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Jeff Klopmeyer

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Every couple of years, it seems, I get way deep into a video/computer game. And the deeper the game, the deeper I get.

 

Right now, I've been playing a game called "Heroes of Might and Magic III" on my Mac. It's a role-playing game that's incredibly involved, one of those where you have to build cities, find weapons, battle monsters and other players and so on...kind of a modern way to play "Dungeons & Dragons". It's crazy...there are hundreds of scenarios and maps, and so many variables that I could never get through them all, even if I had the time.

 

A few years ago, I was into the horror/adventure genre with games like Resident Evil and Silent Hill. A few years before that, it was the adventure games like Zelda, Sonic and the like.

 

In any case (and without sounding like a complete geek as much as possible in this topic), games can be fun. Have you ever been so into a game that you find yourself dreaming about it at night, or am I just a wacko?

 

- Jeff

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Not so much games, but there was a phase when I was totally addicted to my flight simulator. It used to annoy my wife when I would be late coming to bed because I had to finish my "flight". I guess I'm just a frustrated pilot.

 

The fun thing about a sim is that you can pull stunts that would get land you in jail if you tried in real life; Flying under the Golden Gate Bridge, through the St. Louis arch, aileron rolls over Lake Tahoe, landing on a freeway, etc. :D

 

As far as dreaming about it, definitely! Some of the coolest and/or weirdest dreams I've had are about flying.

 

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You're just wacky Jeff!

 

Na, just kidding. I've been a VG lover since I was a kid and I still play. I'm currently addicted to Amped on XBox, Star Wars Rougue Leader on the Game Cube and Splashdown on the PS2. I picked up Max Payne for XBox and Final Fantasy X for PS2 last night, but haven't had a chance to play them yet.

 

I think VG's are a great way to submliate and lose yourself in another world. My favorite all time type though is the real time strategy game. RTS like Command and Conquer allow me to rule the world without getting into too much trouble and the add-ons like Yuri's revenge just keep getting better and better.

 

I'm afraid to play Sims Blind Date, though, because once they master that one, it may no longer be necessary to leave the house! :(

 

:D

Roland

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Originally posted by R:

You're just wacky Jeff!

 

I'm not going to touch that one.....

 

I picked up Max Payne for XBox and Final Fantasy X for PS2 last night, but haven't had a chance to play them yet.

 

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Final Fantasy X?????!!!

Where? I didn't think it was

out in the US yet???

Gimme giveme..... :D

 

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Ummm, I've played Pong.....

 

Originally posted by valkyriesound:

 

Final Fantasy X?????!!!

Where? I didn't think it was

out in the US yet???

Gimme giveme..... :D

 

Valky

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Jeez, Jeff! Couldn't you have waited until AFTER football season? ;)

 

I still like Galaga, an oldie moldy game from the 80's. Cruisin' World is a cool auto racing game. The Simpsons arcade game is wild in a Twilight Zone kind of way.

 

My favorite game ever was Rampage, where you play a monster to has to destroy buildings. It must harken back to my childhood fascination with Godzilla movies.

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When my business partner and i first built our little home studio here, we were so excited because we bought this screaming fast computer. So we thought, hmmm, let's try out this game called Thief. Anyone ever played this? I absolutely LOVE stealth games, and we were both playing it, and trying to be soooooo quiet....it was hilarious. We're in this scene where we have to hide on the last stair of the castle walkway, waiting for the guards to go by......15 minutes go by, and we're still crouched down, but we're whispering back and forth to each other...."okay....he's gonna walk down there, and then the two other guys will come back up....blah blah..."...keep in mind, all the lights are out so we're both totally absorbed here....all the sudden our drummer comes flying in the room yelling "what the fuck are you two doing?"......"aaakk....shhhhhhh....for f**k's sakes dude....quiet down"....during this whole thing, one of us made our little thief take a step forward and this guard comes flying out of nowhere.......well Lee (my partner) screams like a little schoolgirl and falls backwards off his chair, i choked on my beer and spit it everywhere, and all three of us are barrelling up the stairs yelling "f***! Fu**! Tom you idiot, why'd you have to be so F**KIN' loud!?"
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oh god yes, my love 2nd to music :)

from mario to doom to baldurs gate, some tony hawk, die hard final fantsy fan (i cant believe you bought ten already....)

starcraft,warcraft, c&c is good but IMO its sucked since redalert 2...

every console but xbox (got a computer.. so why bother?)

lemmings, doom, quake, nascar, zelda... WW2 flight games...

