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Friday, December 10th, 2004
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I beat Warrior Within today. I'd be gushing about how great it was if I didn't have the first one to compare it to. This one was considerably faster paced. The traps and the puzzles were lots of fun, but there was too much combat in between. I wish I did what kartos did and played on easy instead of normal. I stand by my earlier statement that the new combat system is better than the old one, though.

Got another 512M to finally boost parabellum up to 1G of memory. Vampire: Bloodlines no longer stutters because of thrashing, but the framerate still sucks. This is the game's fault; HL2 never dipped down into the 10s of frames per second.

I finished reading the second of Neal Stephenson's long winded old timey trilogy. It was far more enjoyable than the first book, especially towards the second half. So, I'm glad I stuck with it. Now I'm reading some random fantasy book that came highly recommended from Scott.. looking up the title.. A Game of Thrones. I haven't really read anything in this genre since I was much younger. One thing I noticed right off is that the characters are so.. fantastical. Each one like a caricature of a single emotion. But it should be a good break before I start on yet another huge Neal Stephenson book.

Last class of the semester is tomorrow. Too bad I have to put more words onto pages for it. But I've already exceeded my quota complaining about that.
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2004-12-10 06:03 am (UTC)
512M works great, as long as you play at medium texture detail (this is what the game setup recommends anyway). I was switching between medium and high when I was playing, and it definitely made a difference (plus, shorter load times :P)

I dunno about the rest. What do you have? I upgraded to a faster CPU when DOOM 3 came out, and I've had the 9800 pro for over a year. My roommate's 9600 pro handled the game no problem also.
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2004-12-10 06:33 am (UTC)
CPU sounds good. I dunno about the 4400 though. I had to give up my 4200 back around Unreal 2. You prolly won't be able to play at 1280x1024, but even a GF4 MX can play the game.
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[User Picture]From: kartos
2004-12-11 06:49 am (UTC)
Bwahaha... though the, lets show you where to go you stupid git! got a tad old >.< The prince is slower, most likely from aging into a crotchety old man. Thats another reason fighting the Empress blew.

You should read Wheel of Time :D
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