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Calling all fanboys!
July 25th 2005, 23:12 CEST by mnemonic

First Person Shooters (chronologically)

1.  Wolfenstein.  Spawned a new, bloody genre.

2.  Quake 1.  Set the multiplayer shooter standard.  Allowed extensive user modifications, client/dedicated server architecture.  Made graphics and multiplayer really big deals, and the primary focuses of a slew of successors.  The first widespread online shooter.

3.  Starsiege: Tribes.  Created the outdoor teamplay shooter sub-genre and first blended strategic elements with traditional gun combat.  Jetpack movement in open terrain literally elevated combat, while bases connected all the action.  Vehicles made everything totally awesome.

4.  Half-Life 1.  Showed the world that single player was not dead.  Non-player characters, real
AI and clever level design helped shape gameplay around a story, creating a plot-driven atmosphere impossible in multiplayer.

5.  Rainbow Six.  Introduced realism to the video game world.  Accurate weapon ballistics along with pure tactical combat made players think before shooting (or moving).  Enemies with decent aim and realistic hit damage eliminated shooting sprees, and made the case that shooters don't need rocket launchers or 20 mph run speeds to be fun.  AI teammates created a multiplayer combat feel without jarring the single player atmosphere.  The absence of respawning in multiplayer defined combat by precise movement and accurate aim.

6.  Half-Life 2. Preemptive entry, HL2 will have a legacy no doubt.  Re-invigorated the story-driven shooter.  Demonstrated how technology canimprove gameplay, and how passive non-player character interaction can still be worthwhile. Forced the player to drive the story and the world, rather than receive plot bits betweendisconnected enemy clearings.  Advanced the soul of a pure single player shooter to a cinematic level, without any real cinematics.  A game to be played, not watched.

Other Games

Jane's F-15.  Created the hardcore/study simulation sub-genre.  Weapons and radar operation
along with realistic USAF comms built a sim that satisfied the players sick of "lock on and shoot" arcade "simulations."  Actual F-15E pilot's comment on the game: "It feels too much like my job."

Falcon 4.0.  Pushed the study sim to ungodly heights.  Players pored through a 600-page manual to learn the correct operational procedures for the Block 50/52 F-16C Fighting Falcon, flying over 30 training missions for practice.  A dynamic campaign simulated an entire war, with complete missions generated on-the-fly based on the enemy and the player behavior.  Seeded the  "electronic battlefield," where multiple simulation players of every type could fight on sea, in air and on land.

Warcraft 1.  First modern real-time strategy game.  The sequels, StarCraft, C&C et al. are just rehashes, though the Total War series deserves an honorable mention.
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#201 by anaqer
2005-08-03 20:11:32
Shit, gotta remember not to click links that seem NSFW.

Same here.

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#202 by bago
2005-08-03 20:39:12
manga_Rando@hotmail.com
Sorry, I figured the phrase "INVASION OF LOVE" and google + what G-man posted were warning enough.

An we're runnin past the fireball an jumpin on the alligator heads an the ninjas are right behind us an LOOK OUT IT'S GONNA BLOOOOOOOOOOOWWW!!!
#203 by Artur
2005-08-03 20:57:56
#201 anaqer
Shit, gotta remember not to click links that seem NSFW.

Same here.

Hooray for working from home. Still, I didn't click anything.
#204 by Greg
2005-08-03 21:16:53
Used to not be an issue for me, however we just moved to a new space where my monitor is visible to anyone looking at me.

こんにちは
#205 by Anonymous
2005-08-03 22:36:34
What, those pictures were reasonably assthetic.

#206 by anaqer
2005-08-04 08:11:01
Sorry, I figured the phrase "INVASION OF LOVE" and google + what G-man posted were warning enough.

If a text is blue and underlined, there's at least a 90% chance of me clicking it. (The 10% accounts for known offenders likes rotten.com, stileproject, etc.) I don't mind it that much though, what boss and colleagues think of me and my browsing habits is about the last thing bothering me.

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#207 by gaggle
2005-08-04 16:05:26
Awkawnor, it's only a problem in opressive Ahmerrihca, the land of the "free", where your employer will have you fired the second your browser displays a pair of honeybrown buttocks.

"Roses are red, violets are blue. In Soviet Russia, poems write you" - bash.org
#208 by Greg
2005-08-04 16:43:55
Or something called common courtesy. Fear of losing this job is nonexistant.

こんにちは
#209 by bago
2005-08-04 22:08:02
manga_Rando@hotmail.com
heh.

Can’t I get somethin’ for nothin’?  What’s with all these tradeoffs?  Developers seem to have too many hands – they’re always talking about “on the other hand…”
#210 by jjohnsen
2005-08-04 22:56:01
http://www.johnsenclan.com
Optical Illusions stolen from QT3.

Actually, the liberalism of the media - as a general thing - IS a major fallacy. What the media is, is a whore.  -LP
#211 by Warren Marshall
2005-08-04 23:03:19
http://www.wantonhubris.com/
SEEN IT!

