Rocksolid Light

Welcome to novaBBS (click a section below)

mail  files  register  nodelist  faq  login

A LISP programmer knows the value of everything, but the cost of nothing. -- Alan Perlis


computers / comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action / latest

Re: Eve Online the NFT version (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 55 Minutes ago by: Justisaur

Does EO have a reputation besides being the most expensive game to play? - Justisaur

Re: Free Game: Sludge Life (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 59 Minutes ago by: Justisaur

Steam picking up Epic's leftovers huh? (Was free on Epic some time ago, seeing as how I never played it I'm not going to bother getting it two places.) - Justisaur

Re: Open World Conudrum: a CRAP poll (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 59 Minutes ago by: Dimensional Traveler

D with a willingness to simply drop a quest and do something else if it turns out I'm not powerful enough currently for it. I (usually, depending on the game) can come back and finish it when I'm ready.

Re: Archiving 3DS and Wii U games. (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 1 Hour 3 Minutes ago by: Dimensional Traveler

Not quite. When the copyright ends the creator can no longer forbid others from copying extant instances of the work. It does NOT mean the creator has to allow copying of something they never released to the public in the first place

Re: FREE GAME: Chess Ultra (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 1 Hour 5 Minutes ago by: Justisaur

A coach sounds interesting. I was in the chess club in high school... all two of us. It wasn't very popular back then and I found D&D infinitely more interesting. - Justisaur

Re: Free Game: Neurodeck (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 1 Hour 8 Minutes ago by: Justisaur

Damn, missed it. I was too busy playing games to check here over the weekend. Oh well. Nothing of value was lost. I don't really understand the appeal of deckbuilders. I don't mind it so much, but cards are the computer/randomizer

Re: Hardest game ever - upgrading hardware! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 1 Hour 18 Minutes ago by: Justisaur

The only ones I've seen were the ones in the laptops/mini desktops at work and I think they were about that size. About half were screwed in too hard and stripped trying to get them out, making the whole thing useless. Standard glasse

Re: Open World Conudrum: a CRAP poll (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 3 Hours 45 Minutes ago by: JAB

Like you I'm mainly c) with some d) and also for similar reasons. With side quests you never quite know what you're getting and they are also short enough that they don't overstay their welcome.

Re: Archiving 3DS and Wii U games. (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 3 Hours 48 Minutes ago by: JAB

That's a thumbs up from me. Isn't one of the bedrocks of capitalism property ownership?

Re: Open World Conudrum: a CRAP poll (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 4 Hours 25 Minutes ago by: Justisaur

Either C or F. I HAVE to do it all. Elden Ring is definitely a downgrade to me from DS3. Far too much junk and retreads, and far too long if you do/collect everything. I didn't really realize I didn't like open world games until I p

Re: One Step Forward... (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 5 Hours 36 Minutes ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

So I said this project was 'closed'... and it is. Certainly from the hardware side; I've got nothing more to add (actually, I've since 'removed' - or rather, unplugged - two of the case fans to bring some sanity and quiet to the room when

Re: Free Week of Anno 1800! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 5 Hours 42 Minutes ago by: Mike S.

I probably would be, but I never played any of this series yet. I own some of them though. What I am NOT a fan of is time limited demos.. so like you said,

Open World Conudrum: a CRAP poll

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 7 Hours 48 Minutes ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

Another Completely Random And Pointless poll! It's been a while since we had one. So, welcome to your newest video game, "Super Open World Adventure XII: The Opening World of Ultimate Openess"! You've been waiting to play it for months an

Re: Archiving 3DS and Wii U games. (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 8 Hours 14 Minutes ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

Except the creator already has sold the product but nonetheless is still limiting the end-user's usage, and furthermore the creators right to control the distribution of his work ends when copyright ends. Putting the full work in eschrow

Re: Archiving 3DS and Wii U games. (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 13 Hours 48 Minutes ago by: JAB

I'll try and cut this into sections as I think there are a number of points being made. Archiving: That's probably the biggy to me as I think gaming has become a part of our cultural history and as like other parts of that should be p

Re: Diablo 4 beta? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 15 Hours 48 Minutes ago by: Ant

I played more for like 1.5 hours (not nonstop). It was different and better than D3. It was interesting to see ingame cutscenes. Gameplay was mostly smooth, but ingame cutscenes got a little choppy. Interesting that I had not run in

Re: Diablo 4 beta? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 22 Hours 2 Minutes ago by: Ant

So far, I only played about 15 mins. yesterday early morning after 6 AM PDT. Way too busy. I'm hoping to play more tonight. :( Game ran decently even though it can get choppy.

Re: Free Week of Anno 1800! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 22 Hours 3 Minutes ago by: Ant

Not a fan of that series so pass. rms <rsquiresMOO@mooflashmoo.net> wrote:

Re: Archiving 3DS and Wii U games. (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 1 Day 2 Hours ago by: Rin Stowleigh

You really haven't thought this through have you? Do you have any idea how many vintage arcade games are still making money for whoever paid for that intellectual property in the first place (whether that's the guy who programmed it or wh

Re: Archiving 3DS and Wii U games. (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 1 Day 7 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

Spalls, while I understand and sympathize with your frustration there is a fundamental problem with your suggestion. (Which by the way has been proposed a number of times in different forms for different types of products.) The right

Re: Archiving 3DS and Wii U games. (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 1 Day 8 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

I did specify software as opposed to other forms of media. And I disagree strongly that it would stifle innovation in the software market. It does not 'open source' any code. It does not remove copy-write protections from the produc

Re: Diablo 4 beta? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 1 Day 16 Hours ago by: D.G. Wright

I have, but I cannot defeat Vhenard at all. As soon as I get to the third phase of the fight I end up dead. Is it just me or is it completely freaking impossible? (This is ImperiusDamian BTW... new email, new ID :P )

Re: Amazon Weekly Games: Peaky Blinders & Book of Demons (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 1 Day 21 Hours ago by: Ant

I just finished playing Book of Demon's free Steam weekend a couple weeks ago! Great game. Yes, it is different from Diablo. Its tutorial said it wasn't your typical game like Diablo. :)

Re: Archiving 3DS and Wii U games. (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 1 Day 22 Hours ago by: Rin Stowleigh

An ideal world? You mean like under Putin's regime or something? Regulation like that would stifle all innovation. It's tantamount to telling the electronic music industry that every artist must provide the patch data for every synth

Re: Hardest game ever - upgrading hardware! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 2 Days 2 Hours ago by: Anssi Saari

I've only seen one kind, small. I consider the screws in my reading glasses microscopic, the m.2 screws are just small. Interesting question. Crucial (at https://www.crucial.com/support/articles-faq-ssd/about-m2-ssd-screws) explains th

Re: A fun question posed to OpenAI (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 2 Days 5 Hours ago by: Mike S.

Good catch! I forgot about that.

Re: Amazon Weekly Games: Peaky Blinders & Book of Demons (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 2 Days 7 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

Well, I'm glad that somebody recognized the reference, and I didn't completely waste the 150 neurons used to eternally store that Simpsons quote which might otherwise have been used for something more important.

Re: A fun question posed to OpenAI (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 2 Days 7 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

Technically, they respond to HEAL. The Ultima text parser only recognized the first four letters of the word. (so, yes, NAME, JOB, MANT, BYE ;-) Although I never used HEAL except when bugging lazy ol' Lord British to - if it wouldn't in

Re: Amazon Weekly Games: Peaky Blinders & Book of Demons (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 2 Days 12 Hours ago by: JAB

I did grab this one to try but I don't have my hopes up as the reviews suggest it's going to be a game that has a good central premise but a not so good implementation.

Re: A fun question posed to OpenAI (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 2 Days 12 Hours ago by: JAB

The two parts that annoyed me most about Oblivion where the main plot line seeming to be just go to this gate (which looks much like the last one), kill things and shut it down. The second, the amount of cookie cutter dungeons as oppos

Re: Free Game: Neurodeck (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 3 Days 4 Hours ago by: Zaghadka

On Fri, 24 Mar 2023 10:45:20 -0400, in comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action, Spalls Hurgenson wrote: Dude, deckbuilders have been popular since Magic: The Gathering in 1993. Not that I disagree. I played some Kazaak in KotOR, but that's about it

Re: Free Game: Neurodeck (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 3 Days 5 Hours ago by: rms

Got em all, thx spalls! rms

Re: A fun question posed to OpenAI (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 3 Days 5 Hours ago by: Mike S.

LOL Spalls. :) Don't forget Health! They respond to that as well.

Re: A fun question posed to OpenAI (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 3 Days 7 Hours ago by: Zaghadka

On Fri, 24 Mar 2023 10:49:30 -0400, in comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action, Spalls Hurgenson wrote: Hey, at least it wasn't Oblivion's dialogue system?

Re: Hardest game ever - upgrading hardware! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 3 Days 7 Hours ago by: Zaghadka

On Fri, 24 Mar 2023 10:52:15 -0400, in comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action, Spalls Hurgenson wrote: GoTek has a really nice virtual floppy if you had the prescience to image them.

Re: Hardest game ever - upgrading hardware! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 3 Days 7 Hours ago by: Zaghadka

On Thu, 23 Mar 2023 18:44:27 -0700 (PDT), in comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action, Justisaur wrote: The M.2 retaining screws that came with my mainboard were damn near microscopic. Was that a bad design choice by ASUS, or is that really the stan

Re: Amazon Weekly Games: Peaky Blinders & Book of Demons (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 3 Days 8 Hours ago by: Zaghadka

On Fri, 24 Mar 2023 11:21:34 -0400, in comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action, Spalls Hurgenson wrote: "The frogurt is also cursed. That's bad. But it comes with free toppings! That's good! The toppings contain potassium benzoate."

Re: FREE GAME: Chess Ultra (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 3 Days 8 Hours ago by: Zaghadka

On Fri, 24 Mar 2023 11:02:31 -0400, in comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action, Spalls Hurgenson wrote: Don't forget the animations of pieces knocking over other pieces, and the stunning vr without being able to see your hands! I grabbed this one.

Amazon Weekly Games: Peaky Blinders & Book of Demons

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 3 Days 8 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

* Peaky Blinders: Mastermind Apparently based on some TV show. Don't know anything about the show, and don't know anything about the game. Don't really care either. * Book of Demons An action-RPG, which is good. But it uses collectible

Re: IFYOO joystick (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 3 Days 8 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

Meanwhile, my twenty-five year old Sidewinder 3D joystick* from Microsoft remains perfectly calibrated. I mean, aren't most modern joysticks digitally calibrated anyway? I haven't recalibrated a stick in a dog's age. * reason #3

Re: FREE GAME: Chess Ultra (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 3 Days 8 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

No, it's more like classic Chess Chess. You move a piece. The other guy moves a piece. Then you move a piece. Then the other guy moves a piece to where your piece is and gently lifts it off the board. The excitement is palpable, isn't

Re: Hardest game ever - upgrading hardware! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 3 Days 8 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

But does it /work/? Because I bet the rubber band on the motor has perished and the gears all need lubricating. Unless you've been regularly using the drive, its probably non-functional... like the one I have in my (now incredibly neat

Re: A fun question posed to OpenAI (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 3 Days 8 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

Name! Job! Mantra? Bye! The Avatar is truly the greatest orator in Britainian history. It's great dialogue like that which made the Ultima series so memorable. It's a wonder the inhabitants of Britannia didn't just ignore the monosylla

Free Game: Neurodeck

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 3 Days 8 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

My generosity knows no bounds; here's ANOTHER free game. Ignore the publisher behind the curtain. It's me, me, me! ;-) And what free game do we get today? Well, let me tell you; it's: * Neurodeck: The Game https://www.gog.com/en/game/ne

Free Game: Sludge Life

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 3 Days 8 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

I've decided to give away another game. Sure, you might think the developers or publishers have something to do with it, but no. It's all me. All praise me. ;-) * Sludge Life https://store.steampowered.com/app/1144770/SLUDGE_LIFE/ In honor

Re: "Last of Us" TV (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 3 Days 9 Hours ago by: Justisaur

I finished it last week. I didn't much care for the last couple episodes (no spoilers,) but overall it was great. I enjoy a dark show, to a point. It hasn't left much desire to try the game, mainly as survival horror has been about

Re: Hardest game ever - upgrading hardware! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 3 Days 10 Hours ago by: Justisaur

I'll put that on my mental list for my next MB upgrade in another 6-10 years :) I did that once, a few upgrades ago, not by mistake exactly, I just couldn't get the MB in with the backplate on after far too long of trying. - Justisau

Re: Elden Ring, now with Ray Tracing! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 3 Days 12 Hours ago by: JAB

I have seen a blind test comparing RTX vs not-RTX and the conclusion pretty much was the only person who could reliably tell which was which was which was someone who understood the technology, beyond just a name, so knew what differen

Re: Hardest game ever - upgrading hardware! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 3 Days 13 Hours ago by: JAB

I shall put that in the category of, yeh why don't they do that as I presume the cost saving is minimal.

