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George Clingerman       XNADevelopment.com

Medic! So....this past week has been a bit of a mini-vacation from things. Why? Well, I bought the Orange Box and I got addicted to Team Fortress 2. How addicted? Well over a 4 day period, I logged 24 hours into the game.

Yeah, an entire day devoted to play a game. I've cut back a little bit, but every time I have a small window of time, I'm tempted. Very tempted.

It's not often that I get sucked into a game like this, especially for the PC. There's only been a few. Unreal Tournament 2004 was my first. I played that game for hours long into the night. Joined a clan (which I am still a part of, I just don't have the time to play with them anymore, but I miss it) and even competed in a league. So we had official practices and match times. It was a blast. I loved it. (although it did make people laugh when they were over visiting and I told them I had to go to practice and I would walk back to my office and get on the computer)

UT2004 had been out for a while and the leagues were disappearing and just not as many people were playing. Thing were winding down and then Guild Wars came out. A lot of the clan moved over to play that and again, it filled most of my nights.

After I had played through that a couple times, XNA kind of took over my life. I bought a few of the expansion packs for Guild Wars, but I just felt like making games more than playing them.

There were a couple casual games here and there that I put some time into, Desktop Tower Defense for example, but nothing like the time I had put into UT and Guild Wars.

Now there's Team Fortress 2.

I just haven't had that much fun playing a game. I like the cartoony look and feel and the servers I've been playing on have a good mix of skilled and noobs like myself. Plus, they have the medic.

Man, I love playing the medic.

Even now I can close my eyes and hear my teammates yelling, "Medic!" while running around on fire from some enemy pyro. With a quick sprint, I'm over next to them giving them some life and sending them back into the fray. It's fun feeling needed and recognizing times when you can turn the tide of the battle simply by giving health to the right people at the right moment. And going uber, oh yeah, now that's REAL power. 

If you play, feel free to add me as a friend. My Steam name is clingermangw and in game I go as Byte. I haven't abandoned XNA (I've been coding much of this morning and I had our user group meeting last Wednesday), but in times when I need to go and clear my head, you'll probably find me healing up my team and taking down checkpoints.

I'm glad I've got something fun to relax with like Team Fortress 2 in the free time I have. I have fun developing with XNA, but there's times I need to step back and remember it's a hobboy and not a job. Team Fortress has been doing a great job reminding me of that. So what's filling your free time?

Posted on Monday, June 30, 2008 8:55 PM | Back to top


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I've been working pretty heavy on my XNA game, but last night I actually took the night off and played some Resistance: Fall of Man for PS3. I also enjoy development more than playing, and for me the more I develop the more and more it cuts down my actual play time. Have you tried the Spy? I love running past someone and realizing you just ran past them twice!
Left by Matt Christian on Jul 01, 2008 5:48 AM

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Work - Life - Balance?
It seems over the last year I've not had much time for Game Development (although I enjoy keeping in touch). When work doesn't rob me of time the family does, when I'm free of familiy I delve more in to playing rarther than making (hopefully that'll change at some point, I got lots to do). the game hindering that process at the moment is Mass Effect. It's just so darn big with so much to see, ahhh, oh well.
On to the next planet.
Left by Simon (Darkside) Jackson on Jul 01, 2008 7:27 AM

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Just added you in Steam. My name's SimReality on there. I don't play very often, but it's good times when I do.
Left by Nick on Jul 03, 2008 2:16 PM

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Whats about playing "Portal" and the fantastic "Episode 2"?
Left by Dede on Aug 29, 2008 11:42 PM

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