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When games fade away

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Games come and go. Just like what happened with quake, quakeworld, doom, quake team fortress, half-life death match, diablo, diablo II, asheron’s call, everquest, daggerfall,,,, and hundreds of other games.

Remember the good ole days of playing the games you enjoy. One day you will tell your kids of the good times you had.
I still tell my kids about what quake was like in 1997 and 1998. When we used to play diablo II I would tell them stories of what it was like playing the original diablo on dialup.

As for myself, my kids and I used to play l4d / l4d2. Now my grandkids and I play.

It is sad when a game passes from the limelight, but it is just life.

My first exposure to video games was in the early 1980s when a local corner store put a Donkey Kong arcade game in. My buddies and I would collect our spare change, ride our bicycles to the store, buy a coke and put quarters into the Donkey Kong machine until we were broke.

From arcade games I moved to an atari, to nintendo, super nintendo and finally to pc gaming. My very first pc game was command and conquer for DOS. This was before windows 95 had been released.
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Ultimate Doom Final Doom and Doom II

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Decided to visit the Steam Store to see if any good games are on sale.  The big holiday sale usually starts around December 19th, so I was not expecting any great deals this close to the holiday sale.

While I was browsing the games in Steam I looked up Doom.

You ever get that feeling when you see something that brings back some good memories?  Maybe a picture of an old friend, toy that you played with as a child,,,, stuff like that.

That is the same feeling I get when I see The Ultimate Doom and the Final Doom.  Doom II was ok, I never could develop an interest in it though.

My wife saw The Ultimate Doom at wal-mart, bought it for me, brought it home, tapped me on the shoulder, handed it to me and said something like, “this looks like something you might be interested in.”

There was just something about Doom that pulled me in.  When I first started playing, it was like I was consumed by the game.  I played hour after hour and after of The Ultimate Doom.

A few months later my wife brought Final Doom home.  Holy crap, it was like level after level after level of demons and slaughter.

Then along came Quake. After a buddy of mine told me about Quake, and I got internet, my life was never the same.

Even though Quake was a great game in multiplayer, it did not have the atmosphere like Doom had.

December 2012, it has been 19 years since the release of the original Doom. Holy crap, has it really been that long? Yep, it sure has. The original Doom was released in December 1993. 1993 does not seem that long ago.

The Ultimate Doom contained 4 episodes:

Knee deep in the dead
Shores of Hell
Inferno
Thy flesh consumed

The original Doom only had the first three episodes – Knee deep in the dead, Shores of Hell and Inferno.

The Ultimate Doom added the 4th episode – Thy flesh consumed.

Final Doom has 2 episodes, with 32 levels per episode.

The 2 episodes in the Final Doom:

The Plutonia Experiment
TNT: Evilution

Personally, I like TNT: Evilution better then I did The Plutonia Experiment .

The second level of TNT: Evilution is called “Human BBQ”.  When the level starts, one of the first things you see is a human being spit roasted over a fire.  It kinda sets the tone for the rest of the level.

I do not remember what map it is, but in one of the TNT: Evilution levels, there is this huge room.  As soon as you enter the room walls start scrolling down with demons appearing out of the space behind the wall.  It is a very action filled level with lots of room to run around.

Doom II: Hell on Earth is a single episode with 32 levels.

At the end of Inferno in the original Doom, the player sees a city burning, implying the demons made their way to earth, which sets up the story for Doom II.

I never could develop interest in Doom II. The way the levels were designed, it was like I was playing in a box.

My favorite video games

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I first started playing video games in the early 1980s.  My buddies and I would ride our bikes to a corner store by the name of Cecil’s grocery in Bridge City Texas. Cecil had put in a Donkey Kong arcade next to the front door. My buddies and I would buy a coke, then spend what felt like hours pumping quarters into that machine.

Shortly after Cecil put his Donkey Kong arcade in, Howards grocery store in Bridge City put a Space Invaders and I think a missile command arcade game. The bike ride to Howards was long then the ride to Cecils. for some reason, riding the bikes all the way to Howards made the games less enjoyable then going to Cecils.

I guess it was somewhere around 1981 or 1982 mom and dad bought my brother and I an Atari. We must have played Pong and Pac Man for hours on end.

Fast forward 10 years. I got married, had kids and bought a Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES).

Between 1995 – 2000 is when gaming really got interesting. My family and I bought a Packard Bell computer with windows 3.11, 75mhz processor and 8 megs of memory.

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What happened to the PC gaming industry

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I dont know what it is, but over the past 4 or 5 years, I have not been impressed with the PC games coming out, and to be honest I am getting a little bored.

During the mid-week madness and weekend sales I have been buying games at discounted prices. Over the past year I have bought maybe a dozen games, and almost none of them make me say “wow”, or even grab my attention.

Where are the games like Doom, or even something new like what half-life was. Is it “really” that difficult for developers to come up with new ideas?

For the past 2 1/2 years I have been mainly playing the left 4 dead series. But the lack of timely updates (as compared to tf2) has left me with a game that has little interest anymore.

The whole battlefield genre of games is of no interest to me.

Not interested in tf2, much prefer Fortress Forever, but the FF community leaves a lot to be desired.

About a month ago I bought fallout new vegas, it seems like a lot of fun so I might try playing it a little bit more.

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Open letter to Valve software

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I had originally posted this the Steam forums, but I wanted to post it here as well. There was a question about Valve being the greatest developer in the world.

Here is my answer:

At this time – maybe so.

In the 1990s – No. Before November 1998, the best software developer was ID software. For those of you that do not know, Half-Life was released in November 1998.

My top 4 FPS games of all time are:

Ultimate Doom
Final Doom (this is really 2 games – The Plutonia Experiment and TNT: Evilution)
Half-Life
Left 4 Dead

Even though the Half-Life series has been great, it’s lacked the dark overbearing atmosphere that Doom had. The one time that Valve came close to capturing the title, was with the original Left 4 Dead. If Doom II Hell on Earth was remade, it hope it would be something very close to L4D.

Valve is a great company, and they come up with some great ideas. But over the past few years I think they have taken a turn towards “fun” games instead of “serious” games. Compare tf2 to L4D. Both games attract a totally different type of player. Valve seems to cater more towards the “fun” player, and less towards the “serious” player.

Why is No Mercy the most played map in L4D2? Because l4d2 players yearn for the return of a dark, serious game with an overbearing atmosphere – like what L4D has.

Now lets go back to the 1990s. Why was Doom so great? Because it created a great atmosphere and attracted a certain type of player. Valve has done a poor job of creating dark games – with the exception of L4D.

When L4D was released, it looked like Valve was going to develop a series of dark games, which would help them become a well rounded company. But instead, they made L4D2, and tried to make it less dark then L4D.

For Valve to take the title of “worlds best developer”, I think they need to offer a wider range of games. The games need to target players looking for “fun” games like tf2, and players that want a serious game with a dark atmosphere like what Left 4 Dead was.

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