Posts Tagged ‘RPS asks’

RPS Asks: What Are Your Big PC Hopes For 2013?

Man! I spend half an hour of my NYE drawing this, then realise it looks like it could be from three years ago.

For some reason 2013 doesn’t sound as futuristic as 2012. It’s more the sort of date you’re used to seeing on tinned food than the year robot unicorns attack. But 2013 could well be the best year PC has ever seen. As you drift off toward your Newyearseving celebration of choice, why not leave a thought on what you’re most hoping for?

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What Will You Play This Weekend?


So… what are you up to this weekend? What are you going to play? Did you risk Hitman? Or are you going Planetside? Do you ever take a weekend off just to plough through a whole bunch of indie games that you bought or bookmarked by never got around to? I have to admit I’ve been playing catchup of late – which might explain the tardiness of a few of my reviews, but anyway. This is about you: I particularly want to hear from folks playing multiplayer games – what are you playing, who are you playing it with, and does it involve the RPS gang in any way?

(There are some great PS2 threads here and here, if you want a game with friendly types.)

Speak!

RPS Asks: What’s Your Rainy Day Game?

Scenes earlier today.

It’s a bank holiday in fair Blighty, which means the RPS team are all defiantly sat on the beach, clutching our bucket and spade for warmth, as the pounding rain fills the moats in the sandcastles we’ve built. But that doesn’t mean our minds aren’t turned to gaming. Right now, as the rainwater washes Alec out to sea, we find our thoughts drifting to our studies. What are our favourite rainy day games? What are the ones we go back to, to fill those spare holiday hours when the sun won’t come out to play? Shouldn’t someone call the coastguard?

So what are the ones for you? Which game can you reliably fall back on, the one you never delete from your HD no matter how much space you need, the one that can always be depended upon to gobble up the long, dreary hours? What is your rainy day game?

Hey, Internet. What Are You Playing?

Jim, John, and Alec, yesterday.
Phew! It’s been a busy day at the coalface, deep in the mines beneath Castle Shotgun. We dug up something that should never have been seen by human eyes, and had to put it down again with our sharpest pair of shotguns. But that’s all behind us now, and so it’s time to kick back in the relaxation parlor with some modded Skyrim, a glass of smoking blue space wine, and the soundtrack to the movie Cool As Ice. Yes, it’s that special time.

But we don’t mean to be entirely self-absorbed, at least not all the time, so it seems fair to ask you guys what you’re playing. So what is it? What are you playing? And – in the wake of the wallet-catastrophe of the last couple of weeks – what are you not playing? That’s probably a more interesting question. Why aren’t you playing it?

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RPS Asks: Aren’t Games Great?!

It's about time my niece finally appeared.

Sometimes RPS gets accused of being too grumpy. We like to think of it as standing up for gamers’ rights, and campaigning against what we see as wrong or unfair in our fair industry. Potatoes, portaloos. But the reality is we’re actually very cheerful and enthusiastic. It’s why it matters to us so much when that happiness gets pooped on by evil corporations like Big Poop. But right now, right this moment, it’s time for unbridled positivity. We want to know: what about gaming have you thought is just great recently?

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RPS Asks: What You Are Up To?


It’s a rainy bank holiday here in the UK, which means that the RPS writers are left to regenerate in their pit for another twenty-four hours. Worry not, though, because you guys are going to tell us what games you’ve been playing, and why. Still embedded in Skyrim? Playing Test Drive Unlimited for some reason? Found something no-one has ever played before? Speak your brains!

RPS Asks: Favourites From The Mass Effects?


So I am busy playing through Mass Effect 3 at the moment, with my collected thoughts on the events, happenings, and systems therein to appear on Tuesday. I’ve been doing a bit of retrospective browsing over the first two games, too, and comparing events in those to the events in the third game. This process led me to wonder this: what has been your favourite event in the games so far? And why?

