[MUD-Dev] RE: Treadmills vs. Skill (was re: Brand Loyalty...)

Zach Collins {Siege} zcollins at seidata.com
Wed Jan 22 18:22:33 New Zealand Daylight Time 2003

On Sat, 18 Jan 2003, Koster, Raph wrote:
> From: Ted Milker

>> I think the overall population of FPS games has increased over
>> the years but it is much more spread out over many different
>> games.

> It's actually much less spread out. Go check the stats on the
> various FPS online game sat GameSpy. Counterstrike dominates with
> a greater monopoly than Windows does in the OS marketplace.

I believe this is because there is a lack of diversity among
multiplayer FPS games, and the high system and bandwidth
requirements of many such games.  CounterStrike only requires a
300MHz Pentium-level processor with 32M RAM, and is relatively
playable on a 56k modem thanks to Half-Life's much improved netcode.
I wouldn't dare play, e.g., Battlefield 1942 on a 56k line, even if
I had a machine that could run it.

Zach Collins

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