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Tr1cK
09-22-06, 02:01 PM
Since the aquisition of my 32" LCD with VGA connection, I have hardly been behind the desk of my main rig. Just recently we have been playing Lego Star Wars, Madden 07, and NFS: Most Wanted from the couch. :) Let me tell you, I think all my upgrades will go to my HTPC setup from now on, I enjoy it that much.

So give me some suggestions to more titles that would be great in the 'console environment.' I would prefer co-op or other multiplayer capabilities, but they aren't crucial. It's just nice to be able to play together with my roomy or my girl. Also the main controls being gamepads would be crucial too.

rewt
09-23-06, 02:26 AM
Well if all you're looking for is games with gamepad support, look no further. There's a free program called JoyToKey which allows you to play any game you want with a gamepad.

AdmiralHalsey..
09-23-06, 02:27 AM
Wow, I just put a 32" HDTV LCD in layaway for my first HTPC. I'm thinking fear, doom3, hell any fps will be awesome on it. I love how tvs provide a natural anitaliasing effect[I may be the only one who likes it, most call it bluriness lol] and 1366 by 786 should be plenty, not to mention easy on my rig. I also suggest Condemned, as it is MADE for widescreen[though if your rig isn't great you may wanna pass on it]. In fact, that would be my main suggestion as far as games. Tell me, is text blurry on your new tv? Resolution??? I'm a little anxious right now, I would like to hear more about your opinion, since our situations so closely match. Fifa might be good for you too, if you like soccer games [which are actually fun as opposed to WATCHING soccer]. With such a lack of new, good pc games you might wanna pick up an x-box360. Also, HL2 and episode one are so cinematic they almost HAVE to rock on HDTV, and you wouldn't need a 360, which are far too expensive anyway. Hope my drunkin rambling has helped.

AdmiralHalsey..
09-23-06, 05:45 AM
I just read your sig now that I've sobered. Your computer [in your sig] is more than sufficient. Halo 2 would be awesome, once it comes out [it's a great game, even if its for the xbox] and also The new fear expansion[play the demo, its plenty creepy, I love ghost assasins!] should be sufficiently cinematic. Also, if you have the purchased versions of any of pixar's kid's movies, you could guilt free download the hd versions for you kids[I own shrek[s] and The Incredibles, I also downloaded the hd versions for my 3 year old daughter], your kids[or just you, if you're like me] will love them! Just please don't pirate games. I will not kill my only real hobbie besides booty, though millionair actors don't need me to purchase their movies twice anyway lol... I just love the idea of HTPCs, all those movies at hand without ever swapping dvds. Ahhhhh, chubby porn never looked so good... I know I'm sick... i know...

FearMeAll
09-23-06, 11:56 AM
ok I have a kickass home theater pc and I have the info to impart to you if you wish to take it in. Go wireless. I recommend the logitech dinovo bluetooth wireless mouse and keyboard. They get the best reviews, look incredibly sleek even on a couch, and get lagless range 100 feet away. Also logitech makes a mean RF wireless controller. This is the one I use: http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16826127209
kicks serious ass and absolutely no lag.
then just get a couch and put the pc somewhere around the house out of the way. I have my pc in a closet so it is completely silent. have a 50 foot hdmi cable going to the projector as well as 50 foot speaker wire. I hear no pc fans. and my pc is LOUD. Have a killer power supply in it but damn the thing has a loud fan.

Tr1cK
09-23-06, 02:21 PM
AdmiralHalsey, all my TV does is 1360x768. It really doesn't take much of a system to push it at that resolution with low AA/AF. It doesn't seem to run much slower than 1024x768. If a game doesn't support widescreen, then it still looks good because stretching 1024x768 to 1360x768 isnt that bad to me. I use the VGA connection and haven't noticed any bluriness. To me, it is pretty damn sharp and clear.

FearMeAll, I do have the Microsoft Optical Desktop Elite for Bluetooth. The problem with that is that the mouse has horrible lag at all times. Thats a not much of an issue since I have a ps2 and usb extensions that I will unwind for when I need to be lag free.

My HTPC is loud too. Right now I am just using a very generic case with cheapy fans, but in the near future I plan on going Core 2 Duo, fanless GPU, and with a nice HTPC case to hopefully have a cool running, quiet system.

