The Last True Pirate

Alright, so here it is, the author’s page on me.  Hmmm, what can I tell you about me that won’t result in my having to exterminate you afterward?

I’m a gamer, but you knew that, I’m a father of two great girls, whom I love with every ounce of my being.  I’m a husband to a wonderful lady who is able to keep me from getting out of control, and this is no small task, believe me.

I am a jack-of-all-trades sort of guy, good at many things, master of none…  from computers, to home repair, to automotive to micro-neuro-surgery (well, maybe not that last one 😉 )…

I have a day job which I hate, and also have my own IT company which I love, though it seems my area of “expertise” has branched more into advertising and marketing, to which I seem to be really good at, and am in demand for.  But my passion remains computers, especially building them, it’s fun and relaxing at the same time; and of course, gaming on them.

My all time favorite game is Shadowrun, the multi-player first person shooter (the first real cross-platform game for the PC and Xbox 360), not the pen and paper RPG, though I am intersted in the lore of said RPG.  In fact am reading books of this robust universe.

The flavor of video game I prefer is the first person shooter genre, though third person is acceptable as well.  I am a keyboard and mouse user exclusively in the FPS gaming, but will cross into the darkside of the controller for the TPS games.

I like flight sims, currently playing a bit of H.A.W.X., but really like Space Fighter sims a little more.

I also play some racing sims, which I am currently playing Dirt 2 and am in the Need for Speed World beta, and for these I tend to use my Logitech G27 Racing Wheel, though on occasion will use my 360 controller.   I tend to stink at these either way 😛

I have hundreds of games, and enjoy many of them, and honestly have finished probably a half dozen of them.  I get distracted very easily, and tend to get focused on something new quickly.

This is why we are here.

We wish to pull these unfinished games off our shelves, and reinstall them, and finally finish them.  This is our mission, and in doing so, we feel that in revisiting these games, a current review is warranted.  What with the current catalog of games available, with the advances in technology and what not, why not review these older games from a “now” perspective.

We will see how these games stack up compared to what is now available.  I’m going to be so bold as to wager that as far as content, story and concept, these older games will fare rather well, as I personally believe that today’s games lack creativity other than the huge advancements in graphics and by default some of the level designs.

Of course there are some games out there today that do indeed surpass the imaginative limitations that seem to be in no short supply these days.  And of course I hope emphatically that there will be a movement towards creativity again.


I play when I can, my kids come first.

I am strictly a PC user, won’t buy into platform gaming (unless someone gives me their old system, lol), I did

however buy a Wii for my kids (and just had to get Budokai Tenkaichi 2 for myself [:P]).

Can’t stand that game developers hold back porting games to PC, as I feel the PC is still the greatest gaming

platform ever.  Perhaps I should rephrase that, I prefer the game to NOT be an outright port, but made specifically

for the PC, THEN ported to the consoles.
The PC gaming platform shall rise to the top again…

My main system specs:

Pwr Sup:  ABS Tagan BZ Series BZ800 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Piperock Modular Power Supply

Mobo:  ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard, w/Realtek 7.1 CH HD Audio (allows on the fly

overclocking without reboot, tested stable at 3.4Ghz) (UPDATE: running a Soundblaster Audio Card, Realtek onboard

is currently intentionally disabled because of this).

CPU:  Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775
Quad-Core Processor, G0 Stepping (though I mostly leave it at stock speed)

Mem:  OCZ Vista Upgrade 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
(PC2 6400) Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit

GPU:  EVGA 512-P3-N802-A1 GeForce 8800GT Superclocked 512MB 256-bit
GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

HDD:  Multiple HDD’s, of the WD-Black Series and the Seagate Barracudas, total HDD space on this machine is about


Monitor:  ADi Microscan 22″ CRT (soon updating to “probably” GTX460 or GTX 560 and a 27″ Flat panel).  Oh, I also

have my HDTV hooked up for when I’m streaming or kicking back on the couch and wanting to play using  a controller

instead of KB/M combination (rare though, much prefer KB/M)

OS(s):  Windows 7 Ultimate – 64-Bit

The most played game on my system is Shadworun, the FPS, not the RPG (I have read some of the books based on the

RPG, and it does have great universe built up around it, I just am not all that into RPG’s, though I would play a

Shadowrun RPG video game), it is the most well balanced multiplayer game I have ever played.  I also still play

Halo CE (custom edition) sometimes (my older daughter loves playing it with me), a bunch of old Half-Life 1 (pre-

Source) mods, especially ESF (Earth’s Special Forces, a DBZ full game conversion).  I like the newer games to look

at mostly, but keep going back to these old ones, just more fun ultimately, I guess.

It’s not about the BEST choice you can make, it’s about the LEAST crappy one that will ultimately prevail.

SIGNATURE (what I normally use in forums):

“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with stick and stones.”
-Albert Einstein




But for now, time to replay…