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Games in DVD Format

By BloodRaven
Apr 12, 2004
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  1. BloodRaven

    BloodRaven TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 118

    yes that is true, if you want some fast fun the just power up your console system but if you want some hardcore gaming then you need to head over to your pc. see i like the endless hours wasted playing games so i need my computer to perform those tasks. thats all i was trying to say. i just hate it when people play thier ghost recon on xbox all day, now yea that would be fun for a few hours but not for long period of time.
  2. OS samurai

    OS samurai TS Rookie Posts: 193

    BloodRaven,

    I agree with you about FP"S, or that type of game on a console it is just not the same as on the PC, I prefer the keyboard & mouse :cool:
  3. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 6,504   +6

    Yes, and I thought that was extremely cool.
  4. BloodRaven

    BloodRaven TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 118

    yes ive been told many times that some games ARE out in dvd but they seem to all be in europe. are there any in the us? and yes OS samurai, that is why i like pc more is becuase of the keyboard/mouse combo. its just not the same with out it.
  5. Loquacious1

    Loquacious1 TS Rookie

    I purchased a DVD copy of UT2004 on Ebay only to experience trouble installing it along with countless others. Common belief is Securom caused the problem, yet others blame outdated drives or need to slow down the drive. Atari has given no comprehensive explanation... that I know of.

    After paying $70 for the program thru Ebay and realizing it could not be returned :dead: , I learned my lesson. Thankfully it did install using 'safe mode', but some were not so lucky. Both CD & DVD versions kicked out a message that the disc was dirty straight out of the box, even though it wasn't.

    Here's a link to a forum on the controversy:

    http://www.ataricommunity.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=357295&perpage=30&pagenumber=1

    It was great not having to install several CD's, but hardly worth near heart failure caused by being only able to find a DVD copy on auction and not being able to install (thanks game scalpers!) :blackeye:
  6. BloodRaven

    BloodRaven TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 118

    you can buy the dvd version of ut2004 for 50 bucks online. i would send you the link but i cant remember where is was.
  7. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,308   +265

    You can buy it at BestBuy or EB or such for $39 now - but it's not the SE edition
  8. Steg

    Steg TS Rookie Posts: 422

    Personally i think DVDs are great pieces of kit - and almost any new machine purchased in the last 2 years or so will have a DVD drive in it - and with todays games any machine older than 2 years old is probebly too old to play the game anyway. DVD drives are only £20 in the UK so its not expensive to buy one and install its yourself if your machine doesnt have one and you are desperate to play Far Cry (as you should be).
    Here in the UK ive seen a few games on DVD only (UT2k4 (got it), Far Cry (got that aswell), Deus Ex - Invisible War (stupid concole game), Metal Gear Solid 2 Substance or something (another stupid concole game) etc.) and DVDs are now so widespread it seems to make more sense to distribute games on DVD as more gamers than not are going to have a DVD drive. The only problem is that I can't back them up (it leave to originals in the box on my shelf and play with the copies) so i have to no-cd crack the games which can get annoying when trying to play online, but even DVD burners are getting more popular these days - I wonder how long it will be before CDs die out as a data medium entirly?

    On the subject of concoles - they are NOT for Gamers, they are toys - and i agree for multi-player driving games or beat-em-ups with your friends and a few bears they are far better than PCs but they are still not the same a pc which your entire heart and soul can be put into making to sound, look and feel perfect.
    To sum up - Concoles are toys, and people who go around calling themselves gamers because they play a few round of Fifa on their PS2 have no concept of what a gamer is. The only thing they are good for is a few round of fifa or a beat-em-up with friends - they can never become a sport - nor have the legacy of PC gaming.

    Just my two cents

    Steg
  9. xtrmn8r

    xtrmn8r TS Rookie Posts: 62

    i agree with games being on dvd not being a problem- drives are getting cheaper by the day and more software is coming on dvd such as encyclopedias and other apps.

    personally i dont think you can say that about consoles, given the right game and the right company they can be equally as fun as pc gaming. im not one for this malarky about one platform being better than the other- they are different and cannot be compared.

    what would you call someone who plays games on a console then? i see no reason not to call them a gamer, just because the games arent on pc doesnt mean theyre no good. also a console is a viable investment too, as its a games console and a set top box dvd player.

    im sorry if this seems offensive, but it seems like a bit of a pointless rant and is a little off topic:confused:
  10. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    I think that's kind of silly myself.
  11. vassil3427

    vassil3427 TS Rookie Posts: 822

    I think you have no concept of what a game/gamer is.
     
