July 30, 2004

Warcraft III is Ridiculous

I tried my hand at playing on battle.net today, and I've forgotten how crazily competitive people online can be about their games. I spent twenty minutes building up what I considered to be a rather large army, defended my allies against multiple waves, and marched into battle, only to see swarms of demons descend upon me in what could only be called digital rape. The opponent's name was even along the lines of "Dr. Anus", I kid you not.

Warcraft Single-Player was fun, but I'll probably stick with UT2k4 or some other such game at which I stand a chance. Chess is always cool.

While I'm here, I might as well do some ranting about games...

If you've ever played a computerized chess game, you know they're pretty bland. I've been hooked on Freeverse software's Big Bang Chess ever since I downloaded it. It is seamlessly integrated with Mac OS X's Address Book, iChat, iTunes and Mail applications, and utilizes Apple's implementation of ZeroConf, known as OpenTalk (and formerly known as Rendezvous) to find you a game on any ad hoc (read: wireless at a coffee shop) network. The AI is pretty good, but the networking abilities are what really sell this game. Or would, because it's free. If you have a Mac, try it out.

Also... DOOM 3 comes out in a few days for our PC brethren. [H]ard|OCP has an excellent hardware guide to determine whether or not you can run Doom 3 without buying a new machine. According to them, a 64 MB graphics card on a 1.5 GHz Athlon using only 384 MB of RAM was sufficient to run this game at bearable quality. They also attest that DOOM 3 looks great at 640x480, a fact I'm not so quick to believe (especially because my laptop would have to scale that up to 1280x854), but am still anxious to see in action. If their statements are true, not only my 1.5 GHz G4 laptop with a 128 MB graphics card and a GB of RAM, but also my family's old 533 MHz dual-processor G4 with 64 MB of video RAM and 512 MB of System RAM will run the program.

I just might have to buy this when it comes out.


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