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    I remember buying Compute! magazine when I was a kid and typing in the BASIC games, and occasionally the 'machine language' games (pretty boring stuff). I think that was for the TRS (Trash)-80, with a cassette drive!
    I used to also read Compute all of the time. I was always looking for code for games to my Atari 800. It would take hours to type all of the pages of code and save to my cassette drive before I got the floppy. Non of the games were ever that good. I used to love the features they did on the top arcade scores (people would send in their fuzzy pictures) and also the top rated PC games. I seem to recall that Miner 2049er was always the top rated game for years. I finally got a copy of it when it was the first 3rd party game ever ported for Collecovision. Might be my favorite game ever on that system.

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    My impersonation of every attempt to play Defender ever:

    [crash!]

    [crash!]

    [crash!]

    [GAME OVER]

    The controls were just baffling. Thrust and reverse thrust? F--- that s___! And there seemed to be some people who found it to be too easy, so out came Defender II, which threw more buttons on the control panel and more enemies on the screen. Were these people insane?
    LOL - that pretty much describes every Defender game I ever played too. Good to hear I'm not the only one.
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    My dad bought our family an Odyssey 2 system for Christmas when I was around 10 years old, and I've been a video game junkie ever since. Probably what influenced me to become a computer programmer.

    The Odyssey 2 was soon joined by an Atari 2600, a Colecovision and eventually a Commodore 64. Loved that C64 - in high school and college my friends and I spent hours playing the various Zorks and Ultimas and games like Space Taxi, Spelunker, Leaderboard golf, Dino Eggs, 7 Cities of Gold, Summer Games...and a bunch of others that I can't recall right now.

    After college I got an NES and have pretty much been hooked on the Nintendo family since then. N64, Gamecube, Wii, various Gameboys. Love the Zelda series, the Metroid series, most of the Mario games, etc.

    I had a first-gen Xbox, but only because I won it in a raffle at a Microsoft conference. I played the driving game that came with it a bit and bought a few other games for it, but it just never clicked with me. Never bought any later Xboxes or any of the Playstations.

    I've always been a big fan of arcade games - spent an unhealthy chunk of my youth (and way too many quarters) in the glorious arcade that once filled the basement of the Park City shopping center in Lancaster, PA. I'd love to see some photos of that old arcade, but so far web searches have turned up nothing. I remember it being across the hall from a 2-screen theater that showed kids movies in the one half and porn films in the other. Ah, the good old days.

    A few years ago I got obsessed with the MAME arcade emulator software and gradually built a full emulator arcade cabinet. Started with a cheap tower with just enough processing speed to run MAME, then bought a professional arcade-type control panel with two joysticks, a trackball and a ton of buttons. Finally I bought a kit to build a cabinet and a dedicated monitor and speakers and put it all together into this:

    ArcadeEmulator.jpg

    In addition to MAME with 1000 arcade games, it also has emulators for the Odyssey 2, Atari 2600, Colecovision and Commodore 64 (I still own working versions of all the Nintendo consoles, so no need to emulate those). I can basically play all the games of my youth on that one machine. It's glorious.
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    Oh, and I should have mentioned that my all-time favorite arcade game is Sinistar. I bought a used one at an auction for around $100 in the early 90s and played the crap out of it. Unfortunately it kept breaking down - I was able to do minor repairs and keep it functional until a couple years ago, but eventually it got to be just too much of a pain and I sold it. Still regret that. I can play it on the MAME cabinet but it's not as good because it only has an 8-way joystick and the original Sinistar cabinet had a 64-way joystick that was sensitive to how far off-center the stick was (the further you pushed it, the faster the ship flew). Oh well, can't have everything I guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by proggosaurus View Post
    I haven't played any of them. considering how much I love the movie franchise, it's odd that I never picked up any of the games. I did watch some walkthroughs of Isolation but it didn't look too impressive. seemed like it was tedious, repetitive and easy to get lost. I would like to get Aliens vs Predators at some point though. I gather it has a pretty steep learning curve and the best part is playing as one of the ETs. I hear that AVP 2 is better. what about you?
    I haven't played any, either. Bear in mind, I love stealth shooters (first or third person), that's why I wondered about A:I.