Still, I want it to be a console replacement. So what would you guys recommend as far as what games? I'm really not looking at FPS or anything really in depth. Just simple games like the Lego one that two people or more could enjoy at once. I would also be intrested in fighting, adventure, action, or whatever as long as its fun games. :p

BTW, thanks rewt, I will have to check that out.

jeffmd
09-23-06, 08:36 PM
tr1ck, unfortunatly you are going about it all wrong. What the PC excels at, you need a mouse, and a keyboard. First person shooters, MMORPGS, RTS, and all of these also do better if you can do higher resolutions then what your tv can do.

What you want.. is a console.. not a console wannabe. You want games that work with game pads. You want games that will look great on your hdtv. You want an xbox360 (I say that only cause wii isnt out yet. What? The ps3? crap!) .

crainger
09-24-06, 12:15 AM
So give me some suggestions to more titles that would be great in the 'console environment.' I would prefer co-op or other multiplayer capabilities, but they aren't crucial. It's just nice to be able to play together with my roomy or my girl. Also the main controls being gamepads would be crucial too.

I hear Sensible Soccer Soccer works well in co-op with a gamepad. As does Serious Sam. Shadowgrounds also has same screen co-op. Plus any of the classic CPS 1&2 games (AvP, Dungeons and Dragons, 19XX, Street Fighter series etc).

MustangSVT
09-24-06, 12:24 AM
I've played a few games on my 52" LCOS-rear projection. Here's my take on it:

The good:
- many games support 1280x720
- performance is extremely good and highest details in any game
- I can play Splinter Cell Chaos Theory at 1280x720 with very high framerate and it works awesome with my Xbox360 gamepad (connected to the PC obviously) and the graphics are excellent
- once I get my racingseat/table (or whatever) setup, I'll be able to play some of my racing games with my steering wheel and pedal on the 52"

The bad:
- I would rather play on my Dell 24" at 1920x1200

Anyway, Condemned and Chaos Theory work well with gamepad and support WS resolutions I think.

I also have an Xbox360 though, and playing FIFA WC 2006 on that is pretty nice (as are other games). My point being, if you want to play games on your HDTV, I recommend an Xbox360 (or PS3 when that comes out).

In my case anyway, even though my TV is really nice (JVC 3-LCoS FTW!), my Dell 2407 is amazing. The only advantage I can see of ANY display over a monitor like this (or any good modern widescreen monitor 20-24") is having a really big good display like a 37" 1080p LCD, maybe that would be more impressive than my Dell, but then again maybe it has response time issues or such. If you have a really good projector, then maybe that would be better than a really good monitor too. Or like a brand new 60" Sony SXRD (1080p) or a 60" Samsung DLP (1080p). With a 32" HDTV though, an xbox360 (or PS3 or Wii) would probably be more practical than a computer though. If you don't have a 20"+ widescreen monitor though, then maybe the TV would be better (for games that support widescreen anyway).

CaptNKILL
09-24-06, 12:59 AM
Dont know if it has been said yet, but the Flatout games are great fun for a group. They dont have split screen I dont think, but just taking turns is awesome.

That said, Flatout 2 seems to have some weird issues with controller support in the menus where you have to use the keyboard or mouse some times. I dont know why they changed it from the first one (which you could completely play and configure with only the controller).

nutball
09-24-06, 08:10 AM
MAME

CaptNKILL
09-24-06, 12:20 PM
MAME
Have to agree here. MAME can provide countless hours of old-school arcade fun. :D

Along with that, ZSNES emulator for SNES and a good genesis emulator (I used Gens, but I think the newer forceware drivers broke it) along with a few hundred roms. Some of the old beat em up games for those systems are still just as fun as ever. Dark Water is one I really like.

Tr1cK
09-24-06, 01:39 PM
EMUs do rock, but theres only so many times you can hit the credit button before you get tired of it. I prefer to stay with the newer games too.

I love this setup! There's not much more fun than passing the control around your sectional sofa. :)

AdmiralHalsey..
09-27-06, 01:43 AM
How exactly would you use a keyboard/mouse with a tv, while sitting on your couch??? I already hear you on the wireless, but do they make special trays, like tv trays, for this? My tv tray is too small... : [ And I look really wierd while I'm doing it... : [

crainger
09-27-06, 01:49 AM
How exactly would you use a keyboard/mouse with a tv, while sitting on your couch??? I already hear you on the wireless, but do they make special trays, like tv trays, for this? My tv tray is too small... : [ And I look really wierd while I'm doing it... : [

Thats where gamepads come in...

For keyboard/mouse I use a stable table that sits on my lap. Not much mousing room, so not to handy for games. You could try one of the mice that uses the gyro sensors. I heard they company who makes them also had something to do with the wii controller. I dunno though.