Moonbender

Retrospective: Midwinter

Moonbender

7 years ago

Looked at the screenshots, reminded me of Carrier Command, which I played on the ST -- or tried to play: pretty difficult if you're 9 and don't know any English. It was frustrating, because on the on hand there was obviously a very deep game there, but on the other hand I had no idea what I was supposed to do. Turns out, the same guy made both games.
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Sid Meier's Civilization V

Moonbender

8 years ago

"And then it's 7pm and you're eating fistfuls of dry cereal straight out of the box because the prospect of leaving the game to cook something as complicated as cheese on toast is an impossible idea."

I've been there. Only it was 7am.
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Sid Meier's Civilization V

Moonbender

8 years ago

#49: You can't stack units in cities, either. If it's not in this one, it was in another preview. Apparently you move freshly built units out of the city immediately.
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Moonbender

8 years ago

Why aren't there more comments on this article?! This is the most important one until Autumn 2010! No more unit stacks? WTF! Looking forward to this.
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Flash in the pan

Moonbender

9 years ago

Odd article. Most of the objective criticism of netbooks is limited to a single paragraph: "Netbooks are cheap and small, yes - but they are also extremely cheaply built, with even the most expensive and prestigious netbook devices suffering from flimsy, plastic components. The small size robs the netbook of the advantage which its low-powered chips should confer, forcing the battery life down to the point where it's no better than a normal laptop - and often actually worse. Meanwhile, undersized keyboards, small, low-quality screens and poor performance for media playback or complex script-driven websites conspire to create devices whose usability is nothing short of awful. "

Netbooks are rather cheaply built, but so are most notebooks, particularly entry- and mid-level ones. Compared to all previous notebooks I have had, my Samsung netbook is extremely solid. And my s/o's Inspiron 1525 does not have better build quality either.

Battery life depends on the battery size. You can get very lightweight (1kg) netbooks which will run for maybe 3 to 4h -- still pretty good -- or "heavyweight" netbooks (1.6kg) which will run for about 9 hours. For comparison, the 2kg MacBook Pro 2009, heralded for its good battery, runs for 7h according to Apple.

Undersized keyboards are simply down to the size, which is an obvious tradeoff -- I don't mind the keyboards of the 10" devices, though I didn't like the smaller ones. There are 12" netbooks for those who can't stand typing on small keyboards, but obviously the mobility suffers. SD media playback works fine, though I'm sure netbooks will struggle with HD content -- but since they lack a BD, there isn't a lot of HD content anyway, unless you're talking pirated stuff; besides, why run 1080p video on a screen with half the resolution.

If never thought of a netbook as a one computer per person device -- mostly because moving to a (single) tiny notebook screen is unthinkable. It's very much a second computer. It's a cheap & cheerful notebook for mobile use. If you add GPS and 3G, you suddenly have a very interesting proposition. And if my netbook fell down a table and broke, I'd be annoyed. If that happened to a MacBook Pro, I'd have to kill myself. I agree that smartphones are an interesting alternative to netbooks. But complaining about the netbooks' input while heralding smartphones with their horrible input seems disingenious: I can and have programmed on a netbook, doing the same on a smartphone would be excruciating, and the same goes for writing a paper or taking lecture notes beyond a few scribblings.
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Rogue Spear patch patch

Moonbender

15 years ago

Co-op LAN play is great in this. One guy takes the breaching charge, another flashbangs, one guy has the sub-machine gun, another the mid-range assault rifle, the last one the long-range, scoped assault rifle.
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Rise of Nations

Moonbender

15 years ago

There is no donit.
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Moonbender

15 years ago

I don't hate this game. Considering how I despise RTS in general, that's a huge compliment. ;)

Also, wow, this review was long overdue!
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Wireless Optical Desktop for Bluetooth

Moonbender

15 years ago

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Moonbender

15 years ago

I'm not sure when I bought the keyboard, exactly, but it's been more than a year. I think the SN on the back gives a manufacturing date of February '02, that could be when I bought it. It went for 10 EUR, IIRC, so buying a new one in half a year is not much of a problem, although so far I see no reason to.

I don't type professionally, but I do type a lot, probably more than most professionals. ;) I'm also a touch typist, for what it's worth. So the keyboard is under considerable strain. So far, it doesn't feel wobbly to me. However, it might feel wobbly to you, I think there's a lot of room for personal prefence in that. I'm just glad my preference allows me to save some money. ;)
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Moonbender

15 years ago

That's open to debate, ssuellid. At least some reviewers do not seem to agree.