    I just read up on Wikipedia of both A:I and AvP and both sound interesting. They're FPSs that emphasize stealth and tactics, so that's good. AvP lets you play 3 different campaigns: as a predator, an alien, and a marine. The big difference is that AvP scored well below A:I, which is a shame because AvP sounds just as interesting. A:I received several "game of the year" and "horror game of the year" awards.

    I like horror/survival games.
    I would, too, if they were designed well. A friend recommended Resident Evil 4 and I liked it at first, but quickly grew disenchanted with it. That's probably the main reason I've shied away from those kind of games (Half Life, BioShock, Crysis): I like the concept but it seems to me the execution is wrong. There are two many weird guns or weird enemies/creatures or both. And I hate getting into action situations where the game turns into a button masher with enemies coming from all directions. There have been a couple of situations like that in Far Cry 3, but that was kept to a minimum, fortunately.

    If you like horror/survival games The Last of Us is the shit. Dude, you have got to get this game. It's the only game that has actually caused my heart rate to increase. Seriously. And my character wasn't even doing anything!!! It was game of the year. It also has the highest user rating on Metacritic. I think you'd love it.

    I also like combat squad games, which is why I liked the CoD WWII games so much. I also have a couple of SOCOM Navy Seals games that were pretty good but controlling a squad can often be difficult and so I grew tired of it.

    Delta Force and DF2 (published by Novalogic) were probably the best, even tho they're pretty dated, now; they were released in '98 & '99. They were originally PC games. The great thing about them was an open world feel. Also, it had a mission editor where you could create your own missions. Unfortunately, it wasn't very intuitive and sometimes you might give conflicting orders and then things would get all fucked up and the enemy wouldn't act like they're supposed to (usually they wouldn't move). When that happened, even if you corrected it in the editor, it would often not get changed in the game, so you'd either have to resort to an earlier saved version or start all over.

    Novalogic also published DF: Black Hawk Down, based on the movie (which is excellent, btw). I was so excited about this game but they fucked it all up. The gameplay changed so that, instead of picking your own weapons and tactics, you were forced into a proscribed role with limited choices of weapons. In other words, it was all scripted. And when you got to the final mission, which was the same in the movie, it was too short. DF & DF2, however, were more like open world games where you could do whatever you wanted as long as you completed the mission.


    What's the game that was released last year or the year before where you play some guy in a prison or asylum? The trailer I saw was gruesome as hell. I'm thinking it might have been The Evil Within. Have you played that one?

    BTW, searching for it, I ran across Outlast:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ground and Sky's Ghost View Post
    My dad bought our family an Odyssey 2 system for Christmas when I was around 10 years old, and I've been a video game junkie ever since. Probably what influenced me to become a computer programmer.

    The Odyssey 2 was soon joined by an Atari 2600, a Colecovision and eventually a Commodore 64. Loved that C64 - in high school and college my friends and I spent hours playing the various Zorks and Ultimas and games like Space Taxi, Spelunker, Leaderboard golf, Dino Eggs, 7 Cities of Gold, Summer Games...and a bunch of others that I can't recall right now.

    After college I got an NES and have pretty much been hooked on the Nintendo family since then. N64, Gamecube, Wii, various Gameboys. Love the Zelda series, the Metroid series, most of the Mario games, etc.

    I had a first-gen Xbox, but only because I won it in a raffle at a Microsoft conference. I played the driving game that came with it a bit and bought a few other games for it, but it just never clicked with me. Never bought any later Xboxes or any of the Playstations.

    I've always been a big fan of arcade games - spent an unhealthy chunk of my youth (and way too many quarters) in the glorious arcade that once filled the basement of the Park City shopping center in Lancaster, PA. I'd love to see some photos of that old arcade, but so far web searches have turned up nothing. I remember it being across the hall from a 2-screen theater that showed kids movies in the one half and porn films in the other. Ah, the good old days.

