Thursday, September 15, 2011

It hates me

And now a tale of sadness, heartbreak, and $25 down the tubes.

I was a big fan of the previous Trachmanias. They always felt like a console game stuck on the PC, but they were so much fun that I could get past driving with the arrow keys in cars that clip through one another. It's not about bumping the other guys off the road, it's just getting from here to there as quickly as possible. Oh, and the tracks are completely bonkers, it has very easy tools to make your own, and  a community that creates them by the thousands. Trackmania 2 sneaking out without me noticing was an abomination, and at the low, low price of $25 dollars it was purchased and downloaded before my work at home day was complete.

Remember those video card problems I was talking about a few weeks ago? After gutting and rearranging my case I decided that the problem was with the case fans, not the card, so I just ran with the side off and the card's fan cranked up via riva tuner. The benchmarks for Trackmania ran wonderfully; an acceptable 30 or so FPS at very nice settings. At 5:01, finally end of my day, all my remote connections were turned off and it was time to play. I made it through the first part of the first track before everything stopped. Then there was screen tearing. Then there were the random colored dots all over the screen that I know signify a card that has gone to shit. A forced restart later and the machine wont even boot correctly. I had to go into safe mode, uninstall the drivers, then boot back into normal mode. Even then the screen is barely legible and Windows 7 in all its wisdom keeps trying to put the drivers back.

SOL. A game finally comes out that I desperately want to play and I can't because it is on the 'console' that I have been neglecting. This needs to be remedied sooner than later, as Serious Sam 3 lands next month.

At least I had No More Heroes to play... What was that about it being an allegory for real life, with moments of goodness separated by hours, days, weeks, and years of bull shit? I think I am going to play Street Fighter tonight. Someone is going to get their face bitten off.

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