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Computer Gaming World Issue 221

ISSUE: 221Content


  • Editorial: The Coolest Dad in the Third Grade (tech editor William O'Neal visits his son's school only to learn he's got a lot of catching up to do if he wants to keep being the cool dad)
  • Letters (The fans write back!)
  • Penny Arcade (Ripping on Starcraft: Ghost, a game which has yet to see the light of day more than ten years later)+
  • Discovering Games #11: The Most Violent Game (Scott McCloud's comic about the most violent game in the world: Chess!)
  • CGW Top 20 (What reigns supreme in the world of computer gaming? Warcraft III takes the top spot, but The Sims and four expansions eat a full fourth of all the slots)
  • The Last Great RTS (Will Age of Mythology rock the RTS genre harder than anything else?)
  • Behind the Scenes of QuakeCon (The Texas-sized LAN party hosted by iD Software)
  • Greenspeak (Jeff Green touts the merits of vacations, even for people who play games for a living)

Previews (The real, full-length stuff):

  • Lionheart
  • XIII
  • Command & Conquer: Generals


  • Medieval: Total War
  • Icewind Dale II
  • Arabian Nights
  • Arthur's Knights II: The Secret of Merlin
  • Mafia
  • The Sims: Unleashed
  • Grand Prix 4
  • Game Patches (Morrowind, Battle Realms, and Warcraft III get much-needed fixes)
  • Divine Divinity
  • Chessmaster 9000
  • The Mystery of the Nautilus
  • Sudden Strike II
  • MechWarrior 4: Clan Mech Pak
  • Space Horse
  • Farscape: The Game

Tech (Everything you need to know about hardware):

  • Starfish Technologies' SS2000 desktop
  • Dell's Inspirion 8200 laptop
  • ATI Radeon 9700 Pro graphics card
  • Electro-Voice's SonicXS 2.1 speaker system
  • Altec Lansing's 5100 5.1 speakers
  • Microsoft's Natural Multimedia keyboard, Optical Mouse Blue, and Notebook Optical mouse
  • How To Upgrade Your Motherboard
  • Tech Medics (Will O'Neal answers reader questions about their systems)
  • Killer Rigs (Building the ultimate gaming machine)

Gamer's Edge (Strategy, tips, and dirty tricks):

  • Icewind Dale II strategy guide
  • Warcraft III dirty trick and Horde player's guide
  • Madden NFL 2003 player's guide

Loading... (Screenshots of hot new titles):

  • Ralli-Sport Challenge
  • Asheron's Call 2
  • Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force II

Read Me (Short previews, news bytes, etc...):

  • Black Hawk Down
  • Pro Race Driver
  • SimCity 4
  • Tron 2.0
  • The Elder Scrolls III: Tribunal
  • Yahoo game rental service
  • John Tiller: The CGW Interview (CGW peppers a veteran game dev with questions)
  • The Hulk and Hobbits Head Online (Marvel and Lord of the Rings go MMO)
  • Dumpster Diver (Thierry Nguyen offers you a choice: spend $40 on Farscape: The Game, or hit the bargain bin and pick up Freedom Force, Sim Golf, and the Microsoft Action Pack [Metal Gear Solid, Crimson Skies, Starlancer] for the same price)
  • The Rebirth of Tribes 2 (CGW updates their previous look at Tribes 2 due to high volume of user complaints about their initial review)
  • 5, 10, 15 Years Ago in CGW (What we were playing 5, 10 and 15 years ago)
  • Game Art Culture (Are video games art? What about the really violent ones?)
  • Battle Realms: Winter of the Wolf
  • Extended Play Homebrew (Freeware doesn't mean Suckware)
  • Pipeline (The editors take a stab at when anticipated titles will show up)

Notable Stuff:

  • Man, is it easy to cheese off the fans of Tribes 2 or what? Look at all those screeds in Letters.
  • And a dig at PC Gamer magazine in the same letter column...from the CGW editors no less.
  • Yahoo!, the directory service, offered a PC game rental service? Yeah, I didn't know that either...
  • According to a quick poll, 44% of gamers valued the single-player experience over multiplayer, 6% valued multiplayer over single-player, and 48% claimed they were both important. Wonder what those numbers would look like today?
  • "If Divine Divinity had come out for Christmas 1992, we'd have raved about it unreservedly." OUCH!
  • The Chessmaster 9000 reviewer felt "overmatched" by the AI. When playing a game called ChessMASTER 9000. Gee...maybe you should have tried ChessNovice instead?
  • Farscape: The Game gets 1.5 stars out of 5. And it still scored higher than Space Horse.
  • With two batteries installed, you can get over five hours of battery life from your Dell Inspirion. My old Toshiba laptop from 1996 gave me more than twice that on a single battery. WTF, Dell?
  • This issue features the final Greenspeak column from editor-in-chief Jeff Green.

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    Title: Computer Gaming World Issue 221
    Month: December
    Year: 2002
    Publisher: Ziff Davis Media
    Editor: Jeff Green
    Country: United States
    Language: English
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