View Poll Results: Before playing Deus Ex, I was

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  • dedicated gamer

    14 32.56%
  • hardcore gamer

    13 30.23%
  • casual gamer

    10 23.26%
  • novice gamer

    6 13.95%
  • none of the above (explain)

    0 0%
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What kind of gamer were you...

  1. #1
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    Question What kind of gamer were you...

    BEFORE playing original Deus Ex?

    1. Dedicated, all-around gamer? You played lots of games of various genres, possibly on different platforms.

    2. Hardcore gamer? You played quite a few games but usually of one genre (eg. shooters)

    3. Casual gamer? You played some games... occasionally.

    4. Novice gamer? You weren't really into videogaming before Deus Ex.

    Be objective.

    And additional question: did playing Deus Ex change your gaming habits? Did you start playing more games / less games?

  2. #2
    I was and still am a (less than)casual gamer. I've been playing games for about 15 years now but my time is always spent on my work (3D visualisations and Architecture and Animation). I'll at the most maybe get about 4-6 hours a week to play a game.

    Deus Ex didn't change the way I played games, but it did change what games I'd play if that counts for anything!

  3. #3
    Much before DX, I was a dedicated gamer I've played some different kind of games and I finally prefer the FPS genre; and when I've played DX I discover the first true mix between genres (FPS,RPG,Infitration).
    I loved the global gameplay because We can use each part of the different gameplays of the game to turn them into my adventage when need to pass each situation.
    I loved this game because we can customize our character, because we must made choices (what item are must necessary on my inventory, how I can aboard each situation, how sentence I must chose to obtain what I want or what is much necessary) I loved the characters in the game, How the world is changing after our actions, the interactivity with the world and more ....

    I vote dedicated because, just before DX I was an hardcore gamer but with not sufficient experience on games to say I'm an hardcore gamer

  4. #4
    Dedicated.

    RTS, RPG, FPS, racing, you name it, I played it.

    I hate(d) sport games, though.

    Deus Ex did not make me change my gaming habits although it did leave a special impact on me like no other game. I'm still waiting for a game to impress me as much as DX1 did.

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    Hardcore. I'm sorry to say. Screwed up my life dramatically, but boy! I don't regret a second of the pleasure i got out of it.

  6. #6
    BEFORE: dedicated
    AFTER: casual
    Gaming habits: completely changed, after DX and the fall of the N64 then Dreamcast I became very exigent, demanding and stern about the quality of the games. And I must say that as the market has been very poor since, I focused on oldies.

  7. #7
    Hardcoregamer since Doom,but "woke up" while playing System Shock 1.
    2nd Jordans opinion.

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    Novice. DX was only my third game. My first was Descent: Freespace - The Great War, followed by Homeworld. Then, on a whim, I installed the demo of DX from a magazine cd, and after finishing the demo, waited impatiently for release day. I must have played that demo half a dozen times waiting for the game to be released.

  9. #9
    Hardcore
    Playing Deus Ex has not changed my gaming habits.

  10. #10
    Dedicated Gamer, Mostly Fps's and RPG'S. I kinda suck at Racing but I play them rarely though. Im...okish at fighting games eccept Bloody roar. I don't even think those korean kids could beat me at THAT fighting game.

    I played lots and lots and lots of games. before and after. From Mario and Zelda to Bioshock and Assassins Creed and Guitar Hero 1-3.

  11. #11
    definitely casual. I find a few games I really like and play them. I probably could be a hardcore gamer if we could change to a 35 hour day. But right now there's just too much else to do to have a lot of time for games. I don't think DX really changed me much, but it was one of the first games I played more than once.

  12. #12
    I was dedicated somewhat hardcore but wasn't exposed to what was possible on the PC in terms of RPG till Deus Ex.

  13. #13
    Dedicated, my experience mirrors jordan_a's as I became much more demanding after playing DX. Since then I've barely ever played anything even remotely subpar.

  14. #14
    Originally Posted by Xcom
    BEFORE playing original Deus Ex?

