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Paul Constantin

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What's your favorite computer game?

What’s your favorite computer game and why? When did you discover it? What effect did it had on your life?

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  • Nov 25 2012: The C# compiler. You can do almost anything with it
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    Dec 11 2012: I've been playing Borderlands 2 for the last 2 months with friends... So that might be my favourite now... But all time favourite I'll have to vote on GoldenEye 64! :D
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    Dec 4 2012: I have to put a good word in for Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery (their spelling). This game is as much a retro and interactive work of art as much as another App Store game.
    8-bit style graphics with detailed emphasis to ambiant sound and music make for an unexpected joy, especially given the difficulty in describing the story or gameplay synopsis.
    Best I'll do is 'Puzzling adventure in a Bohemian world.'
  • Dec 3 2012: Wow. There's so many games out there that really mattered to me. Though I will say a lot of my favorites have been story and philosophy based games. For example, Final Fantasy has always hit home for me, until the tenth game. Then they got really hit or miss. It's mostly because of the fact that each game did encompass a lot of territory in terms of story covering everything about the human existence whether you were playing an outsider of some kind or not.

    Either way though, I will say that probably the thing that helped me out with figuring out how to tell stories and write was not only reading and writing a lot (as pretty much any professional writer has said), but also playing a lot.
  • Dec 1 2012: There are many,
    Assassin's Creed
    Need For Speed ( after the talk i guess this also increases the multitasking and abilities too)
    Medal Of Honor ( again a good one )
    Now play games without any worries :)
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    Nov 30 2012: I Love Portal & Portal 2! Portal allowed me to have fun with physics engines and when I was younger Number Crunchers inspired me to get better at Math.
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    Nov 26 2012: My children particularly enjoyed a well-designed game called Logical Journey of the Zoombinis. I don't know if it still exists.
  • Nov 26 2012: THANK YOU
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    Nov 24 2012: Halo, I know it's Gauche but it was the story line that pulled me. The writers obviously were from a group of sci fi readers when they were younger that took a wide range of content and fashioned Halo's story. From the bones of past greats.
  • Nov 24 2012: Portal from Valve. They have learning in games down to a science....I learned how games could be used as a vehicle in education from this game.
  • Nov 23 2012: For playing with friends, Quake 3. For playing by myself, Half Life 2, Portal. I stopped playing them a few years ago, and as a consequence, need to wear glasses these days.
  • Nov 23 2012: Tribes: Ascend(or all tribes series tbf) like how you have fast & skillfill you need to be for most things. Ditnt had much inpact on my life exept in my early teens i was a bit addicted.. I also Raid in World of Warcraft 3 days a week wich can be time consuming aswell tho thats totally up to myself. and just to add ive learned alot of stuff playing games that benefit me IRL
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    Nov 23 2012: Gran Tourismo 2. It was a realistic driving simulator. Then they released 3 and the cars all went 500kmph and were indestructable. That's what happens when you ask 12 year olds to update a game.
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      Nov 23 2012: "that's what happens when you ask 12 year olds to update a game."

      Says the adult playing the game
      • Nov 23 2012: Don't knock it! Before long, *you* might get a perscription for games ;-)

        http://www.ted.com/talks/daphne_bavelier_your_brain_on_video_games.html (also linked to in the question itself)
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          Nov 23 2012: I indulge in the TED game. The object of this game is to raise the awareness of left wing zombies to the point of being aware that they are aware. It is a game that cannot be won which is made abundantly clear on TED

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4a6YdNmK77k
      • Nov 23 2012: If some sociologist were to conduct research on the TED game, I'm afraid they'll find that it only leads to premature graying of hair and/or trichotillomania.
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        Nov 26 2012: The mistake they made is a bad business decision because you're only twelve for a year so you buy one game and then move on to something else. The games that maintain wider appeal sell better because you buy the first one when you're twelve and it's still fun when you're sixteen so you buy the next edition etc The vast majority of gamers are adults (chronologically) after all.
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          Nov 26 2012: I will stick with TED even though it has about as purpose as tic tac toe
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    Nov 22 2012: Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri. It's the most re-playable game I've ever found. I also have to give honorable mentions to Homeworld, Freelancer, and Elder Scrolls: Oblivion.
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    Nov 22 2012: Guys you are old (I am referring to Pat, Lejan and Robert). Now, the game that I really remember is Fallout. I am still listening to its soundtrack from time to time.

    I am not sure about its effect on my life though.
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      Nov 23 2012: Is there a Fukushima add-on available?
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        Nov 23 2012: There is not, and, frankly, I hope there will never be one.
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      Nov 23 2012: Ahh, don't worry, this sort of games are not known to be keen on the realistic side of their naming... :o)
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    Nov 22 2012: TED
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    Nov 22 2012: Drones! Because it made me understand how modern democracies are changing the way they fight their wars without risking 'the people' to think or to revolt that much because of no fatalities of their own people. The first time I noticed the beta-release of this game was in 1995. Since then many updates followed which changed the gameplay from 'scouting' to 'fighting'. So far my life did not change because of the game. It may change when the opponent is playing along...
  • Nov 22 2012: Freecell and Solitaire, it is a tie.