Turn Off Compatibility Mode for Steam

Sometimes when Steam crashes or there is a problem with it (or a game running from it) Windows 7 thinks that Steam needs to run in compatibility mode. This is a problem, because Steam doesn’t need to be in compatibility mode and shouldn’t be. Compatibility mode can cause issues with some games. Unfortunately turning this off isn’t […]

Run the Steam Version of Doom 3 in Widescreen

One of the great things about playing PC games that are a few years old is the fact that you can usually crank the graphics up to the max and still get a silky-smooth framerate. When you couple this to the fact that I’m a sucker for video game package deals on Steam, you can see how I end up playing a lot of older PC games.

Screenshot of Doom 3 zombie in 1080p resolution.
Doom 3 running at 1080p HD resolution

One of my latest purchases was the QUAKECON pack that included a smorgasbord of games from id Software and Bethesda Softworks for pennies on the dollar. I hadn’t played Doom 3 since 2005 or 2006, so I figured I’d give it another go. Back in the day (am I really calling 2005 “back in the day”?) my GeForce4 Ti 4600 couldn’t really handle the brand-spanking-new “id Tech 4” engine that Doom 3 used, so I went out and bought a mid-range GeForce 6600 GT that did the trick very nicely. At the time I was rocking a 19″ CRT from Dell, which was an awesome monitor at 1280 x 1024 resolution. I had a great gaming experience at the time, but even with the newer video card I couldn’t run the game on “Ultra” settings without serious drops in frame rate.
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Getting Kicked from Game Servers by PunkBuster? Update It!

Several times in the past few months I’ve been kicked from Battlefield: Bad Company 2 servers by PunkBuster™. It’s really annoying, but fortunately there are a couple of quick and easy fixes that have worked for me and my friends.

For anyone who doesn’t know, PunkBuster is an anti-cheat system for multiplayer online games that detects when players are using hacks, cheats, or other non-standard game files to give them an unfair advantage. Game servers that have PunkBuster enabled will actively detect and boot players who are cheating. It’s not 100% foolproof, so some cheaters get around it, and some non-cheaters are the victims of false-positives. (more…)