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  • Donncha 2:23 pm on September 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , retro gaming, Wing Commander   

    Wing Commander IV 

    Oh look what I found at home a few days ago! A boxed copy of Wing Commander IV for Windows 95 and DOS. I have never even played this and honestly don’t remember buying it but since GOG have just released the third game in the series I should give this a go. The game comes on 6 CDs so I might just wait until the GOG release of one nicely zipped up download. I wonder if they’ll give me a discount if I send them a scan of the barcode?

    I also found Resident Evil 2 for PC, which boldly says it only requires a P166. Imagine that. A PC running on a 166MHz CPU. How quaint. My phone is close to ten times faster than that. Gulp.

     
    • David Nicol 2:31 pm on September 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I had a 200MMX so I would have beasted Resident Evil 2. I remember the hype of Wing Commander IV, is that the one that used actual footage of Mark Hamil and the other guy (who I know, but whose name I can’t remember)?

      • Donncha 4:30 pm on September 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        I think it was that one. The Wikipedia page says it cost $12m to create, with the majority of the budget going on the cutscenes. Showing it’s age, the reception section of the page doesn’t have any entries. Probably need to dig out PC Gamer or some other mags to get reviews!

  • Donncha 9:22 am on April 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Painkiller, retro gaming   

    Painkiller! 

    No, not the podcast, but a Polish game released in 2004 and it’s on gog.com now. Yesterday it was priced at $3.99 and I jumped at the chance after watching the Zero Punctuation review and a couple of Youtube gameplay videos. Looks very old school like Quake, Doom or Serious Sam!

    It’s back to $9.99 now however.

     
    • Conor 8:10 am on April 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      The zero punctuation review was very funny alright.

      • Donncha 11:17 am on April 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        I played the first level last night. I think I played a demo of it years ago because it was strangely familiar. It was fun!

  • Donncha 1:12 pm on March 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , retro gaming   

    Gaming History in Pictures 

    A few games I found recently while sorting through boxes at home:

    • Quake 3 tin box, Linux edition. I wrote an article about this for the Irish Times a few years ago.
    • Double Dragon, C64 version, I posted pictures of this before of course.
    • Gyroscope, the first 5 1/4 disk based game I owned on the C64. It was given to me by someone, can’t remember who now but I used it later for Stunt Car Racer and even printed the loading screen from that game on a dot matrix printer for the disk cover.
    • The excellent Stunt Car Racer manual and box cover.
    • The System 3 Premier Collection and Thalamus The Hits compilations were the pride of my games collection at one time. I still remember the excitement of getting those boxes in the post.
    • C64 Cabal, tape version. Brilliant game. I remember spending as much time tinkering with the game ASM code as playing it..
    • Half Life 2 Collector’s Edition and Half Life 1. Steam was launched when HL2 was released and I was recently able to register the HL1 CD key in Steam and download that great game.
     
    • Anthony 1:15 pm on March 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Very cool. This reminds me of my autogameography, a recollection of the games that really meant something to me or can be attached to very memorable or distinct periods of my life. Must try and post that again. I’d love to hear yours. 🙂

      • Donncha 1:21 pm on March 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        “Autogameography”, what a great word! I remember you mentioned something about that in a recent post didn’t you? I’ll have to think about that but there are definitely a few stand-out games I could write about.

    • redd_dragons 1:21 pm on March 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Wow those are awesome! Definitely keep those for you son, they will be heirlooms!

    • ThrashHMG 6:31 pm on March 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      It’s awesome. I have some games for my old C64 on tapes. My also still have my ZX Spectrum. I could also find some first games for that machine from hell.

  • Donncha 10:24 am on January 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: App Store, , , retro gaming   

    Pangea Arcade is free on the Mac App store right now. There are 3 classic arcade games in this app based on Centipede, Asteroids and Missile Command so there’s plenty of gameplay on offer here!

    I’m trying to install it but the App Store has frozen on my machine. Hopefully it’ll stop being a buggy POS sometime this morning so I can download this. *sigh* (Thanks James for the news!)

     
    • James 7:49 am on January 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Were you ever able to install Pangea Arcade?

      • Donncha 8:45 am on January 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Eventually! Yesterday evening after several reboots and I had to unount the BOOTCAMP partition, just in case, I was able to install it. The missile command game is really cool but haven’t played the others yet!

  • Donncha 6:56 pm on January 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , retro gaming, Spy Hunter   

    MAME saves the day 

    Arcade emulator MAME saved the day for a software developer working on a mobile port of Spy Hunter.

    Fascinating read about extracting the assets from the game to speed up development. Shame how the lawyers treated the guy who extracted the sound effects! (via)

     
  • Donncha 10:57 am on January 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , retro gaming,   

    I was a big fan of Stunt Car Racer on the C64, and later played it on the Amiga too but I never knew about Stunt Car Racer TNT.

