The odd bit

Once is an accident, twice is a coincidence, three times is an enemy action.

The odd bit - Once is an accident, twice is a coincidence, three times is an enemy action.

Exciting times ahead for PC gaming

So it’s been a little over 4 months since the last post, but this place isn’t dead yet… and the same can be said about PC gaming.

We’ve heard all kinds of doom stories concerning gaming on the PC, but I’m sure that good content will sell and the second half of this year is literally filled with exciting titles. I’m currently tracking 28 games and only 4 of those are currently scheduled for a 2009 release. That leaves 24 games that are scheduled for release between the end of August and the end of the year.

For those that don’t know what’s coming, here’s an excerpt from the list of games I’m tracking:

  • Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway
  • Call of Duty: World at War
  • Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3
  • Command & Conquer: Tiberium
  • Crysis Warhead
  • Empire: Total War
  • Far Cry 2
  • Mafia II
  • Pure
  • Quantum of Solace
  • Red Faction: Guerrilla
  • Tom Clancy’s HAWX
  • Tomb Raider: Underworld

Exciting times are ahead, but my wallet doesn’t agree…

Game demos: do they really need to be so big?

I’m browsing through forums and the game sections are really filled with posts about a game named Bioshock. I’ve always been cautious with hyped games, especially since the Doom 3 fiasco. A lot of posts also mentioned a demo being available for Bioshock. Well isn’t that a great way to know if you like the game or not before you actually buy it?

So I started looking for the demo and when I found it, I fell off my chair (so to speak of course 😉 ). The size of the download is 1850 megabytes. Yes, that’s right… nearly 2 gigabytes. A normal internet subscription with my ISP has a monthly download cap of 12 gigabytes. This demo equals 15.1% of that monthly volume. Just to try the game…

I agree that download caps are about the worst thing in broadband land and I’m of the opinion they should be abolished. But I’m also of the opinion that a demo of 2 gigabytes is really over the top. Not too long ago, complete games were smaller than that. The job of a demo is to convince you to buy the full game, but what’s the point if the download size is similar to a full game?

And I’ll turn this into a teaser for my next post: the ever increasing download sizes for demos are not a sign of increased quality, but an attempt to cover up the downwards spiral that PC gaming is in right now. Stay tuned for that post :-)

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

The fourth installment in the franchise The Elder Scrolls is called Oblivion. Its predecessor Morrowind and Oblivion are about the only games in the RPG/Adventure genre that can interest me.

If there’s one thing those two games like it’s a powerful PC. Given the fact that I recently (a month ago is pretty recent I guess) assembled my new system, I’ve been playing a lot of Oblivion. I’ve now assembled a screenshot gallery on my personal webspace to give you an idea about how Oblivion looks. Mind you, I’m playing the game without any special settings active. Default settings of the ATI Catalyst driver and the standard settings the game detected for my system (Ultra High Quality). Head on over to the gallery.