    2. Hardcore gamer? You played quite a few games but usually of one genre (eg. shooters)

    3. Casual gamer? You played some games... occasionally.

    Be objective.
    I am not sure which one to choose, since I definitely played the FPS and RTS/Turn Based Strategy games more often, though my resume does not include a great number of games, in any genre. I used to play Sid Mier's Alpha Centauri, Red Alert, Tiberian Sun, and SWAT 2, among strategy games, and Half-Life1, Thief1, Soldier of Fortune1, and Metal gear Solid, a lot, before playing DX1. By that time I had also played Age of the Empires, Joint Strike Fighter (a flight sim), and Quake. Of course, though I played Alpha Centauri the most, all I had was a demo version. I used to mostly play demos, since I did not have the money to pay the exorbitant prices that game shops charged, where I lived. I generally played strategy games more often, resorting to FPS games when I wanted to cool off with some mindless nonsense. Of course, Thief1 added the element of strategy to first person, and HL1 (Half-Life1) also removed the mindless-ness of FPS games.

    Originally Posted by Xcom
    And additional question: did playing Deus Ex change your gaming habits? Did you start playing more games / less games?
    I can't tell. Sure, more game shops opened right before DX1 came out, and so I was able to afford to buy games (though I still had to save up for nine months), but right after I bought DX1 the pressure of a second set of public exams (British system) went up, and I did not have time for gaming. I did buy Dark Reign 2, though, and I finally bought the full version of Alpha Centauri, right before I left for college.

    If DX1 affected my gaming preferences, these changes did not show up until two years down the line, when I bought games again. This time, I went for games that required stealth, cunning, and (very importantly) patience. I bought Sub-Commander (though I lost patience with its crashing to my desktop), Hitman (great game, though I got too annoyed to play, after a night club scene -- I was unaccustomed to girls being objectified to that extent, pardon me). I also bought HL1 (with all of its expansions), Operation Flashpoint (one of the best combinations of stealth, cunning, AI, and realism I have yet encountered). Among strategy games, I bought Command and Conquer: The First Decade (I love this series, and I also wanted to try the original C&C), Empire Earth, and Civilizations4.

    Besides that, I have tried, in vain, over the years, to find a game that gave me the same feeling of DX1. That is how I ended up on this forum.

    So, overall, I think that DX1 has affected my choice in FPS games, or at least my play style, but has left my gaming alter-ego (the guy that plays strategy games) in tact. As for my buying more games now, than before, it's just that I don't get overcharged here, that's all. Of course, my game involvement was kept down by all the nights that I spent in lab work, so even my college life (and beyond) game resume does not look impressive.

    P.S. DX1 is the only first person game that I have played more than 5 times. I am sure my current playthrough is in the higher teens, and I have lost count. I have a run that I get back to, once every few days, even now. Also, when I saw HALO, I just knew it was not my thing. Other than that, I used to play on PCs, only before, and I still do that, now.

  15. #15
    Originally Posted by Xcom
    BEFORE playing original Deus Ex?

    1. Dedicated, all-around gamer? You played lots of games of various genres, possibly on different platforms.

    2. Hardcore gamer? You played quite a few games but usually of one genre (eg. shooters)

    3. Casual gamer? You played some games... occasionally.

    4. Novice gamer? You weren't really into videogaming before Deus Ex.

    Be objective.

    And additional question: did playing Deus Ex change your gaming habits? Did you start playing more games / less games?
    I don't know which category I fall in.

    I play lots of games, from (Shooters, simulators, strategy, RPG, adventures, etc.)
    I play them for the story mostly, so most games in my list will involve sequels.
    I don't play them for multiplayer (sometimes do), or just for the fun of it.
    And this is before & after I play Deus Ex, not saying it didn't inspire me or anything, just when it first came, it brings hope to new & exciting shooter games.

