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Doom 3 played in a darkened room is far and away scarier than any horror movie I've ever watched...

The developers did an excellent job of building a highly immersive world full of tension, which totally sucks you in.
I found Doom and Doom 2 pretty scary back in the day when I was a young'en. I can remember playing them both at my friends house and for a start he didn't have a sound card so all of the SFX were output from the internal speaker in bleeps and bloops which was pretty lackluster. I remember going with my friend and his dad to purchase a soundblaster sound card. Once installed we fired up Doom 2 and if I remember correctly as soon as you start the first level you can turn 180 and pick up a chainsaw behind a wall. Well, oh my god, hearing that chainsaw start up was absolutely incredible at the time and we were so excited! We continued to play it for hours and hours with the lights turned off and having proper SFX made the game so much better, and scarier!
 

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I found Doom and Doom 2 pretty scary back in the day when I was a young'en. I can remember playing them both at my friends house and for a start he didn't have a sound card so all of the SFX were output from the internal speaker in bleeps and bloops which was pretty lackluster. I remember going with my friend and his dad to purchase a soundblaster sound card. Once installed we fired up Doom 2 and if I remember correctly as soon as you start the first level you can turn 180 and pick up a chainsaw behind a wall. Well, oh my god, hearing that chainsaw start up was absolutely incredible at the time and we were so excited! We continued to play it for hours and hours with the lights turned off and having proper SFX made the game so much better, and scarier!
Doom always loved the idk codes for that game
 

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IDDQD, IDKFA, IDSPISPOPD ... :D still remember by heart.

Doom/Doom2/Heretic/Hexen is on my "replay annually" list :D
 

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Bonus points if anyone can ID these:

Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A

Up, Down, Left, Right. You should hear a noise like a ring being collected. Then, hold A and press Start.

There's a major clue in the second one ;)
 

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I think one of the best FPS games of all time was MDK2. really inventive and chock full of dark dark humour. My fave weapon - The Worlds Most Interesting Bomb. Place it an all the baddies on your level would come and look at it and debate about it. Then when there were enough around it you could detonate it like an ied
 

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One of the games that stick out to me is original MotoRacer on pc.
At the time i was working in PC sales (assembling beige boxes, pentium mmx's, pentium-II's) and we had a demo of motoracer. We would do record runs with beer as a bet. I did on occasion got some beer out of it.
Me and one of my MR rivals at the time had a bet ongoing for a week logging run records, bet was for a 24pack of beer. One day after party (friday) i come home absolutely hammered, barely remember getting home. You would think drinking and driving is a big no-no, but that day i absolutely trashed his record and beat my personal by a good margin, while very inebriated. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I couldn't replicate it sober later. Still got a case of beer...
Good ol days...
 

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Massive Div2 fan, currently on sabbatical with Destiny and I’ll probably go with Valhalla next, I’m a big fan of open worlds/colours.
Valhalla is superb. Played the entire series from the start and Valhalla is definitely one of the most interesting stories and the ending is.....well.....unexpected.
 

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Bring back Space Invaders!!

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I have a lot of love for Space Invaders. The first ever arcade game I played on was Space Invaders on a cocktail table in a hotel in Blackpool.

I've made a few Space Invader things since. This is a clock I made from 3mm black and white acrylic. It was mainly made on my router table using flush and round-over bits and a fair bit of polishing.





 

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I'm with you on that.

I more or less gave up gaming entirely in my mid teens when Counterstrike was still a mod of HL, and the PS2 was still the hottest thing around, then came back in my late 20's to discover that it had changed beyond all recognition, and not in a way which made it feel more fun to me.

I still bring the PS2 out for a hit of nostalgic fun from time to time, and have an old PC with original versions of Half-Life, Operation Flashpoint, Deus Ex, and most of the classic C&C titles which I hang onto for much the same reason; but I'm not likely to ever return to gaming in a serious way now the industry and scene has changed so much...

The drive towards a constant drip-drip of (costly) single-player content and making online multiplayer the real core of the game is the opposite of what I'm looking for; I spend all day dealing with people, so when I want to just switch off I'd rather not interact with more of them; I can always go to the pub (ok, maybe not right now) or ring a mate for a chat if I want to socialise, and feel like it's more on my own terms.



All that said, whilst it's not for me anymore, I can see what attracts people, and totally get why it becomes a serious hobby for lots of people... Some of the excellent reasons for which @rafezetter sums up pretty comprehensively:



That second bit I find really interesting, because it really speaks to the positive things gaming can bring to people's lives, in terms of both self-esteem and personal growth!

So as much as gaming gets a bad rap from some quarters (and there can be a subcultures within some games of quite toxic individuals who really don't help the image of gaming), it's definitely earned its place as a genuine cultural activity which is not to be dismissed out of hand.

Thanks for the kind words of that - I'd like to add something else about my point you quoted, in online gaming it's "just gamers". Occasionally I get to have voice comms with people, but it's not the norm among "strangers", so it's mostly just text chat (for PC games anyway), and text chat has no gender or race.

