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July 18, 2011

Valve Complete Giveaway

In celebration of Valve and all the great games they have given to the us over the years we have decided to host a giveaway in honor of this for all of our current and future members. 

We will be giving away the ‘Valve Complete Pack’, for those of you who don’t know what that means let me tell you.  The “Valve Complete Pack” contains every single Valve game including Left 4 Dead 2, Portal 2, Half-Life 2, and many more.  To see a complete list of games check the list at the bottom of the page.  The contest ends July 31st, 2011. 

You may now be asking yourself what do I have to do to get qualified for this  fantastic give away.  Read below!

1.  Sign up on the website here at  www.thegamersblog.com.  If you are already a member please proceed to step 2.

2.  Post on this post what your favorite game is of all time and why.  Tell us what made this game special to you and why you like it so much!  This can be any video game or even a board game.  We just want to know what you like and why!

3.  Please like us on Facebook by clicking the like button on the right hand side of the screen and refer us to your friends (honor system we will trust you). 

4. You will need to have a Steam Account to accept this prize.  You are more then welcome to create a new steam account at our friends at Steam.  If you already have a steam account you are set!

The Valve Complete pack includes (drum roll):

Counter Strike

Counte-Strike: Source

Counter-Strike: Condition Zero

Counter-Strike: Condition Zero Deleted Scenes

Half-Life

Half-Life: Blue Force

Half-Life: Opposing Force

Half-Life: Lost Coast

Day of Defeat

Day of Defeat: Source

Deathmatch Classic

Half-Life 2

Half-Life 2: Deathmatch

Half-Life 2: Episode I

Half-Life 2: Episode II

Half Life Deathmatch Source

Team Fortress Classic

Left 4 Dead

Left 4 Dead 2

Portal

Portal 2

and finally…

Ricochet

July 14, 2011

Video Awesomeness!

I’m going to try and bring something a little different to the site by show casing some great trailers and videos of existing and upcoming games across all platforms. Here’s my first…..

Deus Ex began as one of the first games to combine the genres of RPG and First-Person Shooters into a single game back in 2000 being listed as one of the best games of all time here’s a trailer:

After the success of Deus Ex a sequel named: Deus EX: Invisible War was released and pretty much tanked compared to the success of the first, here’s the trailer:

Now we have Deus EX: Human Revolution a PREquel to Deus Ex using (I hope) all the awesomeness that made the original so great! Let’s hope it can live up to the pedigree of the first and not crash and burns like the sequel! Here are some of the cinematic and gameplay trailers:

I’m hoping this will give the Mass Effect series some competition just because they’re two great storylines using the same type of gaming style. We’ll see if Human revolution can live up to the challenge!

Here’s one more just because!:

July 10, 2011

Games for Windows + Xbox = ?

 

Games for Windows will merge with Xbox.com tomorrow July 11th making Xbox.com a single stop for console, PC and mobile gaming no specifics have been released other than the date of the merger confirmed at Joystiq.com and Eurogamer.com. Here’s a link to the forums at xbox.com to check up on the “heated” debate on the merger. Check it out  here:

    I think this is a sensible move to have one site for all gaming platforms. So what you think? Will this make a difference? Will it affect Steam in anyway?

July 9, 2011

New Guy on the Blog

 

Hello Guys,

ScrotusKilmystr (“Joe” for short) here, If you haven’t noticed my comments floating about the Blog I tend to have an opinion for everyone’s posts. So The Soundman broke down and asked me to write an article here and there. I will apologize in advance for my lack of grammar skills, but I will endeavor to persevere in improving upon it.

My background is mainly in the tech support field in hardware and software support but for fun I also work in retail (that was a joke retail is never fun!). My gaming background is long I’m an older gamer and have been so since I found out you could plug something into your TV and control the outcome!  I am primarily a console gamer but started as a PC gamer back in the day until Halo: combat evolved came around and changed my views on FPSs, at the time I lived for Unreal Tournament!

So everyone if you have any suggestions, leads, comments, criticisms please be gentle and email me at scrotuskilmystr@thegamersblog.com

July 7, 2011

Thought of the Week: Despite reception we hold on…..

