I used to play a lot
of PC games, but in the past 10 years moved towards console gaming. I realise I've missed a whole era of games that only really work with a mouse and keyboard. My absolute favourites were creative, engaging, long play games, such as Rollercoaster Tycoon
. I never really played to win. I played for creative ends. The best times I had playing Rollercoaster Tycoon was in sandbox mode
the only limits being my imagination. Those were the days. What (PC) games offer the equivalent of this now? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious
on Mar 26, 2013 -
PC game suggestions only, please. I'm a stay at home mom, and my laptop is pretty much glued to my side.
Civ IV is my all-time favorite game. I usually play the Rise of Mankind/A New Dawn mods. I'm not great at it, as I find it hard to beat on Noble level, but I can consistently beat it on Warlord level.
So what else would I love? I like turn-based games because I have little kids. I need to be able to drop my game whenever and come back to it as I left it. I've always enjoyed the exploration aspect of Civ, and I've liked playing Sim City in the past.
posted by wwartorff
on Feb 17, 2013 -
Having been away from the PC gaming world for a while due to dodgy then broken laptop, I'm now looking with bemusement to find some great games. Most of the amazon/etc best-seller lists seem dominated by World of Warcraft and toys for Skylander. I'm mainly interested in RPGs and Action Adventure games. Strong plots a must. If they have fiddly controls then a nice learning curve is a must! [more inside]
posted by Wysawyg
on Jan 24, 2013 -
I have an old computer I'm thinking of turning into a home theatre PC, as well as a dedicated FTP and multiplayer game server. Can it be done, and what do I need? Tech specs and more detailed questions inside. [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000
on Jan 23, 2013 -
I have a physical, legal copy of Diablo 3
I'm planning on selling on eBay. I always knew that once I got bored of D3 I'd be selling it, so when I registered it on Battle.net I created a whole new GMail & Battle.net account (with a fake name) so I could give them to the buyer as part of the sale. My questions, then, are as follows; [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000
on Jul 8, 2012 -
What is THE BEST, most creative, most moving story & character-based PC game you've ever played? [more inside]
posted by Calicatt
on May 18, 2012 -
I don't get PC game requirements; I seem to have a mental block on the issue, and I don't think I'm going to get it. I've never had one of those fancy "video card" things. HL2 and Portal work great on my laptop, Bio-shock is sluggish to the point where its playable but I won't bother. What games that were state-of-the-art at the time, but are now older, can I play? [more inside]
posted by longtime_lurker
on Apr 11, 2012 -
Pretend I've been in a coma since 2002. What are the absolute best, classic PC games I've missed? [more inside]
posted by andromache
on Mar 7, 2012 -
What was this early 90's Gauntlet
clone I remember playing as a kid? [more inside]
posted by naju
on Feb 22, 2012 -
What is the difference between these two PC graphics cards? Crossfire setup question inside. [more inside]
posted by T.D. Strange
on Aug 14, 2011 -
I'm looking for some PC game recommendations. I guess I'll settle for X Box 360 and PS3 recommendations as well. I know a variation on this question has been asked many times before, but I have a fairly specific requirements. [more inside]
posted by kbanas
on Nov 18, 2010 -
I'm trying to figure out which older PC adventure game I played back in the 90s, and want to play again. [more inside]
posted by sunimplodes
on Oct 2, 2010 -
I have two computers, a Mac and a PC. Can I set up my network so that I can play a game on the PC and view it on my Mac? [more inside]
posted by inturnaround
on Jan 22, 2010 -
I intend to make this weekend a gaming weekend. I haven't played video games in a long time. At least not as seriously as I used to. Do you have any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by wolfr
on Nov 20, 2009 -
If you had a dying WoW guild, full of buddies who have been playing together since Tribes 2 as a core with a band of new guys picked up along the way who have squeezed all of the life out of WoW and are looking for something new, in any genre as long as we could have some new experiences hanging out and having fun on vent...what would you suggest? [more inside]
posted by furiousxgeorge
on Aug 10, 2009 -
For the past 6-7 years I've owned a mac and therefore paid very little attention to the indie freeware/shareware pc games scene. Recently I got a copy of crossover for my macbook and I'm looking for good places to find small, quality, non resource-intensive games to play. [more inside]
posted by aspo
on Nov 12, 2008 -
PC-game-filter: I vaguely remember reading about these games years ago, help me remember what they were and bonus points for where to "obtain" them. 1) A game about B-movie like monsters --or maybe it was a make your own monster and set it loose on a city with a "movie mode" tacked on? 2) A game where you control a bizarre floating island that you build into a "battle ship", with jet engines, guns and even a battering ram. [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac
on Oct 24, 2008 -
Is there any way to make the PC version of The Sims 2 that I mistakenly downloaded work on my Mac OS X? Please? [more inside]
posted by pieliza
on Dec 5, 2007 -
I'd appreciate some recommendations for PC based strategy games. I've really enjoyed playing Age of Empires and Caesar 3 in the past and was wondering what other newer games I could try, that are along the same lines. I tried the newer releases of the AOE franchise but find that I enjoy games that are set in ancient civilizations more .
As far as playing hardware goes, my laptop has 2 GB of RAM and a pretty decent (I think!) video card (ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 with 256 MB of video RAM). Thanks!
posted by sk381
on Nov 3, 2007 -
I just bought a pretty high-end Dell PC with a large LCD monitor.
It's got dual Core2 CPUs @ 2.66GHz, 4 GB of RAM, and a decent graphics card. The monitor is a widescreen 27" Dell Ultrasharp.
So far, I like the PC. But I was disappointed to find that the first PC game I tried (BioShock) runs TERRIBLY. The game does run pretty well on my slightly older PC, which only has a 19" monitor.
So, I think the large, widescreen monitor is the problem. Is that correct? Are there tricks to running the latest games on a large LCD monitor?
Many thanks in advance for any advice and insight.
posted by stuehler
on Sep 26, 2007 -
Neeerrrrrrrrdfilter: I want to play Bioshock. Help me find the most economical way to upgrade my video hardware so that it will run the game satisfactorily. [more inside]
posted by killdevil
on Aug 22, 2007 -
Looking for multiplayer, low system requirement Mac or PC games for LAN and network play. [more inside]
posted by oranges
on Jul 18, 2007 -
For some reason, PC games over the past year or two seem insufferably dull. Help me overcome my addiction to "meh." [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott
on May 1, 2007 -
PC performance issues. 1) Is it a good idea to fill up all 3 of my DIMM slots, when my motherboard manual says that the max speed will be DDR 200 instead of DDR 400? The motherboard is an ASUS K8V SE Deluxe.
2) How do I best identify the bottlenecked hardware component that's causing framerate jerkiness e.g. when playing Oblivion (e.g. RAM, processor, AGP card)?
posted by thirteenkiller
on Apr 26, 2007 -
Are there any decent submarine games for PC or Xbox? Looking for something relatively modern.
posted by gfroese
on Jul 11, 2006 -