#212 by Gunp01nt
2005-08-04 23:05:28
supersimon33@hotmail.com
I see bago's at it again.

The need to be observed and understood was once satisfied by god. We can now implement the same functionality with data-mining algorithms.
#213 by anaqer
2005-08-04 23:06:37
gaggle

We're behind a proxy server in the office and, with the joint actually being an ISP, I'm pretty sure there is at least one guy somewhere in the basement who is more or less qualified to set it up properly. If they can't be bothered to get him do it, it's fair game.

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#214 by Warren Marshall
2005-08-05 01:06:30
http://www.wantonhubris.com/
I see bago's at it again.

There is no excuse for bago!

#215 by lwf
2005-08-05 01:38:53
Warren: That website sucks. From the link just posted, there's no way to get to the homepage. In conclusion, you are a man fucker.

"Then I see his eyes glaze over and I can see it going through his mind: 'Oh my God, I'm going to fuck Marilyn Monroe,' and he can't get it up."
#216 by Dumdeedum
2005-08-05 01:43:45
http://www.dumdeedum.com
There is no excuse for bago!

I beg to differ!

You might want to tweak that page a bit so that the "back" link is a link link rather than a js thing so it works for people who were linked there.  A way for people to link to a specific excuse rather than a random one of type X might be handy for people as well, blogs have trackback links thingies that you can probably rip off for formatting.  Oh, and in the list of all tags there appears to be a blank tag (or some clever bugger messing with spaces) and a "mysql" tag listed but no excuse?

K, I'm done pointing out flaws for now, I'll save suggesting url rewriting for the next time.

Guest MP3OTW: Cat Power - Werewolf.mp3 (Thanks Marsh!)
#217 by deadlock
2005-08-05 09:48:47
http://www.deadlocked.org/
I think what's happening is that when Warren moderates and removes an excuse, any tags that were created by the person who added the excuse aren't also removed. This behaviour is correct, generally - other excuses may have the same tags. But he could write a little script that removes any tags that don't have an associated excuse. While he's at it, he could explain why "I'm having a poo" is not a valid excuse.

Shall we dance again
In our special way
With our trousers round our knees?
#218 by Ergo
2005-08-05 09:52:58
What?

"Every sect as far as reason will help them, gladly use it; when it fails them, they cry out it is a matter of faith, and beyond reason." --John Locke
DVDs
#219 by Warren Marshall
2005-08-05 15:55:48
http://www.wantonhubris.com/
From the link just posted, there's no way to get to the homepage.

Heh, I just noticed that last night after I clicked that same link.  I'll fix it over the weekend.

#220 by Warren Marshall
2005-08-05 15:57:05
http://www.wantonhubris.com/
Dum

Thanks for that list of stuff!  I'll do what I can...

#221 by Penguinx
2005-08-09 07:13:06
New UAC, bitches!

"Cablanasian... wha de fack is that??? das wha jesus was?" - larafan
#222 by E-ph0nk
2005-08-09 11:44:17
http://www.electrophonk.be
Like i said in another thread: great work!

#223 by Anonymous
2005-08-09 13:54:02
It's creepy.

#224 by Marsh Davies
2005-08-09 13:58:23
www.verbalchilli.com
Good blog too.

#225 by CheesyPoof
2005-08-09 16:23:25
That t-shirt hell site is blocked here at work. Any mirrors on the shirt referenced in the blog?
#226 by Greg
2005-08-09 16:38:27
Yeah, it says Dumbledore dies on page 500 or something.

こんにちは
#227 by Jibble
2005-08-09 16:43:46
Do we have to have a conversation about spoilers again?

The t-shirt says:

Qhzoyrqber qvrf ba cntr 596 (V whfg fnirq lbh 4 ubhef naq $30)

(Rot13)

SANTAK, BANKOROK, TOMATO!
222 lbs.  42 to go.
#228 by lwf
2005-08-09 23:35:39
Greg is really working to develop a schtick here, isn't he?

"Then I see his eyes glaze over and I can see it going through his mind: 'Oh my God, I'm going to fuck Marilyn Monroe,' and he can't get it up."
#229 by jjohnsen
2005-08-10 02:32:35
http://www.johnsenclan.com
Is that what we call trolling these days?  Actually, that's how it's always been, right?

Today I ordered a pink ipod mini to give my wife for our anniversary.  I never thought I'd buy an electronic gadget in that color as long as I lived.

Actually, the liberalism of the media - as a general thing - IS a major fallacy. What the media is, is a whore.  -LP
#230 by jjohnsen
2005-08-10 02:33:35
http://www.johnsenclan.com
And because today is our anniversary, I have successfully been late on a gift for 6 out of our 8 anniversaries.  I suck.

Actually, the liberalism of the media - as a general thing - IS a major fallacy. What the media is, is a whore.  -LP
#231 by Huge Wood Farmer
2005-08-18 18:23:59
With so many wives, its understanable that you'd forget now and then. Nobodys perfect.

404 - Funny not found
#232 by Warren Marshall
2005-08-18 19:03:53
http://www.wantonhubris.com/
Your sig is accurate.

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