Time for this week’s thought that has been bouncing around my head for two weeks since the Mirror’s Edge and lack of creativity topic; are there games that were either met with mixed reviews or panned by critics that you still hold dear or diligently hope for a sequel? Advent Rising is mine. I love this game and will defend it till the day I die (not to be overly dramatic). It had a story that sucked you in, a unique visual style and one of my favorite soundtracks of all time; but it was plagued by bugs and a shoddy frame rate, and the “flick” system didn’t work as advertised but what game is perfect? This is another game that sits in the categories of “best game no one played” and “creative game that gets buried amongst the tide of sequels”. There was also the blunder of Majesco and its million dollar give away that went sour, but that is not the games fault. I had followed the game from production to release getting my hands on any article and watching everything I could on G4 (back when they actually ran shows 24/7 about video games instead of running 24 hours of pure crap). It also helped that one of the composers, Tommy Tallarico, was on Judgment Day at the time. The game received mixed reviews, but I still bought it day one, and loved every minute of it. I still regard it as one of the best games of the previous generations despite what other critics think. If they ever threw around the idea to make this game a movie I would lose weight, buff up, grow my hair, take acting lessons, and petition to have the role of Gideon Wyeth. So know that I have confessed my undying love for Advent Rising, are there any games that despite their critical reception, you still love and adore?

Editor’s note: The two master minds that created the game Donald and Geremy Mustard are still in the industry at their dev studio, Chair Entertainment. They are responsible for three hit downloadable games; Undertow, Shadow Complex, and Infinity Blade. There is still hope for a sequel to Advent Rising, I would even settle for a XBLA sequel. No I am not desperate, just passionate.  

Here is a two songs off it’s fantastic soundtrack, the game is not back compatible on the 360 (outrage!) but is available on Steam for a steal of $9.99.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQ_hgmGEhsw

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSbTviFhHI4

July 6, 2011

Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force and Windows 7 64bit

This was the first time in a long time that I have had some time off to myself.  When deciding what to do with my spare time I decided to bring out my old catalog and play a game that I hadn’t played in years and the first game that popped up was Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force. 

For those of you who don’t know Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force is an old game, by gaming standards, released in 2000 and follows the exploits of the “hazard team” abord the starship Voyager.  The “hazard team” is essentially a team of special forces operatives who are sent out to deal with “dangerous” situations that standard Starfleet personell aren’t equiped to  handle, much like your modern day special forces. 

While playing this it got me to thinking how much simpler the FPS genre was 11 years ago.  The way games were made were far different then todays modern shooters.  The biggest difference was how there were no extra features such as unlocks, upgrades, perks or leveling up.  I also had to get used to the idea of using ammo stations and health stations.  It’s been a good long time since I have had to deal with managing my health with my saves.  There were a couple of times I actually had to move back to previous save because I had saved at a “inopertune” time.  

It was intersting how different FPS genre has become over the past 10 years and I think they’ve actually tried to over complicate what is actually, what I think to be, a rather simple genre and shouldn’t need to be overly complex.  Games like Call of Duty and the Battlefield series have taken the FPS genre to new, complex, heights with weapon and armor unlocks, upgrades and perks.  It was actually really refreshing not having to worry about any of those things while playing and the only thing I had to think about was just running, shooting and listening to the entertaining dialouge and story.  There was also no scripting outside of conversation pieces.  There were simple stealth missions where you had to mostly “stay out of sight” but could still be in clear view. 

Elite Force was a great way to go back to a time when things were simple, fun and exciting where enemies would come at you in hordes and level layouts were huge and all that was required to beat the final boss was to shoot it three hundred thousand times.  It was the most fun I’ve had in years and funny enough I didn’t put it down until I played it all the way through. 

Installing this “ancient” game was not as simple as installing it from the CD.  I had to go to some lengths to get it installed on a Windows 7 64bit system running on a AMD Phenom II X4 965, 8GB of ram, Radeon 5870 running on the latest drivers.  Having said all that I thought it would be nice to give you the steps I took to get this installed and running.

