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  • clubber
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    BBC B
    – Elite
    – Castle Quest

    Early 90s PC
    – Midwinter
    – Xenon 2

    SNES
    – Mario Kart
    – Super Mario

    N64
    – Marko Kart 64
    – Golden Eye (this is easily the top one!)
    – Perfect Dark

    Wii
    – Mario Kart
    – Quantum of Solace (online)

    franki
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    Resident Evil 0,1,2,3,4, Code Veronica
    Metroid Prime
    Metroid Prime Echoes
    Splinter Cell
    Metal Gear Solid
    Driver
    F-Zero GX
    Rogue Leader

    grahamb
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    Elite on C64
    Rogue & Nethack on various *nix boxes
    Doom, Doom II on linux
    Quake, Quake II on linux

    Quake II co-op kept us sane during the long boring nights on Y2K duty, waiting for the phone to ring.

    MtbCol
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    Ooh where to start….

    Champ Manager
    Half Life and Half Life 2
    Counterstrike in all its guises (used to be clanned that played in a couple of leagues)
    Civ
    Sim City
    Lineage2
    Age Of Conan
    Dawn Of War series (and now wasting loads of time on DoW2)
    X3 Reunion and then X3 Terran Conflict
    RF Online
    Planetside (my favourite MMO of all time, shame it got let down by a lack of support from SOE)
    Everquest2

    I’m also a games tester in my spare time, I get the opportunity through contacts to take part in a lot of alpha/closed beta testing every so often.

    Creg
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    MtbCol how do you get into the games testing stuff?

    By far the most time spent was on Unreal Tournament. Used to play it online every spare minute, and sometimes in not spare minutes for 18 months.

    Used to have NG stats enabled, and used to rise to around 83 in the world each quarter(reset every 3 months). Wouldn’t say it was wasted, because I loved it.

    FORZA2 ont he 360 was my achillies heal in my last year of uni.

    Nurenberg(sp?) Ring, the 80’s porche LeMans car (hugmongous turbo, humongous downforce). If you so let go the throttle or lost your nerve and braked to early it would just go straight on at the corner! Had to keep the turbo spinning and the speed up otherwise nothign worked!

    rhysboy1
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    Counterstrike

    mogrim
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    CIV, and this one:

    Never really got into computer games either…

    MtbCol
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    MtbCol how do you get into the games testing stuff?

    I started off by signing up to a few gaming company newsletters alongside being a Fileplanet member. Fileplanet often do closed beta invites for certain games.
    Once you get involved, if you’re prepared to test properly, and that’s actually trying to break the game code/ report errors/ replaying the same stuff over and over again, rather than just playtesting the game to see if its good enough to buy, then you can build up a better relationship with certain developers and usually get first option on similar games coming out from them.
    Another way in is to be in some form of gaming community, every so often these “clans”, if they’re well respected and of high enough profile, usually get asked to do testing too.

    Here’s a few I’ve had the opportunity to test:
    Lineage2
    Planetside
    RF Online
    Age Of Conan
    Joint Operations – Typhoon Rising and the expansion Escalation
    Counterstrike Source
    Warhammer Online
    Tabula Rasa
    X3 Terran Conflict

    and I’m in a couple of games that are still under the radar so to speak, both of them are covered by an NDA so I’m unable to discuss them.

    NDA? Well that’s a non disclosure agreement which blocks you from posting anything about gameplay/screenshote/level design etc about a game during testing.

    A good place to start isBeta Watcher

    chomp
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    World of Warcraft in recent years has probably taken up more hours than I would care to admit. Got proper addicted while recovering from an Operation which had me housebound for about 3 months (and then no physical activity for another 3 months) just after its release.

    Other than that in the last 10 years or so SOCOM, SOCOM2, COD4 have been the biggest offenders. Mainly in the winter though, and when the wife has been heavily preggers, as she’d be asleep by about 6pm everyday.

    Through school\colleage there have been tons, NOtable mentions include Elite\Frontier\SWOS on the BBC\Amiga, Mario\Zelda on the SNES, Goldeneye\Mario on the N64, F29 Retaliator\Doom networked at colleage, Champ Manager while working for the MoD (had far too much time on my hands).

    chvck
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    I’ve spent an obscene amount of time playing Peggle. The other 2 major games that have robbed chunks of life from me are city of heroes/villains and UT.

    davidrussell
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    wonder who misssed the raft of glitches in COD WaW when it first came out? it was a bit of a mess.

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    hours and hours and hours – deadly

    Premier Icon jimmy
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    Manic Miner
    New Zealand Story
    Wizball
    Zilch
    FantasticContraption.com
    Civilisation takes the biscuit, though. Weeks have been lost.

    Premier Icon D0NK
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    Ooh so many to choose from
    C64
    Apache gunship
    elite

    Megadrive
    Sonic
    Ecco
    flashback

    Then the PS1 major drain on my time
    FF7 and 8
    Gran turismo 1 and 2
    silent hill
    Resident evil 1-3
    Metal gear
    command and conqeur
    Abes odysee and exodus

    PC
    Morrowind
    Oblivion
    halo
    halflife
    quake 3
    elite 2

    Thousands and thousands of hours, quite a bit of it lost sleep.

    jova54
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    Doom
    Unreal Tournament
    Solitaire
    Colin Mcrae Rally on PC and PS2
    Grand Tourismo 2 and onwards
    Tomd Raider PC and PS2
    Ratchet and Clank
    Now anything that my daughters have on their Wii

    finbar
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    Great thread.

    Commander Keen
    Wolfenstein 3D
    Alone in the Dark
    Sam and Max
    Tetris
    Super Mario World (SNES)
    Cool Boarders & Gran Tourismo (PS1)

    I kind of stopped playing after that, i’d love a PS3 though.

    Secret of Monkey Island

    Doom

    Kula World

    Call of Duty 4

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    Elite – on BBC+Amstrad
    Mario Kart – on various Nintendo devices
    Puzzle Pirates – online Java game with a Linux (and other OS?) client

    Have not played Eve Online or WoW on purpose.

    Premier Icon Keando
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    Doom Series
    Quake 1 & 2
    Halflife 1 + 2 & Episodes
    GP3 & GP4
    Colin McRae Rally
    Richard Burns Rally
    Rally Trophy
    Grand Prix Legends
    GT Legends
    Unreal II

    soma_rich
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    I forgot about Lemmings and FantasticContraption.com

    Love them.

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    Final Fantasy VII probably swallowed most of my time. I lost a good 8 months playing that from start to completion and it’s still my favourite game of all time.

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    Civ is just crap.. Honestly you people!

    Premier Icon Pook
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    Secret of Monkey Island – love that game

    samuri
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    I wouldn’t say it was wasted time, it’s a fun activity just like cycling.

    The ones that I have spent a lot of time on were…

    orbitor
    jet set willy
    original Civilization
    populous 1 and 2
    original settlers

    nowadays I rarely get that much time but I did get quite involved in GTA4 and I’m currently rekindling my attention to combat flight sims.

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