FPS rantings: where the bias is almost as strong as the opinions http://www.fpsrantings.com First Person Shooter game reviews, news and gossip Fri, 10 Feb 2006 14:59:21 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=1.5.2 en Halo 2 and Windows Vista http://www.fpsrantings.com/2006/02/10/halo-2-and-windows-vista/ http://www.fpsrantings.com/2006/02/10/halo-2-and-windows-vista/#comments Fri, 10 Feb 2006 13:16:19 +0000 Matt Rant Previews http://www.fpsrantings.com/2006/02/10/halo-2-and-windows-vista/ Okay. So. We’ve got Halo on the Xbox. Later released on the PC. It was alright. They left out the co-op one of the biggest boons to the game imo, and the controls were all still mapped like a gamepad. Whatever.

Halo 2 gets released and we all wait and wonder when they’ll make a PC port. Well it’s finally come. In a way. Apparently you have to have Windows Vista in order to play Halo 2 for the PC. Now this just rings my WTF?! bell. I mean seriously. I would have to get a different version of Windows just to play this game? I mean. I know the Halo series is hugely popular, but I seriously doubt Microsoft’s wisdom on this call. I don’t really know how many people would go and upgrade to Vista just so they could play Halo 2 on the PC. Vista had better be daymn good in order for someone to grab it. And they’d better throw in Halo 2 for free. I’m not kiddin. This is a poor-ass incentive in my eyes for someone to get their product. I’m touched that they’re thinking that gamers are a big enough market to try and cater to but…sh*t. What the hell guys?!

Looking around I found another official post off of Bungie’s main site. They go into more depth and detail than that little blurb on my previous link. Ahh yes, here comes the sugar coating and Bungie takes another fistfull of dollars up the *ss.

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Doom Movie http://www.fpsrantings.com/2006/02/09/doom-movie/ http://www.fpsrantings.com/2006/02/09/doom-movie/#comments Thu, 09 Feb 2006 15:26:25 +0000 Matt Reviews Misc http://www.fpsrantings.com/2006/02/09/doom-movie/ So I picked up the Doom movie on Tuesday. I had yet to see it and I had heard that it wasn’t so great, but I still had to have it. I went in with low expectations of what I was going to see and was rather surprised that it didn’t suck that bad. I mean. I saw Blood Rayne so no movie can ever be that bad and I can only go up. And for the most part. Doom does this. It’s exactly what I thought it would be. The cheap action flick that it was meant to be.

***SPOILERS***

My biggest beef with the film is that they keep saying that “Hell will break loose” and stuff in the previews and yet..well. For those of us who played Doom we know that you basically get sent to Hell from a Mars research facility and you have to deal with the invasion. The movie makes no note of this, instead saying these creatures are men who have been transformed by a 24th Chromosome that turns them into monsters because they’re basically evil men. Good hearted/soul men will get super human powers instead. It was somewhat of a disappointing turn but oh well.

****END SPOILERS****

Also an interesting note is their jump into the First Person perspective near the end of the movie. It was kind of neat to watch and a little stomach turning. He moves around in some ways that kind of throw you off. I think my main problem was a lack of a cross-hair. I couldn’t focus on a particular point and everything was moving and spinning. I didn’t get too nauseous but I could feel the beginnings of it if I watched any more. While it was a cool look into a new movie “filming” technique it was a bit rough in syncing up the monster reactions with the gun and camera movements. But whatever. All in all it wasn’t too bad.

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FPS Documentary http://www.fpsrantings.com/2006/02/08/fps-documentary/ http://www.fpsrantings.com/2006/02/08/fps-documentary/#comments Wed, 08 Feb 2006 18:51:04 +0000 Matt Misc Branching out http://www.fpsrantings.com/2006/02/08/fps-documentary/ Shout out to Jonic over at Re-Retro. He forwarded this interesting link to me.

It’s a 45 minute documentary on First Person Shooters. You know. The reason you all supposedly come here. I haven’t had time to watch it so I may comment on it later. I do have other responsibilities you know.

I’m fairly certain it’s a serious look at the genre and the whole “Gamer” thing. Be quite an interesting read I think. So yeah. Go. Watch it. I’ll discuss more later when I’ve had time to watch it.

Edit:
Okay so I’ve watched it. I’m about half an hour in and I just can’t take it anymore. It’s a completely negative look on the First Person Shooter and games in general. Basically you’ve got a father who’s worried that his son is playing too much and he’s worried about what he’s playing. Now, he’s got a good start. Father trying to take interest in his son’s activities and trying to be a responsible parent. I give him props for that. But the way he goes about it is just wrong. He takes drastic measures and has the kid rebel against him. Well no sh*t.