Resident evil and silent hill... worms :D

 

do i find myself dreaming about games? sort of... i like the "worlds". i often find myself re-creating, changing, and adding things (history, stories, etc) to the world, or creating my own (pen and paper anyone??)

they are alot of fun.. and have eaten more hours than anything else (save bass guitar)

music wise most of my frav composers are game composers..

 

hey anybody up for some half-life? :D:D:D

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Originally posted by R:

You're just wacky Jeff!

 

I'm currently addicted to Amped on XBox,

 

:D

Roland

 

 

Ok. Help me out. I have the game and loved it, but, I cannot seem to time my jumps to catch a rail. I either jump over the target, or crash into it. I stopped playing when I reached a point where I cannot advance until I get over this hurdle. (No pun intended. That is the problem, I hurdle them.) Now I play SSX Tricky on GameCube and Zoo Tycoon on PC. I need to finish Munchs Odyssey. I tend to get close to the end of a game, then quit. Same thing happened with Summoner on PS2.

 

I got hooked into online RPGs a few years a go with The Realm and met some nice people there that are now friends. Currently trying to break my habit of playing EverCrack, ummm, EverQeust.

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I defintely get into all the peripheral stuff that goes with these games. Online forums, official sites, strategy guides, downloadable maps and the whole thing.

 

Some people -- especially in role playing games -- get a little too deep for comfort. Like, the guy who will only respond to "Vladimarian, the 24th level Azure Dragon" instead of "Bill". Can anyone say "geek"? But like anything else that's addicting, games can be fun when they're done in moderation. That's the hard part.

 

- Jeff

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Originally posted by dansouth@yahoo.com:

My favorite game ever was Rampage, where you play a monster to has to destroy buildings

 

Yes!!! Rampage kicked ass! I tried the newer versions, but the original is still my favorite. Wow, I feel old now. And I'm only 21... :D

 

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There are a few Playstation games which keep me out of my real life every now and then. At those times I even dream about them.

My favorite game is G-Police. It's a 3d futuristic helicopter action game. It's set in a Blade Runner look a like environment.

Grand Turismo II, a race sim, is also great. I love to start over and over again to get the required licenses to drive bigger cars in bigger races...

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Originally posted by dansouth@yahoo.com:

My favorite game ever was Rampage, where you play a monster to has to destroy buildings

 

there's a shockwave version of rampage that's pretty good.

 

of course, it's not the same as standing in front of a huge wood cabinet in an arcade.

 

these games have taken the most minutes from my life:

 

tekken 3 psx1

metal gear solid psx1

casino mac (texas hold-em)

lost vikings snes

chrono trigger snes

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Originally posted by Shiver:

well Lee (my partner) screams like a little schoolgirl and falls backwards off his chair, i choked on my beer and spit it everywhere

 

That's hilarious. The only time I nearly jumped out of my skin as a result of a video game was the first Resident Evil.

 

It was a scene where suddenly things kind of quiet down, and then you find yourself in a well-lit hallway (as opposed to a dark room that looks like a torture chamber with creepy-ass music playing in the soundtrack). You walk along, happy to be in a seemingly safe place with nice pretty wallpaper and decorations.

 

Then...

 

BLAM! Three man-eating dogs from hell jump through the windows and start to rip your throat out! The music is screeching Psycho-style strings! Your guy is bleeding! Health is draining! He starts to fade away...

 

And you turn off the damn video game and walk away, pissed that it's more frightening than the most terrifying horror movie that you've ever seen.

 

And then you wanna do it again. :)

 

- Jeff

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hey jeff.. they are remaking resident evil in all its gory glory for the game cube, it looks awesome

click here

 

as for adrenaline, often have i jumped when rounding a corner in halflife only to die before i realize what im doing..

or when escaping from the falling building in super metroid... any number of the suprise attacks in residentevil/silent hill...

or the anguish that comes from racing a track (in any racing game) and being 1st place for 99% of the race only to have some prick pass you in the last 10 seconds.... :P:D

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Xbox owners,

Would any of you mind sharing your impressions of the system. I can only afford one, and I'm wondering if Xbox is worth the extra $. I'm a huge Perfect Dark fan! Nothing better than inviting a good friend over and spending the evening fill em full of V bullets. :D

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Originally posted by topper74:

Xbox owners,

Would any of you mind sharing your impressions of the system. I can only afford one, and I'm wondering if Xbox is worth the extra $. I'm a huge Perfect Dark fan! Nothing better than inviting a good friend over and spending the evening fill em full of V bullets. :D

 

if you like perfect dark why not go for th GC? perfect dark 2 is in the works....

but id go to a site like www.ign.com and look around... its best to make an informed disision on what youd have more fun with, just like a keyboard! :D

 

personally im not to fond of the xbox but many (800,000+ ??) are. ive heard some rumors about crashing, major crashing resulting in it not booting up again, so check it out. if its true, mircosoft will get it fixed within a couple months.

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Originally posted by topper74:

Xbox owners,

Would any of you mind sharing your impressions of the system. I can only afford one, and I'm wondering if Xbox is worth the extra $. I'm a huge Perfect Dark fan! Nothing better than inviting a good friend over and spending the evening fill em full of V bullets. :D

 

I have the Came Cube and XBox and if I could only have one it would be XBox. If it was between PS2 (which I also have) and Xbox, I'd probably still go with XBox. I have had no problems with crashing, etc. GC is worth getting just for Star Wars Rogue Leader IMHO, but so far, that's the only game that I though was really exciting. NFL Fever on Xbox is better than Madden 2002. Max Payne is better on Xbox than PS2. Most of the other games that are the same on GC and Xbox seem about the same quality wise on either system. Halo and Amped both rock!!

 

If PD is coming out for one of them and you like that game, I'd go with that system.

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Originally posted by Rabid:

 

 

Ok. Help me out. I have the game and loved it, but, I cannot seem to time my jumps to catch a rail. I either jump over the target, or crash into it. I stopped playing when I reached a point where I cannot advance until I get over this hurdle. (No pun intended. That is the problem, I hurdle them.) Now I play SSX Tricky on GameCube and Zoo Tycoon on PC. I need to finish Munch's Odyssey. I tend to get close to the end of a game, then quit. Same thing happened with Summoner on PS2.

 

I got hooked into online RPG's a few years a go with The Realm and met some nice people there that are now friends. Currently trying to break my habit of playing EverCrack, ummm…, EverQeust.

 

You know, I had a hard time rail shredding at first, but after a while you just get the timing, if you jump and hit the slide button (B as I recall) you kind of get a bit of help by sort of sticking to the rail if you come pretty close to it. It really is just a matter of timing, so if you're hurdling everything, start your jump sooner than you think you should and gradually work your timing to where you're even landing short of the rail/tree/log/etc and then work your way back to getting a bit longer and hitting it.

 

It's kind of like hitting a baseball at the 80 MPH machine, you have to swing as soon as you see the ball drop into the thrower. It feels weird at first, but it works. Good luck and have fun!! :)

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Anyone ever play a game made last year called Deus Ex for the PC? It is a really cool game and you sneak around guys would really get into it-it's really cool because it's like an RPG/Strategy/Stealth/Action/who knows...it's really original, and I reccomend it. Also, I nabbed another new game recently called Ghost Recon, similar to Rainbow Six-awesome if you're into Special Forces and stuff like I am.

In fact, Shiver, I had a similar experience playing that game by my self with no one else home and the sound turned up. I was like cussing my team and ended up getting all but one guy on my team killed (you work cooperatively on a team of 5 other soldiers to finish the mission), then using that guy to sneak around every square inch very slowly to finish the rest of the mission alone until I was suddenly found out by a guard and with a rush of adrenaline started yelling "oh sh*t" and shooting every which way. It was a pure adrenaline rush, but had I made some different moves earlier on, the gaurd might not have seen me. It was very realistic, and very fun. Of course I'd also suggest the Rainbow Six games as well if you like that sort of thing. But Ghost Recon and Deus Ex are the BEST! Other than that, I used to play lots of military flight sims, and Janes always had the best ones. The occasional FIFA game is booted up but it's way too easy for a world-class player like myself. :rolleyes:

Topper-go for Gamecube. I own an N64 myself and just about all I play on it is Perfect Dark. It is pretty much the only reason to own the thing. PD2 is going to be awesome.

