The worst moments in PC gaming

Everything after Eye of the Beholder 2.

The death of the mech games (and space sims).

Riccitiello changed EA's acquisition strategy a couple years back, now preferring to operate studios as subsidiaries rather than assimilating them into the EA collective. This has worked out great for BioWare and Maxis, but not so much for Pandemic.

Games For Windows LIVE is still pretty bad--I tried it out when they had their Age of Empires 3 promo, but I had to resort to 3rd party tools to get the game installed. I would say that Microsoft's on-again/off-again approach to PC gaming is still a sore point, but hey, I have plenty of other ways to spend my gaming dollars.

I guess there are also the usual problem with studios closing down, and with games that fail to live up to expectations. However, these are mostly just the cost of doing business in a fickle industry, and I've learned over the years not to become too attached to any one franchise or studio. Of course, it's really all about the people, and it's interesting to see where talented developers end up. For every Cavedog, there's a Gas Powered Games...

Buying Masters of Orion on Day 1 only to find it was unplayable.

Deus Ex Invisible War and what the game represents

ClockworkHouse wrote:

If there's one gaming-related Microsoft initiative that I wish had succeeded, it would be the Windows Experience Index. The idea was that you could boil system requirements and all of that down to a single number on the box. It didn't really catch on for a variety of reasons.

I find it comical that my number is 5.9, if you knew my system specs, you'd think 5.9 is funny too. That stupid number is restricted to the lowest number in the list of components, no matter how little significance that part has. In my case, my hard drives are 5.9, so hey, yeah, let's say the whole system is a 5.9. Nevermind that I can run Batman AA with 8XAA, and Physx on High at 60 fps steady.

Jeff-66 wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:

If there's one gaming-related Microsoft initiative that I wish had succeeded, it would be the Windows Experience Index. The idea was that you could boil system requirements and all of that down to a single number on the box. It didn't really catch on for a variety of reasons.

I find it comical that my number is 5.9, if you knew my system specs, you'd think 5.9 is funny too. That stupid number is restricted to the lowest number in the list of components, no matter how little significance that part has. In my case, my hard drives are 5.9, so hey, yeah, let's say the whole system is a 5.9. Nevermind that I can run Batman AA with 8XAA, and Physx on High at 60 fps steady.

And that's one of the reasons it didn't catch on.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

If there's one gaming-related Microsoft initiative that I wish had succeeded, it would be the Windows Experience Index. The idea was that you could boil system requirements and all of that down to a single number on the box. It didn't really catch on for a variety of reasons.

Yes, that's one of my missed opportunities. Probably the biggest in my book.

I think it springs from the fact that PC is an open platform, and there's many parties involved with their own agendas, and who don't need to conform to anything apart from when it's convenient. Hardware makers are too busy splashing random combinations of letters and numbers on their products that mean you have to do research to find out exactly how good it is, rather than giving you a head start with a reasonable rating on the box.

"Game wants a 4 rated CPU, and this CPU is rated 4." = Happy face
"Game wants a Core 2 Quad 2.5GHz or equivalent, and I'm looking at an X4 840 " = Confused face

It wouldn't be the be-all-end-all, but it would be a great start.

ubrakto wrote:

EA buying Origin. Over and done.

+1 for sure, the death of Ultima and those awesome games back then

Jeff-66 wrote:

I find it comical that my number is 5.9, if you knew my system specs, you'd think 5.9 is funny too. That stupid number is restricted to the lowest number in the list of components, no matter how little significance that part has. In my case, my hard drives are 5.9, so hey, yeah, let's say the whole system is a 5.9. Nevermind that I can run Batman AA with 8XAA, and Physx on High at 60 fps steady.

Ah, but just think how much more amazing your gaming would be if you replaced your HD with an SSD!

Edit: Oh, and to elaborate on what Scratched said, if MS had asked publishers to list system requirements in terms of scores for the individual components, the WEI would actually have been useful. But as it is, I wonder what percentage of gaming computers on the planet score 5.9.

Having to use Game For windows Live when playing Dawn of War was garbage.

*Legion* wrote:

You need 600k of free conventional memory to run this game.

Man, that brings back memories. If there was a degree for QEMM386 Configuration, I would totally have managed to get it. The things I was able to do with that package. I used to actually make boot disks for my friends. And I had fun doing it.

