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June 11, 2009 by GH33DA
Although I wasn't born yet, I don't ever recall Pong having a tutorial. The arcade classics that birthed this industry were often simple enough that many people figured how to play the game in a matter of seconds. Even the more "complex" features of Galaga were demystified by a few minutes of game play and chance shots. Game manuals and tutorials were simply not necessary for the majority of gamers in the classic days of the arcade. Generally, a few words from a friend that had spent about an ho...
February 5, 2009 by GH33DA
After playing a bit of the games that came out late this year. I was happy to see some new IPs score big. But, I was even more happy to see new ideas brought into main stream game design. Games like Katamari Damacy and Portal have kept the innovative spirit alive in the game industry. But, it's not often you see innovation make it into mainstream titles. Like the the new Prince of Persia's "no need to reload" system, or the platform controls of Mirror's Edge. It's games like these that made me r...
December 19, 2008 by GH33DA
Remember making boot disks just to get the ram and drivers setup just right so you could play a game? I had several, as one didn't work for all my games. Remember how autoexec.bat and config.sys became your only gateway to gaming? I used to know how to set those things up by heart. Remember setting up your modem and network files to play a game with one other person? I remember needing to call over the phone to get the setting right, then, hanging up and dialing up to connect several times in on...
December 8, 2008 by GH33DA
It appears companies are talking a lot lately about the same crappy game restraints we as gamers have been trying get rid of. These wastes of time known my names like "DRM" and "activation" are once again becoming popular conversation pieces in the wrong circles.

I get the point, it's to undermine piracy. But let's consider one thing. FACT: The games still get pirated. So what it REALLY does is piss off paying customers. To the point were the adverse effect happens. Take Spore for example, ...
January 9, 2008 by GH33DA
I'll admit, last year I got into the trend of coming home and plopping down in front of the TV. It's so easy to do nothing and still be mildly entertained that it’s a common trap for a lot of people. Though, I’m sure NONE of them are WC members.    Of course, doing so lends you to become less active and social. Then the writer’s strike came. I first I went through a bit of withdrawal, wanting my favorite shows back. But, after a couple weeks, I was able to let go. I started reading, drawing, and...
May 25, 2006 by GH33DA
Maybe it's the all the drive add-ons, maybe it's all the software updates, or maybe it's the networking and device connections...

...maybe it's all those things, but, I think consoles are pushing themselves to towards the low end gaming PC market.

Price:
XBOX 360 - $399
19" TV that supports 720p - $600

XPS 400 - $1090
Link
Includes a 19" Monitor that supports 720p
Changed the video card to 6800 from the X300, adds $100 to price

It would seem that they are competitively priced to...
November 24, 2005 by GH33DA
MercuryNews.com - For parents considering buying the Xbox 360 as a holiday gift, one final word of warning.

New game systems tend to attract hard-core older gamers who are willing to pay a premium for a new console -- just to have it first. A number of the limited new titles available at launch -- including Activision's ``Gun,'' Id's ``Quake 4,'' and Sega's ``Condemned: Criminal Origins'' -- are mature-rated games for adult players. Microsoft says some 200 older Xbox titles will play on the n...
November 19, 2005 by GH33DA
Digital distribution of games has existed since BBS systems. And while online shareware did to well for some game development houses, it wasn’t until Valve released Steam that everyone started taking a closer look at digital distribution. Gamers, developers, and publishers all paid attention to the success of Steam. Many are still cautious; however, more have jumped into this digital distribution method. Even this month we have seen two publishers make digital distribution deals. It is most like...
May 2, 2005 by GH33DA
We all have our favorite games old games. And we'd love to see them remade with the latest technology. That feeling of nostalgia combined with the latest greatest game engines is something most gamers long for on some level.

However, most gamers also feel that there is a great lack of original titles in gaming. Especially when most games are just sequels of previous games, licensed titles, or sequels of previous licensed titles. So when wanting an old title to be remade, it perpetuates the la...
January 26, 2005 by GH33DA
The mod has certainly grown in popularity and talent in its relatively short life span. I still remember playing Threewave CTF for Quake. Heck, I remember playing Team Fortress for GLQuake and thinking mods won't ever get any better than this. Of course, they did. Especially after the explosion of the worldwide phenomenon known as Counter-Strike, the mod community now gains almost as much notice as their original games. This trend also includes the talent behind the titles. Mod team members have...
October 12, 2004 by GH33DA
After Reggie's claim that the PSP battery is only two hours and Sony' s lack of response, it would be logical to assume it's true. Or is it? Well, Sony may have an ace up their sleeve they don't plan on showing until all of the cards are out. However, this ace may already be viewable from another closely related application. MP3 players. The iPod claims 12 hours of battery life. However, the new network walkman claims 30 hours of battery life. Now granted, an MP3 player uses less power than a ga...
October 8, 2004 by GH33DA
There have been a lot of PC developers that consistently make good games. But, generally, there's usually one game in a developers history I just don't like. Bungie. I loved Marathon, Myth, and Oni. But, I don't like Halo. Blizzard, I loved Starcraft and Warcraft. But, I don't like Diablo. Epic. I love UT, but, I don't like Unreal. id. I loved Doom, Quake and Wolfenstein. But, I don't like Doom 3. Point is with most developers, there's usually one game I just don't like, with this exception of o...
May 20, 2004 by GH33DA
A PC Gamer’s look at E3 2004

While everybody else was in looking at the DS and PSP, some of us had other sites in mind. E3 2004 was, for the most part, very accommodating for PC gamers. I got spend some time with PC developers from every major publisher. In fact, there was a Games for Windows section which displayed quite a few windows titles outside of there developer’s booths. If that wasn’t enough, ATI and nVIDIA displayed PC gamers in their perspective booths. Games like Tribes: Vengeance...
March 7, 2004 by GH33DA
By nature of the lifestyle, most gamers are not social butterflies. They sit alone, behind their PCs/consoles and tags (nicknames) and cling to anonymity like a security blanket. This is not to say that they are anti-social. In fact, many gamers have friends and families. However, their social interaction with their loved ones is not exactly the as most non-gamers. For example, a boy/girlfriend or spouse must realize that a gamer has a second love of their life, and to gain time together, they ...
February 2, 2004 by GH33DA
It seems like every generation, consoles are becoming more like Computers. It seems like every Windows version; Computers are becoming more like entertainment systems. Consoles now have networking and internet access. Computers now have Dolby 5.1 and HDTV tuners.

The console’s ability to make this adaptation is limited by its standardized platform. Consoles are adapting the latest hardware available every generation. However, computers are adapting the latest hardware available at the rate o...