2005-12-27 -- I tried going through various games, but I'm just not into it anymore. I really miss Starcraft and all kinds of oldschool games. I need to get back into oldschool emulation one of these days, so I can play the old classics. What sucks is revisiting the things I used to love just doesn't really do it for me anymore. I even tried telnetting into an online version of NetHack, but.. there was no love left in me. Sigh.
A general list can be found at /tag/oldschool-games
Think of the platform, operating system or device.
- Amiga > /tag/amiga-software+games
- Commodore 64 > /tag/commodore-64-software+games
- DOS > /tag/dos-software+games
Console text-based games.
- telnet-games exist.
NetHack and Angband were favourites of mine back in the day. Unfortunately Angband had a very serious flaw that I ran into, and gameplay became impossible at one point. I literally couldn't progress any further than I had! =(
- When I went back to check out an online version of NetHack, it just wasn't the same. I didn't really tune in.
Text-input into games has been great fun, starting with Hero's Quest - (1989 game). Unfortunately it started and ended with that game, since future games in the franchise largely abandoned this as a primary way of interacting with the world. Quite unfortunate.
I never got into the very very oldschool text-only games. They just weren't any fun. No randomness.. well, no real gameplay.
I loved playing ncSnipes on the Novell network way back in the day. That was a blast.
- Text: Go over mudding -- links, reviews, blabla.. discuss Shadowwind, that light one.. (arg, forgot the name) -- and terms like Kevterm, JMC, Mudconnector Java, zMud...
review mudding and the concept of a randomized world.. the concept of unlimited areas based around my theory of areas sharing the same 'real life space' but using different virtual numbers.
To do - Check notes ∞
- Follow resources to get more links. See if some of these resources can be permanent references so I don't have to maintain big lists.
- Follow up with dead links, see if the project moved. If not found, check archive.org for reference at least.
- Test DOS-only items under DOSBox / DOSEMU / VMWare / etc / whatever.
Test Windows-only items under Wine / VMWare / etc / whatever.
- Formerly "Good Old Gaming", and has classic games updated to work in the latest operating environments. DRM-Free!!
- SNESFUN Play Retro Super Nintendo / SNES / Super Famicom games online in your web browser free
- https://ask.slashdot.org/story/08/12/15/1933218/great-games-to-put-on-a-free-pc Slashdot thread: Great games to put on a free PC?
- http://www.reloaded.org/ Abandonia Reloaded
- https://www.mobygames.com/ Moby Games
- https://web.archive.org/web/20130515023345/http://retrograde.trustno1.org:80/ Retrograde Station
- https://www.atariage.com/ AtariAge
- http://www.defunctgames.com/ Defunct Games
- https://www.arcade-museum.com/ The International Arcade Museum - Antique Coin-Operated Machines
- The Killer List of Videogame - the authoritative database on coin-operated video-games
https://web.archive.org/web/20140724165945/http://www.remakes.org:80/ Retro Remakes -- Remade games
- https://web.archive.org/*/www.ggdb.com/ The Great Game Database -- Arcade games.
- https://web.archive.org/*/www.emuunlim.com/doteaters/index.htm The Dot Eaters - Videogame History 101
- https://kmandla.wordpress.com/2009/04/16/more-lightweight-diversions/ more lightweight diversions - has some interesting references.
** was http://www.klov.com -- The Killer List of Videogames
To do after/later ∞
Begin with a quick review of each item.
Later, find proper resources (check with the oldschool databases) and, only if necessary, follow up with an in-depth review.
Contact the database guys and let them know my intentions. Ask for a link and some hype. Check their site for any reference stuff to use (classic/popular/high-rated freeware)
Linux Games ∞
As far as I'm aware, there are no actual classic games which were released on Linux.
Classic Linux Games - Text/Console ∞
- Nethack / Angband, and many many remakes/ports/hacks
telnet games are universal.. if I go there, then I should get into Telnet BBS' too.
Oldschool games ported to Linux ∞
- UFO2000 (only inspired by, not a clone)
Sopwith (DOS - CGA)
- http://sdl-sopwith.sourceforge.net/index.shtml SDL-sopwith
- The source was released as GPL.
The Legend of Zelda (Famicom Disk System, NES, GBA, Virtual Console)
- This would need to be specially compiled for Linux. Shouldn't be hard.
Ultima VII (DOS)
Death Track got a Windows remake, but I didn't find anything for Linux. =(
DOS Games ∞
Games I liked:
- Included in Capcom Classics Collection
Other Doom-like games were really good.
- Warlords (1990 video game)
- Warlords II
Other games ∞
- https://web.archive.org/web/20070301104057/http://andy.durdin.net:80/keen/modding/ -- Commander Keen has a bunch of cool mods.
- https://web.archive.org/web/20140216101746/http://mysterial.linuxgangster.org:80/ -- Unreal Tournament has some cool mods.
- There was a syndicate followup, with multiplay ability called Syn Wars - Syndicate is original EA (Electronic Arts)
River City Ransom - NES Game
- Hook (pinball) was a great game!
- http://www.dopefish.com/fishinfo.html -- the dopefish has appeared in a bunch of games I like.
- http://www.nintendorecords.com/ -- Speed records on the NES
- was http://bisqwit.iki.fi/nesvideos/ -- tool-assisted console gameplay movies
- https://web.archive.org/web/20090726152514/http://home.comcast.net:80/%7Earcthelad/ -- Movies of gameplay.
- Al Lowe worked with the old Leisure Suit Larry and other games. None of which I've had the pleasure of playing. =(