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Are the old game engines crappy?

Are the old game engines crappy?

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A friend of mine said that Counter Strike Original (a.k.a. CS 1.6) has bad graphics. This made me ask you (www.moddb.com members) the question- "Are the...

Thoughts on modding as a phenomenon of popular culture

Thoughts on modding as a phenomenon of popular culture

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Participation on part of the recipient / user of video games in terms of adding content (e.g. mapping) to or changing content (e.g. modding) of an original...

The six steps of creation

The six steps of creation

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Scott McCloud's "six steps of creation" have been a revelation to me. Here's why they ought to be for you as well.

The Future of Design in Game?

The Future of Design in Game?

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What does the future hold for the design of computer games? With ever improving technologies will new ways to play games affect the design of games?

Dreams on Games

Dreams on Games

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At night, while laying in bed attempting to grasp the realm of dreams, most individuals choose to pick up a novel, put in some earbuds, or simply stare...

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Hunter-Prime
Hunter-Prime

I think it could be interserting to talk about the violence in the video games (like it's written in the summary ^_^ )and more particularly the Manhunt's case.

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kinesis916
kinesis916

Henley - ahaha yeah every chance he had to blackspot games he did, i see it just the same as a graphic novel, novel or movie. Games are a way of telling stories no matter how graphic they are.

That is a fair comment. But I would say that unlike a movie or novel you don't get the same interactivity with the story. In most games considered violent these days the player is given the choice as to how he/she commits that violence. For example in FPS's do you use your secondary weapon or your primary weapon, or one of the multitude of other devices at your desposil. I would conclude that this interectivity in general has a greater effect on the player than a movie or novel. Though I am not on the bandwagon that games turn people into mass murderers.

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Henley Staff
Henley

your allow to believe that, but how many people can you count that have committed a crime based on a movie or tv show? There are more there was even a reported case of some guy getting a sword and walking onto a highway and started swinging it at cars (referring to the matrix movies here).

Sure games can be violent this is part of the charm, the same thing goes for graphic novels or action movies... if you had a movie with no action... or shooting it wouldn't be an action movie,

same thing goes for games, depending on what you have the player doing it will be different for each game. Handling a rifle in real life is much harder then the games make out to be (i lived on a farm for most of my life i can comment on this), so saying that games TRAIN people to shoot others is just silly.

Its like saying Micheal Jackson teaches people to molest children because people like him... lol :P (possibly a bad example)

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Connway
Connway

I don't think violent games turn people into mass murderers either, but it is something that some people believe. Seriously, it took me a while to ingrain that into my mother's brain.

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Henley Staff
Henley

ahaha yeah every chance he had to blackspot games he did, i see it just the same as a graphic novel, novel or movie. Games are a way of telling stories no matter how graphic they are.

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Connway
Connway

I know some people are huge fans of the Manhunt series, but I'll be damned if I can figure out why. I did some beta testing of Manhunt 2, and it just made me feel strange. It was captivating for all the wrong reasons.
Personally, I don't think games like Manhunt help the game industry when it comes to proving (sadly, that's what we're doing) to non-gamers that we're all not going to start mass murdering people.
Well, if anything else, we can always get a laugh at Jack Thompson. Who I had conveniently forgotten about until this very moment. I don't know how that guy can keep going after failing so many times. Why hasn't his license for law been revoked yet?

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Connway
Connway

Am I supposed to be ranting yet? Hehe. Sorry if I wasn't.

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Henley Staff
Henley

do you mean violence in games that have gotten media attention?

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Connway
Connway

I'd say we could, or we could talk about violence over a broad number of games. Like, how is violence used in certain games, what messages does it send, etc. (I'm just throwing random topics)

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Malvado_Zombie[X]
Malvado_Zombie[X]

Yes... but the violence of the games is great now (every game have violence because they think that is funny)...

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kinesis916
kinesis916

So what shall we talk about first.

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formerlyknownasMrCP
formerlyknownasMrCP

Lots of opinionated people in this group. /joined

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ultimatemale420
ultimatemale420

lol forgive the spelling mistakes i mean source or unreal engine

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ultimatemale420
ultimatemale420

YER WELL I HAVE A SUGGESTION FOR THE SOAP BOX ALREADY!!!!
back in 1987 Capcom relased a game for the NES called "MEGAMAN 2"!!!
and is one of the best nes games of all time
well since i dont have the skills of a modder and had this great idea i thought id toss this idea into the modding community

SOMEONE or SOME GROUP!!!! of MODDER/S's should REMAKE!!! the megaman 2 video game using either halfe life SOURCE!!!! of unreal 2004 UNREAL ENGINE 2 or 3
it would b a great idea the same game with 3d enhancments the bosses with thier unique abilities and better AI BLAH BLAH!!!!!

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Connway
Connway

Something like that belongs in the Mod Suggestions forum. And even then, nobody's going to do it. Capcom is just going to C&D the team. For remake projects, you're better off working on it yourself and trying to recruit as you progress. Either way, Capcom C&D you is way too high. Not even worth starting something like that.

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ultimatemale420
ultimatemale420

what do u mean by C and D
besides if capcom like it a deal cud b struck
ADR team are making a sonic game for unreal 2k4 an sega arnt sueing them
well not yet at least anyways

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Connway
Connway

C&D means Cease and Desist. I've never heard of companies like Capcom striking deals with wee little modders. Not out of the realm of possibility though, but very unlikely.
It would be much more likely if someone was doing something original with their franchise rather than a remake. Besides, you never know when Capcom is going to remake their own game. Just look at Mega Man: Maverick Hunter X for the PSP. That game is a 3D remake of Mega Man X.

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