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Title: Gaming Monthly: June 2005
Post by: Laser.T on June 03, 2005, 01:10:37 am
It's June. It's the start of summer. Everyone should be going outside in the sun, getting nekkid and getting a tan...

So, what computer games are playing?


I do'nt think you'll need half an attempt at guessing what Iv'e been playing.... :P
Title: Re: Gaming Monthly: June 2005
Post by: Layson Juravis on June 03, 2005, 02:14:38 am
Masturbatin' naked in the sun?
Title: Re: Gaming Monthly: June 2005
Post by: L'homme magique on June 03, 2005, 02:28:43 am
I've been studying for exams.
Title: Re: Gaming Monthly: June 2005
Post by: Smeagol on June 03, 2005, 02:51:19 am
I've been studying for exams.

pwned.

Jedi Academy (the urge has returned)
Baldur's Gate series again (see above)
Title: Re: Gaming Monthly: June 2005
Post by: chompy on June 03, 2005, 07:16:53 am
Guildwars, trackmainia thats about it

prolly looking at getting GTA:SA for the PC this month.
Title: Re: Gaming Monthly: June 2005
Post by: Armakuni on June 03, 2005, 08:52:54 am
Still WoW and some CoDUO when i have some spare time :D

Im on the bloodscalp server on the horde side.. FOR THE HORDE!
Title: Re: Gaming Monthly: June 2005
Post by: Outboundlight on June 03, 2005, 05:07:16 pm
I gots me some Prince of Persia: Sands of Time for the PC which is a lot of fun.

Not playing as much Guild Wars as I'd like but I dont really have the time at the minute.
Title: Re: Gaming Monthly: June 2005
Post by: Einkoro on June 03, 2005, 09:46:15 pm
It's June. It's the start of summer. Everyone should be going outside in the sun, getting nekkid and getting a tan...

So, what computer games are playing?
Naked, outside, /sun/?! I'd burst into flames. No thanks.

I've been playing a bit of Guild Wars but I haven't had alot of time to do much. I've spent most of working on the new LiteStep (http://www.litestep.com/) site and laying around watching ST:TNG.

I wish there was more games to play but since ~2000 gaming has been incredably dull. Nothing interesting or fun seems to be released anymore, its all the same stuff with better graphics and worse gameplay/story each time around. :\

I smolder with generic rage towards the gaming industry.
Title: Re: Gaming Monthly: June 2005
Post by: L'homme magique on June 03, 2005, 11:19:28 pm
Digital Devil Saga is pretty leet.
Title: Re: Gaming Monthly: June 2005
Post by: Outboundlight on June 03, 2005, 11:45:12 pm


I smolder with generic rage towards the gaming industry.

you seem to be doing that alot recently
Title: Re: Gaming Monthly: June 2005
Post by: Einkoro on June 04, 2005, 07:48:58 am


I smolder with generic rage towards the gaming industry.

you seem to be doing that alot recently
Doing what? Smoldering? I hate that sunlight :(
Title: Re: Gaming Monthly: June 2005
Post by: chompy on June 06, 2005, 04:24:15 pm
I agree 80% with the comments made by Ankl0r that most of the games are crap for a while now. But I've been playing lots of Trackmania (the original and the second one) and Guildwars; both games are very fun and addictive.

Until I played Guildwars, Red Alert was the only game to cause me to play >1 hours after I decide to get off the computer. Addictive to the max. Trackmania has pretty graphics byt focuses mainly on gameplay, you the track and a massive amount of quick fun.

Sunlight *Narrrrrrr*.....
Title: Re: Gaming Monthly: June 2005
Post by: Spiff on June 06, 2005, 07:09:37 pm
I don't play any new computer games. Though I'm on my fourth (yes, fourth...) playthrough of Tales of Symphonia on the cube. Incredible story, if a bit confusing the first time... Zelos is my soulmate this time.