Re: Eve Online the NFT version (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 3 Days 13 Hours ago by: JAB

Tricky to know although the large chunk of change that was invested with them may have clouded their judgement. If I had to guess I'd also go with the latter as I find it hard to believe that any game dev's (even if they are cryptobros

Re: Diablo 4 beta? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 3 Days 13 Hours ago by: JAB

Looking at the prices I think that's for the Ultimate edition whereas the base game is 'only' £70. Still though, I just don't see how it's worth that money when I look at something like Titan Quest which regularity goes on sale at abo

Re: Diablo 4 beta? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 3 Days 13 Hours ago by: JAB

I'm in two minds about this as I'm not against having open betas* as they can iron out problems that are hard to find just with internal testing before the final more polished release. The exchange is that you work for free but get ear

Re: IFYOO joystick (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 3 Days 13 Hours ago by: JAB

I just avoid stuff like that as you just know it's going to be some other that's been ripped off and then built to a sub-quality standard.

Re: Hardest game ever - upgrading hardware! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 3 Days 16 Hours ago by: Ant

.... I still have mine that my parents kept. :O

Re: FREE GAME: Chess Ultra (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 3 Days 16 Hours ago by: Ant

So, this is like classic Battle Chess? Spalls Hurgenson <spallshurgenson@gmail.com> wrote:

Re: Diablo 4 beta? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 3 Days 16 Hours ago by: Ant

Hopefully, we can play due to many players wanting to play it. I already downloaded its client. I didn't get its high resolution assets due to my GeForce 750 GTX (2 GB of VRAM).

IFYOO joystick

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 3 Days 19 Hours ago by: Pr. Mandrake

I ordered a joystick off of one of those internet warehouses. It worked well for Doom, Quake and a couple others. I let it sit for about a month then took it out again and the calibration was askew. There was a permanent pull to the ri

Re: FREE GAME: Chess Ultra (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 3 Days 20 Hours ago by: Justisaur

How's that work "Sorry you don't have a queen unless you pay $40"?!?! I looked, and got the game, looks like chess pieces and environments. I can't remember the last time I played chess but it was probably before I was legally allowed t

Elden Ring, now with Ray Tracing!

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 3 Days 21 Hours ago by: Justisaur

Ray tracing was added to Elden Ring today in patch 1.09. I'm not noticing a huge difference, but the character models do look better when you turn on your lamp. It always bumped me slightly that without the ray tracing you just sort of

Re: Hardest game ever - upgrading hardware! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 3 Days 21 Hours ago by: Justisaur

It looks like the M.2 slot would be a little tricky, it's got a plate (heatsink?) over it I'd have to unscrew and slide with no extra clearance on one of the screws. Dims are fine though. - Justisaur

Re: Eve Online the NFT version (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 3 Days 23 Hours ago by: Zaghadka

On Thu, 23 Mar 2023 11:07:45 -0400, in comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action, Spalls Hurgenson wrote: And that people will pay their electricity bill (or others') for the poorly scalable, shocking amount of processor power required to drive such a

Re: Diablo 4 beta? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 3 Days 23 Hours ago by: Zaghadka

On Thu, 23 Mar 2023 10:50:53 -0700 (PDT), in comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action, Justisaur wrote: Chump. LOL And they will totally get away with it. There is buzz on my local gamer Discord server already. Goodbye nerfed $60 games with anothe

Re: FREE GAME: Chess Ultra (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 3 Days 23 Hours ago by: Zaghadka

On Thu, 23 Mar 2023 11:15:37 -0400, in comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action, Spalls Hurgenson wrote: OMG it has VR and a promotional video. ROTFL

Re: Archiving 3DS and Wii U games. (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 3 Days 23 Hours ago by: Zaghadka

On Thu, 23 Mar 2023 11:15:10 -0400, in comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action, Spalls Hurgenson wrote: Most of the Cd library would be gone if it weren't for crackers.

Re: Hardest game ever - upgrading hardware! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 4 Days 2 Hours ago by: Ross Ridge

The more expensive ones have backplates already attached or integrated into the motherboard. I'm kinda surprised not all motherboards do this these days as forgetting to install the backplate is one of the common mistakes people make.

Re: A fun question posed to OpenAI (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 4 Days 2 Hours ago by: Ross Ridge

It's the same thing in all the Fallout games. Kill one little child in Fallout 1 or 2 you're labeled a child murderer and everyone hates you, no matter if anyone saw you do it. (Actually you had to kill two or three children before peop

Re: FREE GAME: Chess Ultra (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 4 Days 5 Hours ago by: rms

yeah, the base game & addon are separate 'purchases', remember to get both if you want them. rms

Re: A fun question posed to OpenAI (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 4 Days 5 Hours ago by: Mike S.

The combat is the good stuff! (to me) :-P But seriously, I have never cared about combat in any of the main line Ultima games. Combat was either boring or broken. I had more fun (at least starting in Ultima IV) going around and talking

Re: Diablo 4 beta? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 4 Days 5 Hours ago by: Justisaur

There is that. *Choke* It's $99 for preorder! Well, looks like I'm not going to be in the open beta anyway, I'm not sure but it looks like you have to buy the game to get in the 'open' beta. At least when I try to download from battl

FREE GAME: Chess Ultra

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 4 Days 8 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

Another week rolls around. Why do weeks roll, anyway? Are they round? They always seemed quite linear to me. English is weird. Anyway, games. You want 'em, Epic has 'em, and I take the credit. Yay me! ;-) * Chess Ultra https://store.epicg

Re: Archiving 3DS and Wii U games. (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 4 Days 8 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

So... yet another benefit to software piracy? It's not only that they offer a 'cheaper' product, with less hassles (DRM) and more control over the product, but now they're providing a distinct and useful service in archiving our history

Re: Eve Online the NFT version (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 4 Days 8 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

At this point, you have to wonder... why? Do they really think that THIS block-chain game will be any more successful than the rest of the failures? Or do they just hope to swoop in, scam the stupid who still believe in crypto out of a

Re: Diablo 4 beta? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 4 Days 8 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

Except you are making them money by working as a free beta tester, which means they don't have to pay their employees to do the same. But I'm sure this will be reflected in the price. Diablo 4 will doubtlessly launch at a $45 price poi

Re: Hardest game ever - upgrading hardware! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 4 Days 9 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

Starting with Windows 8, Microsoft started allowing OEM product keys embedded into the BIOS. If your computer activates and you don't have a product-key sticker slapped on the side of it, that's what's going on. Especially if it's a big-

Re: A fun question posed to OpenAI (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 4 Days 9 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

The game is still good. But if there's one thing keeping me from playing it today? It's the god damn choice of font used in all the text. It has an excess of seriffs that - combined with the default 320x200 resolution - makes it incred

Archiving 3DS and Wii U games.

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 4 Days 10 Hours ago by: JAB

This is story that brought me some cheer. A YT'er has spent close to $23k buying every game on Nintendo's eShop before it closes down. It really is something I like to see be formalised in law because as time goes by computer games are e

Eve Online the NFT version

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 4 Days 11 Hours ago by: JAB

I realise that dev studios have to raise cash from somewhere but NFT's, really. I particularly liked this quote. "Now, with advancements made within blockchain, we can forge a new universe deeply imbued with our expertise in player agenc

Re: Free Week of Anno 1800! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 4 Days 13 Hours ago by: JAB

I believe in the UK and the US it's something like 80%+ of revenue is digital with a large majority of that being subscription services.

Re: Diablo 4 beta? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 4 Days 21 Hours ago by: Justisaur

Free you say? I've been annoyed at Blizzard since they lost my Hearthstone info, and their antics since have been rather shady. I did enjoy all 3 Diablos, none were ever on my top games lists though. Free... well it's not earning

Re: Free Week of Anno 1800! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 4 Days 21 Hours ago by: Zaghadka

On Sat, 18 Mar 2023 04:13:13 -0700, in comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action, Dimensional Traveler wrote: This is probably my last build with an optical drive. I've basically ripped everything I have and use DaemonTools to mount it. The only tim

Re: Free Week of Anno 1800! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 4 Days 21 Hours ago by: Zaghadka

On Thu, 16 Mar 2023 22:24:37 -0600, in comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action, rms wrote: Somehow I was hoping this was a free bottle of tequila, and then I remembered I was in a gaming group.

Re: Hardest game ever - upgrading hardware! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 4 Days 23 Hours ago by: Ant

Also, it's SO grindy!

Diablo 4 beta?

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 5 Days ago by: Ant

Is anyone playing it yet? I'm waiting for its free public open beta this weekend. :)

Re: Hardest game ever - upgrading hardware! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 5 Days ago by: Justisaur

Easier than I thought. I have Windows 8 Pro I bought through a home program at a previous employer. I could've sworn I had a new key when I upgraded to 10, I looked all over for it, couldn't find it, and finally tried my Win8 pro key

Re: The Supper (free from GOG) (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 5 Days 1 Hour ago by: Justisaur

Looks perhaps interesting? I picked it up, thanks for the heads up.

Re: Free Week of Anno 1800! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 5 Days 1 Hour ago by: Justisaur

People who liked CDs are on to streaming/subscriptions or electronic downloads to play on their phones or computers. The last time I bought a CD was well more than a decade ago. I wonder how electronic sales compare to CDs/vinyl? - J

Re: Hardest game ever - upgrading hardware! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 5 Days 2 Hours ago by: Ross Ridge

Intel's VMD covers a lot of things and in this case it does't have anything to do with Optane memory. What it's used for in consumer deskop motherboards is a feature called Virtual RAID on the CPU (VROC). This is the new way doing mother

Re: Hardest game ever - upgrading hardware! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 5 Days 2 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

"Oy Caramba da!" Wait, that doesn't sound right....

Re: Hardest game ever - upgrading hardware! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 5 Days 2 Hours ago by: Justisaur

You got me there... But it's just a sim, there's no win condition. Damn player likes to throw diseases and disasters and unbalanced starting conditions. ;) - Justisaur

Re: Hardest game ever - upgrading hardware! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 5 Days 2 Hours ago by: Justisaur

I didn't even realize it until I was replacing it, but the MSI MB I had was a micro, it was very much smaller than the ATX. I remember when I was installing it years ago I was wondering where all the slots were, but ended up just using U

Re: Hardest game ever - upgrading hardware! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 5 Days 2 Hours ago by: Justisaur

I installed all the things available on the website, but there was still something (just the name of the board, so I'm not sure what it does?) It looks like the available packages are older from the website than through "Armour Crate" I

Re: Hardest game ever - upgrading hardware! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 5 Days 2 Hours ago by: Ross Ridge

If anything, a new motherboard form factor that replaces ATX would likely only be smaller. For most people, you can get everything you want in a Micro-ATX motherboard, the only thing you give up are less PCI-Express slots, but its rare f

Re: Hardest game ever - upgrading hardware! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 5 Days 3 Hours ago by: Justisaur

So I was looking through the bios again, and what I had turned off (which there was no troubleshooting steps I found about on the internet for not recognizing boot devices, but the blurb after the bios was flashed about it made me suspici

Re: Hardest game ever - upgrading hardware! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 5 Days 3 Hours ago by: Ross Ridge

Plastic? Usually transparent side panels are made from tempered glass. In my case I paid extra for a case with a solid panel. I don't want to see inside my case, there's no RGB LED crap in there, and I'd be consantly afraid I'd break th

Re: A fun question posed to OpenAI (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 5 Days 5 Hours ago by: Mike S.

Ok, I have not played Ultima 7 in at least 2 1/2 decades by this point admittedly, but I doubt the game aged poorly due to its combat. The combat was always bad. It sucked from day one. It did not stop the game from being really good. I

Re: Hardest game ever - upgrading hardware! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 5 Days 6 Hours ago by: Zaghadka

On Wed, 22 Mar 2023 16:23:28 -0000 (UTC), in comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action, Mark P. Nelson wrote: "Oof da!"

Re: Hardest game ever - upgrading hardware! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 5 Days 7 Hours ago by: Mark P. Nelson

Ay, Caramba!

Re: A fun question posed to OpenAI (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 5 Days 8 Hours ago by: Zaghadka

On Wed, 22 Mar 2023 15:47:50 +0200, in comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action, Anssi Saari wrote: Yeah, see? I was an explorer and they spawned *a lot*. So not as much fast travel for me.

Re: A fun question posed to OpenAI (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 5 Days 9 Hours ago by: Anssi Saari

That really fixed Fallout 4 for me. Or I think I walked with the Minutemen over to Sanctuary and then went off to set up shop in the Red Rocket station nearby. I enjoyed planning my character and I liked improving my weapons and armor

Re: A fun question posed to OpenAI (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 5 Days 9 Hours ago by: Werner P.

Chrono Trigger is the Ultima 7 of the JRPG crowd, it stands out being a JRPG but it is highly regarded as one of the best if not the best JRGPs (which I personally doubt, there is a ton of nostalgia into that, the same goes for Ultima 7

Re: A fun question posed to OpenAI (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 5 Days 9 Hours ago by: Werner P.

FO2 was so special due to the over the top humor, thats lacking entirely in the newer games. It was basically a post apocalyptic Monti Python!

Re: A fun question posed to OpenAI (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 5 Days 9 Hours ago by: Werner P.

I would rate FO2 higher than FO3! Is FO4 even an RPG anymore I have skipped it for many reasons one being that it had more shooter elements and RTS elements!

Re: A fun question posed to OpenAI (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 5 Days 9 Hours ago by: Anssi Saari

Well, one playthrough I intentionally walked up to Caesar and popped his head off. Then left. Yes, annoying his empire didn't collapse right then and there but realistically, what empire would? I actually liked those. Good source of an

Re: The Supper (free from GOG) (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 5 Days 10 Hours ago by: Zaghadka

On Wed, 22 Mar 2023 02:25:57 +0000, in comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action, Ant wrote: All these services are really starting to scrape the cruft off the bottom of the barrel for freebies. Yikes. Thanks for the update though.

