What computer games have you wasted serious amounts of time on over the years?
Ooh where to start….
Half Life and Half Life 2
Counterstrike in all its guises (used to be clanned that played in a couple of leagues)
Age Of Conan
Dawn Of War series (and now wasting loads of time on DoW2)
X3 Reunion and then X3 Terran Conflict
Planetside (my favourite MMO of all time, shame it got let down by a lack of support from SOE)
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.Posted 8 years agoSteveTheBarbarianMember
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.
Posted 8 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
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!Posted 8 years agoMtbColMember
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:
Age Of Conan
Joint Operations – Typhoon Rising and the expansion Escalation
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 WatcherPosted 8 years agochompMember
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).Posted 8 years agoD0NKSubscriber
Ooh so many to choose from
Then the PS1 major drain on my time
FF7 and 8
Gran turismo 1 and 2
Resident evil 1-3
command and conqeur
Abes odysee and exodus
Thousands and thousands of hours, quite a bit of it lost sleep.Posted 8 years agosamuriMember
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…
jet set willy
populous 1 and 2
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.Posted 8 years ago
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