This week we look at video games and violence with three stories where violence just doesn’t belong. First we got a Pokémon Go player who goes Pokémon hunting in the wrong neighborhood and finds the wrong kind of Blastoise. Next, we travel to South Korea where a disgruntled gamer goes Carmageddon on Nexon headquarters and finally to California where a Heroes of the Storm keyboard warrior goes full terrorist complete with an AK47 and ends up in FBI custody. You better get this show.
Games Coming Out March 2011 For PC Computers by Honorabili
Okay, so I’m a little bit behind putting my list together, not only because we have been making more websites and making some special content for Obsolete Gamer but also because I have been playing a shitload of new games!
Well… here is the list of stuff that caught my eye in the world of PC gaming for March 2011:
Warhammer 40K Dawn of War 2: Retribution – March 1 2011
This is the last expansion that will ever come out for Dawn of War 2. Last year when this was announced, Relic announced at the same time that they are already working on Dawn of War 3 which should probably come out a year later. They have a tendency to release Dawn of War games in March. I’ve already been playing DoW2:Retribution and I even beat it already. For $30 on Steam, it’s still worth getting although the campaign is rather short and repetitive but the killing is fun as always. A MUST for all serious lovers of the Warhammer 40k universe.
Rift – March 1 2011
A lot of people I know are trying out this MMO but then again a lot of people I know want to play this game and won’t because it uses the system where you buy the game AND have a subscription system per month. Only Blizzard can pull off with World of Warcraft only. Myself, I will only try this game if I get a free copy or it goes free to play. The difference between this MMO and others is that the world changes randomly, keeping it replayable more.
Dinner Date – March 1 2011
This game looks like it has dated graphics but I put it on here because I simply hope if you do pick it up if you’ll tell me if at the end of the date your character gets to sleep with the girl you invited to your rape-den. OH WAIT… WHATTTTTTTTT?
Sonic Adventure DX – March 4 2011
Although people started to HATE Sonic when Sega started making these games 3D, it’s still good once in a while to play a quick game. Since this is an old Dreamcast game and many people might not have that system anymore but miss it, it’s not too bad to pick it up for close to 8 dollars on Steam but then again you might want to play the 2D Sonic games instead.
Space Channel 5: Part 2 – March 4 2011
This is a classic dancing game, again from the Sega Dreamcast. Worth picking up if you are feeling nostalgic and were a a fan of it.
Crazy Taxi – March 4 2011
Although Grand Theft Auto took off more than Crazy Taxi in the long run, it was a highly popular game for many years in the arcade scene. A fun game if you like driving like an asshole in real life and want to race around in an immortal car. I wish you could kill people like Carmageddon but hey life is not perfect.
Dragon Age 2 – March 8 2011
Most people hail Dragon Age 1 as a classic RPG game that added a whole level of drama to RPGs but I found too many flaws with it. Not only bugs that made me uninstall the game. These are such things as the AI being so retarded that I have to micro manage my characters every 1-2 seconds, ruining the action, but simply idiotic things like them not having the common sense to not stand in open flames, getting killed immediately. Oh, the game also had people you met that you talked with and after 5 minutes of real life dialogue they will then try to get you to do a quest which is ONLY available by DLC. I thought that was such as scummy business move that I will never play that shit ever again nor buy another Dragon Age game.
Well, fans of this franchise will be creaming their pants as Dragon Age 2 is now out and should fill their RPG needs. As much as I now hate this franchise, I’d rather see somebody playing this than an MMO any day.
The Settlers 7 Paths to a Kingdom: Deluxe Gold Edition – March 10 2011
This edition comes with exclusive maps, all the DLC, and pretty much everything that’s been released for this game. The Settlers is a great series of city building and war making games that are really popular in Europe especially. If you never played one, pick it up and give it a try. You will learn quickly why this is the seventh incarnation of this game series and will quickly get addicted to these computer game classics.
Homefront – March 14 2011
I am rushing to beat Dead Space 2 and destroy all other aspects of Dow2:Retribution so that I can dig into this game. It makes me think of the movie Red Dawn a lot and that’s a good thing to me. I would probably go out on a limb and out of this whole list say that this is the “must buy” title this month.
Total War: Shogun 2 – March 15 2011
Going back to its roots, Total War: Shogun is what made the Total War series a classic. I give them props for updating the game with a sequel as the original Total War: Shogun has been showing its age now for many years. Worth checking out if you are a big fan of massive war games.
Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood – March 22 2011
I can’t really complain about Ubisoft’s draconian login copy protection system as this game actually requires it to authenticate for you to play online. If you are a huge fan of the Assassin’s Creed series then you will want to get this one, especially since you can fight other assassins and it continues the storyline further but it’s already been out on console for a while so chances are that you already have it there plus you don’t have to deal with the DRM situation that the PC version always brings.
Crysis 2 – March 22 2011
Since Far Cry, Crytek has been killing our systems with their amazing game engines that bring a new level of graphic realism to gaming. Time to bring out that credit card as here is a new installment to melt your GPU and CPU. I don’t expect much in the storyline department for a game like this, so I guess eventually I might try this out when I get a free copy of it bundled when I buy a new video card a year from now.
The Sims Medieval Limited Edition – March 22 2011
This seems like they are trying to make a Sims game that is a LOT like Europe The Guild (Europa 1400 The Guild and The Guild 2). Eh, I’d rather play those games instead. Electronic Arts already has enough money as it is and I’d rather support Jowood, especially since they made The Guild first and it IS one of the best games ever made (the first part ONLY).
Shift 2 Unleashed – March 22 2011
I have been unimpressed with EA racing games for a long while already but I will still end up playing this. Shift is basically EA’s attempt at trying to get people to play this from the Grand Turismo franchise and also from fans of Codemasters racing games (my personal favorite). Shift 1 came out, along the same lines as NFS Pro Street (which was sort of a failure for the Need For Speed franchise), and it tried too hard to be Grand Turismo, I thought. This game DOES look beautiful though, and it will probably require a super system to run super well.
Darkspore – March 29 2011
This game reminds me of Evolva so it might be good!
Dino D-Day – March 2011
This game is about you stopping NAZI DINOSAURS… Yeah, enough said. I had to add it to the list with a premise like that. Hey, it might end up being fun anyways so what do I know?
Well folks, there it is. A mega month for gaming on PC this March. Who knows when I will be able to catch up with my gaming again? Too many good releases! I have yet to make time to play some Bulletstorm or Hawx 2!
Player versus Player and Player versus Environment was the topic for this week’s show. We were happy to have our good friend Edwin in the studio with us and had a great conversation via Skype with longtime Obsolete Gamer fan, Liz Poisonkiss.
We started off with a recap of last week’s show which featured MMO’s and then moved into our Facebook fanpage question of the week which asked which our fans preferred to play PVE or PVP type games. From there we talked about our Insider Discussion question of the week which asked our panel which had a bigger impact on PC gaming RTS or FPS games.
From there we dove right into the main topic discussing the differences between a FPS mindset playing games such as Quake 2 and the strategy side of RTS games such as the original Warcraft game. Edwin also talked about his online Street Fighter games and said that he preferred to play again a human which we all agreed.
We premiered a new feature on OGS called Skype with a fan where we talk with people who have participated on our Facebook page and Forums and our first guest was longtime fan Liz. Who shared her thoughts on being a gamer girl, fps versus rts and pvp versus pve.
In our final segment Ignacio, Edwin and I discussed our various experiences in PVP from MMO’s to X-box live to arcades. Overall we had a good discussion about an important subject in the world of gaming. So give us a listen and we will be back next week with a brand new show.
Memories of Gaming 1997-2003 by Honorabili
Around the year 1997, I started to go a lot to ebgames to buy a lot of PC games. Rather than go for whatever was the top title that week, I would always check out what games they had for sale in their bargain bin. I did buy hit games like Carmageddon, Fallout 1, Master of Orion 2, and Grand Theft Auto 1 but for the most part from 1997 til about 2003, I stuck to buying cheap games. The bargain bin had a lot of failed games that were either bad or had failed in their marketing and distribution and nobody knew about them or they were simply budget titles that did not have the best graphics but had awesome enough gameplay that they got released.
My criteria for buying these games was that they had to cost usually about $1-10. For me to buy one that was $15, it had to have been highly recommended or praised. This shopping included buying used copies of games as well. I also bought a lot of stuff based on the brands of developers and publishers. Almost anything that got made by Microprose and Interplay was bought for sure. They were my favorite company in those years up until Brian Fargo lost control of the company and Herve Caen destroyed the company. Because I would still play the popular titles at the time but I would also played a ton of obscure and lost titles, I gained a good understanding as to why games and gaming companies fail. As far as Microprose goes, went they got liquidated I remember buying all of their games (multiple copies too) for 25 cents a piece!
