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battlefield 3 and some amnesia fun times.

it’s the full version of those clips that have been released but i wanted to talk seriously for a moment. watching this last night i couldn’t help but a) drool and b) wonder at the future of pc gaming.

just look at it. the lighting is jizztastic but what i noticed more was the particle effects and bullet impact. when he’s on the machine gun on the overpass, look at the damage to the road. not the car explosions (which are pretty much as good as they can get) but the holes in the pavement left by the bullets. and they stay there. forever. the buildings are also destructible. now, you may be thinking – wtf bullet holes, who cares about bullet holes? i do. and here’s why.

i remember in 1996 that goldeneye had bullet impact damage, but only up to around 20 rounds. that it to say, you could spray the wall with your klobb and you would see bullet holes, when you fired the 21st round the 1st hole would disappear to make room for the new one. i would try and write my initials in the wall. it comes down to immersion. games are getting to the point (and some already have) where suspension of disbelief is as real as a good movie. the first time i played mirrors edge i felt actually sick. and it wasn’t just me.

mirrors edge

from penny arcade.

for years i’ve been leaning left and right or ducking gunshots when i play, but thats because my brain is an idiot. what battlefield 3 does is provide a visceral gaming experience. yes i looked it up: “ felt in or as if in the internal organs of the body”. i’m not saying that battlefield 3 is a like being in a war, of course it’s not. but by leaving traces of battles (and bodies and burnt out cars) i feel more involved in the game environment, that my actions have consequences. and not the bullshit consequences of say, fable 3 (more morality than anything else). along with character development (which good games have had for years anyway, just ask the tattoos on iamthedemonamon’s arms) and a good story (something lacking in the battlefield series single player experience ) games will become the audio/visual experience. the games industry is already bigger than the movie industry. just think about that for a second. i’ll wait.

so there are lots of confused points here and this isn’t really what i intended to type, but what the fcuk. i guess i’m just happy is all. happy that my longest hobby is doing so well for itself and there are game makers who focus on these types of details. the new crop of indie developers are realising that there is a massive audience for good games. i don’t want to go on about minecraft, but $30m? have you seen it? i played about 10mins before i was bored but jesus christ it has a following of devotees that…well you know that by now.

i was originally going to include this as a hahaha look at that moron video, but it kind of connects the points quite well. amnesia is a game i will never play. not because it’s boring or got bad reviews (85 on metacritic). it’s that it is scary as shit. and i say that as a 31 year old man/child, and accept all the embarrassment that may follow.

in short, amnesia is a game where you wake up and don’t know what’s going on (i think i’ve mentioned it before). anyway, you don’t have weapons and basically have to run away for the whole game. just stay alive. there are hundreds of videos of people being scared shitless by this game (search for amnesia reactions). no thank you. it’s sold over 200,000 copies  (an indie game priced on steam now at £6.49, 50% off) and goes to show that it’s content rather than packaging that pc gamers want. i won’t even play the free demo. fuck that shit. i have a fear that i would act pretty much like the guy in the video does. and if you want to know what the water part is

i played the shit out of this in scotland, xmas 1991.

hunter for the atari st.

11 years old baby. i remember arriving in scotland late, getting into our sweet ass cabin thing, and then locking dad’s car keys in the boot. along with the xmas presents. i hate to think what the xmas eve callout cost mum and dad.

anyway, the important thing was how good this game actually was.

watch this youtube clip for some gameplay. the narrator is incredibly annoying, but he does point out just how revolutionary it was (through bleeped swearing).

today, i played alien vs. predator for the pc (75% off steam sale) and it sucked balls. there was quite a cool bit where i knifed a guy in the back, lifted him up and he turned his head to look at me as he was dying. but as the predator, you only get 2 vision modes (normal/thermal). wtf?

…but what a douche.

okay, yes, agreed. guy is a tard for the voiceover beginning and all the bullshit production. but just watch him go to work.

i alternated between revisiting medieval war 2 (on steam sale) and breaking 100 pc hours on battlefield this weekend. i had a couple of good games. but watching these videos confirms the fact that i might be past my gaming prime. i only really noticed it the other day (since breaking 31 my body has started to go a little weird – something for another day). my reaction time is sluggish and in quick draw type situations i’m coming off badly. now that might be the weed. it might be that i’m not that good to begin with. or it might be because ‘noobkiller1990‘ & ‘zomgutard1987’ are years younger than me and don’t get out of breath scrolling mouse wheels. it also might be that the other players are tards and he’s exploiting a noob server, but *bangs fist on table sulking* i wanna be better.

than you, at least.

cheers, /r/bc2.

i think i threw up a little in my mouth.

but in a good way. watch the hd version too.

crysis 2 gameplay.

a developer version of crysis 2 got released onto piratebay yesterday. here’s some footage.

just look at it.

l.a. noire is going to be amazing.

l.a.noire

you can't handle the truth.

from the makers of gta comes l.a. noire. the single player campaign guides you through the ranks of the lapd. i normally skip cutscenes but i think it’ll be impossible to solve missions without them. the link is an orientation gameplay video, well worth watching.

another reason for the post is the “motion scan” technology for capturing expressions on faces (around 2:35 in). mass effect 2 had excellent cinematics and subtle character emotions but this seems like next gen.

may 17th.

this’ll keep me going for months.

battlefield 3

in game baby.

oh, and that parody of call of duty i posted about has been dl’ed over 1 million times thanks to me.

cheers, /r/gaming.