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yui:
i regularly try to replay Half-Life, but only manages to see that i have become much worse at gaming :), also discovered that OpenRA is still a thing, even with EA reselling the original RA and C&C, an other good old strategy game that i like is warzone2100, i do recommend to any fan of the rts genre to give it a try.

Leslieann:

--- Quote from: fohat.digs on Fri, 13 May 2022, 08:20:37 ---Naw, she just needs something to do on her laptop while she is waiting during a re-install of Windows XP for one of her clients.

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True!
Usually Win10 these days, but yes.

Old games are actually great for laptops because they run just fine without a GPU and you can pause the game and probably won't even need a network connection. What a concept.

phinix:
I started playing one of the old ones again, Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers.
One of the best point and click adventure games of all times, they say.
There was 20th anniversary edition, remake in HD, but they changed a lot of things, I wanted to play old version with old voice acting and music.
Pretty cool.

HungerMechanic:

--- Quote from: phinix on Thu, 12 May 2022, 03:03:57 ---Some of you, old gang, remember those amazing times when games pulled you to your beloved beige PCs and you could dive in their colorful, pixelised worlds.

First game to tell about would be ALone in The Dark.
I have played it not a long ago and have to say it was great to see it again. Being older by almost 30 years, it was not that scary anymore, but still showed some potential to tickle me that way :)

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I had "Alone in the Dark" for my old '486, but it was just the demo at the time.

It came on one of those 'demo disks' of shovelware. Stopped at an early point in the game. That's okay, because I was too young and was having trouble with the 3D navigation and such.

Played the full-version circa 2010. It's a very engrossing experience. Very atmospheric, even the primitive 3D characters had a lot of ... character.

It's a great companion to the first "Laura Bow" game, which made great use of an EGA palette, IIRC.

Lots of dangerous obstacles in AITD. Encourages a save-scum playstyle, unfortunately. [At least, with Laura Bow, it was fun to get sub-optimal outcomes]. Really a "heart of darkness" kind of thing as you get further and deeper into that house. [Like S.T.A.L.K.E.R: SoC did very well much later.]

sefixmm:

--- Quote from: phinix on Thu, 12 May 2022, 03:03:57 ---
First game to tell about would be ALone in The Dark.
I have played it not a long ago and have to say it was great to see it again. Being older by almost 30 years, it was not that scary anymore, but still showed some potential to tickle me that way :)

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So great to see Alone In The Dark here, I'm a big fan of the first one, I played it when I was young and I love it, it's one of my first big gaming experience with Doom 1. Never finished it, it was to hard for the young me, I still have the collector version of the three Alone In The Dark on CDRom (bought with my Soud Blaster).

Old games are just fantastic because of technical limitations and creativity of a new media, game designers experiment new ideas and a game like Alone In The Dark is all that, very innovative with a real graphic touch.

I'm so happy to know early computer gaming, I'm a little bit nostalgic of this time, when games are fun and different. Today, gaming is not as fun as it was, why, I don't know, maybe because I'm old or just because all the magic in games are gone to let place of ranking, money and standardization ?

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