March 19, 2009
March 11, 2009
January 30, 2009
The PC version of Gears of War stopped working. The reason seems to be that the game’s DRM was set to stop working on January 28th, and players are being forced to set back their PC clocks in order to use the game. Epic is currently working on a fix, but I can’t help but wonder why the DRM was set to expire in the first place.
I really don’t know what kind of people play Gears of War on PC. I mean, the game is about three years old, and there are far better 3rd and 1st person shooters out there. Gears of War is a pretty shitty game when compared to most other PC shooters in the same vein, and while the console release may have been a fun experience, it doesn’t really translate to the PC well. But that’s not the point, I guess. The point is that if people want to play a shitty, three year old game that they purchased, they should be able to, and not have to deal with expiring DRM.
Epic is one of those companies that I never really got into. I have enjoyed some of their games, but I can’t help but not trust a company that is better known for its engine than its games. Also, it should be mentioned that Gears of War PC is published by Microsoft, and is part of the half-aborted fetus known as Games for Windows. With Microsoft at the helm, I suppose I’m not really that surprised. This is really a prime example of a DRM fuck-up, and proof that most companies don’t care if the DRM breaks your game.
I should also note that people who have pirated copies of the game have experienced no issues…none at all. So, why buy a game that is purposefully broken when you can download it for free and not have to deal with having a game that doesn’t work?
November 11, 2008
Download Flowers of Error
I’ll start this off by saying that I am a big Jonathan Mak fan. I have played Everyday Shooter countless times, and I would play Gate 88 a ton more, if I was any good at it.
Flowers of Error is slightly reminiscent of Everyday Shooter in that you play as a nondescript glowing ball of some sort. You must avoid enemies, or you die. This is where the similarities stop, though. In Flowers of Error, the focus of the game is using the mouse to drag and drop objects in the game. If a particularly nasty wave of enemies is headed towards you, all you have to do is drag a few of them out of the way, and slip through the whole you created.
Some enemies explode after you drop them, causing chain reactions of explosions, and dropping letters, which can be collected to form what appears to be a poem, or writing. You can even drag and drop yourself, which makes avoiding enemies much easier.
The graphics and music really add to the game, giving it a very complete feel. Probably my favorite part of the game is that it is easy to play a quick game. This is definitely something that will stay on my computer. As far as short games go, I think Flowers of Error really gets it right.
November 4, 2008
The Situationist has been released. The Situationist was basically more of an exercise in getting my high score system working, but I think the game is fun. Check it out.
October 30, 2008
Free Mod Download (Half-Life 2)
I was reading an article about some popular mods the other day, and wasn’t very interested in any of them. When the first entry in an article about mods is a mod enabling you to play Battlefield 2 as nothing but World of Warcraft characters, and everything else is a few years old, I tend to get bored.
One mod that caught my attention years ago, and still tends to suck me back in is Battlegrounds or BG. This is a Half-Like 1 and 2 mod that takes place during the American Revolution. The British and Americans fight to control points on the map. It’s pretty much like any team-based FPS, but guns take about 7.5 seconds to reload, and the majority of combat is done with bayonets.
This is, in my opinion, what sets BG aside from most FPS mods. Because the game relies heavily on melee combat, to really be any good at the game, you need to learn how to use a bayonet. Anybody with a mouse can point and click to shoot a person 50 feet away, but Battlegrounds has a bit of a learning curve in the fact that if you can’t melee, you don’t survive.
This mechanic presents an entirely different FPS experience, one where individual skill can easily outbalance team coordination. I have been in matches where a single person has held a capture point against 4 or 5 people, and come out unscathed. Combat in Battlegrounds is not a contest to see who can get the better shot, but usually a 1v1 test of melee skill.
I was never very good at Counterstrike or any of those shooting games, but I excelled at stabbing people in the face in Battlegrounds. My clan even won a couple of North American Championships. There are organized clans and league play in BG, and a pretty hardcore community centered around the game. There are even historical clans which get together and perform line battles using authentic military tactics for the time.
All in all, Battlegrounds is a welcome departure from your standard FPSes. It is a bit of a challenge to learn how to operate the bayonet properly, but definitely worth it. If you have Half-Life 2, or can use Half-Life 2 mods, this is arguably the best mod out there.