It’s very interesting to watch the viewpoints of parents and to see how they perceive these games. They all take an immediate negative stance and all the parents try to take extreme action to stop their kids. Albeit some cases are worse than others. One lady explains as she tried to stop her son by turning of his “harddrive” (heh) and he grabbed her arm, twisted it and threw a coffee table across the room. Obviously the kid has some anger management issues. And then there are other stories of parents who have fought with their kids about the whole gaming thing. I think a lot of the problem comes from not understanding.

These parents don’t really know about the games they just see violence and slaughter and killing and they panic and try to pull the plug. And honestly, how would they like it if they were engrossed in something they enjoyed and suddenly someone came along and tried to rip out of their hands. My father has told me stories of how my grandmother was very much against him playing cards because it was a “devil’s” game or something. Cards for crying out loud. But that’s the way it was. Parent’s don’t understand things and so they react in a way that does not help the situation.

Parent’s need to better understand what the game is about and what’s going on in it. All through-out the documentary I heard wrong descriptions and poor terminology use about the games. These people seem to be very computer illiterate and that even further hampers their ability to grasp the situation. It’s truly sad. People are striking out at things they don’t understand and are only making the situation that much worse. They talk to one guy at E3, one of the CS developers, and he makes a very good point that all through history people have rebelled against things, swing dance, rock and roll, movies, and now video games. These are just the next scape-goat for people unable to control their children.

Now, to be fair, they do raise some good points about these games teaching kids how to “kill”. Or rather, they’re teaching them good tactics. Which, frankly, I find is a great thing. Sure you have the bad eggs who lose it and go off on a shooting rampage and now they’ll be more efficient at it. But on the flip side, you’ll have 5 other kids who didn’t go bad with the same gaming experience going after the kid who has lost it. They’ll know how he thinks and what he’s planning. Games teach people a new way of looking at situations and how to react to them. I’ve noticed that people who game tend to keep cooler heads when problems arise. Of course like I said before you’ve always got the few who just can’t handle anything. But that’s nothing new. You will always have people like this. IE the 14 year olds swearing and screaming at you because they think you cheated. But HELLO these are 14 year old kids. They’re going through a lot. Hormones, puberty, it’s not pretty.

Another thing the documentary brings up is the “flashing lights can cause seizures” warning on some of these games. They make a huge deal of it and they use it as fuel for their “righteous” fire. I don’t know what to tell these people. I’m dumbstruck at their logic here. Games have flashing lights and explosions and a lot of movement. Some kids are more susceptible to this than others. They have seizures. You can’t blame it on the game. And yes while the game is technically the cause, the kid has a sort of a medical condition. Some people have asthma. Are you going to blame the oxygen in the air?

Anyways. Before this posts gets even longer I just have to shake my head in pity at these poor parents who are so afraid of what’s happening in their children’s lives that they can’t take a step back and learn about it and try to understand it before they attack it.

Pity indeed.

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UT2004 Mac Patch http://www.fpsrantings.com/2006/02/06/ut2004-mac-patch/ http://www.fpsrantings.com/2006/02/06/ut2004-mac-patch/#comments Mon, 06 Feb 2006 18:31:40 +0000 Matt Misc http://www.fpsrantings.com/2006/02/06/ut2004-mac-patch/ For all your dirty Mac people who like to game on those evil, slick, smooth, aesthetic machines there’s a new patch out for you guys that does some things with the UT 2004 binaries or whatever for OS X.

Happy Fragging

Thanks Blue’s News

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More Prey http://www.fpsrantings.com/2006/02/06/more-prey/ http://www.fpsrantings.com/2006/02/06/more-prey/#comments Mon, 06 Feb 2006 18:26:25 +0000 Matt Misc Previews http://www.fpsrantings.com/2006/02/06/more-prey/ 1up has had some interesting article thing going where each day they have a new feature up about the game Prey. It’s a good read and really gives you an indepth look into the game and what’s going on with it. So go. Read.

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S.T.A.L.K.E.R. http://www.fpsrantings.com/2006/02/03/stalker/ http://www.fpsrantings.com/2006/02/03/stalker/#comments Fri, 03 Feb 2006 14:19:48 +0000 Matt Previews http://www.fpsrantings.com/2006/02/03/stalker/ I’ve been holding off on posting about this game for a while now because I really didn’t want to have to type out the title all of the time. So from here on out I’ll refer to it as Monkey. Monkey is a great replacement word because it has no periods. Only one letter has to be capitalized and frankly, it’s a much funnier word. That being said Monkey looks to be another one of those RPG/FPS style games like Hellgate:London. Another trend perhaps? People still want all the shooting and killing action but the depth of an RPG? Hmmm. Interesting. Anyways, there’s that big nuclear explosion at Chernobyl, and years later people are going in and getting items or good or something. I couldn’t be sure from the description on the site. Since there’s all that radiactive goodness you’ll have your mutants and other freaks to contend with as you go about doing your business. Whatever that may be. The game makers seem to be limiting the RPG aspect so you don’t change your abilities and focus in the game because it’d take away from the realism aspect(because killing mutants sure as hell doesn’t), but they’re making it RPG like in the fact that you’ll have huge areas to explore and a free roaming type of game style.

