Good Old Games (GoG) just had another customer

Good Old Games (or GoG as they call themselves) sells old or semi-old games over the internet, DRM-free for between 4.99 and 10.99 dollars. They come with downloadable artwork and manuals, patched to the latest version available for Windows XP and Vista. I have been following their (at first private) beta since 99 days (so my account says) and just bought my first game – Darkstar One, a spacesim.

You can download them as much as you want, install them where you want. They are yours to keep.

And for the pirates out there – why should you pirate stuff if you can pick it up legally for 10 bucks and at the same time support them so they can release more old games ?

For any old gamer, picking up games like Fallout 1 and 2, Abe’s Oddworld Oddessy, it’s mana from heaven !

Far Cry 2 beginners tips

Last thursday I bought Far Cry 2 for XBOX 360 from the FNAC.

Once again, the xbox 360 price was substantially more than the PC version (59,99 € versus 39,99 €). Still, I don’t need to buy the latest PC gaming rig to play it on a adequate level, with the XBOX the graphics are more than good enough for me (Ubisoft has developed a new graphics engine).

Far Cry 2 is actually not a follow-up to the first Far Cry story, the only link is the name and what it gives you : unfettered freedom in a large (50 square km’s !) area that is just crawling with bandits, jeeps, houses, more bandit, animals, pipelines and more bandits, all waiting for you to pass by and shoot, slash, fire and bomb them up in ways only limited by your imagination.

There are plenty of weapons to be unlocked, plenty of missions to go through and several ways to reach them.

Bandits are actually very hard to see, you don’t have an augmentation like infrared binoculars or some such to point them out to you. If they are taking pot shots at you and missing, you feel like a fool standing there trying to find them.

You can get an inkling of where they are when you get shot – the streak of red points to where the bullets are coming from. Also your target cursor turns red when it on a baddie (even though he may be hiding behind something).

My tips so far are :

  • Check your gps/map combo regularly – it’s the key to a little extra income in diamonds, the local currency there. Don’t forget to look up or down !
  • For the weapon shop missions, which are always on the other side of the map, use the bus ! In most convoy destroying missiles, the bus stop is not far away from the mission and saves you traversing all the manned checkpoints (which quickly become a pain to pass as they respawn).
  • Use the boat as well – it gets you most everywhere else, in a very quick manner, with only a minimal amount of bullets.
  • Treat your buddies well – they upgrade your safe houses and will save your bacon when you get into a firefight you can’t win.
  • When there are too many enemies around, either hunker down and retreat if you are in the jungle, where you are easely conceiled or if in the savanne, toss a molotov cocktail their way – fire is a very effective way of preventing them encircling you and giving them something else to think about than you.
  • Use the target cursor turning red to scan the areas for baddies.

My favourite weapons so far (I’m only 8% far or so, plenty of weapons to unlock) are :

  • for my main weapon the sniper rifle
  • my side arm is an Uzi
  • my special weapon is the machine gun, but I’m thinking of upgrading to either a flame thrower or a rpg for that special explosive feeling !

Guild Wars and the upgrade NightFall

I’m still experimenting with Guild Wars, and this time I’ve stumbled by accident across a guild made up out of Dutch and Belgian people that were recruiting.

Quite nice, apparently almost all people are in a guild nowadays. Once I joined, I found my missing conversation with other people in the guild speak. There seem to be quite a few people now in guilds.

For the knowledgeable, I just finished Bloodstone Fen, with the help of a nice guild guy who helped me out with the difficult parts ! On with the next !

Crossover Games 7.1 is out ! Guildwars works perfect !

I just helped beta-test Crossover Games 7.1 and it’s out of beta and into production.

Well, not like I tested *all* the games, but several of the ones I advocate for. No luck so far for ‘Broken Sword : Angel of Death’ or ‘Jade Empire’ but one of my fave MMO’s is running 100% : Guild Wars is running perfectly.

In version 7.0 Guild Wars ran, but there were some graphical issues and, what was very important for me, the keyboard arrows didn’t function very well. This is now solved, so I’m actually playing GW on my iMac, with no apparent slowdown !

Cool, but I had forgotten how loooong the coop missions can take to do. And ofcourse in two and half years or so (which was the last time I really played a lot) the population has changed. Everybody seems to be in a guild, and there’s not a lot of talking. I’m stumped on how I can get people to go into mission with me, it seems that only hardcore users are still running around there ?

Gonna try for a bit more, maybe I’m in the wrong area…

A new 3D iPhone game ! Written by one man ! Amazing !

Today I realised that iPhone programmers, who have struggled and battled with programming the iPhone since it’s release, using their own custom-written toolchains, have won.

When I read that somebody released a 3D game for the (jailbroken) iPhone, where you can walk about, and attack and be attacked, and he’s done it all on windows using a windows toolchain, writing everything from scratch, I just went ‘wow’.

It’s an early alpha release, but it still fires up my mind with Neverwinter Nights on the iPhone !

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You can read more about it here, but from the screenshots it looks to be on it’s way to becoming really cool !

Crackdown for the XBOX 360

I’ve just finished Crackdown on the xbox 360, and I’ve been stunned by it.

The sheer joy of running faster than cars, jumping higher than small city buildings, creating extreme explosions and generally wreaking havoc on the gangs using a whole arsenal of weaponry while keeping a tongue-in-cheek approach is something worth treasuring this game for.

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Rating : recommended, even for dads !

Fable versus Assassins Creed

I had bought Fable second-hand on Ebay – the original xbox version, since I had heard a lot of things about it. So I just put in the disc to verify that it was okay, just for a few minutes, and then I would go back to playing Assassins Creed.

That was an hour and a half ago. Fable is captivating, full of plot changes and the music, aah the music is especially sublime. It really feels like you are playing a movie. A predictable one, at first, as the begin story faintly reeks of the first few minutes of Conan The Barbarian.

Even though Assassins Creed graphics are way more beautiful, Fable manages to deliver a story, and you can appreciate the care to details that has gone into this game.

I just wanted to express my experience here : that good games can have good graphics, but that it is secondary to their value as a game.

Connect your xbox 360 to your iMac using Elgato Eye Hybrid

I’ve recently acquired an xbox 360 when MediaMarkt did a clearance sale on a particular package deal. 299 € is a very nice price for an xbox with a 20 gig hard disk, only the arcade version is selling cheaper.

I thought it was time to buy one, since almost all the games come out on xbox 360 nowadays, plus the fact that I really, really, really hate rebooting into Bootcamp Windows XP to play a game. All my Firefox sessions gone, all my open files needing to be closed and saved, closing my iMovie project… yes, my mac never shuts down unless it’s for a reboot for a new upgrade or into Bootcamp.

That’s the real power of the mac – it hardly ever crashes, so you keep everything open and keep working on stuff whenever you feel like it.
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So I got my Xbox 360, I’ve got an Elgato Hybrid USB stick, and that stick is connected to my iMac to record tv shows. Why not connect the xbox to my iMac via the Elgato Hybrid ? I first tried using the normal cinch cables, but the screen quality is really not good at all, and rather shaky to boot.

The trick to it is using a S-Video cable instead, and while it is not a super-crisp HDMI signal, it certainly makes it look better. It look goods enough to play every evening some Assasin’s Creed, in fact.

Without rebooting.