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Forums: Latest Threads - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 22:20
Paradox has a new space game in the works. It goes on my list right away.
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World of Warships

Forums: Latest Threads - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 17:08
World of Warships has gone open beta. Not everything is implemented yet. It looks like it might be fun, I'm enjoying sinking ships so far. Same layout of tech tree, upgrades as WoT etc. Here's a screen of a U.S. starter ship. U.S. and Japan are the only two countries right now, altho you can buy premium ships from the other countries that will be added; Russia and England. Mini map lower right, aiming reticules center; ship condition, green silhouette. Maps are mostly the same, islands in the middle. We got Destroyers, Cruisers, Battleships and Aircraft Carriers as playable right now.
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Free Multiplayer FPS LAN games

Forums: Latest Threads - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 13:33
Hi, Are there suggestions for free FPS games out there that offer a multiplayer map that can be played over a LAN? I'm looking for something my son and I can play at home on separate computers against each other.


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The Campaign Series: Middle East 1948-1985

Forums: Latest Threads - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 12:02
For those who like the turn based tactical wargame, here's a new one in development. And a fairly new aoc of the Middle East. Looks like a Talonsoft game to me, anyhow....
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6 Reasons why the Terminator sequels all suck

Latest Blogs - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 09:29
The new Terminator movie has arrived and, surprise, surprise, it apparently stinks .This isn't rocket science, folks. It really shouldn't be that hard to make a worthy sequel...IF you bother to actually watch the original film and think about what sets it apart from the dreadful chain of half-baked sequels.

The problem here isn't that all the good ideas have already been used up, or lack of budget, or any of that other nonsense. It's Hollywood's complete inability to grasp what made the original film so engaging and different than the typical mush churned out by executives more interested in making money than good films.

The fact is, the sequels are really nothing like the original movie except in a few loosely-related plot elements. Here's why.

  1. In the original, there is a lot of tension because the primary victim is a young, innocent woman who is ALONE. She doesn't understand what's going on and has no idea how to defend herself.
  2. Hand in hand with #1, the audience also doesn't fully understand what's going on. We're given just enough information to keep us engaged, but through much of the movie we're left guessing who the good guys are and why all this is happening. Only by the end of the film have we learned the true story. In an earlier era, that's what used to be referred to a "storytelling." Nifty, eh?
  3. The original movie is dark, gritty, and decidedly stark and unrefined. It's filmed in a sort of low-budget method that gets the point across in a no-nonsense, almost narrative manner. It isn't great cinematography, the shots aren't smooth, and the camera doesn't swoop in from above like modern CGI-fueled films. In fact, with the exception of the terminator itself, the special effects are almost non-existent. It looks gritty and real because 99 percent of it IS real.
  4. There are no kids in the original. No bratty cousins, daughters, sons, brothers, aunts or annoying husbands or step fathers. Grandma doesn't show up to share her wisdom with us, there's no witty banter, no snarky jibes, and no inside jokes referencing events in earlier films. In fact, there's nothing remotely funny in this movie at all. Just the grim, relentless reality of a heartless killing machine stalking a terrified young woman who just wants to survive the night.
  5. There is fear for the audience because there is fear in the characters. Sarah Connor is afraid, alone, or surrounded by people she doesn't know or whom she is afraid of. In the sequels, the characters are mostly superhuman heroes with the skills of a Navy SEAL and the poise of a mafia hitman. The characters in these sequels are strong and they're meant to make the audience feel strong. In contrast, the characters in the original film are weak and vulnerable and so they make us feel weak and vulnerable. Even the "strong" characters we meet are easy prey for the terminator, which only serves to reinforce our sense of impending doom and helplessness.
  6. The original movie was pitiless and unforgiving. Within the first five minutes of the film we witness multiple gruesome murders. Nothing sets the initial tone of a film like a human heart being ripped out. In short, it's a film that was made by adults for an adult audience. It was not made to be stuck on the side of a kids lunchbox or so they could sells action figures at Toys 'R Us. Compared to most other films, the Terminator is a harsh, brooding, and unsympathetic films that spares the audience nothing. The terminator itself is not emotional and casually executes a suburban mother in front of her playing children. It was not a movie that Hollywood would make today because it's too dark, it doesn't end on a happy note, the characters are not beautiful models and teenagers, and the whole thing is actually sort of slow and plodding, punctuated by scenes of brutal violence. At the time, The Terminator was an indie film from an unknown director, and he hadn't yet been sucked into the corporate mindset of the film industry. Instead, he was young enough and foolish enough to make the movie he wanted and tell the story as it should be, rather than purposely script a story to maximize profits.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the rumors are true. Hollywood sucks.
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Armored Warfare - A Better World of Tanks

Forums: Latest Threads - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 12:48
Some compare it to being a modern version of WoT. While basically true, it is so much more than that. It isn't a simulation, it isn't an FPS, and it isn't an RTS. It's somewhat a combination of all three. If you have $15 to drop, it's worth it to get in on the Early Access.
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Summer Sales Loot

Forums: Latest Threads - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 01:42
So, did anyone get anything from the Summer Sales?

