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Old games: PC classics that are still worth playingOld games: PC classics that are still worth playing
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Not sure I'd include any of the original X-Com games in an article like this. I loved them back in the 90s - skipped more than a few full days of class to confront the alien menace. However they don't really translate that well, especially not to modern sensibilities. How many modern gamers would really tolerate having to manually reload and re-equip ammo clips on individual units between every mission?

As for Planescape:Torment I actually tried running it last night (using the DnD Master Collection disc version). Unlike Baldur's Gate there's no Enhanced Edition so if you want to run it at a higher resolution than 800 x 600 you'll need to fiddle with some mods and hope for the best.

I remember being able to apply the G3 widescreen patch and getting a functional higher / wider res version of the game a few years ago when still running Win 7. Visually the patch still works, but the performance decreases incredibly under Win 10. Also things don't scale, so 'higher resolution' really means wider visual perspective. It's still a great game, but modern gamers should be aware that it's also an exercise in old-school modding if you want to get to look even remotely modern.Reply
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Ah, you jumped the gun on Planescape: Torment a bit. There's an enhanced edition now.

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panbient commented on
1 Month ago
Five ex-Division devs are adapting a "cult classic" IPFive ex-Division devs are adapting a "cult classic" IP
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Cult classic with multiplayer?

Marathon?

Though personally I'd lose it if they finally brought out the MP 'update' that Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri advertised in its cd case however many years later.

Could also be Heavy Gear. A MMO take the massive conflict that shaped the story in the original could make for a much more rewarding experience. Seriously though, the 'story' for HG as a single player game was THE. ABSOLUTE. WORST. I've ever had to play through. Gameplay was a blast though (like equal parts Quake and Mechwarrior).
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panbient commented on
1 Month ago
Donald Trump saw clips including “No Russian” before meeting on violent videogamesDonald Trump saw clips including “No Russian” before meeting on violent videogames
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Please let Jack Thompson sit next to Derek Smart at that table.
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Belimawr responded to panbient's comment in
2 Months ago
Why are games so bad at sex? We ask an expertWhy are games so bad at sex? We ask an expert
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“But if we look over the last few years especially, we’ve seen this real broadening in understanding of what having sex actually means, and people have started to focus more on the pleasure and the fantasy.”

How insular and self-focused does a person need to be to make a statement like that? Sure, media standards have relaxed over the last few years but attitudes have been changing for, well, pretty much ever.

What about the whole 'free love' movement of the 60s?
The reputation of so many rock bands from the 70s and 80s having orgies with groupies after shows? Grand Funk Railroad has an urban legend of a full-on 3 day group sesssion.
All of Kinsey research in the 40s?
The Marquis de Sade in the mid 1700s?

To make a statement like our social perception and attitudes regarding sex have been broadening dramatically over the last few years is like a teenager thinking their generation invented oral sex.Reply
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stuff like this is always the same with "older" people. you only need to look at what most adults in their 50's and 60's think is unreasonable behaviour and a problem with society, but go back to when they were that age and they will of generally done worse, but back in their time you just got a smack round the ear from a copper and told to sod off.


this is the biggest problem with society they look on the past with blinkers and ignore the fact that what happened back in the even the 80's wouldn't be allowed today. or an even closer example Friends a much loved comedy goes up on Netflix and people are slating it for fat shaming and other stuff, honestly when did people get so sensitive? this is why I would actually go the other way, with how sensitive people are getting now, you actually have a greater chance of offending people and a company getting slated or protested again, so if anything I would say the louder group is actually way more prudish than the old generations.


most only act as if they understand because it has became cool to stick up for minority groups and that is why nearly every day on news sites there is some random person pointing out something is offensive that pretty much no one else in the world would notice. like the complaint lego is sexist because sets in blue boxes are superheroes and city building, while sets in pink boxes are stuff like salons and such, we ignore the fact that no where does it say boy or girl on either box, now isn't the person complaining being the one causing the problem as they are using blue means boy and pink means girl.


so yeah that's my rant over, but I would honestly say sex in games now would offend more than it would of 15-20 years ago.

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Nolan Bushnell says “I applaud the GDC” after being removed from award ceremonyNolan Bushnell says “I applaud the GDC” after being removed from award ceremony
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Is he still actually still advocating for that kind of behaviour? If not, then this is losing sight of the real issue and punishing someone for social norms of a previous era.Reply
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SJW's will hang you out to dry for it (Or worse), but you're not wrong. Was he publicly reprimanded for it then? Did it impede his career or what he achieved for the industry? It's ridiculous. Make no mistake, that type of behavior is disgusting and does not belong in the workplace under any circumstances, but to deny someone an award based on something from a different era, especially when he didn't get in trouble for it then is completely asinine.

