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  • bowlisimo 7:07 pm on April 4, 2012 Permalink
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    Man, it’s only a matter of time before [developer from Freespace / Tie Fighter / Wing Commander] starts a space sim kickstarter.

    @impynickers Yeah, 2012 has been all about planting seeds. The first harvest of player backed development in 2013-2014 will be interesting to watch, for better or worse. Either way, it’s nice to have hope for a while.

  • bowlisimo 1:49 pm on August 25, 2011 Permalink
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    @shingro I’m starting to get the hang of the cover system. Also, much like you, I’m going stealth, which has been satisfying. The stun gun is a favorite, especially when blindfiring it into a dude’s chest as he’s walking into the room. I’m usually not the patient Solid Snake type, but I’m having fun with it. 0 casualties, 0 alarms so far.

    I hope Mass Effect takes notes on the hacking mini game. I like the exaggerated Hollywood style of hacking where you can see the red bad guy line tracing your nodes on a hacking-is-actually-not-this-cool graphical display. I like a world where you can inject a worm into a door keypad.

    @redswir1 @impynickers I know nothing about Windows 8, doesn’t sound too useful. Man, the whole “Microsoft not giving a shit about gaming on its own operating system” is a bit of a bummer, isn’t it? Hello, my name is Bowlisimo, you killed the Mechwarrior franchise, prepare to die.

    I’m not an economist, but if high-end gaming is all a desktop PC is good for these days, and people are rapidly moving to more convenient, more portable devices that do most other things better, I’m not so sure gamers buying a PC every 3-5 years is enough to keep everyone involved in business. Am I wrong?

  • RedSwirl 7:04 pm on August 24, 2011 Permalink
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    @angryjedi Actually lemme talk about Human Revolution and GameStop. I pre-ordered the PC version there because I happened to have a $50 GameStop coupon on me. GameStop does not carry the Augmented Edition for PC. Furthermore, I was informed that I was the sole pre-order for the PC version of the game at that store. I did get my OnLive card though. Don’t know if I need it.

    @bowlisimo @impynickers I don’t know a whole lot about Windows 8 (anyone mind directing me to a quick primer?), but from what I understand it’s Windows being redesigned for a post-Personal Computer world. I have to admit that at this point there are really only a handful of core activities that I can only do, or just do better, on a conventional computer. High-end PC games are becoming my main reason for owning one.

    I can also say that making my next computer an HTPC would solve a lot of media center-related problems, especially if Windows 8 turns out to be HTPC-optimized or something. I think PC gaming can move along with that though, and by PC gaming, I mean Steam. Steam has already consolized the infrastructure of PC gaming, and let’s not forget the “Big Screen Comfy Couch” mode they announced a while back. If Microsoft had done this with GFWL we wouldn’t even be having this conversation.

    Personally I don’t need to be sitting on a couch in front of a TV screen to play video games. It’s nice, but not required for me. If my next computer is an HTPC running Windows 8 or something, I better be able to have a big “Steam” tab in the “Big Screen Comfy Couch” mode.

    Regarding Xbox, or consoles in general, the only console games I even own this generation are either console exclusive games or games that came out first on console. Other than that my PS3 is a video set-top box (Blu-Ray, Netflix, anime fansubs, etc.). Owning an HTPC could eliminate the latter function. So, if anything, the PC isn’t dying, just transforming, at least from my perspective.

    For those who don’t go that route though, what I hope happens is that Windows 8 ends up having an app store that becomes accessible on Xbox – allowing the console to do for our living rooms what the iPhone did for our pockets. I hope Sony steps up to that challenge. Best case scenario: Xbox becomes a conduit for Windows in your living room.

  • impynickers 5:44 pm on August 24, 2011 Permalink
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    @Bowley I am just waiting for the xbox 720 to give full support for mouse and keyboard and give PC Gamers one more reason to jump ship. Things are converging, and the centre’s of focus are the living room and your pocket. Look at Windows 8, something clearly not intended for your typical desktop setup.
    The expandability of PC, and its ability to keep ahead of the curve technologically likely won’t end any time soon. I just see companies like HP paving the way for a larger dedicated company that takes the place of the variety we are used to. That might not be bad for customers in the end, it would possibly bring a unified brand to the PC and make it easier to market.

    @Pete I have my on-live coupon. I should frame it with words inscribed “Screw your face Gamestop”

  • bowlisimo 4:56 pm on August 24, 2011 Permalink
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    There’s an interesting impromptu conversation on this week’s Bombcast about the state of personal computing (HP is getting out of the market). Has me feeling kind of like an old fogey clinging to a typewriter.

    Is anyone interested in where gaming is going as a whole, at this point? I’m not against progress, I’m just thinking of things transitioning into an era sparse with immersive, interesting experiences, and overflowing with “zebra mussels”. The near future seems awesome, at least.

    /doom & gloom

  • Pete Davison 3:03 pm on June 14, 2010 Permalink
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    Hey @MimiK, great to see you here 🙂 Also, you use lots of big words. You’ll fit right in!

    I find the motion control question pretty interesting too. What’s your take on what we discussed earlier; about applications for those with disabilities or impaired mobility? I’m hoping my friend Ben who made the original comment will put in an appearance soon and give his take.

    I agree with the “Cambrian Explosion” idea. This came up when Roger Ebert was shooting his mouth off a few weeks back. I read a great blog post on the subject which pointed out that it was almost silly to call games “games” any more, because they’re not just about “play”. Sometimes they’re about telling stories. Sometimes they’re competitive. Sometimes they’re a social event. Sometimes they’re a work of art. And sometimes they just… are. Over the last few years there has been such a diversification in the medium that it’s difficult to pin down one quintessential “game”. In fact, I’d say it’s impossible. I’m all for that, though. The wider the medium, the more people who will get involved.

  • Mitu 2:57 pm on June 14, 2010 Permalink
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    Saying hi as requested! Ooh, this place has an interesting format. Let’s see if I get this right.

    @zegolf Re: Kinect – you see, I was actually kind of looking forward to this, but yes, I really don’t think they’ve got it right at all, as clearly demonstrated by the shenanigans last night with Cirque du Soleil. We’ll see what happens, though. The lineup of games does seem indeed poor, but I’m not at all surprised. I think motion-based games will indeed mature, but we’re not there yet.

    This Kinect/Move stuff is all pretty interesting in terms of both my research interests and my general philosophy of What Games Are, actually. My PhD work is currently looking at what happens as innovations in controller technology improve, how we can measure this notion of player embodiment, and what this seeming march towards a cybernetic hegemony and body-centred interaction means for game design. Interestingly, I’m personally *more* interested in the idea of abstraction in games, and these are the games I primarily seek to make, but I don’t think we can ignore the other end of the spectrum either. I’m very much into the idea that the span of What Games Are will keep broadening, and that’s very much okay. I very much agree with the Wrightian idea that video games are undergoing a Cambrian Explosion.

    But yes. Anyway. Rambling. Lots of Microsoft fail re: Kinect so far at E3.

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