Both of us made it when not working or going to college. It's taken a while to get it to where it's at now and most of that work was on stuff like the game engine and the in-game level editor. Still a lot to do, but I'm hoping it will be finished by summer of 2013.
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I haven't been active on the Giant Bomb site in a while because I've been putting all my free time towards developing a video game with another Giant Bomb member: Charlaxy
It's still not finished, but we think it's good enough to start showing people. I don't mean to spam, but I really wanted to share my work with the Giant Bomb community and get some feedback from one of the best groups of passionate gamers out there.
The game combines elements of a platformer, a shooter, and a puzzle game. Color theory and gravity manipulation both play a major part in the game. Unfortunately this means the game is currently not colorblind friendly, but I am working on adding a colorblind mode.
Here is a trailer for it.
If this game looks interesting to you, you can give it a try at: AreYouSquared.com
Thank you for your time!
When Lord of the Rings Online went Free To Play, Turbine made it up to the lifetime subscribers by giving them free points every month for the micro-transaction store, so now they are able to get everything that comes out for the game for free (as long as they don't waste their points on stuff like healing potions). I'm hoping that Star Trek Online does something similar (I have a lifetime subscription there too).
I currently use an old LCD with an IPS screen and a 16ms refresh rate. I have never seen "ghosting" or blur or anything else like that. And my eyes are good enough to see the flickering/tearing effect of a CRT monitor if it's less than 75Hz so it's not a case of me just having poor vision. My girlfriend has the same monitor and never had an issue in games either.
Yes, years ago LCD's didn't have the best response time and there were some issues, but these were LCD's that had stuff like 30ms refresh rates. Very slow. 16ms is faster than 60 FPS. And both of those monitors I linked have half the response time of that (7-8ms).
I think a lot of this response time stuff is just marketing BS or these people are just comparing crappy monitors to see which is the least crappy. I paid around $600 for mine when I got it so it may just be higher quality than others people have looked at, I don't know, I just know that I haven't had any issues.
Plenty of people have talked about the hardware so I won't post about that, but I will post about the monitor. I would go with a better monitor if you have the money. Especially if you are planning on spending so much on a PC.
http://accessories.dell.com/sna/products/Displays/productdetail.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&sku=320-9271 -- Dell's U2211H Monitor is a 1920x1080 (1080p) IPS monitor for $239. That Alienware one is only TN.
Most TN monitors are only 18-bit which means they can only display 262,143 colors. They also look bad from angles. An IPS monitor displays all 16 million 24-bit colors and looks good from all angles. The majority of computer monitors out there are TN because they are cheap to make and when all you see are TN displays next to each other, you can't really tell a difference, but compared to an IPS display, they look bad
http://accessories.dell.com/sna/products/Displays/productdetail.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=bsd&cs=04&sku=224-9949 -- If you really want to be crazy, the Dell U3011 is a 2560x1600 (1440p) IPS monitor for $1499. They don't even make consumer TV's (yet) with this high of resolution.
There are other companies making monitors like this too, I was just using Dell as an example because they own Alienware and you listed an Alienware monitor.
I had a lifetime subscription to LotRO before it went free-to-play. What Turbine did was every month they give free points to the store to the lifetime subscribers. I like this because I'm able to buy future content and expansions for LotRO for free.
I have a STO lifetime subscription as well, I hope Cryptic does something like this if they do go free-to-play.
EVE has a great history, but I was never part of anything big. Not any kind of epic war story you'll read about on other sites, but I thought I'd share:
I got very into EVE (twice!) and at one point I had 3 accounts being paid for with in-game money.
The first time I was into EVE I ended up being an FC (fleet commander) for an alliance my corp help found. At the time I was one of the few people interested in PVP so I'd get called on when there was trouble. The alliance was mostly carebears, but a lot of them started getting interested in trying PVP. I began taking them into low-sec (low security) space in small groups and picking fights with anyone we could catch. We used cheap ships so even if we got blown up it wasn't a big deal. It was a lot of fun and more and more people in the alliance seemed to be interested in PVP. So much so that we decided to enter the EVE Alliance Tournament.
Unfortunately, because most of the alliance was still carebears and had carebear skills trained, this created some problems. It was also hard convincing most of them that EW (electronic warfare) could keep them safer than building a massive tank. If that wasn't bad enough, we ended up being put in the group with some of the best PVP alliances. We had no chance of winning but we still gave it our best shot. We tried to use some crazy tactics and came close to winning a few times, but because I wasn't as a very experienced FC I made some mistakes which could have cost us the match (or maybe not, never know, I blame myself though). After the tournament everyone was still interested in PVP, the alliance was even getting interested in wars and helped some of the other local corps outside the alliance. I stopped playing soon after though.
The second time I was into EVE I continued playing the same character and was still in the same corp and alliance. The leadership of the alliance had changed though and I found out the alliance continued with wars and PVPing. Shortly after I started playing again the alliance decided to make a push into 0.0 space. We actually did pretty well, we had a nice patch of space. There were other FC's now, and some were more experienced than I was. I was still needed though due to time zone differences and continued being an FC. I also started carebearing and setup moon mining POS's for my corp. Things were going good, almost all of my corp moved out and we lived out of our POS's like the rest of the alliance was. We ended up even having our own community and mini-economy due to having to trade with each other. There was a lot of fighting going on too and it was fun. Real life changed things though, and at a bad time.
Most of my corp could only play for brief periods of time because almost everyone was married and had kids. This put a lot of pressure on me and at one point I ended up switching jobs and going from part-time to full-time (not a bad thing, but it did effect my EVE time). This resulted in making it harder to take care of the POS's. The alliance also decided to move out from the space we were in and claim better space. Corps were packing up everything and moving. My corp wasn't able to follow and got left behind. Without the alliance around we couldn't keep watch 24 hours a day and our POS's got attacked. Some were saved, some were lost. Our primary home one was destroyed and some members of my corp lost everything they had because they did a complete move out to 0.0. I stopped playing EVE again soon after. So did most of the other members in my corp.
I don't think the alliance is around anymore (not with the same people I knew form it anyway). I kept in touch with some of the people I knew. Some of them joined new corps and alliances and went off and started pirating in low-sec or continued taking over 0.0 space while others went back to carebearing.
This story may not be anything that will be mentioned in the history of EVE, but I know I at least made a tiny ripple. That's the great thing about EVE. Everything can effect everything else even in a small way. It's much more like a world than any other MMO.
I'm sure I'll return to EVE again one day, probably to cause trouble in low-sec being that was some of the best times I had in EVE. Until then, I think back fondly of EVE and the great times I had.
Last I heard, Sony was considering making this a free-to-play game with micro-transactions. No idea if it will be, but I haven't seen anything about a subscription fee either. Being EverQuest II is going free-to-play, there might be good odds that DC Universe Online could be too.
If it is not free-to-play, you might want to wait 6 months or so before buying it being most MMO's drop down to $10-20 and by then and start giving out additional content and (hopefully) have all the issues fixed from when it launched.
I tend to buy Logitech mouses for gaming.
http://www.logitech.com/en-gb/mice-pointers/mice/devices/4259 -- The MX518 seems to be a gaming mouse staple. A lot of people have them, including me. It's long, but I have short fingers too and I don't have an issue with it.
These use a laser for better precision, but I think they also have a tilt wheel. I have issues with tilt wheels and gaming, it makes it hard to click the middle mouse button sometimes. These might have better tilt wheels than I've used though.
http://www.logitech.com/en-gb/mice-pointers/mice/devices/5750 -- G500
http://www.logitech.com/en-gb/mice-pointers/mice/devices/5092 -- G9X