    A few years ago I got obsessed with the MAME arcade emulator software and gradually built a full emulator arcade cabinet. Started with a cheap tower with just enough processing speed to run MAME, then bought a professional arcade-type control panel with two joysticks, a trackball and a ton of buttons. Finally I bought a kit to build a cabinet and a dedicated monitor and speakers and put it all together into this:

    ArcadeEmulator.jpg

    In addition to MAME with 1000 arcade games, it also has emulators for the Odyssey 2, Atari 2600, Colecovision and Commodore 64 (I still own working versions of all the Nintendo consoles, so no need to emulate those). I can basically play all the games of my youth on that one machine. It's glorious.
    Great work on the cabinet! That'd be very cool to play with.

    I bought an old candy vending machine from a guy last year. When I went to pick it up, he had it stored in a small warehouse where he collected and fixed up old arcade game cabinets. Had some fantastic stuff in there. We played little NBA Jam. I wanted to buy his Gauntlet game, but just couldn't justify the expense.

    Anyone else remember the game Gain Ground? It was in the arcades, but I played it so much on my Genesis. Loved the premise, picking the right people for the attack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ground and Sky's Ghost View Post
    ArcadeEmulator.jpg

    In addition to MAME with 1000 arcade games, it also has emulators for the Odyssey 2, Atari 2600, Colecovision and Commodore 64 (I still own working versions of all the Nintendo consoles, so no need to emulate those). I can basically play all the games of my youth on that one machine. It's glorious.
    Wow. That's freaking awesome.

    Anyone got any favorite strategy PC games?
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    An interesting video about Soviet arcade games in the 80s:

    http://www.greatbigstory.com/stories...commended_pool

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    http://wargameroom.com has quite a few Avalon Hill style war/strategy board games converted to Java programs. All games programs are rule enforced so no PBEM issues. Also has some leagues related to those games.
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    You'll find many of these old games for download onto your PC here: http://www.old-games.com/

    I was a fan of a few different genres.

    Loved the shooters like the Wolfenstein series and the spinoff Blake Stone series, Duke Nukem (Doom not so much, a bit too creepy)

    And the racing games like Andretti Racing, Indycar Racing, Formula 1, not sure if I'm remembering all these titles correctly

    And then for the Playstation I loved the wacky car combat games like Twisted Metal (2 is the best, I have that downloaded from the old-games site), Rogue Trip (not well known but fantastic), Vigilante 8 and probably a few others I can't recall... Destruction Derby too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garden Dreamer View Post
    You'll find many of these old games for download onto your PC here: http://www.old-games.com/

    I was a fan of a few different genres.

    And the racing games like Andretti Racing, Indycar Racing, Formula 1, not sure if I'm remembering all these titles correctly
    I never got Andretti or F1, but I did have Indycar Racing, if we're talking about the same one. It had Paul Page announcing the game at the beginning, right? That was an awesome simulator. Jesus, I wasted months playing it.

    Another great one I loved was Sports Car GT. It had different classes of cars you could drive and you could set the length of the race, as well as weather. You could even set it for 24 hrs and have a co-driver. Excellent sim. My only gripe with it was that your co-driver was mediocre and would lose any lead you might have gained, forcing you to either make up the loss or pause the game. On the plus side, it was partially modable.

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    Do any of you play the mobile trivia game Quiz-Up? If so, how often do you think you’re getting a live random opponent? Hard to tell.

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    I'm deep into Darkest Dungeon at the moment. This could be a massive time-suck if I let it.

    It is basically like early Dungeons & Dragons, where everything is a dungeon crawl. (You build up a group of characters and mount expeditions to build enough wealth to go on bigger expeditions.) Plus the whole thing has this heavy Lovecraftian flavor. So the stress of combat and confronting the blasphemous and supernatural gradually unravels the sanity of said characters. The whole thing is well written (something I seldom say about games), good gameplay, with plenty of dry, gallows humor.

    Anyway, it hits pretty squarely in my nerd-zone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by notallwhowander View Post
    I'm deep into Darkest Dungeon at the moment. This could be a massive time-suck if I let it.

    It is basically like early Dungeons & Dragons, where everything is a dungeon crawl. (You build up a group of characters and mount expeditions to build enough wealth to go on bigger expeditions.) Plus the whole thing has this heavy Lovecraftian flavor. So the stress of combat and confronting the blasphemous and supernatural gradually unravels the sanity of said characters. The whole thing is well written (something I seldom say about games), good gameplay, with plenty of dry, gallows humor.

