Morning Discussion

By Alice O'Connor, Oct 15, 2010 5:00am PDT I finished the BioShock 2 singleplayer DLC Minerva's Den last night and am delighted to say that it's delightful. If you have BioShock 2 on console and enjoy the singleplayer of either game, you really should try it. Perfect length and pacing, a lovely little story and some solid gameplay additions. If you own BioShock 2 on PC, well, I'm sorry.

I also gave the Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 demo a whirl. The supposed retro revival of 2D Sonic games has proved pretty divisive, with some lauding it as a return to form and other grumbling that it's no fun at all. I did not like it. The movement and physics feel all wrong and the targetted attack is naff and no, I cannot play that.

From short games to long games, I'm still making steady progress on my new playthrough of Planescape: Torment. Yesterday I was saying I often get bored of long, "epic" video games but Torment is so very dense and its countless distractions are so interesting that I never feel like I'm drifting aimlessly, even though The Nameless One has very little idea of where he's going and what to do next. Ace.

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    I seem to post a thread like this every year, but nothing comes of it. This time though, I'm determined to upgrade my existing computer. I currently have a sloooooooooow Pentium D machine that struggles to play 3 year old games. On top of that, I'm looking to rip my dvd library for the media centre, but it takes approximately 4 hours to encode anything with my current setup, so that project is on indefinite hold. As I said, painful. Anyway, I don't have much to spend, so want to get as much as I can, whilst not breaking the bank.

    How does this look?

    ASROCK M3A770DE 770 Socket AM3 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard
    AMD Athlon II X3 445 3.1 GHz
    EXTRA VALUE 2GB DDR3 1333MHz Memory Module 1.5V CL9

    I have all the other components from my existing machine.This is coming in around £135. I'm loathe to spend much more than that, as I don't get a huge amount of use out of the machine. I've cheaped out on the RAM, as I can upgrade that at a later point. Is there anything there that's a huge mistake? Please bear in mind my budget, yes an i5 would be fantastic but I won't make use of it and it's well beyond what I want to spend.