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  1. Heretic and Hexen seem pretty unique to me, I think they're awesome games. I was wondering if there were any other games in the tradition of Heretic and Hexen? I of course know about Heretic 2 and Hexen 2. I'm also interested in mods for Heretic\Hexen with new content like weapons\textures\monsters. Is there anything noteworthy? I know about Necrosis but that was pretty short, but good though.
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    Other games in the style of Heretic and Hexen?

    Thanks for all the good responses everyone. I've gotten some bad responses on doomworld. Rune is awesome, I love that game. Love the sound effects. Everything about it was great. I tried Severance and I didn't much like it, actually. Rune was way more accessible. Is it just me or does Mageslayer and Rage of Mages sound like they should be action-oriented fps's (maybe like Heretic)? In response to the Anvil of Dawn mention: As cool as the concept of the RPG is, I have to say that I don't really like playing them. They don't hold my interest long enough for me to finish them. And I think they're all extremely difficult, or have extremely difficult parts\bosses that ruin it. I really don't understand how people have the patience to play them...? Speaking of things not holding my interest long enough, I've tried mapping and programming in Zdoom, and find it tedious. It's amazing to me that so many people can churn out complicated doom mods. It doesn't seem easy to learn.
  3. Is it just me or have they toned down the blood a lot since the old days of Blood and Duke3d? What happened to blowing up bad guys? It seems to me that a lot of games take inspiration from that xbox game Black, where there is no blood and gore at all, there's just a lame gray puff where the bullet hits. What happened to the violent days of Quake, Half-Life and Duke Nukem? I find the gibs and blood to be part of the fun. I don't think gore has ever been done as well as in Blood. The blood streams off the enemies and contributes to the game's atmosphere a ton, giving it a bloody, visceral feel. It's so freaking awesome. I wish they would have that "blood streaming" effect in other games, and in modern games. Also, I notice in modern games that the ejected bullet casings always disappear from the ground after a few seconds, why is it always like this? It would be so cool to see the casings realistically stay on the ground. I've only seen them stay like that in Blood and Shadow Warrior. I wish there were more Build engine games in the Duke Nukem 3D style that are cool and violent. I wish someone would revisit the style of Duke3d, Shadow Warrior, and Blood, and make a new game with the build engine in the modern era. I've seen the new shadow warrior and think it looks kind of lame. Build is where it's at! Since I like the build engine games and their style, are there any mods\maps\total conversions around (for doom or the build-engine games, or another game) that are definitely worth playing? Or maybe you've heard of other games like that I might be interested in?
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    Games that time forgot

    As cool as old games can be, there's no getting around the fact that many of them are too fucking hard, and doubtless have stupid parts where you get stuck and can't figure out what to do. A game that comes to mind is Nox. Anybody have thoughts on that game?
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    Gore in games a lot less than before?

