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1971simon writes:
I had no problems with v1.5 of America's Army on my Win 98SE machine (866MHz P3) but had problems with Civ3. Last week I upgraded (clean install) to WinXP Pro and ended my problems with Civ3. Last night I d/l and installed v1.6 of America's Army and had no problems at all (though I only played a few matches).

AA:O v1.6 is very nice. FPS went UP with the new code. Big download though (373 MB).

I was trying to remember if I had any problems with Civ3 but then I remembered that I installed that game only on my girlfriend's machine, which runs XP. I occasionally bring games to her place to play so I'm not bored while waiting for her to get ready. :) I'm also hoping she will find a game that she wants to play. I do agree though, with XP, Civ3 had no problems. I just don't like how XP "feels" even after I've adjusted most of the settings. (For instance, I hate the new groupings in the taskbar and my girlfriend won't let me figure out how to fix that.)

As far as America's Army goes, I think my problem is more lag related than anything else. It plays perfect and is tons of fun when my DSL connection is good. However, sometimes my connection seems "bursty" with almost a second of no net activity. America's Army chokes on this and I can end up dead in the game, disconnected, or a run-time error drops me to the desktop. My complaints to Verizon have been met with shrugs of "We're the phone company, what are you going to do about it?". If I had a TV I'd be getting a cable modem, that's what.

I really like the improved look for v1.6 of America's Army and it seems smoother on my computer but the only chance I had to play it, my connection was not working well at all. Before anyone suggests it, I have a Linksys broadband connector thingy which improved performance greatly over the Verizon "screw-with-your-computer" dialer software. I had to do a re-install because of that software.

I hate Verizon.

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