If you think about it, Xbox is a $300 computer that you hook up to your TV. Unfortunately, you can't load Cakewalk or Cubase on it and sequence your songs, so what's the point, huh? I said this on another thread somewhere but I'll go ahead and repeat it since it's more appropriate here. I've seen Xbox's advertised for over $500! I mean, really, who would pay THAT much for it? I was at Best Buy the other day and saw Gamecubes sitting on the shelves-a rare occurance following the launch of a system-anywhere in the world. But later, at checkout, I saw a woman buying 3 PS2's for her kids! THREE! I mean, that's $900 right there alone! Think about the games you'd have to buy! Say, three, one for each system, that's another $150 and then what? C'mon! Just buy a Gamecube for it's modest $200 price tag! :D:rolleyes:

 

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Oh boy, computer games....

 

I've been deep into that. And mostly "shoot'em up" games.

The game that started it for me was QuakeII.

 

I will try to make a list of the games I've played, and starting with the best and going down.


  • Alien vs. Predator
    Deus Ex
    Half-Life, and the sequels
    No one lives forever
    System shock II
    Hitman
    The Tombraider (all)
    Messiah
    Daikatana
    Outcast
    Thief II
    Kingpin
    Soldier of fortune
     

 

 

Right now I'm not playing anything and have no interest of that.

It takes to much time from making music!!!

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AHA! Finally! another Thief player....Robert, have you checked out some of the new screenshots for Thief III? Looks simply amazing...very very nice. I've absolutely loved that game since version one....totally immersive (as you might have guessed from my first post on this thread)...Thief II had alot more depth and control than I....lots of fun,...anyways, just thought i'd acknowledge the fact that you seem to be one of few who i've talked to that have even heard of the game...

Cheers,

shiver

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Originally posted by Shiver:

AHA! Finally! another Thief player....Robert, have you checked out some of the new screenshots for Thief III? Looks simply amazing...very very nice. I've absolutely loved that game since version one....totally immersive (as you might have guessed from my first post on this thread)...Thief II had alot more depth and control than I....lots of fun,...anyways, just thought i'd acknowledge the fact that you seem to be one of few who i've talked to that have even heard of the game...

Cheers,

shiver

 

No, I haven't seen any info about III.

Damn, you might get me into this again....

 

If you like to get scared and really sneak you must check Alien vs. Predator.

Play that in a dark room and you'll need pampers. :D

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Hey Shiver-you know that the company that makes Thief went out of business a few months ago? You probably do, but what's up with Thief 3? Was it out before that happened, or did a new company take over the liscense for the game?

Does anyone else here play Redstorm games(Ghost Recon-read my other post, and Rainbow Six)?

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Originally posted by Striker1080:

Hey Shiver-you know that the company that makes Thief went out of business a few months ago? You probably do, but what's up with Thief 3? Was it out before that happened, or did a new company take over the liscense for the game?

Does anyone else here play Redstorm games(Ghost Recon-read my other post, and Rainbow Six)?

 

Shiver made me do a search for Thief III and it looks like the same guys that does Deus Ex is doing Thief III.

But we won't see that game in shops for some time.

 

Yes. I have played Rainbow six.

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Hi,

yes, i was aware that Eidos/Ion Storm were doing the next version of Thief. They acquired the license and i believe they've got some of the programmers from the original two helping out with it so that they can still maintain the original feel of the game. I have yet to find a game that matches the stealth of that game, with the possible exception of Project IGI, which didn't seem to do too well.. Terrific concept in that one though, using a flight sim engine for the terrain. I wish more companies would implement something like that. I've always dreamed of a rally truck/car game where there weren't tracks, but instead just a very very long race with checkpoints...but they would have to make it extremely difficult....some spots where you would have to be in first gear the whole time navigating up very steep rocky inclines...blah blah blha.....i'm getting way off topic here.

Anyways, i have played Rainbow Six several times...i really like it and SWAT 3...once you get a handle on controlling a billion people at once and get the messages and stuff down pat it's a hell of alot of fun.

Useless info: the guy who played Rosco Pico or whatever in Dukes of Hazzard is rumored to be one of the best Rainbow Six players out there. Sometimes if you challenge him to an online game, he'll give one of his paintings away if you beat him.......

Cheers,

Shiver

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What's the point of having a computer, if your not gong to play games?

 

I mean do you really need a 1.2ghz computer to check email and type letters? I think not.

 

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lol...yes i do need a 1.2 ghz pc to check my emails...it makes me feel like a bigger man.... :D oh, and i guess it helps with the audio stuff too....but mostly mail....

 

shiver, the fastest email retriever on the planet.....

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