    While many modern games with gore have been mentioned, I can't help but think that there is a trend for less gore in modern gaming, especially no gibbing. That's really why I posted this thread. I'm not asking for gory games to be more gory than they already are, they're fine the way they are.
  6. I suppose I don't really know where to begin. I've been enamored with games since I was a kid. I think they're awesome. The music, the atmosphere, the violence (or lack thereof, in the Myst games for example), it's all so cool. That being said, at the risk of sounding like a "noob", I think designers have the bad habit of making their games too damn difficult and/or frustrating. This isn't an issue in some games, but I'm tempted to say the vast majority of games are too hard, or have parts that are too hard. If you're good enough to play them like that that's great, but often I can't really imagine how a designer intended for the game to be played. Having to quit a game because it's too hard is a total disappointment. On a related note, I sent this message to someone who does let's plays of a lot of different computer games, and many RPGs. Since he hasn't responded yet, and I don't think he will, I'll post it here, and you can all respond to it. "I admire your ability to play through games from the beginning to end. To me, it's kind of like being able to read a book from beginning to end. I usually end up losing interest at some point, and stop playing. I did that about 1/4 of the way through Arcanum. I wish I stuck it through to the end. I find Divine Divinity to be quite(!) difficult, and don't know if I really want to continue it. I have attention deficit disorder, so I've always had problems starting projects and seeing them through to their conclusion. I've beaten a fair number of games, though nowhere near as many as you have. I've admired games like Baldur's Gate 1 and 2, Neverwinter Nights, Icewind Dale, Planescape: Torment, and the Temple of Elemental Evil from afar, but I really should play them. They seem like classics that are really worth playing. As with all games, though, I fear that I will be stuck reading walkthroughs or getting frustrated with bosses, or getting stuck at puzzles, as games often provide challenges which I find very difficult or impossible to traverse. How do you deal with these problems? Besides the games I've mentioned, are there any others you might recommend? I think game developers make their games too difficult, and there really should be a difficulty setting when there isn't one. I personally have no idea how anyone can play Skyrim on anything but the lowest difficulty. The enemies just quickly kill you. Most of the games I've beaten are first person shooters, but I've always been interested in the epic, rewarding journeys of RPGs. Maybe you can provide me some guidance on which games to try? GOG provides a good selection." Concerning Skyrim, the lowest difficulty is pretty easy, but the next difficulty up, apprentice, many of the monsters do too much damage, and I'll end up running out of potions midway through the dungeon. Having the quit and backtrack all the way out of a dungeon midway through kind of sucks. I don't really understand how people play it on the higher difficulties. Divine Divinity is freaking hard. I don't see how someone could think otherwise after facing the powerful monsters in the game's first dungeon. If you try to fight them they kill you quite quickly. On one of the levels of the dungeon, I just had to run away from the monsters and get to the next level of the dungeon, I'm not talking about the very end of the dungeon where you run away from the mob of monsters that attacks you. Despite all this, I wouldn't consider myself a novice gamer. I suppose I'm a novice at RPGs and strategy games, though I've gotten pretty far in Lunar: A Silver Star Story, and Final Fantasy VII. I managed to beat the Protoss campaign in StarCraft: Brood War. StarCraft can get pretty difficult. To give you an idea of my playing ability, here are some games I've beaten: I've beaten Doom 3 and Resurrection of Evil on Veteran, The Doom 3 lost mission on marine, Ultimate Doom and Doom 2 on Ultra-Violence, TNT on either ultra violence or hurt me plenty, Half-Life on normal, Opposing Force on normal, blue shift on normal, HL2 on hard, Quake first 3 episodes on hard, last episode on normal, Quake 2 normal, a quake 2 expansion on normal, Quake 3 on normal, Max Payne on normal. If memory serves, I beat the first campaign in the original Empire Earth on normal. The original Myth on the lowest difficulty (there's a hard game). I beat Castlevania Symphony of the Night. I've beaten Goldeneye on agent. There's a game that hasn't aged well. Speaking of N64, is it just me or are the Turok games fucking impossible? I also beat Devil May Cry and Silent Hill 2 on normal.
  7. Reaper978

    GG, Youtube, you fucked it up AGAIN!

    I hate the shit youtube is doing now. I hope it doesn't get worse, they have a shite-load of classical music on there.
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    Ramblings of a possible closeted misanthrope