Re: Hardest game ever - upgrading hardware! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 5 Days 10 Hours ago by: Zaghadka

On Wed, 22 Mar 2023 02:17:58 +0000, in comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action, Ant wrote: Computer building is REAL LIFE and becoming not a very pleasant experience in the much vaunted, if poorly updated, game. I mean how f-ing old is ATX at this

Re: Hardest game ever - upgrading hardware! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 5 Days 10 Hours ago by: Zaghadka

On Tue, 21 Mar 2023 23:52:35 -0600, in comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action, rms wrote: Yeah. I turned off Q-Install (or whatever that junkware is called now). There was a well hidden UEFI BIOS setting, otherwise the mainboard would directly inst

Re: Hardest game ever - upgrading hardware! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 5 Days 10 Hours ago by: Zaghadka

On Tue, 21 Mar 2023 15:14:48 -0700 (PDT), in comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action, Justisaur wrote: [snip] The 30xx and 40xx series cards *require* a newer case thanks to them being over a foot long. It took me a while to find a 3060 that had a

Re: A fun question posed to OpenAI (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 5 Days 10 Hours ago by: Zaghadka

On Tue, 21 Mar 2023 11:35:37 -0400, in comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action, Spalls Hurgenson wrote: FO4! I got absolutely hooked on the MILA Radiant quest line (Tinker Tom). Where your quest radar shows you exactly where it is but leaves you a

Re: Hardest game ever - upgrading hardware! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 5 Days 11 Hours ago by: Anssi Saari

I've had good luck with recent Asrock and MSI boards but I have a sample size of one of each in recent years. The MSI was a from scratch install too so no history, just some data from my previous "stuff" file server. The current Asrock

Re: A fun question posed to OpenAI (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 5 Days 11 Hours ago by: Zaghadka

On Tue, 21 Mar 2023 15:22:43 -0700 (PDT), in comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action, Justisaur wrote: Yeah, it still gets attacked. By the time I was in Far Harbor, I had a large enough horde of consumables to last a lifetime. So I learned to ignor

Re: Hardest game ever - upgrading hardware! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 5 Days 12 Hours ago by: DMP

I did the upgrade thing and had troubles too. I went with MSI though. Half the issue was stuff that wasn't in the manual. I went from an old board with legacy BIOS to UEFI, so that was new to me. I also couldn't tell from the documenta

Re: "Last of Us" TV (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 5 Days 12 Hours ago by: JAB

I'm ok with paying full price for a game if it's in the less than £15 bracket and I think the game is doing something at least a bit different. Saying that because those games tend not to be exposed much on Steam unless they're are on

Re: A fun question posed to OpenAI (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 5 Days 13 Hours ago by: JAB

When of the worse aspects I found was when doing some missions for a faction and I assumed that they would be a linked plot line but oh no, just go to this place kill everyone and return. All those little stories you found in the previ

Re: Hardest game ever - upgrading hardware! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 5 Days 17 Hours ago by: rms

It's been awhile since I had an asus board, but if you installed some all-in-one package, I suggest uninstalling it, and getting the individual drivers from their website. Especially if it includes rgb or overclocking control, just

The Supper (free from GOG)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 5 Days 21 Hours ago by: Ant

https://www.gog.com/en/game/the_supper

Re: Hardest game ever - upgrading hardware! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 5 Days 21 Hours ago by: Ant

No, hardest game is REAL LIFE! :( Justisaur <justisaur@gmail.com> wrote:

Re: Hardest game ever - upgrading hardware! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 5 Days 22 Hours ago by: Ross Ridge

If on your previous computer you had the SATA interface set to RAID instead AHCI then this is likely where your problem comes from. Motherboard RAID is notorius for not being compatible with other motherboards unless they happen to using

Re: "Last of Us" TV (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 6 Days 1 Hour ago by: Justisaur

Fromsoft games are it for me, mainly because I don't want to miss out on the heyday of multiplayer action. Going back to DS2 was miserable without the much higher population playing. FO3 was the last game I purchased the day it relea

Re: A fun question posed to OpenAI (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 6 Days 1 Hour ago by: Justisaur

I think your base still gets attacked though doesn't it? Of course you don't even actually have to build a base. I did for the purified water, and then I set up a slew of defenses for my water empire. After the first time it successfu

Re: Hardest game ever - upgrading hardware! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 6 Days 1 Hour ago by: Justisaur

Yeah, I've always had problems when I built computers in the past with them, but I always attributed it to other things. The MSI I got for my last build was totally problem free (well obvious things in games that can be directly traced

Re: Hardest game ever - upgrading hardware! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 6 Days 1 Hour ago by: Justisaur

Considering last time I had to start from scratch it was at least a week. I'm struggling a bit with drivers, as their updater is still stuck installing, and all of what I'm finding on fixes for that only applies to their notebooks. - J

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 6 Days 2 Hours ago by: Pr. Mandrake

I've been playing two Total War titles: Shogun II Warhammer III

Re: Hardest game ever - upgrading hardware! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 6 Days 2 Hours ago by: Zaghadka

On Tue, 21 Mar 2023 11:54:47 -0700 (PDT), in comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action, Justisaur wrote: I am never buying ASUS again. My latest build had three strikes on the mainboard, a TUF Z390 Pro Gaming. The first time the PCI-E lanes went scr

Re: Hardest game ever - upgrading hardware! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 6 Days 3 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

<large, LARGE, snip for space> Too daunting compared to what you just went thru? What's the non-Jewish version of "Oy vey!"?

Re: A fun question posed to OpenAI (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 6 Days 3 Hours ago by: Zaghadka

On Tue, 21 Mar 2023 11:35:37 -0400, in comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action, Spalls Hurgenson wrote: Easily avoided by literally never talking to Preston Garvey again after you get the power armor. Weapon mods are another thing entirely. Or by j

Hardest game ever - upgrading hardware!

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 6 Days 4 Hours ago by: Justisaur

So more of a rant. I started putting together and swapping out the parts with the new cpu/mb/ram I bought. I'm thinking a lot of my woes are once again up to the ASUS mb and wonder if I'd gone with the pricier MSI I'd have been fine.

Re: Ships That Fight Underground (formerly Descent: Underground) Update (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 6 Days 6 Hours ago by: Zaghadka

On Tue, 21 Mar 2023 11:11:24 -0400, in comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action, Spalls Hurgenson wrote: I resemble those fans. I'm doing Overload rn. A little sparse on the graphics, but a very satisfying 6DOF shooter.

Re: "Last of Us" TV (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 6 Days 7 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

Full-price just isn't a thing for me anymore; not even for games I'm interested in. It's just too easy to get games on the cheap (or even free) if you're patient. Years ago, I was much more willing to pay the premium... but years ago, y

Re: A fun question posed to OpenAI (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 6 Days 7 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

Don't forget the crafting! Ooh, and those ever-so-fun repetitive procedural missions to defend the base from raiders! But, for me at least, those were just annoyances on an already sub-par game. There was so much more about "Fallout 4"

Re: Ships That Fight Underground (formerly Descent: Underground) Update (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 6 Days 8 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

Yes. In fact, I even wrote several posts on the subject. No, yes! Although I don't recall "Star Citizen" having anything to do with it (man, "Star Citizen", there's another project worthy repeated discussion... in the same way I keep b

Re: "Last of Us" TV (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 6 Days 15 Hours ago by: JAB

I'll use the term premium price as I do still buy games in the more budget end at full price, so for me it would be Desperados 3 which I bought pretty much when it was released. Not cheap but I knew how much I enjoyed Shadow Tactics (n

Re: A fun question posed to OpenAI (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 6 Days 15 Hours ago by: JAB

I tend to agree about NV being the one that I normal see as put forward as the best in the series. FO:4, what a waste of money that was for me. Yes there was a large open world to explore but it just felt that most of it lacked interes

Ships That Fight Underground (formerly Descent: Underground) Update

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 7 Days 1 Hour ago by: rms

Yes, kids: Remember when the Descent name was stolen from the original devs by rogue Star Citizenites? No? Well, that project crashed & burned, but it appears that after the dust has settled the core of the new game is still there, a

Re: FREE GAME: Lorelai (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 7 Days 5 Hours ago by: Ant

Pass since adventure genre isn't my area. :) CCed comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.adventure.

Re: "Last of Us" TV (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 7 Days 5 Hours ago by: Ant

Or free. ;) What about ants? :P

Re: A fun question posed to OpenAI (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 7 Days 6 Hours ago by: Justisaur

Fan patches fixed it and then some. I'm sad V:tM:B hasn't been mentioned. Of course that's a nearly unplayable bugfest without Werner's patch too. - Justisaur

Re: A fun question posed to OpenAI (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 7 Days 6 Hours ago by: Justisaur

We must travel different tubes, FO4 is fairly reviled from what I see. FONV always seems to be the golden child. I'd certainly place FO2 highest. - Justisaur

Re: FREE GAME: Lorelai (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 7 Days 6 Hours ago by: Justisaur

Picked up, another I'll probably never play, *sigh*. - Justisaur

Re: FREE GAME: Lorelai (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 7 Days 7 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

(Also, not free but... If you already own the 1996 arcade shooter "Terminal Velocity" on GOG, take a peek in your library there. You'll find you've been gifted a copy of "Terminal Velocity: Boosted Edition", which is a 'remaster' of th

Re: A fun question posed to OpenAI (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 7 Days 8 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

Well, it is the only one that never released on PC. (Well, okay, it's on PC now but as an emulated game). All the rest were PC only or received native ports. It's not a bad list for 'best PC RPGs' (barring the unforgivable absence o

Re: "Last of Us" TV (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 7 Days 8 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

/// Don't not be concerned, humans. I am the Spalls-entity. All things are nominal. Do not look in the cellar. There are no human remains to be found there. Let us instead discuss NFTs.\\\ (I didn't say I wouldn't get the game; just tha

FREE GAME: Lorelai

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 7 Days 8 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

Just when I thought it was safe to down to the cellar... another free game. Today's weighty gift is: * Lorelai https://www.gog.com/en/game/lorelai A horror adventure game, and - apparently -sequel to "The Cat Lady" and "Downfall", a ser

Re: A fun question posed to OpenAI (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 7 Days 9 Hours ago by: Mike S.

I like this list a lot more then the first one. Maybe it has been fixed since you played it. If not by the developer, then perhaps by gamers themselves over the years.

Re: A fun question posed to OpenAI (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 7 Days 9 Hours ago by: Mike S.

Chronotrigger is considered to be one of the greatest RPGs of all time but yeah, it still seems like the odd man out in this list.

Re: "Last of Us" TV (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 7 Days 9 Hours ago by: Anssi Saari

I'm tempted although I'm not sure. I haven't finished the show yet and it's rather darker than what I usually like.

Re: A fun question posed to OpenAI (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 7 Days 13 Hours ago by: JAB

If a real person made that list the only one that would stand out as slightly strange is Chrono Trigger as it doesn't feel like it really fits with the rest of the list.

Re: "Last of Us" TV (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 7 Days 19 Hours ago by: Ant

YEAH! :P

Re: A fun question posed to OpenAI (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 7 Days 22 Hours ago by: Rin Stowleigh

Probably the real news here is that ARTIFICIAL intelligence isn't close enough to REAL intelligence to distinguish fact from opinion. If they haven't got that part right yet, the technology is poised to do WAAAYYY more harm than good.

Re: A fun question posed to OpenAI (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 8 Days ago by: Zaghadka

On Sun, 19 Mar 2023 12:22:00 -0400, in comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action, DMP wrote: Here's what I got from Bing (Chat-GPT): There are many great CRPGs out there, and it’s hard to pick the best ones. According to levelskip.com, some of the

Re: A fun question posed to OpenAI (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 8 Days ago by: Zaghadka

On Sun, 19 Mar 2023 15:36:17 -0400, in comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action, Spalls Hurgenson wrote: Fallout 2 as opposed to Fallout 3? I have no idea what Internet made that determination. Certainly not this one. I would've expected FO4 by what

Re: A fun question posed to OpenAI (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 8 Days ago by: Zaghadka

On Sun, 19 Mar 2023 12:22:00 -0400, in comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action, DMP wrote: Seems to like the number "2." And prefers sequels in general. At least it didn't pick Witcher 2.

Re: One Step Forward... (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 8 Days ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

And so we come to the end of this project. Well, not the for-ever-and-ever end. This PC will, I hope, stay with me for a good long while, as a playable reminder of how awesome computing in the late '90s really was. But as a work-in-pro

Re: A fun question posed to OpenAI (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 8 Days 3 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

I mean, that's not a very hard question for one of these not-AIs to answer. A google search would probably give you a similiar result. Besides, "Gothic 2" isn't in the list. How intelligent can an artificial intelligence really be if

Re: "Last of Us" TV (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 8 Days 6 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT HAVE YOU DONE WITH THE REAL SPALLS!!