1. Grab your CD and copy all files to a folder somewhere on your computer

2. Go to the directory you copied all of the files and go to the setup folder

3. Right click on the setup.exe file inside the setup folder and click the compatability tab and set these settings .   

          a.  Check run compatibility mode and set it to Windows 2000

          b.  Check disable desktop composition

          c.  Check Disable display  scaling on high DPI settings

          d.  Check Run this program as an administrator

4.  Keep in mind this step can take as much as 20 minutes before you see any results.  Run the setup.exe file as administrator.  On my system it took 20 minutes before I saw ANY signs that it was working.  If you don’t see signs that something is working be patient it should start working. 

5. Now that the program is installed there are still a few other things that I had to do to get things functioning correctly.  One thing to note about older games that were designed before the advent of 64 bit systems and 1GB video cards.  Is that most of them can’t handle multi core processors and system memory over 4Gb including your video card.  What we have to do is make the game think it’s running on an older system.  I should mention I would try getting the game to work without changing these settings as it’s just easier.  If the game functions at the settings you desire then you have no need to follow the following steps.

6.  Launch msconfig by clicking on the Windows button and typing msconfig

        a.  Click the boot tab

        b.  Click advanced options

        c.  Set the maximum memory to what brings your total system memory under 4Gb including your video cards memory.  For example if you have a 1Gb video card memory you would set the maximum system memory to 3000

       d.  This step can be done in two ways and it depends on what you prefer.  You need to set your system to use only 1 processing core instead of 2 or 4 or 6 or whatever your system currently has.  Most older games can’t utilize multiple cores and in cases where they can it often ruins performance having multiple cores instead of one.  Choose one of the two options that bests suits you:

                    1.  Go back to the boot options where you set your maximum memory and check the number of processors box and set it to 1.  This will set your system to use only 1 processor and until you set it back it will only use one processor.

                    2.  Launch the game and press control + alt + delete and click on task manager.  In task manager click processes and look for the stvoy.exe.  Right click on stvoy.exe and click select affinity and uncheck every box execpt  CPU 0.  This will set only stvoy.exe to use one core instead of all of them.  For some people this would be a better option.

These were the steps I took to get the game working on Windows 7 64bit.   The steps may vary a little depending on your circumstance and if you have problems please feel free to post here and if you have another solution that works as well please post it as well.  I hope this has helped someone out there looking to take a stroll down nostalgia lane. 

I should also mention that you follow these steps at your own risk and that I am NOT responsible for any damage caused to your system. 

 Do not right click on the setup.exe file in the main directory as this one will not work.

July 2, 2011

Space Battles!

The title says it all, it’s a nerds wet dream, watching massive starships slugging it out.  It doesn’t matter if there is a reason for it or if they are just there because they can be.  It’s exciting and entertaining and today we are going to take a look at some of the best games and movies to play and watch space battles in and we are going to link you to all of the best space battles videos that we can find in one spot.  While this does stray from our usual article style I think everyone here loves space battles so I don’t think we will have any complaints!

I am one of  ‘those’ individuals that could watch a 2 hour movie that consisted entirely of spacebattles and I would watch it over and over again.  I’ve actually gone on youtube and spent hours searching for random videos of space battles that I can find.  What is it about space battles that entertain us so much?  Is it the flashing lights?  The majestic sight of million ton starships slugging it out for supremacy or perhaps it’s just the notion of an epic firefight in space.  Whatever it is it has lead to the creation of usermade videos and websites such as SpaceBattles.com which has a very large user base and games dedicated entirely to space battles such as Gratuitous Space Battles and Star Wars: Empire at War.  The ways space battles are portrayed has changed drastically over the past 40 years.  The original Star Wars films used individual models for their space battles and large sets and self made and timed explosions.  Creating a space battle such as one seen in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi would have been extremely labor intensive and if you messed up you would have to rebuild a model and that could be expensive and time consuming.  Now fast forward 25 years and we have CG generated space battles and they can be created from small to large scale without having to setup scale models and filming them one by one.  This allows companies and fans to generate large scale space battles at almost no cost.  Granted the ones you see in cinema cost a great deal of money to create but they also look a great deal better then ones you might see in a fan made movie. 