    Yeah. I think most people have at least some need to callously insult and injure others without reason, regardless of how well they've learned to hide it with kind words and smiles. Am I really expected to believe that the average person has transcended their animal roots to become an ethical, compassionate adult? I think it really says something when everyone is willing to work an endless, meaningless grind every day, with a few breaks to make it look like a facet of an advanced, civilized culture instead of enslavement. People have a need to enslave and be "boss". Modern society has sanitation, floss and toothbrushes, plumbing, anesthetic, and temperature control, and while these advances are good things, I think the old habits of racism, misogyny, and a complete ethical vacuum, things which reigned supreme for thousands of years, are still there. I have really horrible dreams, the kind of thing I feel like I would have if I was locked up in solitary confinement. Again and again, it's always images of humans acting unthinkably cruel, acting mechanically and exhibiting an utter indifference for the value of beauty and innocence. I'm inclined to think that this is the stuff that most people are really made up of, with a few good people unknowingly surrounded by it.
  9. I used to remember the name for this game, but I can't remember anymore. It looked like a good game, but I never played it. I remember it was 3D, and according to the review I read of it, the units used martial arts in their combat. One of the advertisements for this game (or maybe the cover of it... ?) showed two warriors, one with this gigantic flamberge, and the other with a giant warhammer, about to attack each other. I keep thinking it's called something like "wolf age" but I know that's not what it's called. Maybe you know?
  10. You got it! Thanks a lot! I might get around to playing it at some point.
  11. Absorbing information and retaining it is something I wish I could do. But, try as I might, I just can't do it. I can remember a few things here and there, but for the most part, I can't remember jack shit. I've always had problems with reading and remembering what I've read, but it seems to have gotten even worse as I get older. I'm only 24, but I'm pretty sure my studying was much more effective when I was 17. Still, my studying was never truly effective. Dry and scholarly readings especially pose a problem, but I even have problems with standard layperson readings as well. My attention is like a bad electrical connection, going in and out, mostly out. If I was reading something, and someone asked me what I just read, I could honestly answer, "I don't know."

    On our trip to Washington D.C., at all the museums, you might as well be piping in a recording of some guy speaking inane gibberish into my consciousness, because there's no way I'm making sense of the information overload present in these places. I remember seeing the exhibits, but there's no way in hell I'm remembering the text accompanying those exhibits.

    I don't know. It's not like there's much I can do about this damning problem. Shakespeare is impossible to understand.

    Much to my dismay, the problem even extends into listening to normal speech. I think I've always had issues with this as well, but it's gotten substantially worse. My attention cuts in and out while someone is talking to me about something. I feel like an idiot. I don't remember what they just said to me. Sometimes I do remember. But many times, I do not. My memory is the foggiest of things, and often I can only barely remember information. I especially have a problem with movies. Often enough, for some stupid reason, I fail to grasp what the characters are saying. And I also sometimes have difficulty understanding someone who is speaking plain English.

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    2. Cupboard

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      What about things you find fascinating, do you absorb information well in those cases?

      Perhaps something happened recently in life that causes a "fade in, fade out" symptom. I don't think it's unusual to not remember more than one or three things from every article you read. If you have to write or talk about it, the bullshit mechanism goes into overdrive to help fill in the gaps. I think that's what most people do.

    3. Reaper978

      Reaper978

      I think it's a bit easier to absorb information when I'm reading something I find interesting, but not by a whole lot.

    4. darkreaver

      darkreaver

      Its probably something fatal. Bye.

  12. I often find myself thinking and feeling in ways that can't be expressed in words, or in any other medium for that matter. Other times I have ideas or "conceptualizations" for a work of art or piece of music, but there's no way to express that idea or record it. I'd never be able to paint or draw the kinds of things I imagine because they require a very advanced skill in drawing to make. Could it be possible to have a technology that reads the thoughts of an artist and then "paints" what they're thinking? I, who have no skills in physically drawing things, would benefit immensely from such a device. But without such technology, I can only imagine places and images, not paint them. I'm reminded of the part in the Final Fantasy movie when the main character's dream is recorded and saved by a machine. That is another hypothetical technology that I'd be interested in trying out, as my dreams are interesting but hard to remember. I'd like to see my thoughts and feelings actually recorded, the same way sound is recorded onto a vinyl record. I typically have tons of ideas for art and music flash by in my mind without any way to express it. I wish there was some kind of computer that could take my ideas and put them down in some concrete way. I guess that's all I have to say.
  13. Reaper978

    When might this technology be available?

    That's basically how it is for me with music. I definitely can't draw the things I see in my head. And ideas come and go so swiftly, getting them all down in time before I forget the idea is a challenge. Anyway, after a long time away from such things, I'm going to try music composition again. I find that such endeavors are quite tedious, however.
  14. Since I'm probably never going to venture into mapping any further, and I'll probably never finish it, here is my idea of an open field in Hexen: https://www.box.com/s/9mxh5e58evfe4kuoalkw I hope the wad works properly.
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    My Hexen open field unfinished map

    Thanks for the feedback. I don't really know what to do with it. I might add more to it, but I really don't know how to map beyond the basics. I brightened it up a bit and started another building, but that's about it.
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    My Hexen open field unfinished map

    Chocolate Hexen or ZDoom.
  17. Reaper978

    When might this technology be available?