A fun question posed to OpenAI

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 8 Days 7 Hours ago by: DMP

What are the best crpg's of all time? The brain answered, my question was "highly subjective" and was a matter of "personal preference" But it did answer Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn Planescape: Torment Fallout 2 The Elder Scrolls V:

Re: "Last of Us" TV (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 8 Days 7 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

I dunno; me, maybe? It's a great game but I already have it on console so I'm not in a particular rush to get it again, and - as much as I love the original - it's not a game where you get much from replaying it frequently. I suppose eve

Re: Fun article about Facebook's Metaverse (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 8 Days 12 Hours ago by: JAB

One of the problems I find is the amount of people who aren't capable of arguing in good faith. So if someone is arguing in good faith I have no problem in giving longer replies. The issue is if you dealing with someone who doesn't do

Re: Free Week of Anno 1800! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 8 Days 12 Hours ago by: JAB

In theory in the UK there should be a nice copy of every edition in the British Library as companies are legally required to lodge a copy with them. It'd be nice if they extended that to games so they are not lost to history.

Re: "Inside" currently at a stupid discount on Steam (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 8 Days 21 Hours ago by: Geeknix

I liked the videos. I like to know some background and culture around games before I play.

Re: FREE KEEP: Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 8 Days 21 Hours ago by: Ant

Not good ratings, but I took it. Spalls Hurgenson <spallshurgenson@gmail.com> wrote:

Re: FREE GAME: Warhammer 40K: Gladius (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 8 Days 21 Hours ago by: Ant

I took it even though I am not into this series. Spalls Hurgenson <spallshurgenson@gmail.com> wrote:

Re: "Last of Us" TV (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 8 Days 21 Hours ago by: Ant

Ditto. It wasn't bad. Is anyone else going to get the PC port? I will wait when it's free. ;) Spalls Hurgenson <spallshurgenson@gmail.com> wrote:

Re: Fun article about Facebook's Metaverse (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 9 Days 8 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

It doesn't help that so many Internet communications these days consist of one or two lines. It's all good to be pithy and concise but if you only speak in sound bytes then you'll never be able to communicate your ideas effectively. Wh

Re: Free Week of Anno 1800! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 9 Days 8 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

Or a find a (print) magazine, for that matter. /Are/ there any printed versions of gaming magazines left? I've not seen one at the local 'newstand' for a dogs age. Of course, optical drives aren't hard to acquire, unless you buy an off

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 9 Days 11 Hours ago by: JAB

Well I finally succumbed and bought a copy of Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick. A bargain at £9 including P&P.

Re: Free Week of Anno 1800! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 9 Days 11 Hours ago by: JAB

Very true as I have got one but that's because I don't buy already built systems. Then again I can't actually remember the last time I used it but certainly not for a few years. Hell, even when I had to replace the CD player in my car

Re: Fun article about Facebook's Metaverse (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 9 Days 12 Hours ago by: JAB

There does seem to be an element of that but for me it reads more like the cynical style of humour that is common in the British Isles. As the Publand Lord said, the reason that unlike Americans we don't have a dream is because we're a

Re: Free Week of Anno 1800! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 9 Days 12 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

Whereas now you can't even get a disc drive standard in a new computer.

Re: More aMazon March Madness (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 9 Days 12 Hours ago by: JAB

That's one I've been thinking about getting since I heard of it and so far I've enjoyed it. It's very much a walking simulator but I find the story unfolding, and your input into it, very engaging. Whether those choices will really mak

Re: Free Week of Anno 1800! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 9 Days 12 Hours ago by: JAB

It could just be confirmation bias but it does feel as though more indie dev's are using demos as a marketing tool. It definitely worked with me on Road Warden as I had read the positive reviews but I was still unsure whether to click

Re: NFTs and Micro-Vision and Stadia, Oh my! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 9 Days 12 Hours ago by: JAB

Oh I agree but I did find it interesting how a certain set of circumstances led to the snowball. Don't worry though as I'm sure some media talking heads will pop up saying that it was caused by too much regulation. When seems a fair po

Fun article about Facebook's Metaverse

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 10 Days 6 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

It's a long essay, but is also a ell written introduction to Facebook's VR world (and Zuckerberg's lovechild), the Metaverse. It's less about the technical aspects, and more about what it's actually like to really use it, especially regard

Re: Free Week of Anno 1800! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 10 Days 8 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

Ubisoft always did like their time-limited demos. I remember when time-limited demos were first becoming a thing, and the huge uproar they caused, both on Usenet and the nascent web. The idea that you could be artificially limited in

Free Week of Anno 1800!

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 10 Days 19 Hours ago by: rms

Starting today! https://freeweekend.ubisoft.com/anno1800/en-US rms

More aMazon March Madness

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 10 Days 22 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

Amazon Prime Gaming is still doing their 'weekly games' thing rather than the more convenient monthly give-aways. That just means more work for me; here I go, having to haul these (almost)freebies in from the garden shed. My back will neve

FREE KEEP: Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 10 Days 23 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

(I had to drag this freebie out from the attic. It's a different direction than the cellar, but still just as much a pain-in-the-back. These games aren't getting any less heavy, I tell ya hwat!) * Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep: A Wond

Re: FREE GAME: Warhammer 40K: Gladius (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 11 Days 3 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

It could be worse. http://www.dorktower.com/2023/03/03/who-wants-to-live-forever-dork-tower-03-03-23/

Re: FREE GAME: Warhammer 40K: Gladius (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 11 Days 4 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

This is the correct answer.

Re: FREE GAME: Warhammer 40K: Gladius (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 11 Days 5 Hours ago by: Mike S.

If it is free it is worth grabbing. It may just be not worth playing.

Re: FREE GAME: Warhammer 40K: Gladius (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 11 Days 5 Hours ago by: Zaghadka

On Thu, 16 Mar 2023 11:00:59 -0400, in comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action, Spalls Hurgenson wrote: Ha! GOG.com just sent me on of their "special price" emails for this exact game today. Do you think they bothered to look at Epic's site?

Re: FREE GAME: Warhammer 40K: Gladius (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 11 Days 6 Hours ago by: Justisaur

Well... I'm not much for strategy games, nor really Warhammer, though I like the lore and look. I like a few of each, so I picked it up on the off chance I'll be in the mood some day. Thanks for the reminder as usual! Though I had ju

Re: "Last of Us" TV (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 11 Days 7 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

Finally watched the last episode. And my reaction is... okay. Still, kudos to the producers for sticking so closely to the source material. I don't think any Hollywood movie or TV show has ever been that earnest in its attempt to repli

Re: NFTs and Micro-Vision and Stadia, Oh my! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 11 Days 7 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

That snowball effect as more and more customers try to withdraw their deposits in a panic all at once is the common theme in pretty much all bank collapses.

Re: System Shock remake has a release date (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 11 Days 7 Hours ago by: rms

I'm of the same opinion, but for different reasons: I backed this project instantly on kickstarter 40-some-odd years ago, and with each delay I've become more jaded about the eventual release. The original game charmed me with its

FREE GAME: Warhammer 40K: Gladius

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 11 Days 8 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

Oy, my aching back! Hauling all these free games up from the cellar is a right pain. But I'm happy to do it; you won't hear me complaining about all the work and effort I put into this every week. No sir, not me. Just come take these free

Re: System Shock remake has a release date (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 11 Days 9 Hours ago by: Mike S.

I love remakes, bring them on. As for System Shock, I generally agree with you. I liked it, but I vastly preferred the sequel. With that said, if the reviews are good, I will definitely be getting this one.

Re: System Shock remake has a release date (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 11 Days 10 Hours ago by: Xocyll

Spalls Hurgenson <spallshurgenson@gmail.com> looked up from reading the entrails of the porn spammer to utter "The Augury is good, the signs say: Oh it was clunky for sure, but it pushed the boundaries of what was possible in so many wa

Re: "Inside" currently at a stupid discount on Steam (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 11 Days 10 Hours ago by: JAB

For anyone who likes the look of this game it's worth looking Far: Lone Sails as it has a similar gameplay experience and quite often goes on a deep sale.

Re: System Shock remake has a release date (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 11 Days 11 Hours ago by: JAB

SS:2 as a re-make I'd probably give a miss unless it was a Black Mesa type of remake where you still keep the essence of the game but update gameplay aspects knowing what worked and what didn't.

Re: NFTs and Micro-Vision and Stadia, Oh my! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 11 Days 12 Hours ago by: JAB

The only one to hit the news in the UK is SVB and it's interesting (well to me anyway) as to the problems being a combination of the customer profile (small tech companies), deregulation, inflation and long term bonds. Once customers s

Re: System Shock remake has a release date (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 11 Days 21 Hours ago by: PW

*-- I am enjoying and am impressed so far with the Dead Space remake. Am curious about how System Shock is going to turn out. -pw

System Shock remake has a release date

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 12 Days 1 Hour ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

It's May 30th (of this year, which should be a given, except seeing how long this game has been under development, I guess it's worth being specific ;-) I'm not sure I care, though. I mean... remakes, amirite? And while I won't deny the or

Re: NFTs and Micro-Vision and Stadia, Oh my! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 12 Days 1 Hour ago by: Dimensional Traveler

Stealing this. :)

Re: NFTs and Micro-Vision and Stadia, Oh my! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 12 Days 3 Hours ago by: Xocyll

Spalls Hurgenson <spallshurgenson@gmail.com> looked up from reading the entrails of the porn spammer to utter "The Augury is good, the signs say: Other than their search engine which has always been compromised and become more so as tim

Re: CPU/MB/Mem Upgrade Time (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 13 Days ago by: Justisaur

I got everything, but the fan was missing the LGA 1700 backplate, so I can't actually install it, trying to return it and get another. It had 2 of the LGA 115x/1200 backplates instead :( - Justisaur

Re: NFTs and Micro-Vision and Stadia, Oh my! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 13 Days 1 Hour ago by: Justisaur

Not to mention a lot of the banks that were dealing in crypto are being shut down. I don't know how bad that's going to affect everything though, and it's not necessarily because of crypto. - Justisaur

NFTs and Micro-Vision and Stadia, Oh my!

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 13 Days 5 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

a.k.a, gaming industry news round-up a.k.a., just a ramble of some of the stories I found interesting. So, let's start with Stadia. The news isn't surprising, but Stadia - Google's game streaming service - is dead. Deader than dead, even

Re: Epic Games Store 2022 Year in Review (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 13 Days 6 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

Wait, wait... Epic has been giving away free games? Why haven't there been any announcements about it in this newsgroup? Think of all the games I could have added to my video-game library! ;-) 81 games, btw. That's how many I snagged

Re: "Inside" currently at a stupid discount on Steam (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 13 Days 6 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

Ditto. It's not a very difficult game (even less challenge than "Limbo") but its nicely atmospheric. The solution to the puzzles was almost always obvious thanks to some excellent signposting, but then leaving it up to the player to

Re: "Inside" currently at a stupid discount on Steam (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 13 Days 7 Hours ago by: rms

[My review from some time ago] I started INSIDE soon after LIMBO, and found it more enjoyable, for a few reasons: Rather than revealing its plot in a single sentence, with each succeeding section just a further obstacle in your PointA->

Re: "Inside" currently at a stupid discount on Steam (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 13 Days 11 Hours ago by: Geeknix

Thanks, I like puzzlers so picked this up...

Re: "Inside" currently at a stupid discount on Steam (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 13 Days 13 Hours ago by: Anssi Saari

Looks like you can even get an extra 10% off if you already have Limbo and buy the Limbo+Inside bundle. Although I wasn't able to pay, Steam<->Paypal link seems to have an issue of some kind.

Re: Epic Games Store 2022 Year in Review (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 13 Days 14 Hours ago by: JAB

Oh very much agree as one of the things I like about Amazon Prime it I get to try out games that I wouldn't have otherwise because either I'd never even heard of them or just wasn't sure I'd like them. Then there's the occasional on my

Re: "Inside" currently at a stupid discount on Steam (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 13 Days 14 Hours ago by: JAB

I can recommend it as well especially at that price. A nice dark atmosphere (don't let the 'cartoon' style graphics fool you) and the environmental puzzle element gets it right, for me anyway, of being rewarding when you solve them wit

"Inside" currently at a stupid discount on Steam

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 14 Days 4 Hours ago by: Zaghadka

You can pick up Inside for $2 rn. It's a fun and atmospheric puzzler/platformer. Has a bit of an Out of This World feel. https://store.steampowered.com/app/304430/INSIDE/ I know it's not free. Boo. Sorry 'bout that.

Re: Epic Games Store 2022 Year in Review (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 14 Days 8 Hours ago by: Justisaur

Since they aren't actually listed either of those places, you can check here to see what was given away: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/epic-games-free-games-list I was going to say that's a good metric, but the two games I enjoyed

Re: Prime Gaming news: Baldur's Gate EE (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 14 Days 13 Hours ago by: JAB

The latest tranche of games. Adios ----- This one is on my Steam wishlist so I obviously grabbed it. It's supposed to only be a short game and quite possibly not a game at all but more of a story telling medium. The story, a pig farmer

Re: Excellent Humble Heroines Bundle! Take a look! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 14 Days 13 Hours ago by: JAB

Very much agree, a story can carry a game as can variety in gameplay/environment or even just gameplay that is challenging. If you have none of those present then I soon get bored.