As for no games out there, apart from those UncleLou mentioned: Elite Force 2, Shadows of Undrentide, Frozen Throne, Will Rock ...
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Moonbender

15 years ago

And krudster, ANYTHING is better than Trust hardware... thatīs why it only costs about 79p per item. ;)

I'm using a Trust keyboard. It works fine. (350 kpm in typera, FWIW.) It's also got no superfluous buttons. As far as keyboards are concerned, technical innovation has stopped dead 15 years ago. I'm not sure what you guys do to your keyboards if you think a cheapass noname one isn't "robust" enough, and I don't think I want to know.

As for the wireless stuff, meh. Wireless inherently is more laggy than wired, although I hear that's not much of an issue anymore. I take it the base station of the mouse does not recharge the battery? How yesterday. In any event, wireless peripherals are about as useful to me as a brick to the head is to a dog. "It saves a lot of hassle"? Connecting mouse, keyboard and joysticks takes a minute at max, less now that I've got front-mounted USB. Going to a store to buy that junk would take me an hour. That's a lot of plugging and unplugging.
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Colin McRae Rally 3.0

Moonbender

15 years ago

Well, I like it all right. After the mindless (yet FUN) racing that was Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 (which, incidently, also got bad reviews all over the place) CMR3 makes for some very nice high concentration racing. I think the graphics are fine, too.

*shrug*

Guess I'm just a fan of second rate racing games or something.
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The Fall Of Duke Nukem

Moonbender

15 years ago

I haven't even heard of JD ... :O
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Moonbender

15 years ago

Oh, he is him? Ah. Yes, I do remember MD.
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Moonbender

15 years ago

I covered this when I was registered on the forum. It's possible. Check your facts.

Ah. One of those guys. Awesome.
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Multi-Theft Auto reaches 0.3b

Moonbender

15 years ago

As much as I like MMO games, not every game benefits from that transition. I'm not sure whether GTA3 multiplayer is a good idea, really. GTA1 and 2 were a blast, at times, for a while. We usually got tired of it after an hour max, though.
And I doubt GTA3 would work as well as GTA1 and 2 did, as a lot of the arcade game style was killed off. Racing might be nice, though.
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Wario Ware, Inc.

Moonbender

15 years ago

I'm not sure. I'm intrigued because I think it sounds and looks just so bloody terrible (Shake!) that I'm still not sure whether this is all just a joke or not (is it?!). But I think I'd have to consume excessive amounts of highly illegal hallucinogens to enjoy this.
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Moonbender

15 years ago

Sorry but sometimes you guys are just FREAKS.
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Moonbender

15 years ago

*shakes head in utter disbelief*
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Rise Of Nations

Moonbender

15 years ago

While we're on the topic of who invented the computer, well, [link=http://www.turing.org.uk/turing/">Alan Turing and
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Moonbender

15 years ago

Ahahaha.
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Moonbender

15 years ago

Maybe skirmish is just an online duel with both players just thinking they're up against an AI and wondering why it's so smart and human-like. ;)
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Moonbender

15 years ago

RoN might be a cross between Civilisations and the standard RTS games, but it's heavily slanted towards the latter.
- The tech tree is extremely simplistic: linear progression in four or five fields of expertise.
- Placing a city just right - always a work of art in Civilisations - is basically gone, you just put it somewhere with some attention paid to strategic position (choke points etc), Civ essentials like terrain are completely gone, farms work just as well on tundra as they do on grass.
- The whole nation aspect is basically gone, or only represented in Conquer the World mode, which is really a poor substitute. In RTS mode (ie the actual game) you don't play on a world map, you play on standard RTS maps (which are possibly large, but the late TA had huge maps, too).
- Diplomacy, another Civilisation essential, is gone, basically. I don't think RoN's diplomacy is more complex (or fun) than that of, say, EE.

So, in my eyes, this is just a standard RTS, not really more similar to Civilisation than other games of the genre are. It's certainly not Civ done real time. That said, it's probably the best RTS of it's specific sub-genre (which was spawned by AoE) so far, at least so my RTS-phile friends are telling me.
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SimCity 4 Rush Hour

Moonbender

15 years ago

I didn't like this at first, either, but now I think it'll be nice. Sure, they should have left out all that action-style crap, but it looks as if the transportation part of the simulation also got some direly needed additions: like multi-lane roads and road-to-highway tiles. The raised railway also looks sweet, as is the transportation view in the region map. The public transportation department could also use some clarification, I know this has been an issue of constant bewilderment for most people.

