"That which is overdesigned, too highly specific, anticipates outcome; the anticipation of outcome guarantees, if not failure, the absence of grace."
-- William Gibson, All Tomorrow's Parties
"I must attend to my flock."

So I'm waiting on another fan for ligur Mk II, and in the mean-time, I installed Windows on it... Athlon XP 2500+, half a gig of RAM... I dredged up my old GeForce4 64MB, too.

Half-Life 2 is pretty awesome.

The graphics hold up surprisingly well considering it's "only" a 64MB card. I never get any slow-downs or jerking. The plot so far is really good, too, though I would like less driving stupid vehicles around, and more skulking around shooting at stuff. (Of course, I say that now, but I'm going through Ravenholm right now, which is supra creepy and nothing but skulking around shooting stuff. Also: Gravgun + sawblades = lurve.)

I also played CS for a couple hours. It's still CS. The kids still call each other "faggot" and "nigger" and other bullshit.

Something new they didn't do when I used to play: Now they have spambots. It's incredibly obnoxious and makes me annoyed that while you can mute people's voice messages, you can't /ignore a player.

Or can you? Hm. I'm out of practice with all this gaming junk. Thankfully. :)

February 9, 2005 5:51 AM

Wow. CS sounds.... uh.... "Fun" ?

FWIW, they're getting close to that level of "realism" with the Unreal series, which is kind of depressing.

I'd like to try HL2 just to play with the physics thing, but don't like the idea of doing it on the Radeon 9200 that's in the only spare windows box at work. :P

Posted by: solios at February 10, 2005 2:13 PM

It should be playable, though you might have to turn everything down. I would have loved to see the game on more modern hardware. :)

I beat the game this morning, in a NyQuil/fever haze. Freaking hard in places, but very enjoyable. The Strider/Rebellion segment was super. The last battle was pretty annoying, but Breen's commentary made it less so.

And the ending, well... I guess since I knew what was coming from P-A, reviews, and those cartoons on themaax.com, it didn't piss me off very much. Just enough to make me want to play the next one all the more. :)

Posted by: bda at February 10, 2005 9:37 PM

And to think, Bryan, that you almost made it 3 full years without a windows box.

HL2 sounds interesting, I'll have to give it a shot tonight after I'm done fixing 200 year old doors. Though I'm still scared from playing SS2 in the dark with headphones at pi.pad

Posted by: Steve at February 14, 2005 10:55 AM

SS2 is mad scary.

HL2 has some serious twitchy moments, but once you get out of Ravenholm they taper off pretty quickly (at least for me).

Posted by: bda at February 14, 2005 7:37 PM
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