Complete Idiot's Guide to Playing Games Online
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Playing Games Online steers you safely through the wild world of Web gaming. You'll learn what games are available online right now, get a sneak peek at the enticing online games just around the corner, and learn how to have more fun gaming online with real people, rather than battling a silicon opponent all by yourself. Expert authors explain the sudden surge in persistent online game worlds, point you to gaming sites you won't find with the typical search engine, and analyze the best--and worst--of the many pay-for-play sites. Plus, they'll point you to a few places to play for free as well.
- Paperback | 336 pages
- 187.96 x 228.6 x 20.32mm | 635.03g
- 11 Jul 2000
- Pearson Education (US)
- Que Corporation,U.S.
- United States
Table of contents
1. THE BASICS. 1. The Multiplayer Gaming World. The Internet World. The LAN World. Who Are Online Gamers? The Kids. The Gamers at Work. The Gamers in College. The Rest of Us. Online Lingo You Should Know. Gaming Software Companies. 2. Your Connection to Other Gamers. The Hardware You'll Need. A Modem. An ISDN Connection. DSL. Cable Modems. Satellite Links. The Internet. Using/Choosing an ISP. AOL/MSN. Connection Performance. Modem to Modem. One-on-One Gaming. 56kbps Doesn't Mean 56kbps Unless You Are Dialing an ISP. Null Modem. One-on-One Gaming. Where to Get a Null Modem Cable. LAN. Getting a LAN Card. TCP/IP. IPX. Performance on a LAN. 3. Gaming Hardware You Need. Video Hardware. Voodoo and Voodoo2 and Voodoo3. TNT and TNT2. Other Chipsets. DirectX, OpenGL, GLIDE. The Rest of Your Computer. Memory. CPU. Motherboard. Sound Card. Controllers. Mice and Trackballs. Joysticks and Wheels. Throttles. Joystick Vendors. Optimizing Your Existing Hardware. Graphics. Other Modifications. 4. The Online World of the Internet. The Internet as a Connection Vehicle. ICQ by Mirabilis (www.mirabilis.com). AOL's Instant Messenger (www.aol.com/aim). Yahoo Clubs (clubs.yahoo.com). Player Linking Services. MPlayer (www.mplayer.com). Heat.net (www.heat.net). MSN Gaming Zone (www.zone.com). Def-Con (www.def-con.net). Gaming Information Web Sites. Blues News (www.bluesnews.com). GameSpot (www.gamespot.com). GameSpy (www.gamespy.com). Electric Games (www.electricgames.com). Other Information Sites Worth Noting. Proprietary Gaming Web Sites. Hardware Review Web Sites. Tom's Hardware Guide (www.tomshardware.com). Sharky Extreme (www.sharkyextreme.com). LAN Party Web Sites. LAN Party (www.lanparty.com). The LAN Party Ring (www.bangg.org/lanring). The LAN Party Coalition (www.lanpartycoalition.com). 2. THE BIG FIGHT. 5. First-Person Shooters. The First-Person Shooter Genre. Contemporary First-Person Shooters. Quake, Quake 2, and Quake 3 Arena. Unreal and Unreal Tournament. Kingpin: Life of Crime. Rainbow Six and Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear. Descent 3. Aliens Versus Predator. Blood and Blood 2. Shogo: Mobile Armor Division. StarSeige: Tribes. Battlezone and Battlezone 2. Half-Life. Upcoming Titles. Daikatana. Messiah. Tribes 2. Oni. Halo. FPS Gaming Strategies. Use a Mouse or Trackball. Run-n-Gun. Reconfigure Your Controls. Speed and Agility. Learn the Maps and Levels. Have Fun and Take It Easy! 6. Real-Time Strategy Games. What the Heck Is Real-Time Strategy? The Initial, or Rush, Stage. The Mid Stage. The Long Stage. Macro Versus Micro, or Old School Versus New School. Macro-Management: Wave After Wave. Micro-Management: Where Did His Army Go? Macro or Micro: Which One Is Better? Some Popular RTS Games. Command and Conquer's Tiberian Sun. Age of Empires II. Warcraft II. Dark Reign. Total Annihilation. Starcraft. Battlezone. Myth. Total Annihilation: Kingdoms. Mech Commander Gold. Advanced Tactical Theory of RTS. Know the Map. Speed Kills. Gotta Have the Moves! It's All in Your Head. 7. Mech Games. The Genre. A List of Contemporary Mech Games. Mech Warrior 2. Mech Warrior 3. StarSiege. HeavyGear. HeavyGear 2 Others. Overall Mech Game Strategies. Learn to Torso Twist. Protecting Damaged Areas. Target Leading. Heat Tracking. 