    If projecting someone's thoughts (or indeed, even understanding them) is so impossible, how is it that I can see my own thoughts and understand them so perfectly?
  18. Reaper978

    The 'worst games ever' thread

    Even though the textures are high-res and photo-realistic, it's all to render the same mind-numbing day over and over again, ringing with the din of pointless conversations, traffic, and screaming children. The game gives you the option to go out and do certain things, like visit a museum, or visit with family, or go and see the Taj Mahal or something, but that's about it. The game boasts an incredibly vast cast of characters who will say and do anything to prove that life isn't a complete waste of time. These people will criticize you and insult you, and come up with all kinds of new-age philosophy to try to convince you to keep being abused by modern corporate society. And if you don't like it, you need to see a therapist who will pry into your private life and give you much needed guidance in the right direction, the direction of health and prosperity. The game really does just boil down to some mind-numbing conversations, paying taxes, and doing shit you don't want to do, just because society says so. I probably shouldn't have posted that, but I did. Have a nice day.
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    Resident Evil (Returning to its Roots?)

    Is it even possible to hook up older systems like the Gamecube or Nintendo 64 to a modern LCD widescreen TV? Do you have to select a 4:3 screen ratio in the TV options or something (I imagine it would have black bars on the left and right side of the screen to have 4:3 on a 16:9 display)? I thought Resident Evil one and two were really scary, they scared the hell out of me when I was a kid. The music is exceptional and grim. And they're hard as fuck, too. I think the old resident evil games are the only things ever that actually made believable, scary zombies. Everything else is just stupid running zombies and campy, shit movies that treat zombies like some kind of pop phenomenon instead of making them genuinely terrifying like in Resident Evil. The zombie vocal noises in Resident Evil and Resident Evil 2 are very believable and unnerving. The same can't be said about the voice acting, though. Is it even possible to beat these games without a walkthrough\strategy guide? I thought Resident Evil 4 was pretty awesome and played through all of it, though it's hardly anything like the classic Resident Evil games.
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    Who should survive?

    That has to be the most ridiculous cabal of characters ever assembled. Interesting to see how these characters obey the racial and social stereotypes, the white male professor who jogs, the obese lady who works at a mental health clinic, the Spanish-American prostitute with a ninth grade education, hahaha? I would hate to be assigned something like this. Just made me think how much I hate essays for school, as they just invite the teacher to give me a bad grade because of certain reasons they can make up, not related to spelling and grammar.
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    Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

    Those two screenshots look pretty badass.
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    What SoundFonts do you use?

    I've listened to the Blood Midis using the Crisis soundfont. It's a pretty amazing experience.
  23. I was wondering if the interesting group of people that visit this forum might be able to inform me about employment - jobs that are worth getting and jobs that should be avoided. Have any funny stories from work? Any advice on work? What about school, any advice on what kinds of degree to get, and what schools to go to? I don't have much to offer on my own on this topic other than I tried working at Starbucks for a little bit and hated it, all the drinks to memorize and the awkwardness of the drive-thru really put me off. I don't understand how the employees can work their damn cash-register contraption to ring up all the different drinks, and all the different modifiers that can be placed on the drinks, etc. Not to mention everything else they have to do, take stock, grind the beans, memorize how to make all the drinks, etc. They sure make it look easy, though. What do you think of something like this? http://careers.cdw.com/s/Job-Details/Credit-Card-Analyst-Job/Vernon-Hills-IL/xjdp-cl289723-jf287-ct99398-jid17628912?s_cid=IndFeed&src=JB-10640
  24. I'm not going to college currently.
  25. *Sigh* I was just anticipating your kind of response, actually.
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