Come to think of it, the latest computer games me and my brother bought were System Shock 2 and Quake 3. There' just nothing new that interests me much anymore. Instead, I mostly play older games, or games that don't require a render farm to play. I also replay my old games alot. Maybe I'll get Darwinia though, the demo was fun. Or Jets'n'Guns. :)

Someday, I think the gaming industry will backlash, and people will actually grow tired of the ultraviolent shooters, cliche RPGs, marginally rehashed sports games, busty women, and having to buy new computers and consoles all the time. Eventually the development costs will rise so ridiculously high (just to make the graphics prettier for every game), the industry giants and their game-making staff can't afford it anymore. Already now, most can't afford releasing big games that try something new, because they cost so much to make. But that's a little harsh, because there are still interesting games being made.

Have you read this (http://www.pointlesswasteoftime.com/games/manifesto.html) by the way? I don't agree with everything, but the very most of it.
Title: Re: Gaming Monthly: June 2005
Post by: L'homme magique on June 07, 2005, 12:13:01 am
That article is full of shit.
Title: Re: Gaming Monthly: June 2005
Post by: Einkoro on June 07, 2005, 02:38:32 am
That article is full of shit.
If by shit you mean sarcasm and cynicism.

I read the article when it was on /. (Yes I RTFA ...Sometimes. :P) and he raises a a lot of good points and I agree on some of it, some of it is also really silly. It seems to be written from a perspective that he, as a gamer, knows better than developers who are also gamers. I see this a lot with my friends when they talk about how they could make the best games ever unlike the shitty stuff that always comes out. Its a lot more work than they think to implement their 'wonderful' ideas which are often not; most of them are downright bad and would never work. Not to mention most of my friends ideas of great games are just killing aimlessly and doing the same thing over and over. (Such as playing DMC/DMC2/DMC3 over and over to obtain perfect ratings and unlock everything and then continuing to play anyway just because they can kill more stuff the same way over and over. Or aimlessly grinding away doing the same thing in Lineage II over and over just to start another character part way and repeat and then complain its boring and lame followed by continuing to play it anyway.) *shudders*

The way I see it is that the publishers are wanting more and more graphically advanced games with shitty licensed popular music to appeal to joe average to make yet more money. Much like hollywood, only they don't have to pay people nearly as much as there is an nearly inexhaustible supply of willing workers to replace those who have a problem with it. Then there are the risks of innovation, they [the publishers] do not want to take them. They want to stick to the true and tried formulas that work over and over. Why fix it if it isn't broken? Why even bother to improve anything? Infact, lets just make it crappier and upgrade the graphics and throw some new awful music into it. The publishers are entirely to blame, ATi and nVidia constantly are trying to push the latest and great on us every six months which in turn the gamers drool all over themselves for and demand more stuff that looks as good.

Will we ever see good games other than the rare one or two every few years? Probably never again; I don't think so anyway. I myself, don't plan to buy very many games anymore, not that I have bought that many in the last five years. I mostly seem to spend my money on hardware to play... Games? Oh the irony, I don't even play anything remotely new very often. I'd just like to have games run really good in a high resolution when I do play them. All one or two games a year now, meh.
Title: Re: Gaming Monthly: June 2005
Post by: Spiff on June 07, 2005, 03:04:14 am
Yes, well the article is pretty odd in some parts (he questions the existance of survival horror games, wooden crates and stuff) but considering the extremely un-serious and sarcastic stuff on the rest of that site, that's got to be the most serious article that guy's written. :p

And I agree with Ankle's post. Games are going the way of Hollywood. But it's also easy to critiscize the game giants, but you can't do something better yourself.  Innovativeness belongs in small companies with small production teams (Darwinia and Uplink were made by three people), or on simple consoles (like the Gameboy consoles) where games don't cost alot to produce.

I actually spend more time making games than playing them, now. Working on a little side-project, a Tetris+Jetpack+Solomon's Key puzzle game hybrid, at the moment. :p
Title: Re: Gaming Monthly: June 2005
Post by: Laser.T on June 07, 2005, 12:46:06 pm
I'll tell you a little story.