3. BECOMING SOMEONE ELSE. 8. Personal Role-Playing Games. A Brief History of Role-Playing Games. The Current Classic: Baldur's Gate. The Baldur's Gate Perspective. A Matter of Character. Baldur's Gate on the Internet. Connecting and Playing over the Internet. Dealing with Unknown Players. System Shock 2: Defining the 3D RPG. The Characters of System Shock 2. Connecting with System Shock 2. Sub-Genres. Wheel of Time. Age of Wonders. Diablo: The Quintessential Hybrid. Future Online Role-Playing Games. Baldur's Gate II. Vampire: The Masquerade. Neverwinter Nights. 9. Persistent Universe Role-Playing Games. The Community Factor. The Dark Side. Commonalities. Ultima Online. Everquest. Asheron's Call. 10Six. Upcoming Worlds. Multiplayer Battletech 3025. Freelancer. Jane's World War. Motor City. More to Come. 4. SIMULATIONS GALORE AND THE OLDIES. 10. Online Sports Gaming. The Big Leagues. High Heat Baseball 2000 (and 2001). NHL 2000. Madden 2000. Solo Sports. Links LS 2000. Brunswick Bowling. Racing Games. NASCAR Racing 3. Need for Speed: High Stakes. Virtual Heros. 11. Online Simulation Games. The Toughest Challenge. Civil Aviation Flight Simulators. Standalone Combat Flight Simulators. European Air War. MIG Alley. Jane's USAF. Freespace 2. Massively Multiplayer Sims. Fighter Ace. Allegiance. Simulated Realities. 12. Online Card Gaming Sites. The New Demographics. Play for Free! Site Reviews. Microsoft Gaming Zone. Pogo.com. Mplayer. Yahoo. IEntertain. World Opponent Network. Other Traditional Games. Precursor to the Future? 13. Oldies But Goodies. Older FPSs. Doom and Doom 2. Redneck Rampage. Duke Nukem 3D. Shadow Warrior. Quake. ROTT. Older RTSs. Command and Conquer. WarCraft II. Dealing with Older Games under Windows 9x. How to Boot to DOS. Loading CD-ROM Drivers. Loading Plug and Play Drivers. Loading Old IPX DOS Network Drivers. 5. THE GAMING COMMUNITY. 14. Other Important Online Sites. Choosing New Hardware. Finding the Right Drivers. Gaming Tips Beyond Your Wildest Imagination. Cheaters Never Win...Except in Computer Games. Gaming News. The Planets Network. Other Sites of Interest. 15. Online Competition. Pro Computer Gamers. The Problem of Spectators. You Are the Competitor. What Are You Waiting For. 16. The Phenomenon of LAN Parties. What Is a LAN Party? What Goes On at a LAN Party? Travelling with Your Computer. LAN Party Organization Sites. LAN Party (www.lanparty.com). Blues News (www.bluesnews.com). Gaming Events (www.gamingevents.com). The LAN Party Ring (www.bangg.org/lanring). The LAN Party Coalition (www.lanpartycoalition.com). Specific LAN Parties and Their Web Sites. LANWAR-Louisville, Kentucky (www.lanwar.com). Battle Con-Indianapolis, Indiana (www.battlecon.com). FragStock-Virginia Beach, Virginia (www.fragstock.com). QuakeCon-Mesquite, Texas (www.quakecon.com). Lanaholics-Elmhurst, Illinois (www.lanaholics.com). Stompfest-Indianapolis, Indiana (www.stompfest.com). Bay Area Network Gaming Group-Northern California (www.bangg.com). Other Events. 17. Online Gaming Utilities. Game Finders. Instant Messaging. Voice Messaging. GameSpy 3D. Kali. ICQ. AIM: America Online Instant Messenger. BattleCom. Roger Wilco. A. The Future of Online Gaming. Demographic Shifts. Offline Versus Online. Bandwidth and the Blurring of Media. B. Cheaters: How to Spot and Avoid Them. The Symptoms. What You Can Do. It's Not Cheating If... C. Gaming Related Magazines Worth Reading. Hard Copy Publications. Computer Gaming World. PC Gamer. Computer Games. Web Magazines. ZDNet's Gamespot (www.gamespot.com). CNet's Gamecenter (www.gamecenter.com). Daily Radar (www.dailyradar.com). VoodooExtreme (www.voodooextreme.com). Gone Gold (www.gonegold.com). Inside Macintosh Gaming (www.insidemacgames.com/). Women Gamers (www.womengamers.com). D. Macs in the Online Gaming World. Popular Games. Massive Blues. Browser-based Games. The Impact of the iMac.