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I have played, in the past 5 years: unreal tournament 2004, unreal tournament 3, overlord, doom 3, SPORE, warhammer 40k - dawn of war 2, gears of war, team fortress 2, blacksite: area 51, frontlines: fuel of war, fallout 3, prototype, oblivion, COD4, EVE online and a bunch of MMORPG's.
i put this list together with my xfire profile. What games were good in the last 6 or so years that i played? I went out and bought most of the good games. Some were simply crap (spore), others were weak and unfinished (fallout 3). In the end, only very few games are actually worth a damn.
Compared to about 8-9 years ago, every game i bought was fun. Quake 3, mechwarrior, emperor: battle for dune,
I honestly can't find a game older then 6-7 years that isn't still fun, and wasn't good for the time it as released. I never sold any games yet either, so it's not like i'm subjectively filtering stuff out.
I think nostalgia is unimportant here. The big companies now want to cater to the mass. The mass has a poor taste, because there's so many people (duh). So it's impossible to make a game everyone likes, yet so many companies try. Even good developers like blizzard have mostly stopped developing good games. Sure, starcraft 2 and diablo 3 are in development, but how long have they been and how long will they will?
In the meantime, they recently started talking about a new expansion, and oh look, it's almost here already. Which of the games has priority then? The cash cow.
There just ARE less good games out there then there used to be. That's because gaming is mainstream, and "easier to develop for" (with profit). So, companies that shouldn't make games, and they fail. Look at flagship studios for an example, they developed hellgate: london.
Compare that to MW2, and because of the system (which is broken by design on any open gaming system), the game is a lot less enjoyable.
Also, i don't know where you read it, but i haven't seen anyone blaming the game for these issues - only IW and their server system. I also saw a few people saying MW2 hardly adds onto COD4, but still, that has nothing to do with the PC gaming experience.
Since this one computer has and still is used to play a lot of other and sometimes more intensive games, i wouldn't like the developer to point at my hardware as the fault. That's just them covering their asses.
mass effect had its issues resolved after a few patches, but fallout 3 is still the same. As a developer you need to look at issues, even if you think they're hardware-specific.
Sure, it relies on the user not downloading any programs from the internet. But since they can diwbload whatever program they want without searching for it, this will make them more likely to go there rather then some malicious site.
If windows has such a packet manager, it'd be about as safe as linux. Of cource, linux has other features that helps fend off malware, but if none can get on it doesn't matter.