  12. Brighter Hell

    Brighter Hell TS Rookie Posts: 61

    For music or jpg files they'll stick around. But CD-only drives will be obsolete very soon. Here in Canada you can get a low end DVD burner for $70 and a regular DVD drive for $40. That's not much more than CD drives and prices are dropping like crazy.
  13. me(who else?)

    me(who else?) TS Rookie Posts: 433

    Where do you get your DVD burners? Here in Ontario the local stores all stock them for at least $100.
  14. Godataloss

    Godataloss TS Rookie Posts: 501

    That's just plain ignorant. Xbox is $150 now- you cant even buy a friggin' gfix card for that! I love PC gaming, but it is awefully nice to have a machine that software can be optimized for rather than having to spend several hundreds of dollars optimizing your hardware everytime a half-baked game comes out that you want to play.
    When Doom 3 comes out I will buy the Xbox version, sit in front of my 57' High Def TV (that I bought with all the money I saved by not continually engaging in the hardware wars) enjoy the wonderful grafix through the component vid connection as I sit on the couch with my a martini in front of me, by girlfriend at my side and my dogs curled at my feet! I wont have to install new hardware or upgrade drivers. As long as I can get the shrink wrap off the box, I'm assured that it will work.
    In 3 months when the 50% premium for new hardware expires, I will build a new pc, download D3 and play it again with a keyboard and mouse and my face plastered against the monitor in a sweaty froth- as it should be.;)
  15. BloodRaven

    BloodRaven TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 118

    like steg said, console systems are just toys, if you want to call your self a gamer.....get a pc. thats all there is to it
  16. Godataloss

    Godataloss TS Rookie Posts: 501

    I think you are confusing pc enthusiast with gamer. As a gamer I play the best of both words. I frag all comers wether its Halo or BF 1942 Iplay to win wether its golf or tiddly winks.It isnt about the hardware...

    I think it's frigging fantastic that today'sAtari is still a cheap plastic box, but now it plays dvd's in progressive scan with digital surround sound as well as state of the art games that are as engrossing as movies and take weeks to finish.

    In comparison the state of the art pc is still the heinously expensive and complicated pice of kit it always has been.

    In short, if you think that the PC is the be all end all of gaming then you will never be a real gamer. After all you don't need Yankee stadium to play baseball or the finest tungsten to play darts- you just have to enjoy playing games.:grinthumb
  17. OS samurai

    OS samurai TS Rookie Posts: 193

    well said Godataloss:cool:
  18. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,308   +265

    /applause for Godataloss
  19. me(who else?)

    me(who else?) TS Rookie Posts: 433

    I give it a 10 :grinthumb. Well put Godataloss.
  20. Brighter Hell

    Brighter Hell TS Rookie Posts: 61

    dealsdirect.ca, ncix.com, tigerdirect.ca, etc. Factor in shipping costs and you're probably just as well off buying from a store. I don't even have a DVD drive. I'm going to wait until I buy a game that requires it. Hopefully prices will drop more by then!
  21. me(who else?)

    me(who else?) TS Rookie Posts: 433

    Around where I live you can buy (locally) a DVD-ROM drive for about $50 CAD.
    A DVD/CD-RW costs about the same, so there's no excuse for me not to have 1.
  22. BloodRaven

    BloodRaven TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 118

    we all have are opinions....i just prefer fps games and the only way to play them and actually enjoy them is with the keyboard and mouse combo. the joystick just doesnt cut it, you dont get the same experiance.
  23. xtrmn8r

    xtrmn8r TS Rookie Posts: 62

    i agree its different- but thats half the fun of it!!! halo on xbox system link is very addictive, no matter who plays it. time really does fly when playing that, same as it does when i play a fps on pc. i would in fact say halo is better on the xbox, just because the controls are so intuitive and the multiplayer is excellent, especially the fact you can see who youre fragging!!

    i totally agree!! 10/10 :grinthumb
  24. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,308   +265

    If FPS is your whole gaming experience then who is truly not the gamer? I agree- I prefer to play FPS games on my PC - and I agree that there is no comparing any console controller (except keyboard & mouse) to a PC K&M, but there are so many more genre of games than just FPS.
  25. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,536   +301

    You also don't limit yourself to your rich friends that have computers to play a game with. 1 system multiple players for the console.
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