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Old August 12 2009, 01:25 PM   #31
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it's the only game series where I've stopped to read a book
This.

That's what I love about the Elder Scrolls series. It doesn't just hint at a wider world beyond the quests, it soaks you in it. Presents it to you on a platter and invites you to tuck in.

I've spent hours in Morrowind and Oblivion just exploring the landscape, without taking on any quests. Just wandering around, stopping off in inns, having the odd (stifled) conversation. You really can just live and breath Tamrielic life.

Shit. That probably makes me sound incredibly pathetic!
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Old August 12 2009, 01:32 PM   #32
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it's the only game series where I've stopped to read a book
This.

That's what I love about the Elder Scrolls series. It doesn't just hint at a wider world beyond the quests, it soaks you in it. Presents it to you on a platter and invites you to tuck in.

I've spent hours in Morrowind and Oblivion just exploring the landscape, without taking on any quests. Just wandering around, stopping off in inns, having the odd (stifled) conversation. You really can just live and breath Tamrielic life.

Shit. That probably makes me sound incredibly pathetic!
Nah, I do the same thing. I love a game where you can just go exploring and see what's out there.
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Old August 12 2009, 02:06 PM   #33
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Ah, this game seemed so wonderfully tacky when I devoured the Wikipedia article on it... apparently it was so glitchy in it's first release that it was theoretically impossible to beat the main quest, ha ha... I tried playing the original Arena (downloaded that one for free too), I couldn't play cuz I was on the ground laughing my guts out at the sheer oldness of it...
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Old August 12 2009, 02:15 PM   #34
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Ah, this game seemed so wonderfully tacky when I devoured the Wikipedia article on it... apparently it was so glitchy in it's first release that it was theoretically impossible to beat the main quest, ha ha... I tried playing the original Arena (downloaded that one for free too), I couldn't play cuz I was on the ground laughing my guts out at the sheer oldness of it...
So... you have a problem with old games?
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Old August 12 2009, 02:23 PM   #35
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^^ No, I think they're great (you're looking at the guy who spent $30 in one go on games published before 2000), I just get a kick out of really old computer games like Doom, Elder Scrolls, and Elite (kudos to whoever recognizes that last one). Partly because my computer can't handle any game released as recently as 2006...
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Old August 12 2009, 02:25 PM   #36
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^^ No, I think they're great (you're looking at the guy who spent $30 in one go on games published before 2000), I just get a kick out of really old computer games like Doom, Elder Scrolls, and Elite (kudos to whoever recognizes that last one). Partly because my computer can't handle any game released as recently as 2006...
Oh, I thought you were mocking. It wouldn't surprise me, around here.

I love old games, too. Most of my favorites are from the mid '90's.
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Old August 12 2009, 02:37 PM   #37
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Elite (kudos to whoever recognizes that last one)
Played the Amstrad CPC 464 version to death, and both its sequels on Amiga/PC
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Elite (kudos to whoever recognizes that last one)
Played the Amstrad CPC 464 version to death, and both its sequels on Amiga/PC
Loved Elite and that whole genre. The closest things that I still play to that are Independence War 2 and Freelancer.
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Old August 12 2009, 02:48 PM   #39
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Never played the IW games, but I absolutely love Freelancer. Ok, so the economy had zilch depth and planetary systems weren't realistically modelled like in Frontier, but it was a shitload of fun. Probably my favourite Elite clone after, well, Frontier.
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Never played the IW games, but I absolutely love Freelancer. Ok, so the economy had zilch depth and planetary systems weren't realistically modelled like in Frontier, but it was a shitload of fun. Probably my favourite Elite clone after, well, Frontier.
Pick up I-War 2 sometime, and get the Torn Stars mod for it. Basically turns it into an Elite clone. You can go from system to system, buying up goods to trade elsewhere. And it actually makes sense: you take processed ore to factories which build parts. You buy those parts and sell them to a manufacturing plant, and then you can buy things from the plant to sell elsewhere. You can also stake mining rights on asteroids and such for some extra buckage.

You can also pillage at will, and even steal ships if I recall correctly. Police react appropriately to your behavior, though, so you gotta be careful.
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Old August 12 2009, 04:00 PM   #41
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Hey, I just finished downloading and installing the game and memorizing all the commands I have to type to open the game. How the hell do I swing my weapon? Every now and again I'll get lucky and my stupid character will swing his damn sword, but I've been killed about 5 times in a row by the same monster because my character doesn't swing his sword when I hold the button and move the mouse around. Help?
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Old August 12 2009, 04:08 PM   #42
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Elite (kudos to whoever recognizes that last one).
You mean to say you reckon no-one here's heard of Elite?!

I loved that game. A BBC Micro original it was, too.
Nearest best thing to it right now is probably either of the X3 games.
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First Encounters. Smuggling computers to that religious colony.
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