Ben_H's forum posts

#1 Posted by Ben_H (3441 posts) -

Oh jeez 5 years? Really? I feel old.

Also, Silky the Fairy and the Saucepan Man is still one of my favourite things.

#2 Edited by Ben_H (3441 posts) -

It will be just fine. The infrastructure is already built and has been used for almost 3 years. They probably added more servers than what they have had for the last year since there will be an influx of players.

I am quite excited. I had a blast playing the beta and played probably 300-400 games of it, which is a lot for me since I usually average 100 games per season. Though going back to Wings of Liberty for the last week has been tough. It feels so crappy in comparison though immortal/sentry still works so I can still have an unfairly high PvZ winrate while having fun.

#3 Edited by Ben_H (3441 posts) -

@sooty: Agreed, MacBook keyboards are godlike. After 3 years I almost prefer the keyboard on my Mac to my full-sized mechanical keyboard that I use with my desktop.

And I guess my above response subtly answers the question posed in the OP, use a desktop for games, and buy a laptop that is good at everything else. Gaming laptops are notorious for having heating problems down the line, being kinda questionable quality-wise, and being basically useless as a laptop (as in, you will never be able to take it to school and use it in multiple classes without plugging it in). They are much worse than the equally priced desktop, a budget laptop can do a better job at being a laptop than them, and they are completely impractical for anything other than games because of their sheer size and power consumption. Outside of extreme special cases, I see no reason why someone would ever get a gaming laptop.

#4 Posted by Ben_H (3441 posts) -

Traditional. Though I am one of those insane people who dry-shaves because I hate shaving cream. I make up for the lack of moisture by using lotion on my face daily. My skin is so used to dry shaving at this point that I don't even get any irritation.

Also, unkept beards are disgusting. I can't stand people who just let them grow and don't even trim them (I don't mean old guys with santa beards, I mean lazy university students). My comp sci classes have lots of people who have these beards and they looks so sloppy. If you are going to have it at least take the time to take care of it and make yourself look at least somewhat presentable and not like a lazy slob.

#5 Posted by Ben_H (3441 posts) -

Coffee. That is usually it.

I try and eat something for breakfast but I don't really get an appetite until I am awake for a few hours so usually just a piece of fruit or some yogurt or something if I eat anything at all. Never anything big.

#6 Edited by Ben_H (3441 posts) -

More games. That is literally all I need to finally get rid of Windows off my desktop entirely. I already use Linux or Mac OS (on my laptop) for everything other than games now because Windows is so terrible and they are both so much better and more efficient to use.

Most Linux distros are as easy, if not easier than Windows to use now so nothing on that front. Mint deals with updates better than Windows does these days and has tons of really nice functionality built it.

#7 Posted by Ben_H (3441 posts) -

And here is my bi-annual reminder that F-Zero GX is a super amazing game and I should probably rebuy it since my first copy was stolen. I really want to play it again.

This is insanity. I remember reading about F-Zero AX but I didn't know it was in every copy of F-Zero GX. That's so cool.

#8 Edited by Ben_H (3441 posts) -

I basically only play old games (my current obsession is Simcity 2000. That came out when I was 1), indie games, RTS, and DOTA 2 at this point. The last "big" console release I bought was probably at least a year ago or more. Other than Far Cry 3, I haven't bought any big, mass marketed games on PC either, just simple indie games as I find I have a lot more fun with them. I have put more hours into FTL than I have basically anything other than Starcraft 2 (yes it is a sequel, but the previous game was 12 years old when it came out so it isn't the same). You should try out games like STALKER and Crusader Kings II.

I know exactly what you mean. There is nothing enticing about so many modern big budget games, they all look the same, there is little challenge because they are designed for the masses, and rely on flashy visuals rather than anything resembling depth. The only outlier is Nintendo (At least on the 3DS) because they know exactly what to make/publish to keep customers happy. The new Fire Emblem game is a ton of fun.

I've had more fun with phone/tablet games lately than anything. They are simple but there is a huge amount of creativity within the development community. Games like Organ Trail, Hundreds, Puzzlejuice, The Grading Game, and Cook, Serve, Delicious! (on iPad) have been taking up more and more of my game time since that is all I have time for, but I have been having a lot of fun. My restaurant is almost 4 stars in Cook, Serve, Delicious! now and the game is getting to be quite challenging but still fun.

#9 Posted by Ben_H (3441 posts) -

Bad Company 2. That came out 3 years ago. About 2.5 years ago they started acting like complete dirtbags and I decided I would not buy another one of their games. I broke that rule once for BF3 but it was a huge disappointment so I went back to not buying EA. Was prepared to break it for SimCity but I didn't and won't now.

#10 Edited by Ben_H (3441 posts) -

I've never taken Polygon seriously. Stuff like this combined with their whole "We're super serious game journalists" thing in an industry revolving around products that are supposed to be fun just has never made any sense. Rushing to get a review out first and then finding out they reviewed an inaccurate representation of the game sucks but that is why they should have waited to release their review after the game came out like GB and other sites did.