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Old 24th Feb 2010, 11:38   #481
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In other news, a beta Steam UI update was just released - get it now, it looks awesome:

http://store.steampowered.com/uiupdate/

The best bit (apart from the addition of a clock to the overlay) is that it now seems to use a Webkit based browser instead of IE. The in-game browser is finally usable!

EDIT: Don't get it if you want to play MW2 any time soon, as it forces you to re-download the whole of the multiplayer portion of the game again.
Thanks for the heads up on this.
Steam was playing silly buggers for me last night so this is no doubt why!
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In other news, a beta Steam UI update was just released - get it now, it looks awesome:

http://store.steampowered.com/uiupdate/

The best bit (apart from the addition of a clock to the overlay) is that it now seems to use a Webkit based browser instead of IE. The in-game browser is finally usable!

EDIT: Don't get it if you want to play MW2 any time soon, as it forces you to re-download the whole of the multiplayer portion of the game again.
I was just thinking steam is due a UI update a few days ago, not sure i want to download it yet though as i'll likely have to reinstall some games, cheers for the info.
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I was just thinking steam is due a UI update a few days ago, not sure i want to download it yet though as i'll likely have to reinstall some games, cheers for the info.
I was also thinking steam looks a bit 'xp', i mean even fraps has had a facelift. But i'll wait for the proper version, heard the beta is buggy.
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Spellforce - Platinum Edition, 75% OFF, 3.37
- includes: The Order Of Dawn, Shadow Of The Phoenix, Breath Of Winter

Spellforce 2: Gold Edition, 75% OFF, 6.25
- includes: Shadow Wars, Dragon Storm

Or, Spellforce 2 separates:

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Tempted. I loved Virtua Tennis on the Dreamcast. The clincher would be if the game included achievements ... but it doesn't.
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Altitude, 2.
Good game. Simple. Can be challenging against the more experienced.
Bob Came In Pieces, 2
Might be buying this ...
Bullet Candy, 2
Good, simple shoot-em-up.
Galcon Fusion, 2
Bought it in a previous deal, haven't played it yet.
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Great fun. Very messy. Very colourful. Nice little shoot-em-up.
Space Giraffe, 2
Definitely will be buying this!
Super Laser Racer, 2
Great little game. Needs a multiplayer version desperately.

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I love how three of those games - Bullet Candy, Galcon Fusion and Gridrunner Revolution literally ARE Geometry Wars (Gridrunner even takes it's name from a Geometry Wars clone, Gridwars) and two more - Space Giraffe and Super Laser Racer - take all the visual design from it.
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I love how three of those games - Bullet Candy, Galcon Fusion and Gridrunner Revolution literally ARE Geometry Wars (Gridrunner even takes it's name from a Geometry Wars clone, Gridwars) and two more - Space Giraffe and Super Laser Racer - take all the visual design from it.
I think you've got it backwards...

If anything, Geometry Wars would be inspired by Gridrunner. Try looking up Jeff Minter on Wikipedia or some such. Or head over to his home page. This man has made some classic games, if not necessarily for all tastes.
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I love how three of those games - Bullet Candy, Galcon Fusion and Gridrunner Revolution literally ARE Geometry Wars (Gridrunner even takes it's name from a Geometry Wars clone, Gridwars) and two more - Space Giraffe and Super Laser Racer - take all the visual design from it.
Thing is, if you take every shoot-em-up as an example, you could say they all copy Asteroids or even earlier with Space War. The shoot-em-up genre reached it's originality boundaries many many years ago. Now we get the same but better GFX & SFX ... hopefully! Space Giraffe certainly is one of Jeff Minters typical games and his style is copied as opposed to him copying others. Super Laser Racer is nothing whatsoever like Geometry Wars! I need some convincing about that.



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I think you've got it backwards...

If anything, Geometry Wars would be inspired by Gridrunner. Try looking up Jeff Minter on Wikipedia or some such. Or head over to his home page. This man has made some classic games, if not necessarily for all tastes.
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D'oh, should really have guessed there was going to be something between Asteroids and Gridwars, which I used to play religiously...

I'm not saying that Super Laser Racer is the same game dynamically - it's not, it's completely different - but the neon-nightclub-UV visuals and general aesthetics are pretty similar IMO, mostly because Jeff Minter set a template which was then copied endlessly. Gridwars & Super Laser Racer for comparison - you can't say these two don't look similar;



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Sorry! I read over the bit where you said 'visual style' for Super Laser Racer

Anyway, there is something about neon shoot-em-ups that sends my heart-rate up and my palms sweaty.
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There was a vertical one called rRootage that looked exactly like that, too. There are probably hundreds of indie/retro games that look like that. I guess it's just a very easy and instantly 'cool' aesthetic to pull off.
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Tempting ... does anyone know if this game is any good? The trailers look pretty smart and the game was only released in oct 09.
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Tempting ... does anyone know if this game is any good? The trailers look pretty smart and the game was only released in oct 09.
Got given it free and have played it twice, control system is awful.
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It's supposed to be even less forgiving than Arma II, which I found literally not worth the extreme effort of playing (and I'm not exactly a complete noob), but without the corresponding realism.

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