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My Buddy Posted: Tue, Apr 27 2010 5:36 PM

Any interesting video games about?

 

I, for one, find Bioshock to be quite fun. CSS is also good.

 

Also, if you want a free browser game, try Erepublik. There is a disproportionately large Libertarian population there (the Libs are the third largest party in the States I think). I can give out invites to gain gold (the game runs on a gold standard, though it is so far physically impossible to abolish taxes). If enough Misesians join, we might be able to do something cool (like, say, cut all taxes to 1-0% in whatever country we settle in and reject the local super alliances).

 

The Total War games and Paradox games are also quite fun.

 

(Damn, we need an official Off Topic section here :P)

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What's your Steam ID? I have Empire:TW and CSS.

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bloomj31 replied on Tue, Apr 27 2010 5:39 PM

I'm looking forward to Red Dead Redemption.

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mhamlin replied on Tue, Apr 27 2010 6:17 PM

Well, this is actually my business, being a video game programmer.

 

I have to plug a game that I worked on that is coming out soon: Alpha Protocol. :)

I'm really looking forward to Civilization V at the end of this year, personally.

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Erepublik? What is this all about?

I personally only play COD MW2 for x-box live...its the only game that allows me to listen to podcasts while entertaining myself

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If any of you have Civilization IV, I am always up for a match. Just send me a PM with your IM or such and we'll get the ball rolling.

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Sieben replied on Tue, Apr 27 2010 7:03 PM

Dawn of War I

Everquest (eqemu server EQTitan, box 9 chars)

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My Buddy replied on Tue, Apr 27 2010 7:25 PM

>Erepublik? What is this all about?

 

An online social-strategy-thing.

 

Basically, you can join a country, run for president, get a job, fight in wars, etc

The poltical model is supposed to be improved eventually, but right now the only kind of government is a Republic and there is no seccesion.

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bloomj31 replied on Tue, Apr 27 2010 7:47 PM

I wanna play Alpha Protocol.

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The GTA series were pretty damn good. But the last one (GTA IV), I could never get to run right on my computer.

Most of the free games I've come across are pretty lame. But then again, I'm not into gaming as much as I used to. Probably a good thing.

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Mtn Dew replied on Tue, Apr 27 2010 8:32 PM

Give me NCAA football 2010 for a console and Command and Conquer for PC and I'm set.

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Praetyre replied on Tue, Apr 27 2010 8:40 PM

I'm big on simulation games, but sadly, they seem to be a dying breed. Probably a result of the late 2000's consolemania. Cities XL is the only major recent simulation release, and it seems to fit in the category of "Games I'll buy when expansion packs/mods add a good litany of features". A patch just to add buses does not bode well as to the game's completion status, nor does it's indecisiveness as to it's status as a singleplayer or multiplayer game. Compare SimCity 4, which, right off the bat, gives you bus stops, subways, railways, highways and avenues, and, with Rush Hour, toll booths and ferries.

In short, you could describe my taste in video games in culinary terms. The potatoes would be simulation games, the meat RPGs and the vegetables a mix of stealth and adventure games. Due to my outdated surplus computer (and my dislike for the trend of dumbing down good classic simulators while turning them into confusing, nausea inducing 3D trash), my games are restricted to an almost exclusively pre 2007 vintage, but this may change in future. I'm not much into consoles, though I've enjoyed the first Jak and Daxter game, Splinter Cell, Freedom Fighters and the Sly Cooper trilogy on PS2.

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Naevius replied on Tue, Apr 27 2010 8:44 PM

I myself am totally addicted to Dragon Age: Origins and the expansion for it that came out recently "Awakening".

Very much looking forward to Civilization V. I own Civ IV but I uninstalled it from my computer, considering I quit playing it a long time ago.

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thelion replied on Tue, Apr 27 2010 8:46 PM

You need only one game:

http://wz2100.net/

 

Open source. The Australian company went bankrupt back in 2001, so now some people are developing it themselves.

 

Note: In my opinion, somewhat old games were really great. Gothic II, Risen, Thief III, Battle Realms, Battlezone II, if you've never played them. Smart game design for smart people. I have basically no time anymore to play anything that I can't play on the go (while working or in class). So WZ2100 on my laptop it is.

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Paradox games are also quite fun.

I have Crusader Kings, Europa Universalis 3, Victoria and Hearts of Iron 2 & 3. Great games.

I love doing outrageous things like getting Turkey up to a 400 IC and taking over Europe.

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bloomj31 replied on Tue, Apr 27 2010 8:57 PM

I used to have a Civ game where it was like a race to build a spaceship but you could also build nukes and take everyone over so I'd just bomb people and take them over.  I loved that game.  

