Browse Month: March 2008

Game : Lord of the rings online

So whats new in the gaming world?
Well as I mentioned in my recent post on the subject, a lot of the clan have been playing Lord of The Rings online. So I decided to give the whole thing a whirl using a 7 day trial that was kindly donated by Dok.

The first thing to note was that the install wasn't as long as I had anticipated and it was ready pretty fast. The second task was to update the game with recent patches. This took a little longer as there seemed to be the download phase and then the install phase. The later took over 4 hours of updating on my machine.

*A note to anyone planning a trail account in this way, install and update first, it could save you a day on your trail.

So finally the game installed. I had previously seen the graphics and gameplay at Doks, so I knew what to expect in those departments. The areas of the game are well thought through and the attention to detail is wonderful, expect a lot of things you remember from the books appearing in this game.

On to more interesting topics, the character generate is simple but effective, your default costume originates from your characters class and race. You can choose to play one of 4 races (dwarf, elf, hobbit or the race of man), each has there own strengths and weakness's that come into play during the game. Not all 4 races have the classes as options so thats an two important factors when creating a new character.

New things

Well as I promised myself a new toy after i left work.
Well it arrived today my small yet practical eee pc from ASUS,

I've had a play around with it for the last few hours and here are my thoughts.

Now this isn't going to run call of duty 4 or any heavy software, but then it isn't meant too.

The product box is very small, it was quite exciting to open, there really isn't alot inside, the PC battery and power supply.

Now one element that I have always liked about the EEE is that the power pack is small, there's no large transformer that need to be hauled arund everywhere, infact it reminds me of phone chargers from a few years back.

The keyboard is small but not that back to be honest, takes a little while to adjust to using it but after the first couple of mistakes your find it naturally is easy  to use.

The screen size isn't super-wide or with vista style graphics, but it is big enough to display everything you need to interact with.
The built in wireless was quick to setup although I was slightly confused at first, things could have been a little clearer.

But in all I couldn't be happier with it and having a lightwight laptop to take with me is a better prospect that carting my other laptop about.

Well thats it for now, more to follow soon.

Gaming in 2008

Sadly over the past few months there appears to be a massive problem of cheaters in my all-time favourite game Planetside. Sadly the problem hasn’t been combated as SOE first indicated it would. There are a few reason that for this, maybe it’s difficult to track those using software to cheat, or perhaps the revenue from these players is in the end money and why would they want to ban accounts of perhaps half of the remaining players.

A saddening fact but one that me and my fellow clan members feel is the most likely.

What for our clan in online games in the future.

It seems alot of people are waiting for Warhammer to either send them a Beta invite or be released. In the meantime there are loads of different games that has drawn my gaming friends attention.
These has included Dark age of Camelot/ Everquest 2  and more recently Lord of the Rings online.

Can Warhammer be the title that can take and existing game type and and existing highly detailed universe and combine them into a Multiplayer RPG game succesfully. But how can this success be judged?

Do we judge based on the number of accounts like WoW does? Surely indicating active and inactive accounts isn’t required, right?
Do we match it up with Tabula Rasa? Sadly the would be flagship for scifi/mmorpg games of the future didn’t quite live up to the hype.

I think that WAR will be judged by comparisions to existing games and that is the important point, Is the game able to provide something that can pull in hundreds of thousand of players yet still remain original and unique in the ever-changing world of Online gaming.

As for me I’ve been quite happy playing the City of games as I feel there is enough diversity for my attention not to wander too much, I also like to jump on Planetside/ World in Conflict or Guild wars if i want a change of pace.

There are a few promising titles in the pipelines sadly none of them aimed at replacing planetside, but they look good all the same.

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