Some friends of mine are hoping to go into game design. One of them is really serious about it and has made a "company" he calls Studio Trophis - he and friends have already tried their hand at point'n'click, and simple designed games but with big ideas. He found out about a UK-wide competition where groups would have to present a game idea to a board, and if theirs was chosen they would go up to Scotland for a few weeks in the summer, get given the funding and computing required and create this game, which would compete against other groups from other UK regions.

The idea was brilliant. A game where you create the world you live in. You draw an item, color it in and it becomes part of your world. You could customize anything about yourself, your world, even the music you were listening to. All from a plain white base, your imagination could create anything.

He had the ideas, he even had read on on the ways he could do this. He was sure the board would like it, because it was so damn original. A game designed for any player: any age, any sex, any interest. They made they're presentation, made sure they could explain how it would be possible to create and went to the board.

When they came back they were too happpy with how it had gone. The presentation was fine! But unfortunately the board consisted of people from Microsoft, EA, etc. All these people would ask is: "So, it's like Half-Life where you can select different items?" "No, not at all." "So, it's like The Sims where you can influence characters lives in a world?" "No, it isn't." "So, it's like SimCity where you can control all aspects and see what happens?" "No, no."

The board was so narrow-minded, they could not get the concept through to them. They weren't selected. Probably some group that wanted to make a copy of Half-Life won - we don't know, but it's likely.
Title: Re: Gaming Monthly: June 2005
Post by: Smeagol on June 07, 2005, 06:56:19 pm
It's the way the gaming industry is going now. Following the likes of the RIAA and Hollywood into the gutter.  Originality has been stamped out for increased profits and shiny graphics. As Ankle said, only one or two original and good games are coming a year. Spore looks to be one of them, although I wouldn't be suprised if it was released early with a stupid number of bugs.
Title: Re: Gaming Monthly: June 2005
Post by: Armakuni on June 07, 2005, 09:52:10 pm
*remembers the first time his weary eyes saw the C64*

ohh boy, i could sit infront of that piece of wonder for 15 hours without moving (NO joke) this im trying to do with WoW, but school consumes a lot of time but i try to play as much as i can :/  oh and when my parents bought me the sega megadrive...it was like a new ticket to heaven! playing games like streets of rage 2 and the phantasy star series and the unbeatable road rash 3...brings a tear to my eye everytime i think of it :'(
Title: Re: Gaming Monthly: June 2005
Post by: L'homme magique on June 08, 2005, 12:24:04 am
Quote
If by shit you mean sarcasm and cynicism.
If you take it seriously (which I did... I was half-asleep at the time).
Title: Re: Gaming Monthly: June 2005
Post by: Spiff on June 08, 2005, 02:07:25 am
Laser: That sucks that they weren't selected. That game idea sounds awesome, but it won't interest any big publishers.
Title: Re: Gaming Monthly: June 2005
Post by: MDX on June 08, 2005, 02:23:45 am
Seven.. \\o/ :D
Title: Re: Gaming Monthly: June 2005
Post by: Vortex on June 10, 2005, 06:33:02 pm
I played through Wind Waker recently and I am now playing through Paper Mario : TTYD. Also I am still working on the Goldeneye Source mod
Title: Re: Gaming Monthly: June 2005
Post by: SomethingApt on June 10, 2005, 08:43:04 pm
finished getting *cough* GTA SA on xbox this morning... i guess im gonna be playing it almost non-stop for a while...
Title: Re: Gaming Monthly: June 2005
Post by: Sariya on June 13, 2005, 05:26:42 pm
I'm playing through Super Mario 64 on the DS
GTA Vice City on the PS2
and Lego Star Wars on the PC [again]