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Bert replied on Tue, Apr 27 2010 8:59 PM

Super Mario RPG anyone?

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Super Mario RPG anyone

More a Baldur's Gate or Ultima: Exodus person myself. Jap rpgs are just so wonky.

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mhamlin replied on Tue, Apr 27 2010 9:04 PM

More a Baldur's Gate or Ultima: Exodus person myself. Jap rpgs are just so wonky.

 

Right on.  Baldur's Gate II is one of my favorite RPGs.

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OP, I was actually going to make a topic on this the other day, but the forum was having major issues and wouldn't allow me to post.

 

I'm looking forward to 

1. Dead Rising 2

2. Max Payne 3

3. Alan Wake

4. Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (I know, I know, a statists wet dream, but I've always been a fan of the GR series since the very beginning)

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bloomj31 replied on Tue, Apr 27 2010 9:53 PM

O yeah Alan Wake looks sick.

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'I'm looking forward to Red Dead Redemption.'

Finally something we agree on Bloom!

Hey if you guys are interested in getting news on developer teams and the gaming community in general then I suggest you head over to Epicbattleaxe.com and listen to their podcasts. They are very funny and informative. For a mature audience [ cursing ] only.

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My Buddy replied on Tue, Apr 27 2010 10:55 PM

HOI2 always was fun.

Originally, I just did silly things with the "Acceptall" cheat (I assembled a massive coalition of minor nations around the Soviets like Poland, Czech, Finns, Baltics, Turks, Persians, etc and bum-rushed them to see if I could win, though it didn't work and the Soviets become a huge blob by the time it was over), but some mods make for some great tricks.

 

For an awesome experience(warning: Takes about half an hour of setting up):

-Get the "New Nations Mod" (Use JSGME)

-Start a game in '36

-Pick a random Major faction (Italy, Spain, and Canada count, but China doesn't)

-Constantly switch ministers to rise dissent to 100%

-Use "FREEDOM" cheat to put your sliders on 2 away from full closed society (or else GB simply blows up and the colonies do nothing)

-Save game, repeat until you have dissent'd all major factions

-Pick a small faction, watch the fireworks

 

Weirdly enough, Germany generally survives mostly intact whereas the Soviets completely crumble very fast. Africa becomes a war zone, India can become quite interesting as Britain really, really likes to shove its troops there (Burma rises quite fast, so the war there can be big), and the world is totally changed.

 

For extra fun, pick a random emergent and see if you can unify your country/conquer the world (For best effect, try a Russian emergent, though Africans and South East Asians can do well too).

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Red Dead Redemption does look awesome.

That being said. Super Street Fighter 4 all day.

 

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William replied on Tue, Apr 27 2010 11:32 PM

Anything with the name Xeno, Civilization ("the game"), some "Tycoon" games, Ico, Shadow of the Collosus, Persona,  Europa Univeralis.

I actually kind of hate most Western RPG's, mmorpgs, and those "resource gathering" real time games; unfortunatly for me the market seems to like them at this point in time 

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'Red Dead Redemption does look awesome.'

I'm actually going to be formulating a posse that deals out libertarian justice. If anyone is on the PS3 and actually going to get this game, send me a private message and I will friend you on PSN.

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Dondoolee:"I actually kind of hate most Western RPG's, mmorpgs, and those "resource gathering" real time games; unfortunatly for me the market seems to like them at this point in time"

 

lol I played World of Warcraft for a month before I realized it would ruin my life. Gotta one up the rest of the people here! Gotta get the best new gear! Felt like I was playing the game just so I can play the game. I do respect the people that figured out how to make "real" cash by selling their WoW leveling up services though. Japanese RPGS are more my thing- nice epic(even if its cliché) story, fun and pretty looking battle systems- and once I reach the "end" not much reason in playing it again so time to move on to something else. With MMORPGS ya gotta like plan your life around those things(or make the choice to MAKE IT YOUR LIFE). 

I'd support minimum wage laws to get a Shadow of Colossus 2 for Playstation 3! That game was gorgeously fun.

 

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William replied on Wed, Apr 28 2010 12:19 AM

Japanese RPGS are more my thing- nice epic(even if its cliché) story

They certainly used to be more my thing, but unfortunatly they got a little stale (FFXIII was not very good) particularly with the story telling.  Though I hear the DS (a system which I do not own) is putting out good RPGS.  I definetly like the aesthetics more of the Japanese RPG's when being very broad and stereotypical of the difference in style.