    Anyway, it hits pretty squarely in my nerd-zone.
    Oh that looks fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by notallwhowander View Post
    I'm deep into Darkest Dungeon at the moment. This could be a massive time-suck if I let it.

    It is basically like early Dungeons & Dragons, where everything is a dungeon crawl. (You build up a group of characters and mount expeditions to build enough wealth to go on bigger expeditions.) Plus the whole thing has this heavy Lovecraftian flavor. So the stress of combat and confronting the blasphemous and supernatural gradually unravels the sanity of said characters. The whole thing is well written (something I seldom say about games), good gameplay, with plenty of dry, gallows humor.

    Anyway, it hits pretty squarely in my nerd-zone.
    Saved for when it goes on sale on Steam. Thanks
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    Looks awesome. Now I have to decide between steam, ps4 or wait for Xbox
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    LOL - because gaming is all about the fun of pyschological stress! Sounds like fun though.

    You know, I realized one of the reasons computer games never became a big time-suck for me when I was younger is because I had so many bad experiences with PC games that I could never get to install/run either at all or reliably. It was a constant problem because I always use a PC to death before getting a new one, and until maybe 5 years ago there was never a gaming console in the house.

    Given a fairly reliable PC, how good are games running on Steam?

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    I rum Ark: Survival Evolved through steam in win10. Also Rocket League.

    In concept, Steam is a great idea, I really only dipped my toe in. But as a matter of principal almost, I generally support anything the Valve team does.
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    PS4 user myself, prior to that mainly using Sega systems...master system, megadrive (Genesis). Came to gaming fairly late.

    I tend to favour platform/puzzle/adventure/strategy games, occasionally some driving games as well. So stuff like Tomb Raider, Uncharted, Ratchet and Clank, Last Of Us (Which I agree is one of the best games ever).

    I would describe myself as a casual gamer...tend to like a kind of quick fix for a few hours...gone are the days of sitting up until 4 in the morning trying to finish a level.

    Never been into sports games or fighting games. Currently playing Shadow Of The Colossus which I had not played before, quite unique stuff and looks great on the PS4 pro, especially with a 4K TV.

    There is not a lot out there that excites me at the moment...a lot of recent high profile games I have found very overrated and have not moved me at all, such as Horizon Dawn, COD, Gran Turismo, Project Cars.
    I only clicked on it because I thought it was going to be something more interesting...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JKL2000 View Post
    Given a fairly reliable PC, how good are games running on Steam?
    I've only have one experience with Steam: Portal. Man, is that a great game! No problems at all with graphics, buffering, anything of that ilk. But then, I don't remember the specifics of running a game in Steam.
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    I played Half Life on steam, ran great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogue Mail View Post
    . Currently playing Shadow Of The Colossus which I had not played before, quite unique stuff and looks great on the PS4 pro, especially with a 4K TV.
    I'll probably grab that for the summer when I have more time to play. It looks like a good game.

    There is not a lot out there that excites me at the moment...a lot of recent high profile games I have found very overrated and have not moved me at all, such as Horizon Dawn, COD, Gran Turismo, Project Cars.
    Horizon Zero Dawn starts slow. It took me a few days to get into, and it definitely doesn't start you out with the equipment to fight and survive the challenges that populate the world. But after a few hours of grinding and building stats, killing off some of those big robots for the first time felt so good. Witcher III and HZD are easily the best games I've ever played.
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    I bought my wife a PS4/HZD combo for Christmas, but we haven't hooked it up yet. Right now she is deep into Stardew Valley.

    How does HZD compare with Skyrim?
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    More action-y than Skyrim. It's not quite an RPG but it's not like it's God of War either. I thought the story was good, too. I had fun learning about the main character and the world she inhabits.

    That world is probably smaller than Skyrim, but it's still a huge world.

    There's a DL I've been meaning to pick up, but I got a Switch for Xmas and have been deep in Odyssey lately (though I think I've reached an end point there).
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    I still play Doom (the original game from 1992 or 3) on my old, Windows XP pc.

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