/oldassnerd

Oh, and everything Zynga ever made. Really, the existence of Zynga at all. Though the thread is about PC gaming so...

misplacedbravado wrote:
Jeff-66 wrote:

I find it comical that my number is 5.9, if you knew my system specs, you'd think 5.9 is funny too. That stupid number is restricted to the lowest number in the list of components, no matter how little significance that part has. In my case, my hard drives are 5.9, so hey, yeah, let's say the whole system is a 5.9. Nevermind that I can run Batman AA with 8XAA, and Physx on High at 60 fps steady.

Ah, but just think how much more amazing your gaming would be if you replaced your HD with an SSD!

Edit: Oh, and to elaborate on what Scratched said, if MS had asked publishers to list system requirements in terms of scores for the individual components, the WEI would actually have been useful. But as it is, I wonder what percentage of gaming computers on the planet score 5.9.

Are most recent standard HDDs 5.9? Is that the reason you say this? Evidently mine is.

I think 5.9 is the cap for HDDs, 6.0 and up for SSDs.

Also the dismantling of Bullfrog. Syndicate, Populous, and I know I'm forgetting at least one...

Nevin73 wrote:

Also the dismantling of Bullfrog. Syndicate, Populous, and I know I'm forgetting at least one...

That's more just EA being bad, and both of those were on consoles too.

Nevin73 wrote:

Also the dismantling of Bullfrog. Syndicate, Populous, and I know I'm forgetting at least one...

YES.

And also, Microsoft buys Bungie.

Hell, man, it all went south when Dylan went electric.

Nevin73 wrote:

Also the dismantling of Bullfrog. Syndicate, Populous, and I know I'm forgetting at least one...

Dungeon Keeper? That one was fun too...

Also: Magic Carpet. Which happens to be available on GOG.

Having 600,000 blue screens of death while trying to play Fallout 3 or Vegas

Getting the 1st Sims game and my wife laughing hysterically because the character I created was setting in a small apartment playing video games. (I was simulating a simulation)

Wasting over a year of my gaming life "leveling" in an mmo.

Purchasing a Compaq as a gaming rig circa 1998

ClockworkHouse wrote:

Hell, man, it all went south when Dylan went electric.

Wrong thread, that happened on console.

Podunk wrote:

And also, Microsoft buys Bungie.

Yes. I miss the old Bungie.

Death of Looking Glass.

Death of Black Isle.

Death of Ion Storm.

Mex wrote:
Nevin73 wrote:

Also the dismantling of Bullfrog. Syndicate, Populous, and I know I'm forgetting at least one...

Dungeon Keeper? That one was fun too...

You all forgot about THEME HOSPITAL.

Quake 2 is a personal worst moment. The fury and disappointment left scars visible to this day. Age of Mythology and Age of Empires III rank pretty high too, following the excellent AoE 2. Thankfully, there was Rise of Nations to pick up the torch....at least until Rise of Legends.

Troika - a company so great at everything they did except for writing stable and mostly bug-free software.

Halo becoming hit on the XBox.

Another vote for the end of CGW and CGM magazines.

Horse armor and all subsequent DLC. To this day, I either wait for the GOTY version, or I don't buy any DLC (with one lone exception which I can't recall now).

CD Keys, CD-in-the-drive, always-on DRM, and other anti-piracy measures which generally only inconvenience legitimate consumers.

"nvlddmkm.sys has stopped responding and has recovered" - INF***INGFURIATING!!! I'm trying to play Bioshock now, and it's the worst its ever been. Every single time a CTD, often after mere seconds of being in-game. A widespread problem with no surefire fix.

mcdonis wrote:

Purchasing a Compaq as a gaming rig circa 1998

I'm so, so sorry for you.

I worked at my university's pc networking and repair shop, and just the thought of late '90's Compaqs triggers Nam-like flashbacks.

One umbrella, Microsoft buying any Studio. Now they do not even make PC games anymore.

Mex wrote:
ubrakto wrote:

EA buying Origin. Over and done.

+1 for sure, the death of Ultima and those awesome games back then

Either that, or the death of Sierra.

Scratched wrote:

I think 5.9 is the cap for HDDs, 6.0 and up for SSDs.

Thing is, that rating cap was established when SSD's were about $9 million for a 10GB drive. I guess Bill Gates might have had an SSD, but not many others. And also, as SATA drives go, mine are pretty darn fast, being the AAKS model of Western Digital SATA drives. They score up there with the 1.0 version of the 10,000 RPM Raptors.

I'd love to have an SSD, but no way in hell I'm paying $200 for a 100 GB drive so my game will load 4 seconds faster

Budo wrote:

The closing of CGW/GFW Magazine and the Brodeo.

+1