Back in 97-03, my life consisted of going to college, hanging out with my friend Bruce and little brother, watching a ton of VHS movies which we usually rented from Future Video or Hollywood video (both are out of business now), playing a ton of video games, and buying video games almost every weekend. Usually Bruce or my brother and I would go and scout out 3-4 stores at a time seeing which ones had the best deals and stock. We would go a lot to The Falls, Miami International Mall, Dadeland, and later Dolphin Mall. I usually had a policy of buying at least one game each time I went into those stores, even if it was a crappy $1-2 game (of which I bought plenty of!). I remember one time that Bruce and I went in to buy what was either Fallout 2 or Carmageddon 2 and we ended up walking out with about $300-400 of cheap games.
After buying a bunch of these games, we would test out a bunch on the crappy LAN we built using our main machines which were initially powered by AMD K6-2’s and our bitch computers usually were a bunch of trade-ins I got from my PC repair/building business that were Celerons or Pentium I’s or 686’s. Sometimes we would just setup multiplayer games of a specific game to see if we could get it to run because maybe the multiplayer component of a game was utter crap.
I remember very well when I tried to run Carmageddon 1 on my AMD 486 DX-4 100 Mhz and the game was a slide-show. Quickly after that I jumped to my AMD K6-2 266 Mhz with 128 MB of RAM and a Diamond Stealth 2000 video card tied to a Creative 3dfx Voodoo 2 with 4 MB of RAM. I got addicted to Glide games quickly… Thanks to my gaming I got a lot of orders for gaming computers which paid for my college and taught me more about the real business world than many classes I took and books I read ever were able to show me.
What I like about 97-03 was that I saw the explosion of graphics acceleration for PCs. We also experienced the graphics acceleration and CPU wars. Some casualties of the graphics acceleration were were 3dfx, S3 and PowerVR. Some victims of the CPU wars were Centaur, Cyrix, and VIA. I remember the race to hit 1 Ghz with AMD hitting it stable with their Athlon and Intel’s 1 Ghz P3 being a complete mess that melted. A lot of hardware that comes to mind of these days are: 3dfx, the TNT 2, Voodoo 2 and 3, AMD K6-2 and K6-3, Pentium 2 & 3, Athlon and Athlon XP, Matrox, ATI vs nVidia, Radeons vs GeForce cards, AMD vs Intel, SDRAM & DDR, PC100 & PC133, introduction of SATA drives, introduction of RAID to gaming PCs.
Around these years we also started to see a differentiation between the kind of gamers that were attracted to PC gaming vs console gaming. I also began to see that for PC gaming some years were good strong years and some years just about nothing good came out.
In these years we also saw a giant growth in the availability of better broadband and the explosion of the internet (and the dot com bubble burst). In terms of gaming this improved multiplayer games and the availability of pirated software and games. We saw stuff like Scour and Napster and WinMX rise and fall. Then came torrents, which are still going strong.
Apart from the usual pirated games, we saw the rise of emulation. Emulation has always been around just about, even in the 60s and 70s with mainframes trying to emulate rival companies operations. Certainly around the time the AMD K6-2 and Intel Pentium II were commonly available we saw a lot of good NES and SNES emulation, as well as Sega Genesis, and even c64 (which doesn’t take much to run) and the Amiga emualators (which took a lot to run when they first came out). Playstation 1 emulators were out, as well as Nintendo 64 but initial performance and availability of these was terrible. Around this time I got to know well sites such as zophar.net. You also saw the growth of MAME and ROMs for all sorts of systems going around.
These years also saw an explosion in video game and computer music remixing. I even took part of this, even killing RKO, the home of c64 remixes. General video game remixing blew up on sites such as OverClocked Remix. I made a lot of good friends at remix64 and micromusic.
Some PC gamers in 1997-2003 were either of the camp that cared only for framerates (FPS junkies) or image quality. Around the late 90s, I felt that 3dfx had the best graphics but lowest frame rates, then came ATI, and with nVidia having highest frame-rates but lower quality renders.
We also saw around these years the rise of the mp3/ogg files. Many games before used proprietary sound formats and also a lot of MOD tracker formats. CD quality audio became a standard for games around this time. Initial games at this time had actual CD audio tracks incorporated into the game CDs.
Other trends include the further increase of popularity of first person shooters in the form of the Doom games, Quake series, Unreal Tournament series, Half-Life, Counterstrike, Medal of Honor and Call of Duty, Far Cry, etc. We saw just about the death of turn based strategy games and the explosion of more real time strategy games. Although Ultima Online was around, then came the explosion of Everquest (which made me a lot of money), and other MMOs.
These were great times for gaming for my friends and I because back then we had the time to do it. Later on complications such as girlfriends and wives and shitty jobs and children interfered with our hobby. The equivalent of me getting cheap games these days are the Steam sales and the gog.com sales. I have enough old games that I can relive parts of the old days any day I want! (well, except having my old friends to LAN it up with)