Re: Epic Games Store 2022 Year in Review (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 14 Days 13 Hours ago by: JAB

Good question and my answer would be that like everything what something worth is how much you'd be prepared to pay for it! So if I look at my collection of free games I gathered from Amazon Prime it's probably something like £70 or s

Re: Prime Gaming news: Baldur's Gate EE (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 14 Days 13 Hours ago by: JAB

The last Total War game I played was TW:Medieval 2 and I gave up after probably a couple of hours as it felt like it suffered the same problems that the others did. The biggies are the AI just isn't very good, the tactical depth is alm

Re: Epic Games Store 2022 Year in Review (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 14 Days 21 Hours ago by: Ant

Same for buying them and never finishing or even playing them. :P

Re: Epic Games Store 2022 Year in Review (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 14 Days 22 Hours ago by: Xocyll

That would have cost 2,240 if you bought them at full price. Most games are "worth" nowhere near what companies want to charge for them. Xocyll

Re: Epic Games Store 2022 Year in Review (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 15 Days 1 Hour ago by: Dimensional Traveler

How much are they worth if you never play them?

Epic Games Store 2022 Year in Review

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 15 Days 3 Hours ago by: Ant

https://store.epicgames.com/en-US/news/epic-games-store-2022-year-in-review from https://www.bluesnews.com/cgi-bin/board.pl?action=viewthread&boardid=1&threadid%7485 99 free games worth $2,240 USD! I know I didn't claim all of its free gam

Re: Excellent Humble Heroines Bundle! Take a look! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 15 Days 8 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

You're not the only one. It's one of the major complaints about the game. The brutalist architecture is eye-catching and stylistic, but it's being asked to carry much of the game, and it just isn't up to the task. Thematically, I get wh

Re: Prime Gaming news: Baldur's Gate EE (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 15 Days 8 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

Even though I've always preferred 4X games over tactical combat games, the drama of those huge armies smashing into each other was always the biggest draw of the Total War. I didn't like actually fighting the battles but watching them? Y

Re: Prime Gaming news: Baldur's Gate EE (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 15 Days 12 Hours ago by: JAB

Yeh, one of the problems I had with it was although I like both tactical combat games and RPG's I prefer that a game is either one or the other and not a mish-mash of tactical combat and RPG. I t something that put me off Divinity: Ori

Re: Excellent Humble Heroines Bundle! Take a look! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 15 Days 12 Hours ago by: JAB

I've not got the DLC's but the variety of environments in Control was something that I can't say I liked. I always bring up HL:1/2 at this point at as I think that was so good at making the different levels quite different so giving a

Re: Excellent Humble Heroines Bundle! Take a look! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 15 Days 12 Hours ago by: JAB

I can certainly see how a game like this would be a better gameplay experience using VR but I'm still not convinced that overall it's worth that additional investment that's required considering the type of games I play. Of course ther

Re: One Step Forward... (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 15 Days 22 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

Finally shoved that TV tuner into the PC. It's a Haupauge WinTV-Go and it does absolutely nothing. It only has a coax and s-video inputs, and I don't have anything that uses that. Well, scratch that; I have some old game consoles (XBox,

Re: Excellent Humble Heroines Bundle! Take a look!

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 15 Days 23 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

"Control" is one of those games that really benefitted from its expansions. It's not that they are, individually, so good or even that the main game is so lacking, but they added some much need variety to the quest. Even though mechanic

Re: Excellent Humble Heroines Bundle! Take a look!

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 16 Days 2 Hours ago by: rms

[My Control review from a year or two back] Control Review This is a replay for me; I bought this at launch on the Epic store and played through the main campaign (the DLC did not exist as yet) in DX11 on my old computer build, enjoying

Re: Excellent Humble Heroines Bundle! Take a look! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 16 Days 2 Hours ago by: rms

[here is my review of Hellblade VR, from some time ago] I don't think I can add much of substance to the praise heaped on this title, other than that the design -- No HUD; seamless cut-scenes; never separating the action from the charact

Re: One Step Forward... (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 16 Days 7 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

Nocturne (and, again, Blair Witch vol 1) are fairly impressive from a technological standpoint. It used fairly large textures for its time, and had some amazing lighting real-time effects, which made for some really spooky scenes. The af

Re: One Step Forward... (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 16 Days 11 Hours ago by: JAB

I worked on a project many years ago where one of our engineers was proudly showing a work in progress including how easy it was to customise the appearance as it was X11 based. The end user quickly replied that's not what they want at

Re: Excellent Humble Heroines Bundle! Take a look! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 16 Days 11 Hours ago by: JAB

That's really why I think I will give it another try as it's possible that a lot of the problem was not that it's not a game I won't like but instead it wasn't what I thought it was. I also like the idea of having Norse mythology inclu

Re: Prime Gaming news: Baldur's Gate EE (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 16 Days 11 Hours ago by: JAB

As I've said before, very much agree as at the higher levels it just feels that the game degenerates into how do I use my capabilities to maximum effect. That I feel also leeches into pushing you towards developing your character in a

Re: CPU/MB/Mem Upgrade Time (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 16 Days 11 Hours ago by: JAB

It is one of the reasons I like Amazon, yes you will probably pay a little extra but I just look at it as a kinda insurance that if things go wrong then it's nice and simple to get it resolved. As for dodgy items, currently doing the r

Re: One Step Forward... (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 17 Days 3 Hours ago by: rms

I recall buying a discounted bigbox copy of Nocturne, and being very impressed with the cloth effects and video resolution options -- I ran it at ~1600x1200 or somesuch with good framerate. Don’t recall if it was accelerated or no

Re: Excellent Humble Heroines Bundle! Take a look! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 17 Days 3 Hours ago by: Anssi Saari

I couldn't get into Control either. Tried it twice and second time go to the point where I had telekinesis and could slam random junk into enemies. Fun for a while but meh. There's too much combat and it's tedious and hard. The "story" s

Re: One Step Forward... (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 17 Days 3 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

Old games are fun... but I'd forgotten how temperamental old PCs could be. These days, I'm pretty much assured that any game I slot into my computer, it will run. Maybe the game won't run /well/, but it's not as if it will blue-screen or

Re: FREE GAME: Call of the Sea (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 17 Days 4 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

I never really liked "The 7th Guest" (or its sequel, "The 11th Hour", for that matter). Partly it was its design and setting; even for the 90s, it was cheesy horror tropes, and the gameplay was too reliant on showcasing its full-screen

Re: Excellent Humble Heroines Bundle! Take a look! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 17 Days 4 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

Hellblade is... its own thing. Its gameplay is an unusual amalgam of a walking simulator and "Dark Souls" style-combat, and I can't imagine there is a lot of cross-over between fans of those two genres. It's far more interested in telli

Re: Prime Gaming news: Baldur's Gate EE (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 17 Days 4 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

I think it's more along the lines of 'what if "Diablo II" and "Baldurs Gate" had a baby?' sort of creation. Because there actually was more to the gameplay than just combat in the "Icewind Dale" games, and it's not as if the "Baldurs Gat

Re: Prime Gaming news: Baldur's Gate EE (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 17 Days 4 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

You're not the only one. I've a variety of reasons for this. Mostly they revolve around the fact that - IMHO, YMMV, etc - D&D works better at low levels; the rules are generally intended for skirmish battles and the fun and challenge o

Re: CPU/MB/Mem Upgrade Time (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 17 Days 7 Hours ago by: Justisaur

Good points for Amazon. I've had nothing but frankly overly generous returns from them whenever I've had a problem, so that gains quite a lot of goodwill. Even if I got screwed out of one I'd still be far ahead (I did once, but it w

Re: Prime Gaming news: Baldur's Gate EE (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 17 Days 8 Hours ago by: Zaghadka

On Fri, 10 Mar 2023 09:32:15 +0000, in comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action, JAB wrote: Icewind Dale is the Fallout Tactics of the series, in theme not quality. You have to really love the combat as its focus is more on tactical action. I enjo

Re: Prime Gaming news: Baldur's Gate EE (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 17 Days 8 Hours ago by: Mike S.

I prefer the first BG as well for my own reasons (you touched on one here, it was new and fresh for me) but I recognize the sequel is the better game. So I completely understand what you are saying here.

Re: Drakan - Order of the Flame (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 17 Days 9 Hours ago by: shawn

You weren't the only one that played it. Spent a lot of time in that game including online.

Re: FREE GAME: Call of the Sea (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 17 Days 13 Hours ago by: JAB

Call of Sea I though might be interesting until I read the reviews and it seemed to be something that I'm not keen on in games in that they can't decide what sort of game they are.

Re: Excellent Humble Heroines Bundle! Take a look! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 17 Days 13 Hours ago by: JAB

Control is a game that when I read some of the reviews I think are we playing the same game. The story I just didn't find particularly engaging and the combat, well that didn't do it for me either. It seems I'm in a minority there thou

Re: Prime Gaming news: Baldur's Gate EE (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 17 Days 14 Hours ago by: JAB

Oh sorry, I played BG:1 a lot and BG:2 nearly as much and I ended up getting both their EE versions as it saves a of mucking around with multiple discs or installing mods. BG:1 is my favourite of the two as even though I think 2 is the

Re: FREE GAME: Call of the Sea (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 17 Days 21 Hours ago by: Ant

I didn't like it too after playing its demo in my local CompUSA store. It was pretty, but boring. A funny story of my video game life as a callow: A small crowd watched me play, and I had no idea how to solve its puzzles. And then, m

IGN Whines about Goblin Genocide Simulator Hogwarts Legacy While Holocausting Pro-Palestinian Charity

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 17 Days 22 Hours ago by: D. Ray

Actually no one cares about the review itself, not even the people who are into video games. For the backstory on Hogwarts Legacy go here: <https://dailyrake.ca/2022/09/01/goblinsarejews-new-harry-potter-rpg-offers-you-the-opportunity-to

Re: Excellent Humble Heroines Bundle! Take a look! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 18 Days 1 Hour ago by: Justisaur

Control and Sable were given away on Epic at some point. I still haven't got around to Control, every time I look at it and read reviews I just have no interest. Sable was good. I've thought about buying Hellblade, but I can't muster

Re: Excellent Humble Heroines Bundle! Take a look! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 18 Days 4 Hours ago by: Mike S.

You really do play everything, don't you? I never even heard of most of these games.

Re: FREE GAME: Call of the Sea (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 18 Days 4 Hours ago by: Mike S.

The only logic puzzle adventure game I ever played was The 7th Guest. I did not like it. That fact is not going to stop me from adding this game to my library however. Thank you Spalls.

Re: Prime Gaming news: Baldur's Gate EE (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 18 Days 4 Hours ago by: Mike S.

Baldur's Gate 2 improves just about everything over the original. It is a classic for a reason. But if you did not like the first one, I wouldn't bother with it. Icewind Dale is a very combat heavy RPG and so I do not think you will lik

FREE GAME: Call of the Sea

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 18 Days 7 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

I have one job here on c.s.i.p.g.action... one thing for which I am responsible. One thing that earns me the amazingly high salary that I then waste entirely on games. And that thing is to unnecessarily alert everybody about the free games

Re: Excellent Humble Heroines Bundle! Take a look! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 18 Days 7 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

Definitely the former. Never the latter. (Wait, are we supposed to HOARD our crack cocaine? I thin I've been doing it wrong). I'm not so fond of the "Syberia" series (although I haven't played the newest in the series) but "Control"

Re: Prime Gaming news: Baldur's Gate EE (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 18 Days 14 Hours ago by: JAB

I have, I think, all the EE versions except Icewind Dale. I have the original but I always found the story lacking and I didn't like the idea of playing six blank slate characters instead of the normal main character (with backstory) a

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 18 Days 14 Hours ago by: JAB

I do listen to a political radio talk show but it's one I consider more moderate and they have some interesting takes on issues that I think are important. When I do have a problem is when politics or religion is brought into a channel

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 18 Days 14 Hours ago by: JAB

Here in the UK it never gained any real popularity as a positive and went straight to a negative. We even had a senior politician standing up in our House of Commons complaining about the wokeyiaty being why people thought her policies

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 18 Days 14 Hours ago by: JAB

I'll give you a silver star* for that one. *That comes from when I was in primary school and at the front of the class room you had a big piece of paper with everybody's name on it and the teacher would award you with stars for good be

Re: Humble Choice games: March 2023 (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 18 Days 14 Hours ago by: JAB

Yeh, I know what you mean about Musk. If there's a story about him now it's very much a case of what stupidity has he been up to now.

Re: Humble Choice games: March 2023 (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 18 Days 14 Hours ago by: JAB

That's a pretty poor looking list and feels like an Amazon Prime 'giveaway' in a not very good month!

Re: Excellent Humble Heroines Bundle! Take a look! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 18 Days 14 Hours ago by: JAB

That's a good selection of games but not for me I'm afraid. I've already picked up Control and Hellblade from Amazon and the latter was the one I was most disappointed in as it sounded like a game I'd really enjoy but it just didn't gr

Re: Excellent Humble Heroines Bundle! Take a look! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 19 Days ago by: Zaghadka

On Wed, 8 Mar 2023 13:06:20 -0700, in comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action, rms wrote: Hmm. Should I do another advance on my monthly allowance or stop hoarding games like they're crack cocaine? Decisions, decisions...

Excellent Humble Heroines Bundle! Take a look!

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 19 Days 3 Hours ago by: rms

great bundle, as Syberia alone is worth this. I'll likely buy and distribute the extra keys....! https://www.humblebundle.com/games/humble-heroines-warriors-dreamers-and-god-slayers rms

Re: Humble Choice games: March 2023 (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 19 Days 6 Hours ago by: Zaghadka

On Wed, 08 Mar 2023 11:35:56 -0500, in comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action, Spalls Hurgenson wrote: Not even a compliment on the ASCII art...