Sounds cool enough. Game has a release date of “When it’s done” which seems to be the cry of many developers now. Sadly, it’s never quite “done” when it is released, but somehow I don’t think they have a lot to do with that. More of a marketing or publisher thing I suspect. I’m fairly certain it’s another Russian or German game. We’ve been seeing a big influx of foreign games recently. Could the powers that be actually be reading my posts and taking my “suggestions”?!?

Your laughter may commence now.

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Most Overrated games http://www.fpsrantings.com/2006/02/02/most-overrated-games/ http://www.fpsrantings.com/2006/02/02/most-overrated-games/#comments Thu, 02 Feb 2006 17:17:16 +0000 Matt Misc http://www.fpsrantings.com/2006/02/02/most-overrated-games/ As any reader who follows this blog regularly knows. I don’t like hype. So many games get an extraordinary amount and then they just fail to be anything. I mean sure. Nothing can live up to the hype it gets, but a lot of games can’t live up to just being good. I recently saw a post over at Evil Avatar that discussed such a topic. Most of the comments are about FPS games which is unsurprising, though being a forum post it tends to degrade into a flame war here and there, but they tend to keep mostly on topic. I would have to definately agree with the Halo series being extremely overrated. As well as the GTA games. I’m interested in what games other people think were overrated. Games that when you finally got it, and played it, that the first thought that came to your mind was “This is it?”

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Halo 3 ? Maybe. Sorta. Kinda. Who knows. http://www.fpsrantings.com/2006/02/01/halo-3-maybe-sorta-kinda-who-knows/ http://www.fpsrantings.com/2006/02/01/halo-3-maybe-sorta-kinda-who-knows/#comments Wed, 01 Feb 2006 13:20:06 +0000 Matt Previews http://www.fpsrantings.com/2006/02/01/halo-3-maybe-sorta-kinda-who-knows/ Rumors are running rampant about the next blockbuster from Bungie. There’s no question to the fact that there was gonna be another Halo. It was all just a matter of time. Well apparently that time has come? Sorta. Apparently there’s an “insider” who’s got the “scoop” that says Halo 3 is done! Microsoft is just waiting for the right time to give it to us. They’ll obviously want to maximize the hype (they’re very good at that) and then give it to us broken. And make us patch and update it over XBox Live.

Hah. I kid.
Put those tears away.

Hopefully they’ll finished what they started in Halo 2. What a hugely disappointing ending. My guess about the biggest “impact” date that they can release it? Probably the Playstation 3 launch. What better way to smash your competitor than to release the third installment of one of the most popular FPS shooters for a console. EvAr.

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Time Shift demo broke http://www.fpsrantings.com/2006/02/01/time-shift-demo-broke/ http://www.fpsrantings.com/2006/02/01/time-shift-demo-broke/#comments Wed, 01 Feb 2006 13:12:53 +0000 Matt Misc http://www.fpsrantings.com/2006/02/01/time-shift-demo-broke/ Ooops. Many thanks to Blue’s News for the heads up on this one. Apparently there have been a few installation issues with the demo and one of the Atari folks was kind enough to post a few answers and solutions to the problem. Good luck.

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Upcoming FPS games for 2006 http://www.fpsrantings.com/2006/01/31/upcoming-fps-games-for-2006/ http://www.fpsrantings.com/2006/01/31/upcoming-fps-games-for-2006/#comments Tue, 31 Jan 2006 17:43:59 +0000 Matt Misc Previews http://www.fpsrantings.com/2006/01/31/upcoming-fps-games-for-2006/ It’s great to feel so popular.

Or rather, to write about a popular genre.

I was never popular.

Sorry.

I won’t make the mistake of confusing the two again.

Anyways IGN has a list of upcoming FPS games for 2006. It’s not a huge list but it definitely highlights a few of the big up and comers. Which is nice because then you don’t have to go scrounging the intArw3b for news and bits about what might be good. Of course. You could just read here all the time. Save yourself the trouble, make me look popular. Works out great.

No?
Hmph.
Bunch of hippies.

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