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi –   this was the first space battle that I was ever exposed to as a child.  My father told me I should watch these movies and that he thought I would love them.  I believe that I was 8 at the time and he was correct.  I loved the movies and still watch them to this day and even though it was made over 30 years ago it still looks amazing

 

Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith – the intro this film is intense and probably one of the best in the series

 

Serenity – this is one of those movies that you either love or you hate and it’s sadly a underrated title and really good film based in the firefly universe.  Firefly for those of you who don’t know was a very short run show that was cancelled very early during it’s run.  If you haven’t watched it you should do yourself a favor and pick it up at your local store.  Serenity coincidently contains one of the best space battles in current live action cinema.

 

*I apologize for the bad music*

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine  – Probably the best space battles a Star Trek series has boasted if not the most grand.   Deep space nine actually sported several large space battles including two sieges on Deep Space Nine, one by the Klingons and one by the Dominion and several other large engagements

 

 

Mass Effect –  The battle of the citidel is the best example of a space battle rendered in game.  It’s also one of the best I’ve seen as well. 

 

Babylon 5 – One of the best Sci-Fi shows ever to see the light of day and it also has some of the best space battles.  There were many space battles through Babylon 5’s five seasons and several made for TV movies.  I’m going to pick the ones that I thought were the best. 

 

 

EvE Online – The creators of EvE and fans have created several impressive space battle movies.  Here are a couple for you to enjoy. 

 

Battlestar Galactica –  While the name suggests there would be alot of space battles in this show there really isn’t.  That being said it has some truly gorgeous ones that shine when they come about.  I pulled a couple of videos that I think really showcase this.

Fan made – I’ve gone around and collected a group of what I consider to be the best fan made space battles.  I’m sure there are more out there and if there are more that I don’t have and you think that they should be on this epic list I would encourage you to post them in the comments and I will try to add them. 

June 28, 2011

Crysis 2 DX11 Patch Released and Comparison

Today Crytec released it’s long awaited DX11 patch for Crysis II.  The DX11 content, high res textures, and updated visuals have been a source of much debate within the PC and even console communities.  PC gamers argue that the content should of been released with the game instead of waiting several months after it’s release to be put out.  Many PC gamers claim that the DX11 patch is to little to late and that by “alienating” their core audience, the PC community, that they have lost the following that they might of otherwise had. 

Regardless of where you stand on the matter the DX11 patch is available for you to download here and it is a free download to those who have purchased the game.  There are several different content packs that you can download depending on what you want.  Each one has different system requirements so be sure to check them before you download them. 

What do you guys think to little to late?  Or just a great addition to a good game?  Let us know! We want to know!

The patch features are listed below:

Crysis 2 Patch 1.9

• Added Contact Shadows
• Added DX11 support for Crysis 2 (the following features only work when downloading the optional DX11 package here):
• – Tessellation + Displacement Mapping
• – High Quality HDR Motion Blur
• – Realistic Shadows with Variable Penumbra
• – Sprite Based Bokeh Depth of Field
• – Parallax Occlusion Mapping
• – Particles Motion Blur, Shadows and Art Updates
• – Water Rendering improvements and using Tessellation + Displacement Mapping
• Added Realtime Local Reflections
• Added support for Higher Res Textures Package
• Added various new console variables to whitelist
• Fixed bullet penetration, which had been broken by a bug introduced with the DLC 2 patch
• Fixed issue in MP where player stats weren’t always saved at the end of a game
• Fixed issue in MP where player stats would sometimes randomly reset
• Fixed issue with MP time played statistic, which would sometimes be too low on leaderboards and in stats
• Fixed issue with JAW rocket not firing through window’s containing broken glass
• Fixed rare issue where a user could not access MP with a valid CD key if they had previously used an invalid CD key
• Improved advanced graphics options menu
• Improved anti-cheat measurements: fixed exploit which could prevent vote kicking working against a user
• Improved multi-GPU support
• Improved Tone Mapping
• Re-added possibility to enable r_StereoSupportAMD via config file (unsupported)

I’ve also snagged some side by side comparisons of DX9 vs DX11:

June 17, 2011

One Last Brief Little Update

Well, peeps, I’m 18. It’s here. I got a new phone (Motorola Droid X2), and I bought myself a 3DS with two games. I have Dirt 3 on PC now. Expect the first of many articles to come flowing in tonight. First up on the list is a long-overdue article on indie games. See you all tonight after rehearsal dinner!

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