Boodah’s TF2 Config

September 13, 2008

This config was built by a pro gamer, and it brought my frames per second (fps) from 9 to about 90. It is truly incredible how much it can help your gameplay.

This config is meant for people who do not mind sacrificing on the quality of the games’ graphics in order to get great fps, because things will look ugly afterwards. It is definitely worth it, though.

Boodah’s Config

I was busy volunteering this past weekend, so I wasn’t able to get out to any of the lan parties that took place around where I live. I miss my lan friends, and I haven’t been to a lan party since March, so I’m feeling symptoms of withdrawal!

For those of you who haven’t had the chance to go to a LAN party yet- it stands for local area network, and it’s a big gathering of nerds where everyone brings their computers and gets their game on!

I find that LAN parties are an awesome way to meet a group of people who you know automatically share many similar interests with you. In day to day life I find it hard to meet people who play the same fps games that I do, and whenever I bring it up I usually get looks of disbelief.

At the March lan, though, there were still a couple incidents of disbelief. I wore my t-shirt that my friends had bought me for my birthday that said “Girls play cs, too” and one guy still asked me “Do you actually play cs?” I had to try really hard to keep my composure, because I felt like rofl-ing.

You really see every type of gamer at these kinds of parties. You will have your griefer– a big asshole who likes to ruin other people’s fun, and somehow they will drag you into the middle of it, and you will be having such a good time that you won’t realize what you have become. At one LAN a bunch of us went onto a server and meow’d until we either got kicked or banned. “What is with the cats?!”

On the opposite end of the spectrum you have the rager who screams at everyone, because nothing is ever their fault. This person is the least fun to be around. The only upside is that they give everyone else a laugh for looking like a complete tool.

The ringer is the best person to talk to if you are trying to improve your game. This person knows all of the strats and is the resident pwner-er. When they’re not playing the game they tend to be very quiet, so you’d have no idea what they’re truly capable of. Meeting this kind of person is like finding a dollar in your pocket- a very nice surprise.

The creeper is possibly the worst kind of gamer for a gamer girl to run into (yes the genders can be reversed, but I’m speaking from my personal experience). The creeper is not even a real gamer; he has no friends or girlfriend, so he goes to the lan as if it was his mecca. The creeper will sit next to your computer while you try to game, and he will stare at you as if he was a turret in Portal, “I see you!” When you get up to “go to the washroom” he will take photos of you, and he will treasure them always. You might try to enlist your gamer friends for support, but he will inevitably creep them, too.

The non-gamer gamer has the best rig (or fragwagon) there. The case is brilliant, and the lights emanating from it makes the lan look more like a disco. You will probably be fooled into thinking that this is the new fatal1ty until they ask you how to run ventrilo.

Well that’s all for now 🙂 To be continued!

(Inspired by Valkyrie’s post on different types of gamer girls)

I really enjoyed this digg about how Valve portrayed the PC as the future for gaming at their last media event. It seems to me like they’ve had enough with all of the chatter about the PS3, Wii, and XBOX 360 and want to pimp their own distribution service.

Here are the main points from the article:
– Steam allows for constant updates to games (rather than sporadic updates)
– PC games offer better communities for players
– WoW is a huge entertainment franchise – and it is currently unmatched in the console market
– Steam allows for speedier localization- with games in many different languages
– Easier for smaller game developers to get into the business

There was also the prediction that games will soon be seen more as a service rather than a physical product, such as WoW’s subscription service.

I personally feel like pc gaming is more hardcore when it comes to fps games, but that’s not to say that I feel that pc gaming is superior. I love using a keyboard and mouse when shooting- a controller does not offer you as much accuracy. I realize that there are plugins available, so that you can play with a kb + m on a console, but I think it would just feel… off.

On the other hand, there aren’t any pc games that I’m aware of that make use of motion sensors like the Wii does, so clearly consoles have their strengths. It seems to me like consoles are finally becoming more like a real at-home arcade. Boxing in Wii Sports brings me back to when I used to put on some boxing gloves and hit at the air when I played at the arcade irl. I think eventually the two will come together, but for now- I’m pleased with using the pc for fps and playing on consoles for Rock Band !