    To name a few: (Expensions Included)
    X-Com: Enemy Unknown / Terror from the Deep / Apocalypse / Interceptor
    Homeworld: 1 & 2
    C&C: Red Alert / Tiberium / Generals series
    Splinter Cell: 1 / Pandora Tomorrow / Chaos Theory
    Hitman: Agent 47 / Silent Assassin / Contracts / Blood Money
    Warcraft: Orcs & Humans / Tides of Darkness / Reign of Chaos
    StarCraft
    Star Trek: Elite Force 1 & 2 / Starfleet Command 1-3
    Star Wars: Jedi Knight 1, 2 & Academy / Knights of the Old Republic 1 & 2
    Fallout: 1 / 2 / Tactics
    Monkey Island: Secret of MI / Le'Chuck's Revenge / Curse of MI / Escape from MI
    Neverwinter Nights, Baldur's Gate & Torment
    Star Control: 1 / 2 / 3

    My favourites are
    Star Control 2, X-Com, Torment, Fallout, Deus Ex, Splinter Cell & Hitman
    Because they are all mostly non-linear in how you play the game, not all have multi endings.

    So what category do I fall in?

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    Originally Posted by auric
    So what category do I fall in?
    I'd say you were a dedicated gamer.

    @Gary_Savage,

    You seem hardcore to me (at least in the way that I defined "hardcore" in my first post).

  17. #17
    Is it me, or is there an unusual amount of people on this forum who've played adventure games? (and still are, although with the trickle pace they've been coming out..)

    I played a lot of them before DX. Somehow DX also managed to fill my 'adventure' apetite, and I began looking for that element (good dialogue in a good story/setting) in other games such ranging from the Thief series to Beyond Good & Evil and KOTOR. It's too bad we've only got Sam & Max these days (and perhaps a possible TLJ sequel to look out for), although I believe the genre will return someday - the day the EA business model won't prove sufficient anymore.

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    I've played loads of adventures although I prefer dialogue/inventory based adventures as apposed to puzzle based. Games like Myst fry my brains, but I've been a big fan of all LucasArts adventure titles.

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    Hm... Actually, as you mention it minus0ne, my last adventure was Grim Fandango. An excellent game...

    I've never found any time to play Lost Journey or Fahrenheit etc... but I do plan to do it during the summer. Thanks for the reminder.

  20. #20
    Yeah LucasArts games were gems back then, Grim Fandango sadly being the last one. I couldn't get into Myst either, too node-based and too puzzle-oriented for my tastes, although some point & click games managed to 'fry my brain' as well Monkey Island has got to be the epitome of lateral thinking.

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    Originally Posted by Red
    I've never found any time to play Lost Journey or Fahrenheit etc... but I do plan to do it during the summer. Thanks for the reminder.
    TLJ is a must-play for an adventure fan, IMO. It's easily in the Top3 of my favourite adventures (actually, alongside GF and GK3). Fahrenheit you can skip. It does have interesting concepts but it's mostly an annoying QTE fest.

    And yeah, Monkey Islands are quite hard, LOL!

  22. #22
    Originally Posted by Xcom
    TLJ is a must-play for an adventure fan, IMO. It's easily in the Top3 of my favourite adventures (actually, alongside GF and GK3). Fahrenheit you can skip. It does have interesting concepts but it's mostly an annoying QTE fest.

    And yeah, Monkey Islands are quite hard, LOL!
    Monkey Island wasn't that hard, only hard part was the monkey device in Part 4.
    in the deaf guy's store.

    I find the "Longest Journey" more harder. Big place, tiny stuff to point out.

    Love them both, including Septerra Core.

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    I met the developers of Fahrenheit (Indigo Prophecy) once , Quantic Dreams, in Paris. They're very open minded.
    The game itself is rather short and has (way) too many QTE but overall it's really pleasant.

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    Originally Posted by jordan_a
    I met the developers of Fahrenheit (Indigo Prophecy) once , Quantic Dreams, in Paris. They're very open minded.
    Too open minded, if you ask me. Sometimes they probably forget that they are making a game, and not a movie or some sort of scientific, virtual reality project. Personally, I was more impressed with Omikron: Nomad Soul, their earlier game. It was very innovative for 1999, and to be honest, it affected me more than Deus Ex.. and/or System Shock. It was also Eidos published, by the way, and I actually joined these forums because of it. Unfortunately, the game was too weird to have mass-appeal, so it probably flopped (but I don't know for sure). I know it got very mixed review scores (either crap or excellent and nothing in between).

  25. #25
    Omikron was just great, and a true PC game.

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