Posted 1:32am on Tue 5 July 2011
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When i was 12-15 I was at a hard point in my life parents divorce, kicked out of school, blah blah blah. One of the things I turned to was one game in particular Phantasy Star Online ep 1 & 2. A simple hack and slash item based rpg. But i have never loved a game more. Maybe it was the hard times maybe it about reliving a bright point in my life but even to day, with newer gen consoles, more in depth story, better everything I always find myself maybe googling an item database or looking up mag feed charts. When i heard about pso 2 being released I almost started crying i was so happy. What games have this effect on you? For what reason ? What is your special game where you can just lose yourself?
Posted 9:01am on Tue 5 July 2011
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I don't know if I could hone in on just one game. I've played so many great titles during my life.
If I had to pick one it would be from my childhood. So either my first few games such as Nigel Mansells World Championship Racing or Super Mario Land on the gameboy. Being able to go back and experience gaming for the first time would be amazing.
Posted 10:15am on Tue 5 July 2011
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While I was on a break from college and had no social life at all, I sank far too much time into the first Settlers game on the Amiga that it ended up taking over my evenings for a while. The series has lost its way a bit recently, but I still love to dabble in Settlers world every so often.
Posted 10:20am on Tue 5 July 2011
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PSO was not just a great game, it was absolute gaming Nirvana. For the first few months on the DreamCast, when it was an all-new experience, it was simply impossible to have more fun. I laughed so much the first night that I peed my pants a little, then spent 5 or 6 hours every single day playing it. I had the DC sat there whilst I was doing other stuff just so I could feed my Mag every 5 minutes, and out of a group of 20 or so of us I was the first to reach level 100!
Sadly, the morons quickly invaded, and things went to hell. Player killing, BLOCK killing (!), and worst of all character erasing became rife, and it soon was just not worth playing with anyone other than your best friends in totally private games. It was still glorious, but it lost some of the magic.
Yuji Naka-san, we have a lot to thank you for.
Posted 1:22pm on Tue 5 July 2011
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I'm surprised you guys didn't mention Phantasy Star Universe on 360/PS2/PC. The PC/PS2 servers were shut down last year due to low population but the 360 version still continues. My main character has 2500 hours clocked on it.
Personally I tend to get immersed in any good game so there isn't really one special title anymore, but if EverQuest Online Adventures on the PS2 was still going in Europe I'd still be playing it.
Posted 3:27pm on Tue 5 July 2011
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If you buy a game which has online content requiring a server is there any legal requirement regarding how long that the publisher must keep the server active? ( Think that makes sense!? )
Posted 3:56pm on Tue 5 July 2011
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I wouldn't imagine so, your not buying into a contract with them. They are offering a service and reserve the right to pull that service at any time. Unless you've agreed that they'll offer you a certain period of time.
Posted 4:07pm on Tue 5 July 2011
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Provided they give you at least one payment periods notice, then they can shut down whenever they like.
@FM : The reason nobody has mentioned PSU is because, even though it is pretty good, it pales alongside the majesty that was PSO. There was a reason why all the PSU players got so excited for the Ragol Forest update.
Posted 4:31pm on Tue 5 July 2011
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Take, for example, Monster hunter tri. For those of us with limited playing time ( most of us I'm guessing. ) how long would you guess Capcom would keep the server running for that?
Posted 5:12pm on Tue 5 July 2011
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I think the only time Capcom ever shut servers (RE: Outbreak and Monster Hunter) was when an external hosting partner left the business and didn't give Capcom the option to port over to a new provider.
So I think Tri's online side will be good for another 6-10 years. Unless EA buy Capcom, in which case 24 months max.