Re: FREE Blockstorm [Steam] (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 19 Days 6 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

Hey, I'm skipping this one too. Am I becoming more discerning as my years advance? Is there a point at which - one day - I look at my video-game library and say, "Nah, that's big enough"? What a horrifying thought. But this game has

Re: Humble Choice games: March 2023 (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 19 Days 6 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

NFTs don't have quite the impact that they used to, largely because by this point most people recognize how stupid they are. A year ago, when NFTs were an unknown to people, you could have a discussion about the things. Now, you ju

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 19 Days 8 Hours ago by: Zaghadka

[snip] Seriously dude. Can we just talk about games? Please leave the politics to Facebook.

Re: FREE Blockstorm [Steam] (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 19 Days 8 Hours ago by: Ant

Ah, I played it before from its free weekend: "Not Recommended 0.0 hrs last two weeks / 1.3 hrs on record (1.2 hrs at review time) Posted: May 19, 2019 @ 12:13pm Updated: May 19, 2019 @ 12:14pm Product received for free So, a Minecraft

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 19 Days 9 Hours ago by: Xocyll

Kind of my point. I watch fictional TV and play games to get away from all that fucking bullshit, I don't want it in shows and games where it's just in the way and actively interferes with them. Which is why I am mostly playing older

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 19 Days 10 Hours ago by: Xocyll

Hell I was completely offline for over a year but hadn't posted for at least 6 months before that due to declining interest. When there is very low traffic and the games being discussed (when it didn't go off games completely) are ones

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 19 Days 10 Hours ago by: Xocyll

1. Cutting out all context. 2. Explaining to me what I "really" meant. So you're a SJW. 3. Assuming I am American, Republican and don't know where the term came from. (Honestly, it's a past tense term used for current tense, it c

FREE Blockstorm [Steam]

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 19 Days 14 Hours ago by: Metal Guru

Red Faction meets Minecraft by the looks of it. It's an old game (2015) that is multiplayer only so servers are dead apparently. Haven't tried it myself, doubt I ever will but hey, gotta catch them all :) https://store.steampowered.com/a

Re: Cities Skylines II (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 20 Days ago by: Dimensional Traveler

Wait, are you saying you AREN'T Elon Musk?!?!

Re: Humble Choice games: March 2023 (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 20 Days 1 Hour ago by: Zaghadka

On Tue, 07 Mar 2023 14:35:14 -0500, in comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action, Spalls Hurgenson wrote: If you have to ask... NNN NNN FFFFFFFFF TTTTTTTTT NNNN NNN FFFFFFFFF TTTTTTTTT NNNN NNN FFF TTT NNNNN NNN FFFFFFF

Re: Cities Skylines II (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 20 Days 2 Hours ago by: Zaghadka

On Tue, 07 Mar 2023 15:02:14 -0500, in comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action, Spalls Hurgenson wrote: Wow! A ray-traced CGI vignette rendered over several hours? I'm hyped for the GOTY too, because that told me absolutely zero.

Re: Humble Choice games: March 2023 (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 20 Days 3 Hours ago by: Mike S.

Now that I know how the humble bundle monthly game thing works, I really appreciate your posts about it. With that said, I wouldn't blame you if you gave up on posting about them because I agree. This selection of games is underwhelming

Cities Skylines II

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 20 Days 3 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

Hey, they're making a "City Skylines II"! What a surprise! Aren't you excited? Well, the fact that they're making a sequel to one of the most popular city-builder games in recent history isn't really that surprising. Of COURSE they'd do

Humble Choice games: March 2023

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 20 Days 3 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

Yadda yadda. You know the drill; no need for me to go over it again. Here are the game's being offered on HumbleChoice this month. (links to Steam are informational only, if you want the games you gotta acquire them through HumbleChoice fi

Re: Prime Gaming news: Baldur's Gate EE (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 20 Days 4 Hours ago by: Zaghadka

On Tue, 07 Mar 2023 14:11:35 -0500, in comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action, Mike S. wrote: Playing BG1 as a wild-mage for the win!

Re: Prime Gaming news: Baldur's Gate EE (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 20 Days 4 Hours ago by: Mike S.

EasyTUTU was the very first mod for a game I ever used. There was no way it was going to work I said. I was wrong. I have been hooked on modding my games ever since. And yes, I play BG via the EE now but EasyTUTU is the next best way.

Prime Gaming news: Baldur's Gate EE

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 20 Days 5 Hours ago by: Zaghadka

The latest give away on gaming.amazon.com is Baldur's Gate (the original) Enhanced Edition. If you want to replay BG, this is the way to do it. Either that or EasyTUTU. Problem is, mostly everyone who wants(ed) to play BG already has. I

Re: FREE GAME: Figment (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 20 Days 5 Hours ago by: Zaghadka

On Mon, 6 Mar 2023 12:27:56 -0800, in comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action, Dimensional Traveler wrote: Don't forget libertines! Thank porn and beer, too. Porn, beer, and laziness: The three pillars of modern civilization. Don't let anyone tel

Re: FREE GAME: Figment (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 20 Days 5 Hours ago by: Zaghadka

On Mon, 06 Mar 2023 10:50:47 -0500, in comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action, Spalls Hurgenson wrote: [snip] I found the hand-drawn graphics to be refreshing, but the game not that exciting. It's good to play through just for the graphics though

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 20 Days 7 Hours ago by: Justisaur

I agree wholeheartedly with this sentiment. I play games and come here partially to avoid the insanity that is our (American) politics. I get too much of that already through the few podcasts I listen to while doing chores and drivi

Re: FREE GAME: Figment (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 20 Days 8 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

The truly lazy get others - frustrated with their laziness - to build those more efficient ways for them ;-) Laziness is a skill just like any other. ;-)

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 20 Days 8 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

I gave a one line reaction because nothing more needed to be said. Do you know how rare, how unique, how awesome a compliment that is coming from me? I can drone on for hours over how dust is falling, and yet couldn't do more than add wh

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 20 Days 22 Hours ago by: Zaghadka

On Mon, 6 Mar 2023 06:25:14 -0500, in comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action, Metal Guru wrote: To be fair, Gen-Z appropriated it first on college campuses. One of my daughter's old, and very white, friends described things as "woke" as a complime

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 20 Days 22 Hours ago by: Zaghadka

On Sat, 04 Mar 2023 14:54:07 -0500, in comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action, Xocyll wrote: [snip] [snip] Oh fuck. You sir, have gotten old and cranky. Lesbat is not coming. I just got back from an all-female production of 1776 the musical and

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 21 Days 2 Hours ago by: Mike S.

Well Xocyll has stopped posting for longer then that but your point is still taken. I thought Spalls was dead when he suddenly stopped posting awhile back. I really need to break the habit of thinking the only reason a person would sto

Re: FREE GAME: Figment (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 21 Days 3 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

Lazy people are usually the ones who spend the most time to find or create more efficient and easy ways of doing things. So thank lazy people for building modern civilization.

Re: FREE GAME: Figment (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 21 Days 4 Hours ago by: Mike S.

I prefer this on Steam due to achievements but I see no reason not to add this to GOG. Thank you Spalls.

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 21 Days 4 Hours ago by: JAB

Spalls may want to give you a like but I would say a gold star is more in order. I read the part of the post you responded to and my reaction was to roll my eyes and engage my mental kill file but as as you've posted I feel almost obli

Re: HSF update ramble (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 21 Days 4 Hours ago by: Justisaur

I just watched a video on a tower cooler that was cooling better than this guy's liquid cooler and he was flabbergasted! - Justisaur

Re: FREE GAME: Figment (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 21 Days 6 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

Also, if you already own "Doom 3 BFG Edition" on GOG, they've also added the original retail "Doom 3" version to your library. This package also includes the original retail version of the "Resurrection of Evil" add-on too. The BFG Editi

Re: One Step Forward... (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 21 Days 6 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

Well, it was largely meant as a rhetorical question. Still, I don't buy that excuse; it's incredibly easy to restrict what end-users can and can't do on their PCs with modern Windows systems (honestly, even on Win9x it wasn't that hard)

Re: HSF update ramble (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 21 Days 6 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

Same. All the more since I like to tinker with my PCs, adding and removing components as I acquire them (or as the mood hits me). All-in-one liquid coolers just make this more complicated, what with their tubes and wires dangling everyw

Re: CPU/MB/Mem Upgrade Time (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 21 Days 6 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

Open-box isn't necessarily a bad thing, assuming a) it's made clear what you are getting, b) the price is significantly reduced, c) there's been some attempt to assure the product being resold is still fit for use, and d) there's a fair

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 21 Days 7 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

Where's the "like" button on Usenet so I can promote this post?

Re: FREE GAME: Figment (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 21 Days 7 Hours ago by: Justisaur

Added, thanks! - Justisaur

FREE GAME: Figment

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 21 Days 7 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

Another free game... this time on GOG! ( Figment https://www.gog.com/en/game/figment This game was offered free on Steam just a few days ago, so instead of doing any work, I'm just going to copy-paste what I wrote about it /that/ post in

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 21 Days 7 Hours ago by: Justisaur

Sad that everyone here is so old we think they died if they don't post for a month or two. CoH is indeed the best superhero game ever. Glad to see someone here is playing on the new servers. My main issue with it was they made it f

Re: CPU/MB/Mem Upgrade Time (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 21 Days 7 Hours ago by: Justisaur

Hmm... I just noticed the prices on a couple things I quoted are from 3rd party sellers, which I didn't even know Newegg did. Oh and one of those CPUs was 'open box'. I haven't had any issues with anything I've bought from Amazon, an

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 21 Days 12 Hours ago by: Metal Guru

I'm aware everyone else here is too polite to say anything so allow me to do the honors (and I'm only speaking for myself, obviously). "Woke" for the right [1] is actually just a catch-all term so they don't have to say specifically t

Re: One Step Forward... (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 21 Days 23 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

Possibly because the home market isn't a focus for MS. Corporations are who they see as their primary clientele and a lot of companies don't want to have to deal with employees "customizing" their workstations.

Re: HSF update ramble (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 22 Days ago by: rms

I've moved a NH-D14 Noctua, and now a NH-D15 between builds multiple times now. I'll never bother with an AIO, the reliability and performance of a heatpipe HSF is worth the clearance issues. rms

Re: CPU/MB/Mem Upgrade Time (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 22 Days 1 Hour ago by: rms

yeah, it's the same with me and book reviews on Amazon, it's the first place I look. That seems horribly wrong. rms

Re: One Step Forward... (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 22 Days 3 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

So, I'm more or less done with the hardware side of things. I shoved in a network card (yes, even after my earlier diatribe), although I haven't plugged it into a network. I may consider adding a TV-tuner card later, and maybe a second h

Re: CPU/MB/Mem Upgrade Time (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 22 Days 4 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

I'd be wary buying from NewEgg. Although they have a slick website, with good range of merchandise and decent prices... they also have a reputation for reselling returned goods as 'brand new', and have been known to ship broken merchandi

HSF update ramble

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 22 Days 4 Hours ago by: Anssi Saari

Well, since Spalls rambled on about this retro PC, I figured I'll ramble a little about my current gaming desktop and what I did to it last month. Some time ago (fall 2021?) I rebuilt my main gaming desktop system with AMD's Ryzen 5600X a

Re: CPU/MB/Mem Upgrade Time (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 22 Days 4 Hours ago by: Ross Ridge

Yah, the AM5 platform doesn't offer great value because of the more expensive motherboards and DDR5 RAM. AMD recently launched a bunch of motherboard/CPU/RAM bundles that are ment to address that, but I don't know that actually affects t

Re: CPU/MB/Mem Upgrade Time (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 22 Days 6 Hours ago by: Justisaur

On Saturday, March 4, 2023 at 1:43:30 PM UTC-8, Ross Ridge wrote:

Re: CPU/MB/Mem Upgrade Time (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 22 Days 7 Hours ago by: Justisaur

Closest is a 7 hour drive. We used to have two Fry's - though they generally had the worst computer parts, I don't know if they were reselling failed/returned parts as new or what, but I had far worse luck there than ordering online.

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 22 Days 11 Hours ago by: Mike S.

This is how I know it is really you. I remember you liking this game. I thought you were dead Xocyll. Welcome back.

Re: CPU/MB/Mem Upgrade Time (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 22 Days 11 Hours ago by: JAB

That's what I've done previously but for my last upgrade I did a hybrid of buy the CPU+RAM+MB pre-built and tested and then fit it myself.

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 22 Days 11 Hours ago by: JAB

It's something that has slowly crept up on me over several years and can be summed up as don't buy crap unless you need it. With games I did toy with the idea of sticking to my back catalogue but thought there's no point in aiming for

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 22 Days 12 Hours ago by: JAB

The good thing about NFT's is that, as you say, they are so ridiculous you don't even need hyperbole. Microsoft are the bad guys as they won't let you use their IP to effectively scam their customers. How most unfair.