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panbient commented on
2 Months ago
Wolfenstein's BJ Blazcowicz is Doomguy's great-great-grandfatherWolfenstein's BJ Blazcowicz is Doomguy's great-great-grandfather
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So does that make Sly Boots Doomguy's cousin?
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panbient commented on
2 Months ago
Design your own armies in Forged Battalion, an RTS with Command & Conquer DNADesign your own armies in Forged Battalion, an RTS with Command & Conquer DNA
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The design your own army method reminds me of Earth 2140 (if memory serves me correctly). But ultimately it didn't matter. Whoever built helicopters that dropped nukes first won hahaha still loads of fun on a LAN.

Hopefully these developers learn from that classic. Looking forward to this one.
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10 Steam tips and tricks you might not know but definitely should10 Steam tips and tricks you might not know but definitely should
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Thanks for that tip on how to install on multiple drives. That one is fantastic.

As for skins I find it really annoying that Steam offers official backgrounds but they only apply to your own profile. Why can't I have that same background in the store?Reply
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yes! If you

re going to allow us to skin it...then let us SKIN-IT!

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3 Months ago
One Quantic Dream employee has 600 photoshopped images of other staffOne Quantic Dream employee has 600 photoshopped images of other staff
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And this is why HR is so vital when you grow your company from a start-up company with your bros to an actual big boy business.
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Kansas lawmakers pass tougher anti-swatting laws after last year’s deadly incidentKansas lawmakers pass tougher anti-swatting laws after last year’s deadly incident
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How do you know he was trigger happy?


From the sound of article and other online reports it's an unfortunate situation of a homeowner surprising the swat team while they were setting up then not cooperating while the police are only able to operate on what they've been told (an apparent hostage situation).


That doesn't make it right. It just underscores how dramatic of an impact the internet has had on social attitudes and behaviours in a very short time.

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I do not think he was trigger happy at all. In his mind he was going into a hostage situation. He took the opportunity presented to save people. Have you ever been in a situation, where you have to save hostages. Most likely he identified the target positively, and didn't want to take chances to see if he was armed, especially with the possibility of other victims in the house. The cop isn't trigger happy or at fault, he was doing his job and the one who called the swat on false pretenses should be given the cops sentence on top of his own.

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panbient replied to 9 questions on the DG2: Defense Grid 2 Review
1 Year ago
DG2: Defense Grid 2 review snippet Does the setting of DG2: Defense Grid 2 feel original?
As original as any other post-apocalyptic / dystopian future in a sci-fi game.
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panbient replied to 12 questions on the SimCity™ 4 Deluxe Edition Review
1 Year ago
SimCity™ 4 Deluxe Edition review snippet How hard is it to make money in SimCity™ 4 Deluxe Edition?
The underlying economic model isn't super complex. Industrial zones create jobs, Residential zones provide housing, and Commercial zones maximize the profits from the Industry. Just don't spend all your money at once while the game is paused.
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1 Year ago
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II review snippet How does Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II compare to other Warhammer 40K games?
It's a departure from the earlier Dawn of War titles in that there's no base building at all in the single player campaign. It's all about controlling 4 hero units / squads in a cover based RTS.
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panbient replied to 4 questions on the Drox Operative Review
1 Year ago
Drox Operative review snippet How does Drox Operative run on your PC?
It's an older title as such it runs fine on my old system (2010-ish). The game also runs fine in Big Picture mode but the text is a bit small on a TV. Steam Controller is functional as well but this plays better with mouse and keyboard.
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panbient replied to 7 questions on the Grim Dawn Review
1 Year ago
Grim Dawn review snippet Does Grim Dawn feel grindy?
It starts feeling a bit grindy after the 2nd playthrough. But for the most part the action is fluid enough that you don't notice it. Very rarely find myself staring at cooldown boxes rather than the action on screen.
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panbient replied to 8 questions on the Dungeon of the Endless Review
1 Year ago
Dungeon of the Endless review snippet Why does Dungeon of the Endless feel retro?
It absolutely does not feel retro. This is a modern tower defense game with heroes added to the mix and a novel room / power mechanic to control the rate and difficulty of the mobs. The pixel art style is definitely 'neo-retro' looking but that only seems to make the game feel more modern to me.
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panbient replied to a question on the Battlestation: Harbinger Review
2 Years ago
Battlestation: Harbinger review snippet What are gamers first impressions of Battlestation: Harbinger
Absolutely. It's basically FTL + Space Pirates and Zombies + somehow relaxing. Also plays nicely with a Steam Controller / Big Picture mode.
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