is a classic IBM PC game from 1983 made by Windmill Software
. You can play it online via HTML5
, online via Java
or download a version
for platforms both common and obscure. More ports are on the Links page
. [more inside]
For about three years, the A.V. Club ran Sawbuck Gamer
, a regular column reviewing the week's most notable free and cheap games across all platforms, from web games to handhelds to console downloadables. It's a treasure trove of content, especially since more literary sister site The Gameological Society took the helm
, and it's publicized great desktop projects like the luscious platformer Frogatto
), feature-rich Super Mario Bros. X
), the evocative faux-web Digital: A Love Story
), interactive fiction gem Rover's Day Off
, and the hyperkinetic RunMan: Race Around the World
). But if you're in the mood for something more immediate, why not start with a list of all the original column's free A-rated online titles? [more inside]
Derek Smart has been making games for over 20 years. He sold his first games in plastic baggies at hobby stores. Yet his longevity is somewhat of an anachronism. Many gamers today don't even know who is is, in spite of the fact that his games have sold well enough to keep his company in business since 1992. And the games themselves, well they're mostly terrible. Especially his first, Battlecruiser 3000AD. The Verge
takes an in-depth look at the hotheaded perfectionist millionaire game developer whose impenetrable
, terminally overhyped
games sparked one of the most legendary flamewars in internet history
Got a few hours to kill and want to spend a little time in gaming history? Don't have anything else to do until 2013? Check out Anacreon: Reconstruction 4021
), one of the earliest 4X
games ever made, dating to 1987-88. The original version was DOS-based, but the creator, George Moromisato, released a Windows version in 2004 which has significant updates. [more inside]
, the critically acclaimed
hardcore RPG released last year, is coming to PC
16-bit color schemes, in a classic retro VGA interface! New soundtracks and voiceovers! No typing required! Infamous Adventures
resurrects and lovingly remakes Sierra Games from the 1980's: Space Quest II: Vohaul's Revenge
and Kings Quest III
. SQ2 was released yesterday after more than five years in production, and comes complete with a cheesy trailer. Available for download for PC and Mac, but be forewarned, the game is a total memory hog, and uses up a whole meg of RAM.
, of Sims and Simcity fame, now wants
to have users
use their personal data
to shape the game playing experience in his new game, Hivemind
How to Ruin Your PC Port in 5 Easy Steps
by Ben Kuchera explains the lengths video game publishers will go to to ensure that the PC version of their game is worse than the console version. Blizzard demonstrates how to follow these guidelines for Diablo III
even if you don't have a console version.
2D BOY made around $100,000 in a week. That’s $50,000 each for writing a blog post about a game they finished a year ago. By letting people pay whatever they wanted.
2D Boy stirred up a lot of discussion (previously
) about game piracy when they used online scoreboard data to estimate an 82% piracy rate
for their fantastic indie game
World of Goo (previously
For World of Goo's first birthday, they decided to try the Radiohead model
and let people buy the game for any price they choose. Now they've released extensive data
about the results. Short version? "A huge success," even though the most commonly chosen price was only a penny. [more inside]
has already started for Onlive
, a revolutionary cloud-gaming
service that promises to put an end to
costly PC hardware upgrades, videogame piracy and the entire console industy and game retail sectors. There's just one small problem: it can't possibly work
The History of Computing Project
is a collaborative effort to record and publish the history of the computer and its roots. The site includes a chronological timeline
, biographies of computing pioneers
, a look at computing hardware
through the years, as well as software
. [more inside]
, released over ten years ago by the now defunct Cavedog Entertainment
, was one of the most popular RTS games of its day
. And it is still being played today, partly due to the mod community who have been working on keeping it alive through the release of patches, units and maps, a list of which you'll find inside. [more inside]
Chromatron 1, 2, 3 and 4
just became freeware. In these little standalone puzzle games for PC and Mac, you align splitters, benders, and mirrors to direct colored laserbeams into like-colored targets. Enjoyably difficult, and an example of great game design. [more inside]
It turns out, in the PC game business, no copy protection
doesn't mean everyone pirates your game. This makes some
people angry. From the article:
"For example, we were quite disturbed to discover that the company that makes Starforce provided a working URL to a list of pirated GalCiv II torrents. I'm not sure whether what they did was illegal or not, but it's troubling nevertheless and was totally unnecessary."
In their day, Trilobyte was at the height of the computer gaming world. Their first title, 7th Guest
, made them an instant success, and their follow-ups, 11th Hour
, were equally well-received. But as the saying goes, the bigger they are, the harder they fall. Haunted Glory
, from the GameSpot archives, documents the rise and fall of Trilobyte.
Relive all your favorites from the demoscene.
This project, headed up by nearly all of the team that maintained the old hornet.org demoscene
archive, is committed to bringing those old classic demos ... to a DVD player near you. Now you no longer have to fret because you gave up your Gravis Ultrasound and DOS! Can I get a w00t
from ya? I knew I could.
Say goodbye to Bleem.
If you don't know, Bleem made emulator software that allowed you to play Playstation games on another console system or your PC. Their 'farewell' is kind of funny in a sad way.