World of Warcraft for a month before I realized it would ruin my life. Gotta one up the rest of the people here! Gotta get the best new gear!

This is actually psychology.  It is a (relatively) quicker benefit/rewards thing and a sense of control and accomplishment that most people don't have in their daily lives that can make things like this addicting.  I don't really play these games (like I said , it just isn't my genre), but it is to my understanding that no matter how many hours you play, or how good you get, you will always lose to a seven year old Korean girl; this may be a good way to break WoW addiction.

As for the Koreans with Wow addiction:

http://www.astahost.com/info.php/Man-Dies-Playing-World-Warcraft_t7810.html

Sorry about your luck

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I thought FF13 had the best battle system of all the FF games- game didn't really pick up till about 15-20 hrs though. And its just sooo pretty to look at what can I do but enjoy it. 

 

Yeah when I first started World of Warcraft I would think that the initial quests are just like a beginner thing and once I get a mount or get to a certain town things would really pick up or something. Then I realized what the true essence of the game was(what you just described), I got turned-off to it. MMORPG's are all the rage now left and right. These guys figured out the secret to truly sucking a person into another world.

 

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bloomj31 replied on Wed, Apr 28 2010 3:38 AM

@Andrew, how's the libertarian justice thing gonna work?

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Nielsio replied on Wed, Apr 28 2010 8:24 AM

I play Modern Warfare 2 on PC. I run around with an Intervention bolt-action sniper rifle and an M9 pistol. I've been sniping exclusively the last few months. It took a lot of hard work and dedication to be a match-up against people with assault-rifles in short-range situations. But that work has had a pay-off because now I win most free-for-alls (8 people on the map, constantly respawning, everyone is your enemy; first to 30 kills wins), and I was called a cheater twice last weekend; heh. No sir, that's skill.

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Spideynw replied on Wed, Apr 28 2010 9:01 AM

My Buddy, will you message me so you can invite me to erepublik?  Or turn on the ability for people to message you?

At most, I think only 5% of the adult population would need to stop cooperating to have real change.

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'@Andrew, how's the libertarian justice thing gonna work?'

Duh, bounty hunters. laugh My posse with follow the NAP.

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Josh replied on Wed, Apr 28 2010 12:17 PM

My posse with follow the NAP.

 

lol, this sounds badass, except for you have a PS3 damn it!

 

People on here with a 360 should do the same... For my sake. lol

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'lol, this sounds badass, except for you have a PS3 damn it!

 

People on here with a 360 should do the same... For my sake. lol'

I'm sorry that 360 sounds like a hairdryer and has crappy hardware. If it helps I use to be a 360 fan...but now, no longer. 

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bloomj31 replied on Wed, Apr 28 2010 3:00 PM

I didn't know you could be multiplayer bounty hunters, I thought it was just like versus.  That sounds pretty cool though.

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nandnor replied on Wed, Apr 28 2010 3:39 PM

I play Modern Warfare 2 on PC. I run around with an Intervention bolt-action sniper rifle and an M9 pistol. I've been sniping exclusively the last few months. It took a lot of hard work and dedication to be a match-up against people with assault-rifles in short-range situations. But that work has had a pay-off because now I win most free-for-alls (8 people on the map, constantly respawning, everyone is your enemy; first to 30 kills wins), and I was called a cheater twice last weekend; heh. No sir, that's skill.
This makes me rage.. You play your slow ass tactical fps and claim to have skill?? You can keep playing your tactical FPS's for years and not come close to the amount of speed and aim necessary for fast paced FPS games, while the quake players could easily adapt to slow games. How about try a real FPS, like CPMA or Quakeworld? THIS is skill: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxpIyAFv6Lo

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Everyone's subjective valuations here are mostly wrong. These are the truths of life:

PS3 = a particularly rational brand
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 pwns Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
I will get Red Dead Redemption when is it released

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Nielsio replied on Wed, Apr 28 2010 4:32 PM

nandnor wrote:

This makes me rage.. You play your slow ass tactical fps and claim to have skill?? You can keep playing your tactical FPS's for years and not come close to the amount of speed and aim necessary for fast paced FPS games, while the quake players could easily adapt to slow games. How about try a real FPS, like CPMA or Quakeworld? THIS is skill:

I see your ugly, shooting into empty hallways game and I raise you this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3S2gKD_-Oo

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Daniel Muffinburg:

Everyone's subjective valuations here are mostly wrong. These are the truths of life:

PS3 = a particularly rational brand
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 pwns Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
I will get Red Dead Redemption when is it released

 

I second this sir, I own all three systems, and I love the PS3. However, Sony should take notes when it comes to providing an online gaming service though.

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