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0 comments by SlickWhiteRabbit on Nov 20th, 2012

This is my very first blog entry ever; its more a rant than a blog. Basically Three AAA games I've purchased recently have not worked on my computer. I've got a home built rig with an i7 2600K 3.5GHz cpu, 2 Gainward Geforce 580 Phantoms with a combined gRAM of 6GB, 16 GB of memory and a Sound Blaster X-Fi sound card. All my drivers are up to date, and my operating system is Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit which is installed to an SSD.

The Three games in question, all of which I pre-ordered and where possible purchased the deluxe versions are as follows:

Need for Speed: Most Wanted (via Origin) cost £39.99/$60

Call of Duty: Black Ops II Digital Deluxe Edition cost nearly £50/$75

Hitman: Absolution Professional Edition cost £39.99/$60

I've spent days trying to get Need for Speed to run. It's been out for over 4 weeks now and all I can get is past the initial intro screen, then it hangs while loading. I've even left it on all night in the hope that it would start up.

Call of Duty: Black Ops was released nine days ago on PC, I've spent the last nine days trawling the Steam forums trying every fix that's been described, from installing the latest Beta drivers for my NVIDIA cards, reinstalling the game and verifying the content, defragging, re-installing all the essential drivers, making sure the onboard audio was turned off (apparently the game crashes if you have a card and onboard audio running concurrently) and even lowering the clock speeds of both graphic cards using MSI's Afterburner, and even disabling one of the cards. When I installed the beta driver the game worked for 20 minutes. I'd been working on it for over two days at the time and by the time i got it to work it was 4am in the morning. So, after 20 minutes despite the game looking fabulous I was in danger of getting a keyboard imprint on my forehead, I closed the game down. On booting up the following day, the problem re-emerged and I've not been able to get it to work since. You can hear the sound and when I click on the task bars icon the game opens up to full screen momentarily then goes back to the desktop.

Finally I was really looking forwards to playing the latest Hitman game. It's been just over six years since the last game was released late Spring 2006. I pre-ordered the game months ago and really enjoyed the sniper level they released to the community earlier this summer. So you can imagine my disappointment when I booted up the game today. The screen flickered black to grey and back to black, with the
occasional flutter, then I got my first ever BSOD since using Win 7. That's got to be something wrong with the game as I've made sure everything is up to date. I suppose it could possibly be the latest Beta driver which was rushed out to cure a problem with NVIDIA cards when Black ops II was released.

I'm sure you can imagine my frustration. I can
usually figure out what the problem is and get a game to work within a
few hours, but the games I've mentioned above have confounded me
for days.

I'm off to bed, its already well after 4am. Will I bother to check Hitman again in the morning, probably, but too be honest I'm getting really fed up seeing as the greater part of the last four weeks have been trying to sort three AAA games that should have worked on release.

Peace to all

Whiterabbit-uk aka Stephen

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SlickWhiteRabbit Creator
SlickWhiteRabbit Jan 9 2014, 8:24pm says:

I've also promised myself I'd revisit some of my older games such as Vietcong, the early Need for Speed games, Men of Valor and the early Battlefield games (Battlefield 1942 and Battlefield Vietnam and the first ArmA game. I'm even thinking of creating a few maps for the latter and maybe Battlefield 2 (BF2). I've already planned out around 15 for BF2; all I need to do now is find the editor tutorial and the editor for these games. I've got them backed up on one of the hundreds of DVD's and blu Ray discs I've used to back up many of the files I've downloaded over the last 20 years. (I have around a terabyte of mods and maps just for Battlefield 2 alone (most are stored on an exteral hard drive), plus many for the other Battlefield games, the ArmA franchise, Unreal Tournamanet 2004 and UT3, The Elder Scrolls III, IV and V as well as several other mode-able games such as Fallout 3.

I'm really looking forwards to 2014..... I hope - l you are too. :)

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SlickWhiteRabbit Creator
SlickWhiteRabbit Jan 9 2014, 8:24pm says:

Anyway, Happy New Year to all gamers. I hope the coming year see's some great games. I'm looking forwards to the following games this year:

Dying light
The Battles of King Arthur
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Dragonage: Inquisition
Total War: Arena
Tom Clancy's: The Division
The Elder Scrolls Online (doing a stress test tomorrow via the beta)

plus loads more indie games and a few other AAA titles.

