Been busy with a plethora of other things lately, but I figure it's my duty to endow you with my gaming finds.
Egosofts X Universe games, particularly X2 and X2. Absolutely brilliant real time 4X space sim. There is a plot line, but honestly the open format play is unbeatable. Within 2 weeks of buying X2 I had over 60 hours logged. Absolutely addicting. The prospect of building an empire and all the ways you can do it is boggling. Paired with the exceptional graphics really makes these games worth twice as much as they cost, at least. http://www.egosoft.com/
Also been going heavy on the Counterstrike: Source lately, gungame servers anyone?
Threadspace: Hyperbol. Made by a smalltime developer. Really, really genius. Combination of strategy and action skills. Gorgeous 3D graphics, and phenomenal team gameplay. At $10 you can't complain. The learning curve is somewhat high but I think anyone that enjoys Notrium will enjoy Threadspace. Besides, they just lowered the in game credit cost of all components and ships (which really are more like tanks) so it's easier to get just what you want. I have a highly customized stealth ship which has exceptional mobility, high projectile capacity and damage, with low area of effect. Basically I sneak around the battlefield and when a player is preoccupied or not paying attention, I decloak right next to them and launch a barrage of nukes, then recloak and slip silently away. If you do decide to buy this game, please please please put in my referral code. "10862". <!-- w --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.hyperbol.com">http://www.hyperbol.com</a><!-- w -->
Hmm so many.
Air Rivals. Formerly Flysis. Formerly Space Cowboy Online. MMO based on air combat. Quite fun and addicting. Huge faction battles, PvP, free (with a pretty lame cash shop). Easy to learn. Lots of fun really. Worst part is the grind. Good community and support for "Brigades", the games particular flavor of clans.
As for GunZ, I'm still playing it but I've moved to private servers, as they actually add new content frequently. Hundreds of extra items, maps, quests, etc. And they eliminate the horrible grind, as they low end exp rate is x20 average. Legacy Gamers GunZ was good, recently shut down for some reason, coming back up supposedly. Epic GunZ is another one coming out soon. My favorite 2 currently running are GunZ Private and Freestyle Gunz.
Armada Online. 3D, 2D plane space MMO. Ship combat, alpha stage but quite well done. New zones come out every now and then and plenty of content to keep you busy.
Me and a couple friends have also been playing a lot of Red Alert 2 recently. Nostalgia .
There are others but I feel this post is long enough. If any of you play or start playing these games, particularly Air Rivals, GunZ (pservers), Threadspace, or Armada Online, let me know, post your usernames or character names and I'll help you out or we can have a go.
http://www.hyperbol.com/ Threadspace: Hyperbol
http://www.armada-online.com/ Armada Online
http://www.airrivals.net/ Air Rivals
As for GunZ...
http://freestylecrew.forumotion.com/ Freestyle GunZ
http://gunzp.com/ GunZ Private
or http://www.ijji.com If you want the legitimate boring version.