"I don't like repeat offenders. I like dead offenders." -- Ted Nugent

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Finally... I have a new PC rig.

Wow, it's been nearly seven years since I had a new PC. About three weeks ago, I finally built myself a new PC. I had not built a new PC since 2003. Needless to say, a LOT has changed. However, the build went fine. It has the following specs:
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1.) ASUS 990FX2 Sabretooth motherboard
2.) AMD 8-core CPU @ 3.8GHz
3.) 16GB of RAM
4.) 4TB of total hard disk storage
5.) Cooler Master CM Trooper chassis
6.) Antec 750W power supply
7.) EVGA nVidia GTX 760 GPU

I've been struggling with whether or not I wanted to dual boot Windows and Debian, or whether I should only install Debian. I finally settled on just installing Debian, and leaving the Windows DVD to rot.

There's a simple reason for this... games these days just don't captivate me the way they used to. Couple this with the following:
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1.) Microsoft seems to be leaving common sense behind with Windows 8
2.) VALVe is bringing Steam and a good whack of their games to Linux (and basing the SteamBox on Debian I might add)
3.) Windows game developers seem to be more interested in blockbuster titles that appear to the drooling masses rather than creating meaningful titles that everyone will love.

A perfect example is a game like Skyrim. Don't get me wrong - I loved Elder Scrolls 3 and 4. However, this new incarnation just seems like a souless exercise in harvesting experience, killing bad guys, getting wealth, buying better weapons, harvesting experience, killing bad guys, ad naseum. Sorry. Not interested.

I'd much rather be able to drop myself into a giant arena, fight it out for about 10 minutes, get my game fix, and then get back to work.

Anyway, in any case, I have a new PC, and I love it. :)

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Nostalgic forever...


When you consider how much garbage is being pumped out by game makers these days, is it any wonder that many people are simply not buying new games anymore? It seems that retro-gaming is experiencing a sort of second wind as of late. It doesn't surprise me in the slightest.

Hey, game developers. We're tired of games that rehash the same stories over and over again. We're tired of games that insist we complete "chores", rather than defeating challenging foes, in order to move forward. We're tired of games that essentially glue your feet to fixed rails, tell you where to point/shoot, and say "There now! Wasn't that realisitic and exciting?!" We're tired of electronic amusement rides.

For those of you who agree with me, and are sick of lapping up fetid and festering dogwater games, here are some open/free alternatives you may like as much as I do:
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http://www.sauerbraten.org/
http://www.xonotic.org/
http://www.warsow.net/
http://www.worldofpadman.com/
http://www.cubers.net/
http://red.planetarena.org/
http://www.redeclipse.net/

Sure, I'm stuck in the year 1999 as far as gaming is concerned. I'm in a happy place, and I'll probably still be here long after every single other person has left.