Re: A Ramble on Some early First-Person Games (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 22 Days 12 Hours ago by: JAB

It's one of the reasons I felt there was a level of excitement in that era. There's was a rapid advance in games as developers further pushed the capabilities of the technology. Now it feels more like don't worry about that just whack

Re: CPU/MB/Mem Upgrade Time (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 22 Days 20 Hours ago by: Justisaur

I've always done so in the past, heck I used to work at a local mom & pop computer store where we sold and put computers together... around 30 years ago. I've just had some issues with the intel fans the last several times. the spring

Re: CPU/MB/Mem Upgrade Time (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 22 Days 23 Hours ago by: rms

Lots of great advice from Ross Ridge! It's definitely worth your time to educate yourself on the jargon used with newer PC builds. You might also use a site like https://pcpartpicker.com/ which has many sample builds for different pri

Re: CPU/MB/Mem Upgrade Time (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 23 Days ago by: rms

Any chance you are near a Microcenter? They have some great deals going..... https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/bundle-and-save.aspx rms

Re: CPU/MB/Mem Upgrade Time (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 23 Days 1 Hour ago by: Ross Ridge

You seem mean it only supports the older PCI Express 4.0 standard instead of the newer PCI Express 5.0 standard. There's no reason at all not to get a motherboard that supports PCIe 5.0 as it's backwards compatible and you may be able be

CPU/MB/Mem Upgrade Time

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 23 Days 3 Hours ago by: Justisaur

Wow the prices seem really high right now, but I've been getting back into Elden Ring and it's still struggling. I've been running it WSXGA+ 1680×1050 windowed which works, but I'd rather go fullscreen. My CPU/MB is going on 6 years and

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 23 Days 3 Hours ago by: Xocyll

You have indeed not. There was a while I had no reliable internet and of course most of the groups I used to read dried up and blew away leaving very little motivation to actually check daily. Daily became every couple, then to weekly,

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 23 Days 4 Hours ago by: Zaghadka

On Sat, 04 Mar 2023 14:16:50 -0500, in comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action, Xocyll wrote: Is it my imagination, or have we not seen you in a while, sir?

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 23 Days 4 Hours ago by: Zaghadka

On Sat, 4 Mar 2023 10:43:15 +0000, in comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action, JAB wrote: See, I wish I could stick to that plan. I've reached the point of "I have enough games to comfortably play until I am dead" several times over, and each time

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 23 Days 4 Hours ago by: Xocyll

Spalls Hurgenson <spallshurgenson@gmail.com> looked up from reading the entrails of the porn spammer to utter "The Augury is good, the signs say: I always kind of wanted to standardize the year into 12 months of 30 days each and a New Y

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 23 Days 4 Hours ago by: Zaghadka

On Sat, 04 Mar 2023 11:41:07 -0500, in comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action, Spalls Hurgenson wrote: That was my exact point! You have a very dry, very reasonable way of ranting about something. Therefore, you are the "closest thing." Imagine i

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 23 Days 4 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

But there are so many ways you can decide! Alphabetical, Order of Purchase/Acquisition, Price, Ratings, Throwing Darts at a Listing on your monitor.... My stuffed animals disagree with you.

Re: Epic Freebies! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 23 Days 4 Hours ago by: Zaghadka

On Fri, 03 Mar 2023 16:59:40 -0500, in comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action, Spalls Hurgenson wrote: Just FYI, I am listening to Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man" as I read this today, and everything just seems utterly EPIC.

Re: Epic Freebies! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 23 Days 6 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

Looks like we signed up around the same time; Shadow Complex was how Epic roped me in too. Of course, that was long before they released their store front and started their weekly freebie offerings. IIRC, "Subnautica" was the premier

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 23 Days 6 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

That's a disgusing and unhealthy attitude and I don't support it at all. We were put on this earth to collect large numbers of computer games, after all. Your position in the afterlife is determined by how many games you collect. You d

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 23 Days 6 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

I'd just like to say that it is always safest to assume that /anything/ I write is said with a smirk and a twinkle in my eye. Although... I'm not really trying to be extreme with my talk about NFTs. I just find the whole subject so w

Re: A Ramble on Some early First-Person Games (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 23 Days 7 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

Impressive. Not so much for the technology, which was better done earlier and elsewhere, but that they managed to do it on a Speccy and within 48 kilobytes of memory. Which of course made me wonder... did anyone ever get QUAKE running

Re: Epic Freebies! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 23 Days 7 Hours ago by: rms

My account shows 12/4/2015 Shadow Complex Remastered as the first freebie, but then nothing until Conan Exiles Dev Kit in 12/2018; was that when they began the freebies program in earnest ? rms

Re: Epic Freebies! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 23 Days 11 Hours ago by: Werner P.

The next one is pretty good, if you like 3d adventures!

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 23 Days 11 Hours ago by: JAB

I can't remember who said it but it was something alone the lines of one of the reasons for click-bait titles is very often it's something that the original creator didn't add and if you want your channel to be seen then you'll almost

Re: Blood Bowl 3 - have to screw up an IP (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 23 Days 12 Hours ago by: JAB

I do have a copy of Blood Bowl 2 (damn you Steam sales) but I've not really played it and the only reason I heard about 3 was due to something on my YT feed. Anyway, looking at some of the reviews the problem with the DLC seems to be

Re: Free Figment and Black Desert games on Steam! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 23 Days 12 Hours ago by: JAB

When I think about mobile games it's really those that follow a certain financial model (yes that means lots of MTX) and not it's a game that just happens to be on a mobile device. Indeed there are games where the UI is nicer and/or it

Re: Free Figment and Black Desert games on Steam! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 23 Days 12 Hours ago by: JAB

It will be a pass for me as I just don't want to get sucked into another 'games as a service'. Of course each to their own!

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 23 Days 12 Hours ago by: JAB

I made a conscious decision, I think a year ago, to try and get out of my habit of stop buying a game just because it's cheap, play things in my back catalogue and also don't flit between games but instead just play one for a decent am

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 23 Days 12 Hours ago by: JAB

It's World of Books (now branded as the more catchy WoB) and I believe the have operations in both the UK and US. I've found them pretty good in terms of selection and price (The Difference Engine in hardback was only £5.99 with free

Re: A Ramble on Some early First-Person Games (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 23 Days 21 Hours ago by: Nomen Nescio

ZX Spectrum 3D games I remember are: Driller (1987): <https://worldofspectrum.org/archive/software/games/driller-incentive-software-ltd> Dark Side (1988): <https://worldofspectrum.org/archive/software/games/dark-side-incentive-software

Re: Free Figment and Black Desert games on Steam! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 23 Days 22 Hours ago by: Ross Ridge

It's completely free after that. There's no monthly subscription fee, no restrictions on what you can do. There are of course lots of things can spend cash on, but it's not the sort of game that's always asking you money. Instead they'

Re: Epic Freebies! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 24 Days 1 Hour ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

Tee-hee. I'd reached over 150 games on Epic by that point. (It helps if you're not too picky about what you add to your video library ;-) Just goes to show how damaging that disease really was. ;-) But, in fairness, there have been

Re: One Step Forward... (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 24 Days 1 Hour ago by: Ross Ridge

I have Windows 98 running on a machine with 512MB of RAM and a 128MB video card, without INI editing. It works becasue the actual limitation is the 1GB shared memory region that gets mapped into every process. Each process has its own 4

Re: Epic Freebies! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 24 Days 2 Hours ago by: Ant

Istill haven't played any of my free purchased FULL games. Only its free trials.

Re: Free Figment and Black Desert games on Steam! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 24 Days 2 Hours ago by: Ant

Sane and you're welcome. :)

Re: Blood Bowl 3 - have to screw up an IP (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 24 Days 2 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

I never warmed up to the Blood Bowl series, mostly because its warmed over American Football, and who wants that? But nonetheless, I played the original DOS game and eked out some fun, and then the 2009 remake, and enjoyed it mostly beca

Re: Free Figment and Black Desert games on Steam! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 24 Days 2 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

"Black Desert" looked interest... right until the part where I read it was an MMORPG. I've yet to play a modern MMORPG that's worth my time. But it sure has purty graphics. (Also, Black Desert says it's "Free to Keep... until March 8th

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 24 Days 2 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

All done in a cut-scene, btw. The whole 'Ratbag' subplot was extremely disappointing and led nowhere (ROT13 spoilers: ur qvrf unysjnl guebhtu gur tnzr). And you don't get any similar influence with any other orcs. Yeah, the Nemesis s

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 24 Days 2 Hours ago by: Ross Ridge

My problem is with the more regular media, who will see an angry Reddit thread about something and turn it into "players up in arms" or "fans are mad as hell". Sure maybe some people are genuinely angry, but even in that thread most will

Re: One Step Forward... (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 24 Days 3 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

<pedant> Technically, it's 512MB of mapped memory, not just RAM, so if you had 496MB of RAM and a 32MB video-card, you could also run into trouble. It was a bug in the Win9x caching software and a quick edit to the system.ini 'cured' it

Epic Freebies!

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 24 Days 5 Hours ago by: Zaghadka

So I keep receipts for each distribution service and I hit the century mark of freebies on Epic! Happy 100th to me! My first freebie was Cave Story+, in December of 2020. Perhaps COVID drove me into Epic's arms?

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 24 Days 5 Hours ago by: Zaghadka

On Fri, 3 Mar 2023 08:59:39 +0000, in comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action, JAB wrote: Hmm. I seem to have that problem with games. You?

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 24 Days 5 Hours ago by: Zaghadka

On Fri, 03 Mar 2023 09:03:33 -0500, in comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action, Mike S. wrote: See? And I loved the artwork in Curse. Absolutely ate it up. Long, semi-rant follows... Really, for the "the sky is falling" crowd, it's a credible Mon

Re: Free Figment and Black Desert games on Steam! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 24 Days 5 Hours ago by: Ross Ridge

If anyone has any questions about Black Desert, I have an obscene amount of hours played in, though most of that is AFK. It's a grindy Korean MMORPG, but as Zaghadka said, it has pretty graphics. It's also one of the most generous MMOs i

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 24 Days 7 Hours ago by: rms

Link to shop? A Scanner Darkly is a great book, and surprisingly also a great movie. Woody Harrelson & RDJ are magnificent, & Keanu perfectly cast. rms

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 24 Days 9 Hours ago by: Mike S.

This is the only post about this Monkey Island game in this thread that I agree with. For me personally, the third game in the series looks far worse then this one. I hate the way Guybrush looks in Monkey Island 3.

Re: Free Figment and Black Desert games on Steam! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 24 Days 9 Hours ago by: Mike S.

Black Desert is already in my Steam library but the other one isn't. Thank you Ant.

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 24 Days 11 Hours ago by: Anssi Saari

This! I remember there was gameplay trailer which showed you (Talion) mind-controlling some orc (Ratbag) and then later he stabbed some boss orc in the back and took maybe a third of its health bar. Unfortunately I don't remember that e

Blood Bowl 3 - have to screw up an IP

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 24 Days 13 Hours ago by: JAB

Well the user reviews are in and they aren't good. The core of the complaints seems to be around what is considered excessive MTX and what feels like a deliberately cut down base game for the purpose of DLC - so kinda what you might expe

Re: EA Head Honcho - Betting Big on NFTs (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 24 Days 14 Hours ago by: JAB

As an aside when you get to the really high end of what PC's can do with graphics I don't really understand why some people get so excited about it especially given the prices of recently released GPU's*. Does it look nice, well yes bu

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 24 Days 14 Hours ago by: JAB

I can understand why some people didn't like the art style (personally I rather like the look of it) but it did feel like it brought out some of the worst in the oh no the sky is falling in crowd that seems quite common among gamers.

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 24 Days 14 Hours ago by: JAB

I have read a few short stories by Phillip K. Dick in some of the sci-fi anthologies I have but I'm buggered if I can remember any of the names. He is on my list though of I must read one of their novels and yesterday I was looking a

Re: EA Head Honcho - Betting Big on NFTs (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 24 Days 15 Hours ago by: Werner P.

Sorry I meant "milking the whales" 3do, they might have survived a few years earlier, but probably also only if they would have priced the games in a similar area as NeoGeo, and only during the timeframe the NeoGeo was around! Once 3d to

Re: EA Head Honcho - Betting Big on NFTs (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 24 Days 15 Hours ago by: Werner P.

NeoGEO was way earlier and was at the peak of 2d technology when it came out. The high price also caused it only to sell a million units roughly worldwide but given game prices of 300 dollars this was relative. SNK was using successfull

Re: Free Figment and Black Desert games on Steam! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 24 Days 16 Hours ago by: Ant

You're welcome. Nice ASCII art. ;)

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 24 Days 17 Hours ago by: Zaghadka

On Thu, 02 Mar 2023 11:55:44 -0500, in comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action, Spalls Hurgenson wrote: As a member of the Conservative party I just go on and on never letting anyone get a word in edgewise until I start foaming at the mouth and fall

Re: Free Figment and Black Desert games on Steam! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 24 Days 17 Hours ago by: Zaghadka

On Thu, 02 Mar 2023 20:56:38 +0000, in comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action, Ant wrote: Chomp! I played BDO a while back on a free weekend. It was pretty. Thanks, Ant! \\\ oo0< ///

Re: Free Figment and Black Desert games on Steam! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 24 Days 21 Hours ago by: Ant

You're welcome, rms. :)

Re: One Step Forward... (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 24 Days 23 Hours ago by: Ross Ridge

Well, it's old tech most people would just throw in the garbage, so I didn't really expect it to make anyone jealous. It's only when you go over 512M of RAM that you need to start editting ..ini files. I ran Windows 98 on my Pentium 4

Re: Free Figment and Black Desert games on Steam! (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 24 Days 23 Hours ago by: rms

Got 'em! Thanks Ant rms

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 25 Days ago by: rms

Nice! I've been on a PKDick run lately, and have finished In Milton Lumky Territory Martian Time-Slip The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldrich in the last few months. Just starting Ubik now rms

Re: FREE GAME: Rise of Industry (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 25 Days 2 Hours ago by: Ant

Same.