So, w00t. Looking forward to this.
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Postal 2

Moonbender

15 years ago

Ah, awesome. Reviews of crap are always entertaining. :)
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New Unreal titles announced

Moonbender

15 years ago

Um, IMHO Neverwinter Nights is about as AAA as it gets. One of the two or three best RPGs since BG2, with the only other contenders being Morrowind and Gothic 2. *shrug*

Also, did you know that "atari" is the word for the Go equivalent of "check" in chess? Hah and people say there's nothing to be learned from watching anime.
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Eurogamer launches anew

Moonbender

15 years ago

I can reproduce that in IE5, not so in Mozilla or Opera. Happens to me if you write long lines, ie when/before a line wraps, the textarea width resizes, and you can't see the scroll bars any longer. Weird. But that's what you get for using that much JavaScript ...
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Moonbender

15 years ago

Well it works in Opera 7 and it works in the current Mozilla. Both of these are available for Linux with the same rendering engines. I don't know if and how it works with Konquerer/Safari, though. It probably doesn't work too well in Lynx/Links.
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Moonbender

15 years ago

Although it's not always 32k ... last time it was more than a hundred. But still, it stalls at one point.
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Moonbender

15 years ago

sam: Same problem here. Very weird. And annoying. :F
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Moonbender

15 years ago

Front page, left side, the news article auxiliary information (date, number of comments, optionally the platform symbol) should right align. As it is, auxiliary information without a platform symbol is not aligned with those with a platform symbol, which makes the whole thing look weird.
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Moonbender

15 years ago

Wow. Nice! That's my first impression, at least, I'm sure I'll find something annoying in due time. ;)
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Counter-Strike

Moonbender

15 years ago

Also: The screenshot galleries (http://www.eurogamer.net/screenshot_archive.php?filter=XBOX) give me 404 not found.
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Moonbender

15 years ago

Wraps very well in IE, kind of wraps in Mozilla, doesn't wrap at all in Opera.
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Need For Speed going Underground

Moonbender

15 years ago

Apparently they did in fact mess up the press release. There's one going around with the PC platform included, another one without. Apparently the currently official version includes the PC, which I think is nice since I really loved NFS:HP2. I'm a bit sceptic on the setting of this new version, but as long as it plays similar I'm happy.
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Team Fortress 2 update on the way

Moonbender

15 years ago

BTW to add to my previous comment:

FREAKING ROCKET JUMPS BABY!!!

That is all.
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Moonbender

15 years ago

Depends. Team Fortress Classic isn't really similat to BF1942, or any other currently popular online shooter, I think. I'm not sure if they were trying to recreate the TFC experience or if they were going for more realism in TF2.
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Moonbender

15 years ago

A little bird once told me "buy Deutsche Telekom!". I killed him a few weeks after that. So, in conclusion, little birds lie. ;)
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Battlezone 2 : Combat Commander

Moonbender

15 years ago

Oh you know how those visionaries are like. ;)
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Moonbender

15 years ago

You listening, Peter?
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Mario Kart Double Dash!!

Moonbender

15 years ago

Are you lot actually cheering for those graphics? And if you answered yes to that last question, are you blind?!
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Free Radical moves on from TimeSplitters

Moonbender

15 years ago

Tribes 3 also was announced earlier the day, to be developed by Irrational Games (of System Shock 2 fame).

Someone commented a couple of days ago that this years E3 didn't look to promising, well I can't see that, at least not for the PC platform.
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Half-Life 2

Moonbender

15 years ago

Valve's Gabe Newell in an article on CNN money: "After we finish the announcement process for Half-Life 2, we will provide an update on Team Fortress 2."
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Moonbender

15 years ago

Nemesis: Because you read the wrong magazines. Graphs can be useful, but more often than not they're just a way to fill space when you have nothing useful to say.
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Moonbender

15 years ago

Same here. I've bought maybe five games mags total, two of them US PC Gamers for the novelty of having an English-language magazine lying around.

Then again, non-gaming PC mags are all right. I don't buy them, but I do get supplied by them by my father who buys them obsessively. If I was on my own, I might buy one which is especially good. Compared to games mags, good hardware and general computing mags just have a lot more substance. Consequently, there are gaming websites in abundance, but there are like three good hardware reviewing sites.

Edit: Oh um no offense to the EuroGamer staff intended. But in-depth hardware reviewing needs a degree and a tech laboratory, games reviewing required good taste and a computer. Please don't kill me?
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Moonbender

15 years ago

Ah, I see. Ts ts, piracy endorsement on EG? ;) Thanks Lou!
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Moonbender

15 years ago

Um, I'm not complaining, but curious: isn't this feature violating a couple of copyrights? Or did you ask PC Gamer US and CGW US for those scans? :O
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Full Throttle 2: Hell On Wheels

Moonbender

15 years ago

A WW2 tactical shooter. :)
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