    TNT is an extra tracks mod of the Amiga version released a few years ago by AmiGer. Here’s his announcement post:

    Stunt Car Racer TNT (The New Tracks) will be released around christmas.

    Modifications

    Eight new tracks:
    DIZZY DESCENT, WITTY WAY, CRAZY CAPER, AMAZING ADEPT, JERKILY JUMP, EVILLY EPISODE, TEASING TEMPER and RAT RACE

    Track parameters changed:
    start positions, start height, damage sensitivity, boost count

    AI speed adjusted/changed for all tracks

    Some visual adjustments
    e.g. race colours, track names gfx dropped, title screen modified etc.

    AGA fixed

    Cracked 🙂

    Long time readers will know my dislike for Blur and I’ve hardly played NFS Hot Pursuit since I got it last month but Stunt Car Racer gripped me like no other racer since. It required perfectly timed boosts, cornering and was literally a rollercoaster of a ride.

     
    • Lenny 11:11 am on January 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I loved this game too I had it on an Amiga 600.

    • Walter 11:34 am on January 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Oh man. I remember this game. A housemate had an Amiga. I played this to death in 1990. There was also some good music software for that machine.

  • Donncha 2:00 pm on December 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , retro gaming   

    Rocky Memphis and The Temple of Ophuxoff 

    If you’re an older gamer who loved the classic gameplay of Rick Dangerous and other platformers you’ll love Rocky Memphis and The Temple of Ophuxoff, a freeware game made by Trevor (Smilia) Storey and Stuart Collier.

    It’s a huge 600 screen platformer to explore so this won’t be finished quickly. It’s “casual gamer” friendly too as there are infinite lives and you can save the game at any time, and you can upload your top scores to the game website. It’s also available for Windows and Mac OS X so you (probably) don’t have any excuse for not trying it!

    Here’s an interview with the authors including titbits about their Last Ninja remake, and news of their Myth remake too. They also shed some light on sales of the commercial Armalyte remake. If I had a PC I’d buy that in an instant!

     
    • getcrackin 7:21 pm on December 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Ophuxoff? Sounds like they don’t want you to play the game. 😉

      • justonemoregame 10:21 pm on December 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        The name is explained as follows:

        Gamer 1: How many screens does it have?
        Gamer 2: Six hundred.
        Gamer 1: What? Ophuxoff!!

  • Donncha 4:33 pm on October 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , retro gaming   

    VVVVVV Preview 

    I have a new favourite game and it’s VVVVVV. I’d never heard of this game until this post brought it to my attention.

    Apparently it’s an indie hit on modern platforms, but here it is for the venerable C64! Having played it I’m tempted to buy the modern original game and I’m looking forward to seeing the final C64 version!

    So, go grab a C64 emulator like Vice or any of the other ones out there and give it a whirl. If you’ve no idea what I’m talking about check out the faq on c64.com.

    Great game.

     
    • justonemoregame 7:41 pm on October 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Donncha, the original is still (I think) just US$5 if you buy direct from the author. It’s very charming.

      • Donncha 8:32 am on October 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’m just after ordering it. I installed the Mac demo and from the readme saw that the author is in Trinity in Dublin. Sweet.

        Sucks I got caught to pay VAT though. Didn’t expect that!

  • Donncha 8:31 pm on August 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: consoles, elder-geek, , retro gaming   

    The Insane Console History Video 2.0 

    Amazing video by Eliot Hagen. So far I’ve got to 1978 and I haven’t seen that console my parents bought us all those years ago. Eliot is more than right, I don’t recognise most of those old consoles.

    Streaming is so slow I created a Vimeo account so I could download the file. It’s currently downloading at 60k/s from Amazon S3 so it’ll be a few hours before I get a chance to watch the whole thing.

     
  • Donncha 12:36 pm on June 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , football, Microprose Soccer, retro gaming, soccer, World Cup 2010   

    Microprose Soccer, World Cup 2010 Edition 

    Wow, I’m impressed. AEG Soft have modified the original C64 version of Microprose Soccer and updated it. It now has the teams that will appear in this year’s World Cup in South Africa!

    My brothers loved this game back in the day, and I played it a small bit too. If I was a football fan I’d probably boot up Vice to play it too. Anyone going to try it?

     
    • David Nicol 1:00 pm on June 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      That’s cool. When I read the title in my inbox I thought “Micropose? Are they still going?….” I had a couple of their titles on the Amstrad, not the ‘Soccer’ games though. I’d like to see someone emulate the real World Cup on that – with commentary. JX23 is doing Fifa 10 I think, but this would be like totally awesome!

    • Honkitonk Schlonz 6:49 pm on June 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      one of the best c-64 games at all and one of the best action-football-games too. by playing this alot you can make very good moves and tactical-passes. !!!!! a superb GAME and better than the versions for the amiga and the atari-st !!!!!!!!

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