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    Thumbs up Question for PC Gamers: How much have you spent on certain games? ...

    Hi guys

    This is a request for any PC gamers out there to help out with some of our game development research by answering the poll questions on the link below.

    The questions are: How much have you ever spent on one windows PC computer game? And; How much has your latest most favorite PC game cost you since it's purchase?

    For those who participate; Thank you for contributing towards our game project and have a nice day.

    http://www.etgames.org/research/pollGameCost.php

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    Game I'm currently playing is Battlefield 2142. Very good game, although I can't stand respawning just to die almost right away.

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    "Very good" and any of EA's "Battlefield" franchises have no business being in the same sentence together. "Flashy" and "gimmicky" yes, but the programming in the game is an attestament to the infinite monkey theorem.

    Edit: I was so busy ranting, forgot to actually post my games:
    BattleField 2 - spent around $50 (pity the fools that bought into the expansion crap). Absolutely horrendous gameplay coupled with many "wtf" moments and EA trying to mask the stench of their freshly steaming pile with fancy graphics you'll never enjoy anyways unless you owned the array of machines they used to test the game on (thats if they actually performed any testing at all).
    Half-Life 2 (Source) - spent around $50. Much better peice of work, though a breakthrough mod hasn't been developed for it yet.
    Last edited by @nthony; 05-10-2007 at 08:10 PM.

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    I'm currently playing Compan of Heroes and love it. I didn't pay anything for it because I got it as a prize through a game trading site survey. Though I did just buy a new graphics card for about 200, so that's what I've really spent.

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    The last "game" I got for the PC was Flight Simulator X Deluxe. The one before that is Midtown Madness 2 which is a rather old game. I'm far more into classics than modern games. FSX Deluxe is about $70 or so. The controls with the keyboard are extremely awkward* which caused me to lose interest in it and since I don't have nor want a joystick for something I rarely do anyway. My latest nonPC game is Final Fantasy Anthology for the Playstation 1, mainly due to a recalled event from 11 years ago that spurred my interest and motive toward getting FF6.



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    I was hesitating when answering the poll about how much I spend total on my most favorite game. Even if I don't play it anymore, I bought World of Warcraft + WoW:Burning Crusade for 50$ each, I bought the collector's edition to have it display in my room (> 50$) and I played for a little over 2 years, about 10$ per month.

    That's a total of 400$ !

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    Yes, WoW on display in your room isn't wierd :|

    The only money i've spent on games is $12 on Day Of Defeat in 1999.

    Half-Life 2 (Source) - spent around $50. Much better peice of work, though a breakthrough mod hasn't been developed for it yet
    Erm, SourceForts - hello ? :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by zacs7 View Post
    Yes, WoW on display in your room isn't wierd :|
    Yes, I'm a huge fan of the artwork, especially Samwise and Metzen.

    I couldn't care less about the game, I think that technically speaking, it's one of the worst mmorpgs currently on the market. The graphics are damn ugly, low polygon models and weird textures (I mean come on, you can't use the SAME texture for a gnome and a tauren!) and the network code and server stability wasn't great either. The server constantly crashes when there's 100+ players at the same location, which isn't much really.

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    If blizzard makes a starcraft MMO instead of an RTS I'm disowning them. And I just started playing starcraft again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zacs7 View Post
    Erm, SourceForts - hello ? :P
    its broke alright but definately not "through".

    Quote Originally Posted by indigo0086 View Post
    If blizzard makes a starcraft MMO instead of an RTS I'm disowning them. And I just started playing starcraft again.
    One word(?): MMOFPSRTS.
    I really don't think they have it in them, but if they could pull that off without mucking it up like EA did (it is Blizzard, so I have more faith), that would truly be an uncontestable game. However, I fear you are right, Blizzard just doesn't have the balls to take on something like that right now, and so they'll probably just stick to doing what they know best and churn out another SC clone.

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    I can barely play any game for a week before I'll start reverse engineering it.
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    Isn't reverse engineering a game against the terms of most any proprietary EULA? Even without a decompiler or the related, one could still make out most of the details of a game just by studying the design and game mechanics. It takes a good skill with observation, mathematics, and knowing some basic computer programming rules (such as what happens when a variable overflows - I get this in Sonic 2 in Metropolis Zone Act 3 using debug - 594 frames of falling from stopped (don't recall the exact number but it was just under 600) causes the character to go in reverse (128 pixels per frame upwards instead of downwards)).
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    it is Blizzard, so I have more faith
    I think there is an URGENT NEED for clarification here: nearly all the successful Blizzard games are related to the very same key people that were responsible for the creative department and the gameplay ideas behind the games. Diablo was originally developed by Condor, founded by three of the most well-known Blizzard employees, Max Schaefer, Erich Schaefer, and David Brevik.
    In June 2003, the most creative and best blizzard employees all LEFT BLIZZARD to create Flagship Studios, including Bill Roper. There is probably no innovative thing that ever came out of Blizzard that wasn't somehow related to those people. Blizzard at the moment has no creativity, no skill and seriously, apart from their creative gameplay (from the people that left Blizzard) or good marketing, they have nothing left.

    If you're looking forward to a good game, keep a close watch on Flagship Studios and especially Hellgate: London.

    I seriously doubt that anything creative, innovative or even successful will ever again come out of Blizzard. They're at the moment releasing such crap for WoW, it's absolutely shocking how lazy those bastards have become. Model and texture recycling, no custom icons, no custom sounds, no custom animations ... they're just collecting the money and do nothing else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ulillillia View Post
    Isn't reverse engineering a game against the terms of most any proprietary EULA?
    I think for 99% cases IDA and other disassemblers are used for actions that are against the EULA.
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    Well if you modify it in memory then its not

    They just said your not allowed to modify the executable , its not really an 'executable' as such when its loaded into memory.

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