I need more games for my DS...
Title: Re: Gaming Monthly: June 2005
Post by: SomethingApt on June 13, 2005, 06:10:41 pm
my ds is gathering dust in the corner of my room, waiting either for loads of games to come out, or for it to finally be hacked so it can run some emulators.
Title: Re: Gaming Monthly: June 2005
Post by: L'homme magique on June 13, 2005, 06:57:02 pm
Just saw this:
Quote
Tetris+Jetpack+Solomon's Key
Holy shit, I want to play that. Those are like... all three of my favourite puzzle games o_q
Title: Re: Gaming Monthly: June 2005
Post by: Smeagol on June 13, 2005, 06:59:25 pm
and Lego Star Wars on the PC [again]

Nothing wrong with LSW. Good thing those guys didn't take themselves too seriously otherwise it probably would suck. It;s almost worth buying the game just to laugh at the cutscenes...
Title: Re: Gaming Monthly: June 2005
Post by: Sariya on June 13, 2005, 08:57:05 pm
and Lego Star Wars on the PC [again]

Nothing wrong with LSW. Good thing those guys didn't take themselves too seriously otherwise it probably would suck. It;s almost worth buying the game just to laugh at the cutscenes...
Totally! I liked the Teacup sabers, chopping people to bits with teacups is a great idea :D
Title: Re: Gaming Monthly: June 2005
Post by: Smeagol on June 13, 2005, 09:00:48 pm
Try playing as Greivous with teacups on then. It's brilliant. It's a real pity Jar-Jar is needed so frequently in the game though, far too many Binks only jumps to get coins gets pretty annoying.
Title: Re: Gaming Monthly: June 2005
Post by: Outboundlight on June 13, 2005, 11:43:22 pm
my ds is gathering dust in the corner of my room, waiting either for loads of games to come out, or for it to finally be hacked so it can run some emulators.

some great games on the horizon apperently, Metroid and nintendogs and elctoplankton to name but a few
Title: Re: Gaming Monthly: June 2005
Post by: Smeagol on June 13, 2005, 11:46:48 pm
Rainbow Ride.... enough said.
Title: Re: Gaming Monthly: June 2005
Post by: Sariya on June 14, 2005, 01:59:47 am
Try playing as Greivous with teacups on then. It's brilliant. It's a real pity Jar-Jar is needed so frequently in the game though, far too many Binks only jumps to get coins gets pretty annoying.
hah :D
That is far too amusing! I agree about JarJar though. With Greivous being the only other 'high-jumper' and being pretty difficult to control [imo, anyway] I ended up choosing JarJar specifically so he'd be in my party when I replayed missions to collect all the coins.
Title: Re: Gaming Monthly: June 2005
Post by: Layson Juravis on June 14, 2005, 02:35:07 am
My PS2 fried during the week-end. So I'm re-discovering my PSX classics... Bust-A-Move, Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, CTR,  and Tomba.
Title: Re: Gaming Monthly: June 2005
Post by: Outboundlight on June 14, 2005, 02:35:22 am
Rainbow Ride.... enough said.

oh yeah, nearly forgot bout that!
Title: Re: Gaming Monthly: June 2005
Post by: L'homme magique on June 14, 2005, 03:58:16 am
No Trauma Center love?

Anyway, I just found out you can nocd Deus Ex by ini tweaking. I can't believe it took me so long to delve into the config files >_>
Title: Re: Gaming Monthly: June 2005
Post by: Outboundlight on June 14, 2005, 04:03:58 pm
oh yeh trauma centre looks cool...and that court room one too
Title: Re: Gaming Monthly: June 2005
Post by: L'homme magique on June 14, 2005, 10:41:40 pm
Phoenix Wright.
Title: Re: Gaming Monthly: June 2005
Post by: Outboundlight on June 17, 2005, 07:22:00 pm
yeh thats the one! now i just a new job so i can afford all these games
Title: Re: Gaming Monthly: June 2005
Post by: MDX on June 17, 2005, 07:53:13 pm
Get me one too.