Defining PC Games

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Re: Defining PC Games

Post by Freestyler » Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:29 am

Baldur's. Gate.

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Re: Defining PC Games

Post by kleinemaus » Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:31 am

Return to Zork one of the first CD games
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Re: Defining PC Games

Post by ZXSabreman » Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:37 am

the games I regard as truly defining titles are

1 - Doom
2 - X-Wing
3 - Baldurs Gate
4 - World of Warcraft
5 - Call of Duty 2
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Re: Defining PC Games

Post by Antiriad2097 » Tue Jan 22, 2013 2:36 pm

I'd played a few PC games beforehand, but generally the Amiga and Atari ST offered a far better experience.

That was until I went to a local computer show and they had Magic Carpet running. The combination of slick FMV and smooth, solid textured 3D blew everything else I'd seen out of the water.

That, for me, was a turning point.
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Re: Defining PC Games

Post by paranoid marvin » Tue Jan 22, 2013 2:47 pm

Don't forget FMV - love it or loathe it, it offered something that machines of the time (MD,SNES,ST,Amiga) couldn't. A lot was crap, but some was good.
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Re: Defining PC Games

Post by skodathegreat » Tue Jan 22, 2013 3:02 pm

Freestyler wrote:Baldur's. Gate.

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Re: Defining PC Games

Post by AmigaJay » Tue Jan 22, 2013 3:48 pm

paranoid marvin wrote:Don't forget FMV - love it or loathe it, it offered something that machines of the time (MD,SNES,ST,Amiga) couldn't. A lot was crap, but some was good.
Well to upgrade to your new CDROM drive for you PC is like upgrading your Megadrive to a MegaCD or Amiga to CD32 or CDTV which could do FMV!
And it was pure crap anyway on all formats! It was just a way to fill a CD which was all the rage in the early 90s.
I think most people associate fmv with the Philips Cdi which was plagued with it!

Plus to me FMV (Full Motion Video) were games that used FMV cards in hardware, back then that was the only way to get full screen 30fps...otherwise it's hardly "full motion video"!

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Re: Defining PC Games

Post by crusto » Tue Jan 22, 2013 3:56 pm

The X-Wing series was superb, and was a perfect fit for the PC. I'm shocked tbh that it still isn't going, you could make one seriously awesome X-Wing game nowadays. Grim Fandango, Age of Empires 2, the X series, the sims..theres loads. And by the way, Championship manager 99-00 is the definitive one. All the rest are poor relations.
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Re: Defining PC Games

Post by Gren » Tue Jan 22, 2013 4:10 pm

Doom.

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Re: Defining PC Games

Post by theantmeister » Tue Jan 22, 2013 6:08 pm

AmigaJay wrote:Plus to me FMV (Full Motion Video) were games that used FMV cards in hardware, back then that was the only way to get full screen 30fps...otherwise it's hardly "full motion video"!
FMV cards? Are you sure such a thing existed?

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Re: Defining PC Games

Post by HalcyonDaze00 » Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:29 pm

Football Manager is the game to buy a PC for.

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Re: Defining PC Games

Post by STranger81 » Wed Jan 23, 2013 12:08 am

paranoid marvin wrote:Don't forget FMV - love it or loathe it, it offered something that machines of the time (MD,SNES,ST,Amiga) couldn't. A lot was crap, but some was good.
I got my first PC Christmas 1994 and it came with Megarace. At the time I was blown away with the fMV. I also can't help but praise that game. It was my first PC game and it will always have a place in my heart. And then a few days later I spent the money my grandparents gave me on Doom 2.

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Re: Defining PC Games

Post by snowkatt » Wed Jan 23, 2013 12:17 am

theantmeister wrote:
AmigaJay wrote:Plus to me FMV (Full Motion Video) were games that used FMV cards in hardware, back then that was the only way to get full screen 30fps...otherwise it's hardly "full motion video"!
FMV cards? Are you sure such a thing existed?

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maybe he meant mpeg cards ?
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Re: Defining PC Games

Post by Matt_B » Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:00 am

snowkatt wrote:
theantmeister wrote:
AmigaJay wrote:Plus to me FMV (Full Motion Video) were games that used FMV cards in hardware, back then that was the only way to get full screen 30fps...otherwise it's hardly "full motion video"!
FMV cards? Are you sure such a thing existed?

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maybe he meant mpeg cards ?
Possibly, but which games needed them? All the early FMV games I can think of just used software decoding, and even a moderately fast 386 has enough processing power to handle a full screen MPEG-1 stream at 30fps.

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Re: Defining PC Games

Post by Fishsta » Wed Jan 23, 2013 5:20 am

Are we talking about things like the "Reel Magic" card, which came with a FMV version of Return to Zork? Or something like that.

FMV games... Megarace. Hilarious cut-scenes with Lance Boyle (Hi, I'm Lance Boyle, and you would be too if you were me!), terrible gameplay.
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