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08
Jan
09

The History of computer games

The history of computer games as far as I have found go back to 1958.  Types of games such as combat games, simulation  games or games such as dungeons and dragons were early 60ies inventions but are still alive and being played today.  It amazes me when I look back at the earlist computer games at how basic the images were  compared to the games that are around today.  It just goes to show just how far we have come in the technological progress in the last 4 decades. The first ever game was called ‘tennis for two’ and it was invented by a gentleman named William A. Higinbotham who was a self claimed chain smoker with a fun loving character.  It is thought that William A. Higinbotham was the owner of 20 patents concerning electronic circuits.  William A. Higinbotham died on the 10th November 1995.

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08
Jan
09

Where are the Tigers? A Far Cry 2 Review

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Far Cry 2 is a really annoying game. I really wanted to like this game for the ambitions it promised. Although the developers have delivered some of the potential the missed opportunities ultimately outweigh them. The original Far Cry on the PC, for all its dumb assed, knuckle-headed B-movie story and cheesy voice acting, presented challenging game play and at the time (2004), graphics card imploding visuals. That game had character, it was fun to play, there was decent AI that did its hardest to outsmart you and it was set in a colourful tropical paradise of the Photoshopped postcard variety. Far Cry 2 ditches the B-movie script and tries for something more mature but loses its character and unbalances the story telling with the open world freedom of the game play.

You play as a mercenary hired to track down and kill an arms dealer (the Jackal…original huh?) who is arming both sides of a civil war in South Africa. You must work for both factions in the conflict, in return for information and leads on the whereabouts of the Jackal, as well as fellow hired killers whom you must befriend and gain reputation with. So far so good, has potential. The game world is impressively large (so much so that the lazier player can travel by bus from one area of the map to another) and beautifully rendered. Real time weather effects and day/night cycles are impressive and some times its fun to just explore and take in the visuals and the fire, have to mention the real time fire. Probably the most fun to be had in this game is to blow things up and watch the fire spread, setting alight the grass and trees in the nearby vicinity. There is a fair amount of interactivity, I had my character gouging out bullets and snapping his broken limbs back in place on a regular basis and the environment is pleasantly destructive. I was hoping to be attacked by the local wildlife, maybe chased by a tiger or pounced on by a lion, but alas only zebra and gnu roam this virtual Africa.

So why do I sound so negative? Where to start? Well the missions do get a little repetitive, usually consisting of killing a target for one side or the other, rescuing a target or destroying resources and munitions. Although these missions can mostly be completed in any way you can think of, the repetitiveness of them does begin to wear thin. A lot of the time I found myself having more fun causing mayhem outside of the missions and the story itself. Throughout the game world you will encounter very many patrols, guard houses and road blocks. None of which are populated by anyone remotely friendly. I spent more time trying to navigate these than play through the actual story missions. This is perhaps the biggest downfall of the game. The story doesn’t sit in this type of game world. It takes so long to travel from mission objective to mission objective, a trek that cannot be completed without getting shot at, chased or rammed off the road by angry faction members, that by the time I arrived I really didn’t care what my objective was. Oh yes and your character is infected with Malaria from the get go and regular medicine is needed to keep it at bay…just not at the same time as getting shot at or trying to extract a piece of shrapnel from my shins! I’m all for challenging game play but this takes the proverbial. To make it worse the enemy AI is totally broken, knackered and dumb. For some inexplicable reason I was shot and killed by an enemy who was facing the opposite direction to my character. Putting eyes and a gun in the back of an AI’s head is not good programming! Other instances of dumbness include enemies getting stuck in walls, blown up by their own team mates or just standing on the spot in the middle of a firefight doing nothing.

The story tries to say something about the war-like, violent and aggressive nature of man and compares it to a cancer or virus that needs to be contained, but by the end of the game I was left not caring because the narrative lost itself in the wilderness somewhere, maybe it found the tigers.

07
Jan
09

Review: Counter-strike Source (PC)

Counter-Strike Source is a PC game developed by Valve corporation. It is a complete remake of Counter-Strike using the “Source engine”.

There are two teams Counter-Terrorists and Terrorists. The aim of the game is to defeat the opposing force so that your team wins. This can be accomplished by either completing the objectives (planting the bomb, rescuing the hostages) or by killing all of the other team.

This is one of the best online first person shooter games I have played. I dont mean graphics wise(even though the graphics are decent enough), but in gameplay terms this game is hard to beat.

The game has so many different things you can do within this game mainly killing others but you can do other things including “surfing”, “ice-skating” and lots more.

Most servers on the game have a ranking system that is determined by a kill/death ratio. Obviously the more kills you get, the better you’re ranked.

The game has a system where at the beginning of every round you have a chance to buy from a selection of weapons to use through the round. You can only accomplish buying if you have enough money, you can gain money by killing people and by your team winning the round.

A quick look at the interface:

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A few problems occur sometimes with this game, The problem that always annoys me is the amount of connection problems you get. You sometimes get an error messages because of inconsistant files that you need to play a server but with this in mind it is still a really good game.

Throughout my time playing the game I have gradually become better, I wouldn’t say im great, but I’m not bad either. I have come across people who are exceptionally good and some people who would kill more things playing Super Mario.

Overall I would rate this game one of the best games i have ever played.

P.s. The guy in this film kinda sucks

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07
Jan
09

Review: Guitar Hero World Tour (PS3, X-box 360, PS2)

I first played Guitar Hero World Tour over the Christmas period where I found the game to be extremely addicting, I have played most the other Guitar Hero sequels and found them to be just as addicting.

I found this game to be the best of the lot, the creators of the game (Neversoft) have now included a drum machine that works in the same way as the guitar. The notes come down the screen and you hit the corresponding drum, this has been eagerly awaited by alot of people. (including me)

On the downside to this is that with the drum kit being so sensitive you can’t really hit them like you would a real drum kit. My friend found this out the hard way, he broke the drum kit within a week of having it. But I guess its what happens if you play the game drunk. This being the only downside (I found)with the game. or maybe it’s not a fault with the drum kits, just a fault with his brain.

07
Jan
09

The History of Computer Games

My name is Lynsey and I am going to be writing about the history of computer games (hence the title).  I’m not an expert in any shape or form when it comes to computer games or computer consoles but I do have a ten year old son who thinks he is!  I’m not a complete novice though and I have to admit that I do enjoy sneaking on my sons games console when he is not on it.  My son has just had an xbox 360 arcade for christmas and it came with games included with it.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that a couple of the games were games that I used to play in my childhood such as Pac-man, Frog and feeding frenzy.  My son was surprised that I knew how to play the games and also that I was actually quite good at them.  I am interested in when the computer games actually came into use, what games they were and how they have changed over the years.