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SlickWhiteRabbit Creator
SlickWhiteRabbit Jan 9 2014, 8:24pm says:

My new years resolution is to attempt to play every one of the games i've not played yet. I've got to spend at least a minimum of 1 hour on each game. Unfortunately there are several that I can't get to work on my present system (Win 8.1, i7- 3.4GHz, Nvidia GTX 580 Phantom x 2). I've tried all the usual game forums to find fixes, but no joy so far. My last resort is the developers, but from previous experience, most of the bigger developers can't be bothered. some of the smaller indie developers on the other hand are pretty good at helping.

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SlickWhiteRabbit Jan 9 2014, 8:23pm says:

Well, it's been ages since I last posted on my profile here on Desura. I've not been able to access my Desura client for several months for some unknown reason. Actually fed up with the problems i've had for well over ayear now. I've deleted the client then reinstalled it, cleared out my registry of what I think are Desura related hives, but still no joy. I may have to reinstall the windows client.

Thankfully while doing some spring cleaning of one of my disk drives (it was almost full so I decided to clear away all the junk I'd accumulated since the last format (generally i format most of my discs at least once a year) and back up stuff worth keeping onto 25GB Blu Ray discs. Amazingly I managed to clear over 300GB from the 2TB drive. It's at this point I discovered I didn't need to play my games via Desura, I just needed to find where the games were installed to then click on the games executable within the Desura folder

i.e. default C > My Programs (x86) > Desura > Common >

That still doesn't help me play the most recent games I've purchased on Desura or via Indie Royale and Desura on Firefox or the Google Chrome browser. Only those games I installed before the problem arose back in June last year can be played as I've not been able to install any of my recent purchases or the Desura keys you get via Indie Royale and sometimes other bundles. . Grrrr.

Since the last two Steam sales (Black Friday and the Christmas Sale) and since my last comment back in June, my Steam game numbers have risen to over 2400 with around 2250 dlc. I've got to stop that obsession until I've played most of my backlog, which stands at around 400 games.

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SlickWhiteRabbit Jun 14 2013, 5:00am says:

I finally got the three game sI mentioned in a previous post working, but it took me until I installed Win 8 a few months ago (apart from the Need for Speed game which I sorted a week or so after the post. That just needed an extra line added in my registry. The fix I found in the Steam forums. :)

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SlickWhiteRabbit Jun 14 2013, 4:58am says:

update on my Steam games. My total count is now 3629 games, but that includes dlc's and I think strategy guides. the actuial number of games after you take away the extra's for each game comes to 2025 as of the 14th June (I'll be adding more soon, with pre-orders to sort and the summer sale on the horizon probably the end of June).

I've also recently found a good community of gamers mainly hailing from the Game Collectors group. Guys (and Gals) with a thousand plus Steam games and god knows how many from other sources. If they are anything like me, they will probably have thousands. Though recently I've been confining my purchases to Steam and Desura unless the game isn't available from these sources. (e.g. Origin)

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SlickWhiteRabbit Jun 14 2013, 4:01am says:

18 months into backing my first kickstarter, now i've backed over 70. Though have cut down on the numbers recently simply becasue it was getting expensive. The draw of extra goodies on the higer tiers was getting tempting. :)

I'll still continue to back some projects, but only those I think will be brilliant. The rest I'll purchase when they appear on Desura or Steam.

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PentaX Nov 20 2012, 4:27am says:

Thank you so much for such a great review to HyperSonic 4.

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SlickWhiteRabbit Creator
SlickWhiteRabbit Apr 7 2012, 8:18am says:

Since I discovered Kickstarter I've started to support Indie developers by sponsoring several games. I only discovered the site last month and already have committed to sponsoring 10 different games including Takedown, Wastelands 2, Kenshi, Baccilus plus others. I'm even thinking of doing one of those game development courses as I'm quite interested in creating some of my own games. I have several ideas, but don't feel i have the ability to do anything about it yet.

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SlickWhiteRabbit Creator
SlickWhiteRabbit Jul 30 2012, 7:43am replied:

My Kickstarter count is now over 40 indie games. There have been some excellent ones asking for support. I'm a sucker for a good game.

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