As a follow up question: who is your favoured character? Garrus seems like the obvious choice for acerbic/murderous sidekick, and I generally take him on missions for the sound of his voice, but I think Thane was the highlight of Mass Effect 2. Anyway: speak your brains, show your working.

What Are You Playing This Weekend?


What are you playing this weekend, readerfolk? Anyone for Amalur? Anyone still lost in Skyrim? Or perhaps you are up to something multiplayery? Joining in with one of the RPS communities, perhaps? I’ll be wandering the kills of Perpetuum, I suppose, between a bit of messing about it the alpha of some peculiar RPG we got sent.

Anyway, let us know what you up to – speak your brains!

RPS Asks: What’s Your Weekend Playlist?

Are you in the Flight beta? Go on, play it for me. Oh, hello. You startled me. Come in, sit down. I was just updating my Google Calander. See, I’m so wonderful and popular and in-demand by just about everyone that I need to mark every minute down, or I’ll just get swamped. I had a look and it looks like I’ll be too busy to play anything this weekend. But what I’d like to do, no please help yourself to a biscuit, what I hope to do is live vicariously through you. You’ll play games for me, while I’m crying in the corner out partying till 6am in a warehouse in Islington. Tell us all what you’ll be playing.
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Stealing A Glimpse Of Thief IV

Nonononononononononononononoooooooooo

Right, Deus Ex is back on its feet and looking hale and hearty, whether it asked for this or not. What vintage PC game shall the electro-paddles be applied to next? Why, it’s Thief IV, a game about which we currently know all but nothing other than that Eidos Montreal are pulling the strings again and, I am 99.99% sure, it’ll have some sort of funny subitle rather than a number in the name. Well, anything’s better than ‘Thi4f’, right?

An industrious fellow on Neogaf has done a spot of digging around the quiet info-goldmine that is LinkedIn, and turned up a couple of starting, tantalising facts. Let’s have a look, and then hear what assorted Thief fans want to see from the new game.
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RPS Asks: What Do You Do When Tech Dies?

My mouse! My beautiful mouse!

My default position when old-ish tech dies is to assume it’s too much hassle to deal with the company, and that something that lasts 3+ years needs to be replaced properly. It might just be me, but I don’t think it is. I hear a lot of people asking for suggestions to replace dead technology: it seems more people check Amazon before checking warranties. But December and January were disastrous months for technology for me. In order: my monitors died a week apart and my mouse squeaked its last. I’m still getting teary-eyed just thinking about it.

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RPS Asks: What Will You Play This Weekend?

One day games will all look like 19th century printing.
Hello. I hope you are having a lovely day. I wanted to ask you something. Now that the Skyrim frenzy seems to be dying off, and your gaming digestive system is bloated with games hoovered up from a run of excellent indie bundles, what will you be playing this weekend? How many of you are going back to things you bought before the Skyrim addiction set in? And how many of you are now faced with a stack of indie games that each demand your attentions? Perhaps you’ve finally realised how wrong you are about the Stalker games and have finally got around to playing them, eh? What shall it be? Speak!

Me? I shall be playing a bit of Starfarer, a bit of Perpetuum, and a smidgeon of Trine 2, just to balance out all those lasers.

RPS Asks: Games For The Weekend?

The RPS games room, yesterday.
What are you intending to play this weekend, eh? That copy of Terraria you just bought in the sale? Skyrim again, more, faster, again? Perhaps something else stacked up from a sale? I’m going to be mysteriously messing with some unreleased puzzle game with punctuations of Serious Sam 3, Alec’s adrift on that Terraria/Skyrim angle, and Mr Smith? Well, he’s all over both Sam AND Skyrim. The tart. John, I believe, has invented his own game based on a 2000-year old rulebook he found in an old building in the middle of town. I dunno what it’s all about, but it seems popular!

Anyway. Speak your games!

