - even the original pixel-fest STW and MTW games.

As for Diablo, I've played the demo for Diablo 3 on the 360 and it was fun - reminded me of playing Diablo on the PS when I was younger at other people's houses. Still need to buy that, but I'm putting it off until the expansion comes out. Even though I never played before its removal, getting rid of the Auction House seems like a great choice for them that took perhaps too long.

If Red Alert were re-released, I would expect it to be free-to-play with microtransactions and/or DLC galore. EA is one of the worst offenders for this cash-cow necromancy nonsense. Just look at how they resurrected and then butchered Dungeon Keeper for iOS/Android.

Oh, and I played AOE2 in LAN parties to death with friends. It was great.
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« Reply #1042 on: June 30, 2014, 06:20:53 PM »

Sad How many College classes or assignments did I skip c. 1999-2000 because of playing AOE2 online with people. It was like I no sooner got over Goldeneye multiplayer, and here was a new devil to tempt me. Then TWINE and Perfect Dark after that. I was so weak.
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« Reply #1043 on: June 30, 2014, 06:24:20 PM »

I loved LAN parties.  I skipped countless college classes playing Red Alert in LAN parties. It was the first game that I learned to mod on.
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« Reply #1044 on: June 30, 2014, 06:36:22 PM »

I'm sure everyone would've liked LANing Total Annihilation. For its time, and with slight modifications, it was a massive-scale game that makes AOE2/RA2 look like a group of people playing tag. You could have hundreds and hundreds, even thousands, of units instead of however many it took to hit the 200-food (or equivalent resource) limit. This video does a decent job showing what I mean about the scale, although there were some huge maps recreating Earth that were just amazing to play on.
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« Reply #1045 on: June 30, 2014, 06:37:30 PM »

I remember friends talking about that game. It did look fun, but I never played it.
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« Reply #1046 on: June 30, 2014, 06:53:45 PM »

Sad How many College classes or assignments did I skip c. 1999-2000 because of playing AOE2 online with people. It was like I no sooner got over Goldeneye multiplayer, and here was a new devil to tempt me. Then TWINE and Perfect Dark after that. I was so weak.
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« Reply #1047 on: June 30, 2014, 07:00:48 PM »

Sad How many College classes or assignments did I skip c. 1999-2000 because of playing AOE2 online with people. It was like I no sooner got over Goldeneye multiplayer, and here was a new devil to tempt me. Then TWINE and Perfect Dark after that. I was so weak.
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« Reply #1048 on: Today at 01:11:01 AM »

"Dragon Age: Inquisition Delayed a Month, Will Release in November"

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« Reply #1049 on: Today at 01:25:20 AM »

"Dragon Age: Inquisition Delayed a Month, Will Release in November"

I'll grab the pitchforks, you guys grab the torches.

Waiting for Awakening to arrive so I can finally play through it, then I'll get/beat DA2 soon. So a delay is good for me as it gives me time to catch up. Wink

Just beat Mass Effect 2 for the first time a few days ago. Oddly enough I played through the first one almost a year ago exactly. After DA: Awakening, I'll probably continue on to ME3.

I do rather like Bioware games. The emphasis on companions/relationships/romances is really nice.
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