The Generations of Gaming

I have been thinking about this for a long time, and I do believe that the future of Gaming will be without interface as graphics reach new heights and gamers demand more innovation.

1st Generation (The Past): Information is given to the user in the form of text. Enviroments and problems are described to the player, and the player responds by typing. No immersion. Think Zork.

2nd Generation (The Present): There is a Forground and background for the player. The background shows the enviroment of the player, while the foreground shows text and interface to help the player analysis their situation. Can become immersive.

3rd Generation (The Future): The forground interface is removed. Now all the players needs are displayed in the background for complete immersion and cinematic gameplay. Need to check your ammo? Check the ammo gauge on your gun, or the arrows in your bag, or check how many bullets you have in your magazine! How do you know your player is tired? Because he is breathing heavy and running slower. What about your health? Simply look down at your body, see any bleeding or cuts?

4th Generation (Far Future): Virtual Reality, you are the freaking player.

Oh course this is all speculation, but everyone I’ve talked to does believe this would be a huge step to immersing the players and reinvent how games are played.

Attempting to play Dark Messiah

Well, Dark Messiah demo was great fun but however the game is a little troublesome. Bugs in the installer, bugs in the starting up, crashing in the game. Definetly needs an cleanup. If I can get it to work I will be doing a review.

Guild Wars hits 3 million sold

Guild Wars has just hit 3 million units sold, although this sounds impressive, and it is, it isn’t as impressive as you may think. This includes expansions, which users like me have bought the original and both expansions. Realistically there are probably 1.5 million accounts. Watch out World of Warcraft!

Press Release hereĀ 

1 Line Reviews of New Games

Games

  • Dawn of War: Dark Crusade 81% – Same Formula, slightly faster, Necrons are as fun as they look
  • Guild Wars Factions75% – Too fast and too hard. Exhausting quickly.
  • Guild Wars Nightfall91% – Holds your hand through it with a better story than Prophecies, but is very hard. I wouldn’t recommend someone just jumping into the games with Nightfall.
  • Eldars Scrolls 4: Oblivion 97% – The near perfect RPG. If only it was a MMO.
  • FEAR 94% – Almost as good as Half Life 2, but too easy. Could be scarier, but it made me jump.

Demo’s and Trials

  • FEAR: Extraction Point 82% – good bast with the minigun, but does not feel like FEAR and isn’t as scary. Not by Monolith.
  • Eve Online69% – Everything looks so amazing… wow… I wish I knew how to do that… tutorial is hours long and far too much information.
  • Warhammer: Mark of Chaos – Graphically Impressive like DoW was. Not as large or as tactical as Total War but it is fun, and nice to have the same army at beginning and end of a match.

Guild Wars: Nightfall Released

Yes I’ve been playing nightfall constantly since release, and now am level 20 with my paragon. Look forward to a review in a week.

EDIT: So far, Nightfall is better than prophecies. Buy it.

Review: Company of Heroes

Damn oppression, pushing us down and telling us what to do… Nazi… Teachers… wait, no I need to keep on topic… damn homework. Company of Heroes is the latest title to be fed out by Relic, the makers of classics Dawn of War and Homeworld – and like both those titles, this game is gorgeous and more unique than any other title out there. Relic are masters. (more…)

Lets talk about life…

Sorry for no updates, but we haven’t heard much, and we’ve been busy with school. (And I’ve been busy with Guild Wars, almost 250 hours total).

Only new game I have played lately that was interesting is Dark Messiah of Might and Magic (demo). Its a really awsome and gritty melee combat game, made even more so since its First Person instead of 3rd like most sword games. I really love the combat and I might buy it… nah probably not but I recommend it to anyone with more money than me.

E3 Murdered

E3 has just been downsized by almost a tenth (50,000 to 6,000) and has been moved out of LA. Additionally the date has been changed to June as opposed to May, but this is more a blessing for developers than a curse.

Read more here.

Guild Wars

/age

You have been playing 130 hours over the past 25 days.

Yep, this is an indepth review. I went on holiday, and thought about the game almost every few minutes. Once I got home I tried to write the review, but got sucked back in. Dammit.

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Back from Lake District

Just got back from holiday, I’ll write up a review of Guild Wars asap, and start playing Rise of Legends which I got. Ordered Factions aswell.