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Wed, Nov. 24th, 2004, 02:58 am
The Wombies.

And the "holy fucking shit" award for PC gaming excellence and sphincter loosening goodness goes to Half Life 2. The "bloody hell, the last time I looked at my watch it was 8 o clock and it's now 3AM" award is up next...

Wed, Nov. 24th, 2004 02:26 am (UTC)
cliph

How well does it play? What spec. is your machine?

Wed, Nov. 24th, 2004 03:06 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

My machine specs are:
AMD Athlon 64 2800+ 1.8 GHz
512MB Twinmos DDR RAM
128MB Geforce FX5200 Ultra (not exactly bleeding edge and is sort of gimping the machine a bit)
The sound card is on the motherboard, which is a MSI K8T NEO-FSR. It does 5.1 surround sound and all that jazz.

On that it runs perfectly well. Load times are a bit on the long side but since they're well placed outside the action it isn't a huge worry. The sound is buggy, it skips a little but that's a known issue, it's happening to everyone and the temporary fixes that have been released seem to work about 90% of the time. The game runs perfectly at 800X600 on my machine and looks fantastic - I can only guess at how good it'd look with a 400 quid graphics card.

I've had no crashes or moments with shitty framerates and it looks beautiful even on limited resolution. I think their minimum specs are a bit on the fictional side but that seems to be the norm these days. In short, if you even consider shooting things to be remotely appealing then you HAVE to play it.
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Wed, Nov. 24th, 2004 04:30 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

This game is like the best drink you've ever had, in a beer garden on a sickeningly hot summer's day. Well worth the wait and something you really want to enjoy because you know it'll be a long time before you have an experience like it again.
So basicly, the wait only makes it better.

Wed, Nov. 24th, 2004 04:24 am (UTC)
washedoutvampir

For the "bloody hell, the last time I looked at my watch..." award I have to nominate TR4. That game would be the single most contributing factor to myself and my housemate both ending up writing almost our entire undergrad thesis in the last 3 days before the hand in date despite having 6 months to write the damn thing.

Wed, Nov. 24th, 2004 04:33 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

TR4? I'm probably being dense but I don't know what that is.

Previous recipients of this award have been Baldur's Gate 2 and Dawn of War.

Actually, Dawn of War fell more into the "It's sunday evening? What happened saturday?" category.

Wed, Nov. 24th, 2004 04:44 am (UTC)
washedoutvampir

Tomb Raider 4. Guessing not your type of game? Much to the disgust of all the overly feminist bitches on my course who disowned me for playing a game that is such blatant pandering to male fantasies. Not they hadn't already disowned me for being a biker, and a complete male chauvinist pig and getting on far too well (in a totally platonic sense) with all the best looking males in the place.

Wed, Nov. 24th, 2004 04:58 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

Ah, of course. I've only played one and two I think. One day I intend on playing the others but I can never find them when I'm in the mood for that kind of game.

I find it odd that people consider the character sexist. She's a strong, independent, incredibly wealthy woman, more than able to take care of herself against overwhelming odds and gorillas - but she has big boobs and thus is a typical male fantasy.
Leaving aside of course the fact that back in the days when she was first designed she HAD to have exaggerated curves so they could show up properly on the primitive 3D graphics engines we had back then.

Anyway, every depiction of the female form or character is sexist if you're in the mood to be awkward :)

Wed, Nov. 24th, 2004 07:16 am (UTC)
washedoutvampir

Well, yes. I never quite got the problem with it either. I think it must be the big boobs and tiny shorts thing, people get that far and stop thereby missing the fact Lara could quite competently kick most things butts and has the intelligence to work out the nasty tricksy puzzles. Which is more than myself or my housemate ever did, we'd die 2 or 3 times then get annoyed and head for the walkthrough.
Re-played TR1 a while ago. It does look incredibly primitive even by comparison to the 2nd one, which I've re-started and then not been near for weeks after stalling on the 3rd one as my PC is antiquated enough to still be running on Windows 95 and has a bit of a problem doing things like actually responding to the controls. Which makes for very frustrating gaming!

Wed, Nov. 24th, 2004 07:45 am (UTC)
herbiej

As a female and NOT a feminist ('cause I'll be damned if I ever sing "Frost the Snowperson"), I don't think that women are jealous or offended by pixels on a screen as much as they are by the sheer amount of TIME the man spends in front of said screen (and not paying attention to them/taking out the garbage/feeding the dog/etc.). :)
Games are the fantasy, afterall, why shouldn't the women in them have ridiculously large breasts (and they ALL do)?
Now I'm waiting for a game where all the male characters wear codpieces. :)

Wed, Nov. 24th, 2004 07:53 am (UTC)
washedoutvampir

That's a very good point.
Is there not such a game then? Pah, I think we should write one in that case! Er, do you have any idea how to do that?

Wed, Nov. 24th, 2004 03:56 pm (UTC)
herbiej

Uh, no. Talk to the Wombat - he's the game genius around here...

Thu, Nov. 25th, 2004 06:19 pm (UTC)
awakedreamer

Amen brother! I fell for that too. It has been the best real time strategy game I've played since "Starcraft" (And no, I'm not that fond of Sci-Fi games ;)).

I'm looking forward grabbing a copy of HL2 (And your award has increased my interest ;)). And Vampire.

Fri, Nov. 26th, 2004 02:34 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

I don't know how many times I sacrificed two or three units at a time (knowing I was safe to do so thanks to my base being defended by a ring of turrets three deep) just to watch the fight up close.
And the intro.... ooh the intro.

That Vampire: Bloodlines thing is next on my list. With that, HL2, DoW, Tribes Vengance and Star Wars Battlefields, it is a good time to be a geek.