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The 1999 appreciation thread.

Discussion in 'General Gaming' started by anvi, Jul 6, 2021.

  1. Unreal Liturgist

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    i played that

    it kept crashing
    i had no music until i turned off directmusic hardware acceleration
    it kept crashing
    when i moved the mouse too fast the dragon would do 50 barrel rolls in one second
    it kept crashing
    i had to turn bumpmaps off so it wouldnt crash
    it kept crashing
    there were only two voice actors
    it kept crashing

    so overall it was a pretty cute game. would boop arokh's derg snoot
     
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  2. mindx2 Codex Roaming East Coast Reporter Patron

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    Codex 2012 PC RPG Website of the Year, 2015 Codex 2016 - The Age of Grimoire RPG Wokedex Serpent in the Staglands Divinity: Original Sin Project: Eternity Torment: Tides of Numenera Wasteland 2 Shadorwun: Hong Kong Divinity: Original Sin 2 BattleTech Pathfinder: Kingmaker
    Is there a place where more of these old PC Gamer mags are archived? I love looking through these and reliving a bit of PC Master Race history be it the articles, reviews or ads.
     
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  3. Morpheus Kitami Arbiter

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    The Internet Archive has some, I think they're missing a good chunk though. I think since the magazine is still around, if crap, people are less likely to upload it somewhere.
     
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  4. Nutria Arcane Patron

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    Strap Yourselves In
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  5. anvi Prophet Village Idiot

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    I didn't even know there was such a thing! The one the guy linked earlier in the thread is awesome. I was reading the EverQuest page earlier.

     
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  6. anvi Prophet Village Idiot

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    Ouch Jetfighter 4, so close.... so close...
     
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  7. Morpheus Kitami Arbiter

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    If you speak the languages, PC Joker (German) and Pelit (Finnish) both have pretty good reviewers in them. Pelit in particular gives some good advice I rarely see in period publications, though that could just be their RPG guy.
     
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  8. mindx2 Codex Roaming East Coast Reporter Patron

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    Yeah, I know about that one. Brings back memories of reading Scorpia's reviews!
     
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  9. curds Prophet

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    We have 50 PUBG clones and 50 Overwatch clones instead. Shitty clones of popular games are always gonna be churned out.
     
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  10. anvi Prophet Village Idiot

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    Sometimes they end up being better than the original thing. I remember reading about Unreal Tournament and thinking Wooow what a sad shameless theft of Quake's idea. Disgusting. Then I played a demo and and I was like wow this is amazing. And then they added a bunch of fun modes to it like the ball one, ctf, deathmatch, and then Onslaught in 2004 with the vehicles which was great at the time, and so slick. And so fast. I remember Halo players would sometimes try it and complain about how fast it was.
     
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    And Usenet.
     
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  13. anvi Prophet Village Idiot

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    Woaa sifting through treasures from pre-decline.
     
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  14. kangaxx Learned

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    Wish I'd kept my old PC Zones.
     
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  16. Pentium Learned

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    Team Fortress Classic [​IMG]





    Tons of great TFC avis have been made, these are some of those I remember the most.
    The fun was always echelons above Counter-Suck (second vid 5:20).
     
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  17. Unreal Liturgist

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    TFC is an incomprehensible mess of a game. To the point of not actually being all that fun.
     
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  18. anvi Prophet Village Idiot

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    QuakeWorld Team Fortress was the best by miles. TFC just stole it and then got famous like the gaming version of the Thomas Edison and Tesla story.
     
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    It wasn't stolen. Valve hired the authors of the original mod.
     
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  20. Unreal Liturgist

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    I mean, TFC can be fun, or at least funny, but the damage-sponge combat with tons of redundant weapons and silly explosions makes it one of those games where you don't feel like you're doing anything even while you're doing it. Also CTF kind of sucks.
     
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  21. anvi Prophet Village Idiot

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    You sucks! How about Unreal Tournament did you like that? And also how about 2k4 with that Onslaught mode? Did anyone play that?!

    I can't believe how lame FPSs went.
     
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  22. Unreal Liturgist

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    I like UT. I don't like CTF.
     
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  23. anvi Prophet Village Idiot

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    UT felt like a game from the future at the time, it was so good and slick! CTF I only really liked it one game. Early Quake multiplayer days it was basically the only multiplayer game. And all it had was deathmatch which was mindless carnage. So CTF was a good step.

    But the later FPSs didn't feel as good to me.



    That's what I was all about. It was so fast it was more like racing a car while shooting. You had to infiltrate their base head on, underwater, or through sneaky jumps etc. Once inside there lots of places for the enemy team to ambush you, so you had to be badass to clear your way through, or coordinated with a team. And you had to go right past the enemy respawn room so there were moments of carnage with various grenades being spammed and stuff.

    Only if you survived all that could you get down to the basement where the flag was. But it ended with a long tunnel that had such an RPG dungeon feel. And the Engineer could setup a sentry gun in there, the Pyro could fill the tunnel with fire, Demolitions guy could leave pipe bombs and detonate them with RMB as you walk past. Sniper has a long tunnel to shoot you, etc. So getting that flag and then getting back out and back to your base was the most pro heroic shit ever. Like scoring a touchdown and then making it back to your own line. It started developing into far bigger more elaborate maps, it could have been amazing. Shame Valve noobified it and made it into a game about hats. -.-
     
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  24. Unreal Liturgist

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    I don't know, I always felt like running back and forth gets old too quickly, and defending feels very underwhelming compared to normal deathmatch games. Of course, I've only played with randumbs, so perhaps it's just bad with bad players, but I always liked stuff like Dustbowl and such much more. CTF just feels like there's two halves of the game that are mostly disconnected from each other.
     
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  25. Jason Liang Arcane

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    I would say nearly all of these games range from slightly to grossly overrated. The four exceptional games from 1999 would be HoMM3, SMAC, JA 2 and GTA 2. It was one of the better years in gaming but not unparalleled and not unsurpassed. Video games and computer games grew exponentially from 1987 onwards and gaming revolutionized practically every year.


    For example, 1992 had-
    Star Control 2
    Darklands
    Flashback
    Ultima Underworld
    Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
    Dune 2

    1993 had-
    Doom
    Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers
    Day of the Tentacle
    Sam and Max Hit the Road
    Mortal Kombat 2
    NBA Jam
    Master of Orion
    Myst

    1994 had-
    UFO: Enemy Unknown
    TIE Fighter
    Uncharted Waters: New Horizons
    Final Fantasy VI
    This is not even including all the classic platformers being released on console like Donkey Kong Country, Super Metroid, etc...
     
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