Skyrole: 29% Of You Are Warriors

That's not you that isn't.
So. I lost a bet with myself. Now I owe myself fifty quid. Thanks a bunch, Internet. I was certain, absolutely certain, that the majority of you would have pursued mostly wizardly activities in Skyrim, what with all the magic and the magic college and everything. But not so. The majority of the twenty thousand people who polled in our Skyrim survey played as warriors, with mages (21%) coming in second. Amazingly, assassins and thieves were neck and neck for third place with 14% each. There’s a 13% bunch of hangars on who couldn’t actually figure out what they’d spent most of their time doing of course, but then this is an Elder Scrolls game, so perhaps we’ll forgive the ambiguity.

Ooh, I can feel another poll coming on. Any suggestions?

Skyrimpoll: What Have You Been Doing?

Mmm, explorey.
So, that’s close to a week of Skyrim under our collective belts of minor loafing, which means we’re hitting Skyrim content saturation point. Or we will tomorrow, anyway. Maybe. In the meantime: what have you all been doing in Skyrim? I spotted Alec installed new poll software, which means I can have a go at doing a poll to find out! Yay. Actually, I mean I’d been planning to do a poll anyway, but was too confused by the poll plugin. Anyway… What have you spent the majority of your time doing in Skyrim? Vote below!
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RPS Asks: Do You Use SLI/Crossfire?

Twice the legs, twice the power, yes?

I worked on a PC hardware magazine for years, and found myself as caught up in the bitter CPU and GPU wars that characterise that industry as much as the next man who cares a little bit too much about expensive circuitry, but even so I’ve never really fancied a multi-card system via NVIDIA SLI or ATI Crossfire. The noise, the expense, the technical potholes…

However, between Rage, Battlefield 3 and Skyrim (particularly the latter, wanting to try out all of the settings tweaks and mods to max it out), for the first time I’m thinking about doing it. I’ve got a GeForce 560 (non-Ti) which more than holds its own, but there are usually a few bells and whistles I need to turn off if I want a solid frame-rate at 1920×1200. The expense of higher-end cards is extreme, but for around £120-50 I could pick up another 560. Maybe I will, maybe I won’t. But have you ever dabbled in the dark art of multi-card systems? And was it worth it?
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RPS Asks: Which Games Made You Weep?

From 1886, you know.

As Adam and I lay out boxes of tissues (for crying, you disgusting pig) in order to discuss To The Moon for a Verdict this afternoon, it makes us wonder: what games have made you cry? Yes, yes, Tomb Raider: Angel Of Darkness. We’ve all done that joke. But really, bravado aside, when did you get moved to weeples?

I’ve written about the two previous games that saw me shed a tear a couple of years ago, and I talked to Charles Cecil about the process four years ago (wow, our site’s really old). (I mention these to stave off complaints from those claiming we always go on about this – twice in four years, whingebags.)

So go on – defy convention and name the game that made your eyes all dribbly.

RPS Asks: Games For Halloween?

You are him.
It’s Satan’s birthday on Monday, which means it’s time to sit inside and pretend no-one’s home while the neighbourhood kids prowl for candy. But what games should we be playing while we make absent? It seems to me like Costume Quest is the thematically cute suggestion, and Amnesia is the Actually Scary suggestion. But what else? Your thoughts, please, folks.

RPS Asks: What Do you Want From Doom 4?

Some doom, yesterday.
So, if the (reportedly false) rumours are to be believed (update: and apparently they’re not. Hooray!), the future of Doom 4 might be in doubt. Which raises a question: what do we want from a fourth Doom game anyway? Should the next Doom game keep it old skool with a key-collecting run-and-gun? Or should it up updated to compete with the contemporary manshoots? Do we still want demons on Mars? And should it showcase the next generation of graphics, or do something new with the way shooters work? If you were in charge, what would you do?

Personally I quite like the idea of re-releasing a blow-by-blow remake the original game in an astonishing modern engine, with the only gameplay concessions to modern design being mouse-look and so on. Failing that, a single-button iPhone game, like Canabalt with cacodemons. (Not really. Likely.)