I myself picked up Distant Worlds, Rise of Nations, and Victoria: Revolutions & Victoria II. Distant Worlds sucked up most of my coinage I sidelined for the sales and then RL stuff stole the rest :cry:

I've been debating on picking up Westerado, Ultimate General: Gettysburg, or Xenonauts. (But with the anniversary of Gettysburg coming up I'm hoping we get a mega cheapass sale and I'll nab that instead.)

Westerado - It looks quite awesome!
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So...E3 Came and Went

Forums: Latest Threads - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 00:56
E3 was here again...but did anyone notice? I think it was another snooze fest. I only barely payed attention but when I did rouse myself to look at the headlines, all I saw were a lot of flashy trailers devoid of gamplay, and rather uninspiring, uninteresting announcements.

Did I miss anything? Or was it really that big of a bust?
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Scourge of War: Waterloo

Forums: Latest Threads - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 07:41
So Scourge of War: Waterloo was released today it seems!

Quote: Scourge of War: Waterloo follows in the footsteps of its American Civil War predecessors and takes the action to one of the most famous battles in history. It is by far the most detailed game about the final battle of the War of the Seventh Coalition.

The game boasts 20 historical scenarios (from the French, Prussian and British perspectives), 3 multiplayer scenarios, unlimited user generated sandbox scenarios, and a sandbox campaign, which adds a campaign layer to the game providing more context for sandbox battles. Currently in the middle of watching this first look video. Figured it couldn't hurt to post:

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Modern HD Resource Pack - Where Can i Download it?

Forums: Latest Threads - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 10:20
Where can I download Modern HD Resource Pack I have tried searching on the forums couldn't find one..

Please guide me. I want to Download Modern HD Resource Pack
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Faithful Resource Pack - Where Can i Download it?

Forums: Latest Threads - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 10:19
Where can I download Faithful Resource Pack I have tried searching on the forums couldn't find one..

Please guide me. I want to Download Faithful Resource Pack
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Forums: Latest Threads - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 00:08
Saw this over at Grogheads. Seems like a worthy investment to me. I just hope the dev keeps at it. Too many of these clever, low budget games are abandoned before they hit critical mass.

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Elite Dangerous vs. EVE Online

Forums: Latest Threads - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 18:38
Just curious what people think that have tried both of these games.
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Announcement: Elite: Dangerous coming to Xbox One

Forums: Latest Threads - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 03:35
Hi everyone,

When asked, I’ve said we’d be mad not to consider bringing Elite: Dangerous to console. Well, that madness is about to end! Today we’re announcing that we will be bringing the full Elite: Dangerous to Xbox One this year. Xbox players have supported Frontier well over the years, and thanks to games like Zoo Tycoon and ScreamRide we know the hardware well, so Xbox One is a natural fit for Elite: Dangerous’ console debut.

Elite: Dangerous on Xbox One will be the complete and authentic Elite: Dangerous experience. It will not be "dumbed down". We’ll be working with an all-new audience, but that doesn’t mean a change in direction for the game, and nor does it mean slowing development on the PC version. The second of our updates – Wings – is being beta tested by some of you right now, and the third will be coming in the spring, free of charge. We’ll be talking more about the third major update – Powerplay – soon!

More players across more formats means we can devote more resources to development. The more players we have, the better the game will become. Elite: Dangerous is a living game and it will keep growing on all our formats so long as people are excited to play it.

I’m also pleased to announce PC, Mac and Xbox One players will all share the same overarching narrative and galaxy state. That means even more players contributing to the wars, power struggles and Community Goals across the galaxy.

If you want to keep up to date on our Xbox One release you can sign up to be kept informed at .

With the new Mac and Xbox One players joining us we’ll see new faces on the forums and we hope you’ll make them feel welcome. The Elite: Dangerous community has always been strong, and I’m sure it’ll be even stronger the more it grows.

Thanks for playing, and Right On, Commanders.
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