Free Figment and Black Desert games on Steam!

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 25 Days 2 Hours ago by: Ant

https://store.steampowered.com/app/582660/Black_Desert/ https://store.steampowered.com/app/493540/Figment/

Re: FREE GAME: Rise of Industry (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 25 Days 5 Hours ago by: Mike S.

I would have guessed a SimCity clone from the screenshots. Exactly what you said here. I may like it, I may not. I really am not sure about this one. I may try it out soon. Thanks Spalls.

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 25 Days 6 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

On the one hand, I have to admire Ron Gilbert and his team for making the game /they/ wanted to make rather than listening to the naysayers. With so many games being carbon-copy clones of earlier titles, having the integrity to stick to

FREE GAME: Rise of Industry

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 25 Days 7 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

It's Thursday, and you know what that means! Tine for me to sneak in some new games. Oh sure, Epic /says/ they're the ones behind these generous give-aways, but it's really been me all along. You may thank me later. This week my munifice

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 25 Days 7 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

Yup, that's pretty much the Witcher 3 experience. The DLC are some of the best I've played too. I think I enjoyed the mechanics/story of "Hearts of Stone" more, but the sheer beauty of Toussaint - the setting of the DLC - is hard to bea

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 25 Days 7 Hours ago by: JAB

Another slow one for me but I have actually played some games. Fight Fantasy Classics - City of Thieves and House of Hell ---------------------------------------------------------- This are both on the iPad which is a format that I find t

Re: EA Head Honcho - Betting Big on NFTs (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 25 Days 7 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

While price was unarguably the biggest reason for its failure, it wasn't the only one. By the time it came out, it had essentially the same performance as a mid-range PC that you couldn't upgrade. While it had acceptable 3D performance (

Re: One Step Forward... (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 25 Days 7 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

No goats required. Turns out Windows98 has an issue with multiple gameports (not that it gave any indication that there was problem other than the joystick not working). Since the BIOS didn't allow me to disable the one on the motherb

Re: EA Head Honcho - Betting Big on NFTs (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 25 Days 12 Hours ago by: Werner P.

Fun stuff with Gariott is, he carried that game design over into Shroud of the Avatar after promising an Ultima successor... It endet up in a milking the whales game... Same game design different genre!

Re: EA Head Honcho - Betting Big on NFTs (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 25 Days 14 Hours ago by: JAB

I do sort of vaguely remember it but yeh far too expensive although I can understand the idea (well it worked for ARM). The one I was more interested in, and in my price range, was the Atari Jaguar and I think I dodged a bullet not get

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 25 Days 18 Hours ago by: Zaghadka

On Wed, 01 Mar 2023 10:53:58 -0500, in comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action, Spalls Hurgenson wrote: Return to Monkey Island I never got used to the artwork (yuk), but eventually went nose blind to the stink. I completed the whole thing in 17 h

Re: One Step Forward... (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 25 Days 21 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

<snip not working> Or possibly any more goats? I'm curious what game you play to breed the goats to sacrifice? :P

Re: One Step Forward... (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 25 Days 23 Hours ago by: rms

Wow! That's the sweet spot for sure, very nice! rms

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 26 Days ago by: rms

I'd begun this a few months back, and was making slow but steady progress (by my lights, anyway) and then silently dropped it for no good reason. I'll have to continue on for sure rms

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 26 Days ago by: rms

Witcher 3 Heart of Stone DLC also has a similar-sounding quest -- no doubt inspired by Oblivion's -- where you go through a painting, and the visuals assume a vangogh-ish look, pretty cool! rms

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 26 Days ago by: rms

The Witcher 3 This title has consumed me since starting. I've delayed finishing off the main campaign to start the Blood & Wine and Hearts of Stone DLC, and just last night completed Blood & Wine, and will complete Hearts of Stone wi

Re: One Step Forward... (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 26 Days 1 Hour ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

A pointless update about a project only I really care about ;-) The SoundBlaster Live card is working at long last. I'm not entirely /what/ I did to fix it. I yanked the card and tested it on another machine; to my delight (if not surp

Re: EA Head Honcho - Betting Big on NFTs (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 26 Days 1 Hour ago by: Werner P.

You basically named the main reason why the thing bombed as it did... No one bought it because it was too darn expensive for what it was. As for Gariott this guy is a category of his own... his game designs have been how to milk the cow

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 26 Days 2 Hours ago by: Ant

I posted what I played earlier since I didn't want to wait for the new month thread like Book of Demons (still running its free weekend in the background since I got too busy!). Spalls Hurgenson <spallshurgenson@gmail.com> wrote: ...

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 26 Days 2 Hours ago by: Dimensional Traveler

Some more Stardew Valley but mostly this long, sometimes really boring open world thing called "Reality". I can't remember how long I've had it, feels like my entire life somethings and I'm still completely clueless on what the victory

Re: What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023? (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 26 Days 5 Hours ago by: Justisaur

Decent game, but yeah it's missing something to make it great, and the respawning is wearing. Short: (All FromSoft games) *** Dark Souls Remastered ** Dark Souls 2 **** Elden Ring Long: *** Dark Souls Remastered I mentioned this la

What Have You Been Playing... IN FEBRUARY 2023?

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 26 Days 7 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

There's one good thing to say about February; when it feels like another month has whipped by incredibly fast, at least with February you know there's a reason for it; it's so damned short. Where's my 29th, 30th and 31st days, February? Yo

Re: EA Head Honcho - Betting Big on NFTs (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 26 Days 8 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

How to say, "I didn't read your post" without actually saying "I didn't read your post". ;-) ;-) ;-) But that's okay. I barely manage to get through my posts either ;-) Yeah, there are a number of 'old timers' who have become fascin

Re: EA Head Honcho - Betting Big on NFTs (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 26 Days 12 Hours ago by: Werner P.

Hawkins split with EA entirely in the 3do days. Not sure what drives him, but it does not really have anything to do with EA. Btw. not the first one, Gariott also wanted to get big into the NFT - Games area that was 2 years ago!

Re: EA Head Honcho - Betting Big on NFTs (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 26 Days 13 Hours ago by: JAB

It does make me laugh when cryptobros try and shove in crypto/NFT's as a requirement for the metaverse.

Re: Amazon Prime games for March (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 26 Days 14 Hours ago by: JAB

Pretty much so yes, it's pretty tricky to use a spell that it supposed to be used at range when as soon as you have an encounter you'll almost in melee range. The positive, for me combat isn't something I play RPG's for and I certainl

Re: Amazon Prime games for March (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 27 Days 1 Hour ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

I generally find spellcasting in computer role-playing games to be a substandard experience, especially if its real-time . Whether it was Baldurs Gate or Skyrim, I tended to go melee because the it was usually easier and more effective t

Re: Amazon Prime games for March (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 27 Days 5 Hours ago by: Justisaur

Any AoE spells were garbage. So you cast magic missile. woo. Especially egregious to me as Magic-Users were my first and always favorite class in D&D. - Justisaur

Re: One Step Forward... (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 27 Days 8 Hours ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

Don't judge; it's a salvaged (but tested) Dell PSU offering up a full 250W. Technically, I think it's made by HiPower, so we're not talking quality but it outputs smooth voltage and the capacitors aren't leaking so I'm not complaining. T

Re: 'Atomic Heart' game boycott (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 27 Days 14 Hours ago by: Nomen Nescio

Literally who?

Re: Amazon Prime games for March (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 27 Days 17 Hours ago by: Zaghadka

On Mon, 27 Feb 2023 07:07:35 -0800 (PST), in comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action, Justisaur wrote: Yeah. I remember throwing lightning bolts and friendly firing my own characters more often than I hit the enemy. Lightning bolts were pants in th

Re: One Step Forward... (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 27 Days 20 Hours ago by: Ant

She's sexy! ;) What PSU brand is she using tho? :/ Cables doesn't look that bad. Mine are worse with dusts. They needed to be cleaned out. :( .... I remember my P2 setup from July 1998: "Upgraded Tower Machine: Upgraded to an Awa

Re: One Step Forward... (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 1 Month ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

Now you're just trying to make me jealous. Well guess what? It worked. I'm jealous. I have an ABit KT7-RAID motherboard with an Athlon 900MHz CPU waiting in the wings if this current build doesn't work out (I'd need to find a working he

Re: One Step Forward... (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 1 Month ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

Well, I'm not sure why you'd be interested... but here's a pic of her naked innards (you perv!) https://imgur.com/a/J4b6uEP Ignore the lack of cable management. That comes last. This motherboard wasn't really designed with good cable ma

Re: One Step Forward... (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 1 Month ago by: Ross Ridge

I guess I have to flex my Windows 98 box: - Intel Pentium III 866 MHz - Asus CUV4X Motherboard (Via Apollo Pro 133Z) - 512MB PC133 RAM - Asus Radeon 9550 128MB - ATI Rage II+ 4MB - Sound Blaster Live - Gravis Ultrasound - Intel

Re: A Ramble on Some early First-Person Games (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 1 Month ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

Pedant mode engaged: Actually, even after the advent of Wolfenstein 3D, nobody would have recognized "FPS" as first-person shooter. That term didn't come into common parlance until the late 90s; prior to that they were all just "Doom-

Re: A Ramble on Some early First-Person Games (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 1 Month ago by: Ross Ridge

I'd say these these games are recognized by people think they know about this sort of thing as the first 3d textured games with 360 degree of movement. No one thinks of them the original "first person" games, although Wolfenstein 3D is o

EA Head Honcho - Betting Big on NFTs

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 1 Month ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

There... if that subject line doesn't get you to click, I don't know what will! But I'll be honest; it's pure click-bait. It isn't exactly inaccurate but it leads you to assumptions that aren't true. So, the story is that Trip Hawkins i

Re: Amazon Prime games for March (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 1 Month ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

There always gotta be the one. ;-) Was there a lot of walking in "Baldurs Gate"? Or, at least, more than in other contemporary open-world role-playing games? I always thought the opposite; that the world felt cramped. That every twen

Re: Amazon Prime games for March (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 1 Month ago by: Justisaur

I am interested and don't own BG. Of course I didn't like the game back in the day, more about being irritated with how much walking there was and hating the turn based to real time and how poorly attack spells work due to the change.

Re: Extremely OT - EPoS in USA (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 1 Month ago by: JAB

We could have been unlucky and I'm also not sure quite how Domino's structure effects the quality controls of what it sells. To be honest though I'm not really a big fan of pizza and we have an M&S about five minutes away which actuall

Re: One Step Forward... (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 1 Month 1 Day ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

Disappointment. My SoundBlaster Live isn't working. Well, I'm pretty sure it /works/... just not on the 'new' machine. Windows98 sees the card - it even recognizes it as a Creative multimedia PCI device - but refuses to acknowledge it a

Re: One Step Forward... (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 1 Month 1 Day ago by: Dimensional Traveler

Not until you give me another new, shiny human foible to tease you about.

Re: One Step Forward... (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 1 Month 1 Day ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

I'm never gonna live that one down, am I? ;-)

Re: Left 4 Dead 2 In The Flesh (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 1 Month 1 Day ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

I always preferred the mechanics of the first game, but the second game definitely had a setting that left more of an impression. But it really shouldn't be too surprising that Valve (or rather, Turtle Rock Studios, aka 'Valve South') mi

Left 4 Dead 2 In The Flesh

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 1 Month 1 Day ago by: rms

Left 4 Dead 2 In The Flesh https://imgur.com/a/pVkInne Unsettling flashbacks to that game....... rms

Re: Extremely OT - EPoS in USA (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 1 Month 1 Day ago by: Geoff May

I have found that it depends entirely on the individual Domino's and also whether you pick up or deliver. One place I used to live had terrible pizzas (both delivered and picked up). The local Domino's are good if you pick up but deliv

Re: Extremely OT - EPoS in USA (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 1 Month 1 Day ago by: JAB

Tipping in the UK does exist but not to the levels that I've seen in the US*. For the wage part the UK did change quite a few years ago so that the likes of restaurants couldn't legally use them as part of the minium wage requirements.

Re: A Ramble on Some early First-Person Games (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 1 Month 1 Day ago by: JAB

The only ones you've mentioned that I've heard of is Elite although I've never played it. As you say whether it was an open world or not depends on what the definition is but I think of it more as rouge-lite in that almost the entire w

Re: One Step Forward... (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 1 Month 1 Day ago by: Ant

Photos. ;) Spalls Hurgenson <spallshurgenson@gmail.com> wrote:

Re: One Step Forward... (thread)

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 1 Month 1 Day ago by: Dimensional Traveler

But that's what the spreadsheet is for! To tell you where on the floor all those components are!! Isn't it?

One Step Forward...

comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action

Posted: 1 Month 1 Day ago by: Spalls Hurgenson

Project 95 has taken one big step forward, and a few small steps back. Are we advancing or retreating? I'm not sure. "Project 95" is my pet-name for my long-delayed Win9x-era retro-PC build. I've been collecting components for it for a

422 recent articles found.

rocksolid light 0.7.2
clearneti2ptor