Male, female, trans, neutral - and any one of the LGBTQ crowd, all chatting WITHOUT BOUNDARIES - and very very often, VERY often, if the online friendship turns into an offline one, with shared contact details, by the time you learn that "Oathbreaker" is actually a 46 year old gender reassigned female from Cardiff, married to another woman (one of my RL gamer friends), that new information becomes so inconsequential, you forget it after the first 5 minutes talking about more games :) (at least those of us that are not a-holes)

It's "just people", interacting without the masks we all wear in real life. - well apart from the trolls, subverts (those pretending to be other than what they are) and G.I.R.L. (Guy In Real Life) players.

Gamers are without doubt THE most inclusive group of humans on the planet and that's a viewpoint I hold based on 20+ years of doing it.

You'd also be surprised at the feeling of community - I'd like to share two true stories, about a tragedy and how gamers dealth with it:

The first is about a Wow player - This isn't one I was personally involved with but is worth a read anyway: My disabled son’s amazing gaming life in the World of Warcraft

The second story is about an Eve Online player called "Vile Rat" (don't let the name put you off) he was a serving communications officer in the US Embassy in Benghazi, Libya. Some of us higher up in the corporation heirarchy knew he was serving overseas and roughly what he did, but no more than that. The night of the attack on the embassy, he sent us ingame messages that the consulate was under attack - in REAL TIME - and then we heard nothing more until several days later when the names of those killed was released - and one of them was "Vile Rat" aka Sean Smith. I knew Vile Rat, and had met him once at Eve's Fanfest, an all round good human being, who served his country and just also happend to be a "gamer".

We (the corp he was a part of) decided to start a fundraiser for his wife and two children and raised over $127,000 - all donations of gamers, many whom had never met him, but knew of him through the game - as being part of the Goonwaffe's top staff, and thier main Diplomat for inter Corp / Alliance communications.

It was US, the gamers, who raised money for his family, not his co-workers, not his superiors; US. The people that many seem to dismiss as childish adults playign childish games, when the reality is often very far removed from that outside perspective.

There's also a wiki about him: Sean Smith (diplomat) - Wikipedia

You'd also be surprised how many "celebrities" play online, because there, they are utterly anonymous.
 

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Valhalla is superb. Played the entire series from the start and Valhalla is definitely one of the most interesting stories and the ending is.....well.....unexpected.
I never could get on with the assassins creed series, I tried 1, 2 and 3, but it just didn't "do it" for me, though I couldn't really tell you why.
 

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I think one of the best FPS games of all time was MDK2. really inventive and chock full of dark dark humour. My fave weapon - The Worlds Most Interesting Bomb. Place it an all the baddies on your level would come and look at it and debate about it. Then when there were enough around it you could detonate it like an ied
Forgive my terrible memory but was MDK2 the one where you jumped from space onto the planet at the very start of the game? I still have wonderful dreams doing that!
 

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Well, jump is a bit optimistic :) trip up and fall out the spaceship, then hell yeah

here is a vid of a run through
 

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I never could get on with the assassins creed series, I tried 1, 2 and 3, but it just didn't "do it" for me, though I couldn't really tell you why.
You should try the newer ones, I much prefer them. Odyssey was great fun to play, just starting Valhalla, enjoying the visuals so far.
 

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Love jumping on the Xbox to chill, CoD or Ghost Recon.

However after my recent PC upgrade I can play PC games. Loving Insurgence on Steam at the moment.
 

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Bonus points if anyone can ID these:

Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A

Up, Down, Left, Right. You should hear a noise like a ring being collected. Then, hold A and press Start.

There's a major clue in the second one ;)
Sonic.

Remember Abe from OddWorld?

Hay loooow.
 

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Mass Effect hasn't been mentioned. Absolute classic.
 

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Good call
I only discovered Mass Effect when 2 was released. Awesome game.
So was 3, even if the ending(s) were atrocious. Never played Andromeda.

Dragon Age Origins and Inquisition were damn good too, second game was terrible.

Just checked my Destiny 2 stats on my Xbox, time played 55 days, 18 hours, 39 minutes :oops:
 

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I think one of the best FPS games of all time was MDK2. really inventive and chock full of dark dark humour. My fave weapon - The Worlds Most Interesting Bomb. Place it an all the baddies on your level would come and look at it and debate about it. Then when there were enough around it you could detonate it like an ied
I played MDK2 and didn't remember that so I had to google it - turns out it was MDk3 - which I didn't play.

Holy Handgrenade - not the one from Monthy Python - the game "Worms" - the whole "HAAAALLELUJAH - kaboom" was always fun.

Messiah - an evil humour game - about a Chreub named "Bob" who could posess people at will, and use thier bodies to solve problems in the game and when you're done.... you jump off a building... in thier body and theb "dispossess" them and listen to them scream on the way down - sick and hilarious.

There was a PS1 game (can't remember the name) sidescrolling platformer where you had a sort of "force lasso" you could use to pick things up with, like enemy guards and feed them to the various meatgrinders / spikes / flamethrowers / electricution grids and other obstacles blocking your path - ..I wish I could remember the name it was a lot of fun.

Plenty more dark humour games like that.

Oddly never played Mass Effect series - and considering the price on Steam, not sure I will - £8 for a 10+ year old game? nope.

I'm going to have to go look for that PS1 game now....

AHA! Wild 9 - well that was easy :)
 
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