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Leftie
19 Jul 05, 06:45
I am building up my HPS title library. Got 9 of them so far. I might have to slow up a bit though, I need to learn to get good with all the ones I have before I keep buying more.

KG_RangerBooBoo
19 Jul 05, 06:54
The nice thing about the HPS games is that the interface is basically the same for all the games of the same period. HPS is also very good about patching old releases up to include the engine changes of the newest releases. This way all the releases of a period basically play the same and it is not a big step to move from one title to the other.

Jim Cobb
20 Jul 05, 09:18
RangerBooBoo,

I agree with you about the interface. What drives me nuts is that this great concept is used against the series by Tiller bashers.

rahamy
20 Jul 05, 12:52
That's something I don't understand as well Jim...I mean, if you have a good system that works why should you redesign it for each project? I like the fact that the general layout of the games is consistant, and to some extent customizeable (with the info bar positioning). Nothing will stop you quicker than a difficult interface from getting into a game...

Jim Cobb
20 Jul 05, 13:24
In as much as I can make sense of their ignorant ramblings, it's the price. The critics feel that the games should be add-ons or completely new.

I've given up on them. To quote Goethe, "Against stupidity, the Gods themselves battle in vain."

rahamy
20 Jul 05, 14:17
When people talk price it makes me laugh. For example:

Taking my family of 5 to 1 movie a bit of popcorn and some drinks. > $50.00 = entertainment for 2 hours, tops - forgotten in a few weeks.

Now not to take away from the value of family time, and the need for doing those things, but by way of comparison...

Campaign 1776 purchased in 1999 for $40.00. I still play this title today, 6 years later, and have a single battle and campaign going in it currently.

Again, not putting my hobby before my family (as I was accused of the last time I posted this on a forum somewhere), but I am attempting to illustrate the value of these products.

No one said every person has to buy every title, but for the ones they do I guarantee they will get a lot of life out of them.

Regards,
Rich

Jim Cobb
20 Jul 05, 14:21
I know. Some people just want everything new wverytime. A sort of intellectual attention deficit.

Pirimeister
20 Jul 05, 17:07
I never really understood that complaint. HPS even keeps updating the older games to the new standard, instead of forgeting them and the players (I'm thinking about my favourite in the PzC series, Smolensk '41. Between that first release and the last PzC game, the game system has evolved considerably and yet, I can have that experience playing a game that is considered old by industry standards, with no extra charge)

Like I said in a post in the PzC forum, time is a scarce comodity for most os us and having a games learning curve eased with the similarities in interface, maps and such is valued-added in my opinion.

And people shouldn't confuse these updates with patches to fix broken bits. Publishers should strive for the "out of the box" quality of these games". The updates just fine tune and refine the experience.

Seems a pretty sensible buissness model to me...

Pirimeister
20 Jul 05, 17:16
I am building up my HPS title library. Got 9 of them so far. I might have to slow up a bit though, I need to learn to get good with all the ones I have before I keep buying more.


Leftie, I got to say you are my idol, right now. :D Not many of us here can go into a spending frenzie like you without being to forced to sleep in the couch for a month+ and hearing our "better-half" going on and on about how there are other, more important priorities to spend money...

For instance, it seems a new sofa superceeds two PC games, in my wife's budget report. Go figure. :eek: :laugh:

XRAY
20 Jul 05, 17:48
My collection of HPS titles is without doubt equal to at least fifty history books, and they take up a fraction of the space!

I’ve never regretted purchasing a single one.

Leftie
31 Jul 05, 23:58
My collection of HPS titles is without doubt equal to at least fifty history books, and they take up a fraction of the space!

I’ve never regretted purchasing a single one.

Yeah playing some of the Napoleonic games has led me to learn more about the history behind the battles. It's nice when history and gaming can go hand in hand.

CyberRanger
01 Aug 05, 08:03
It's nice when history and gaming can go hand in hand.I totally agree! Indeed, I don't think I've ever played a non-historical wargame. The biggest leap I've made are hypothetical scenarios in historical settings. Wait ... I did play a little bit of "Starship Troopers" many, many moons ago!