I never really read the quakecon articles (only part I did read was the $100,000 to first place winner and a little of the first after that ). To be honest, I don't find those to be very worthwhile (well the lan party ones, the others where u cover tech conventions are very interesting). IMO, rather than lan coverage, how bout a few game reviews.
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yea...game reviews would be very nice?... I know this is a hardware site, but a little of gaming can spice things up. A lot of gamers visit this site and it would be pretty helpful to have game reviews. it would definately increase considerably the number of hits the website gets. Appoint a few people who knows games and make them write reviews. Add a Guides section called "Tom's Games". Just reviews and previews, no "cheats, gudies, walkthrough" nonsense... Im gonna think of ideas and post more because i think this could be a good idea.
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Yeah, and just to keep it hardware related, try out the games with several different configs and post the specs. It would be nice for people to know what they can expect with their "cutting edge" machine, or the one that's 2 years old.
Sure, sure, those "minimal/recommended" specs are on the box. They are also right next to worthless.
I like the idea of config comparisons for games a minimum might be an intel top of the line rig and a similar amd platform and then a more mainstream set of amd and intel rigs.. all co-varied with ati and nvidia solutions ( can you tell I did a lot of stats in grad school ?? LOL) so a good review would include each system with each card for a comparison = 4 intel units and 4 amd units
What did you think of the Quakecon Coverage on THG?
I thought it was great. Since I have never had an opportunity to go to an event like that, I found it very interesting.
Did you find that we had too much coverage or not enough?
No, I thought you had the right amount of coverage.
Do you want us to continue to cover LAN gaming events?
Yes, atleast a few of the larger ones.
Do you think that coverage of LAN gaming events is something that we should be covering at THG?
Of course. It might be interesting to do a little behind the scenes thing with all the equipment it takes to put one on. I don't know if that is possible or not.
Do you find our coverage of hardware topics doesn't do enough to address the needs of gamers?
No, you review about every piece of hardware and benchmark games. I don't know what else you could do.
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Maybe more on the competitors, what's in their rigs etc.. We all know who won, but know nothing about the actual competition. Maybe you can throw in some weird Box mods, and crazy rig pictures. The write up/coverage was professional.....Lacked "coolness" though. Typical of THG articles. Too much writing about the sponsers....ATi, Carmack/id, DOOM.......What about the competition?
I have really enjoyed the last two articles about LAN events. In particular, the Unreal article grabbed my attention due to the "human interest" angle of the sponsered competitor. I never realized that there were events this big out there. I'm making it a point to attend a couple next year. My suggestions are as follows: pelase continue to cover LAN events. Try to get better pictures. I know that some of the locales aen't exactly set up for "photo-op" type pictures, but it really helped the 1st article over the second (Quakecon). Have a place on Tom's that lists or links to upcoming events. Thanks for the voice. You guys are doing a gret job.
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The only thing i'd like to see is on the Sound Card and Graphics card reviews....include compatibility remarks with all the games you bench it on as well as a couple of the latest and greatest games that you dont bench. In other words, run a few tests and write us a small report to give us some kind of indicator if we're in for a boatload of compatibility problems or if everything runs great without crashes etc...
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