The addiction.

So within the last few days, I must have played some 50 hours of games. I usually only get to play a couple of hours a week, but lately I put everything aside to play my games. Man, I forgot how much fun some of those games were.

The first game I played was CounterStrike Source. I played on the Calibrator Haven servers. The host three servers. A 24 man Server with 20 bots; a 16 man server with 8 bots; and a 20 man 24/7 dust/office server. I think they are going to get rid of the 24/7 dust/office server because the server is not getting used too much. They’re all a bunch of good guys. Most of them just want to have a good time and play the game.

After that, I played Command and Conquer: Renegade for 15 hours or so. Man, this brings back some good old memories. When I was a freshman in highschool, my mom bought me a computer. It was so great. This is when I fell in love with computers. The first thing I did was take it apart to see how everythig worked. After an hour of tinkering with the hardware, I turned on the comptuer and gamed around at the new operating system. It looked pretty much like Windows 2000 and 98 SE so I was fairly used to it right off the bat. The one thing I didn’t get, was the internet. So I was stuck to Windows and the stupid AI in my games. This would never do! I had a plan to get the internet! Since my mom worked at midnight, I would sneak out of my room at night and into my mom’s room. I installed my games to her computer and played on the internet. Problem solved! Well not really. My Grandma found out I was doing this so she would check my mom’s room in the middle of the night to see if I was in there. She caught me a few times, but I was getting good at knowing when she was coming so I could hide. Matt and I would be out there and we would see a light come on and instantly duck and cover. Ahh, good times!

It was good to be back in Renegade. That’s where my passion for online gaming began. I found a small server called Hazteam and quickly made that my home. They hosted two servers. A no snipers 24 man server and a no snipers 20 man server. I usually played on the 24 man server. It had the perfect balance of vehicles/ infranty ratio. you usually didn’t have to wait to buy a tank, and there was usually someone around to defend the base. Now, everyone is running anti-cheat software, like renguard and dragon-aide. Even beyond that, there are so many servers that just have horrible rules. Since the Hazteam server shut down, there have not been many good servers. The ones that were good, are gone or merged with others. For instance, Ren-Archives merged with Jelly-Server. Now there is so much camping and it makes the game go on and on… I do make it my personal goal to own the campers. I do a pretty good job of it, but it’s not something I particularly enjoy doing. It’s just something that has to be done in order to win the game.

Now it’s off to good old Red Alert 2 and Tiberian Sun. Two of the best Real Time Strategies (RTS) around! Red Alert takes place during the time of the cold war so you can image what game play is like. Yep, you guessed it. Soviets Vs Allies! Tiberian Sun is completely different. It’s a fight for the survival of humanity. The Global Defense Initiative (GDI) is trying to save the world and rid the Earth of of a materian called Tiberian. Tiberian came from space and started mutating the world. GDI has been working on ways to reverse or destroy the Tiberian while the Brotherhood of NOD has plans of their own. Out of the two, I like the gameplay of Red Alert 2, but I love the story from Tiberian Sun. I am looking forward to the new C&C game in March called Tiberian Wars. It’s going to be the sequel to Tiberian Sun.

I might go ahead and install Civilization IV. It’s probably the best turn based strategy out there. You control a civilization’s advance through the time. Starting from the biblically correct date of 4000BC. You travel through the eras making foreign policies, scientific discoveries, wondrous productions, and much more. It’s a good game for anyone who lovs political warfare.

Well, I must be off.

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