Abandoned but not Forgotten: Five Games to Remember (and play for free!)

Usually good games go down in history for eternity. They’re remembered from ages to come as the gems that shined or that influenced the genre of the market. However, business can be unpredictable. Games of great quality can be long-forgotten, being kicked into the pit of abandonware, where good games go to die (or for the literals, it’s what happens when a game has an unsupported license). The game essentially becomes free (rare in these days, I know) and it’s open for anyone to mess around with. This article will celebrate my five favorite games that have been abandoned or released as freeware. Be wary though; these games are older than Jesus and some of them don’t put a heavy emphasis on what a quality of graphics in today’s market is. But hey, free is free. Read more of this post


Diablo III’s Story: Success or Snooze?

There is something about Blizzard games. No matter how alike they might produce their games, they become a hit success. This is usually attributed to the universe in which the game is set, mostly because of the amount of detail placed into creating such a universe. Starcraft has the Koprulu Sector, Warcraft has Azeroth, and Diablo has Sanctuary.

However, while Starcraft and Warcraft’s storyline of conflict stems from internal racial struggle, Diablo’s storyline of conflict has been the age old “good versus evil” diddly. This was epitomized in Diablo I, with the prime evil, Diablo, residing under the church in the town of Tristram (the smell of a classically generated roguelike storyline). It wasn’t all that complex. Hero’s parents have been killed by the Big Bad, Hero delves into the Dungeon and kills Boss Obstacles until he gets to the Big Bad. Read more of this post

Fallout 3 is the best Oblivion mod I’ve ever played

I’ve played a lot of Oblivion mods, and a lot of them were of an impressive quality. I mean, at times I had to wonder if it was cutting room content from the floor at Bethesda. Or maybe that’s just wishful thinking. But then, at the end of October, I saw the best Oblivion mod. Of course, the only catch is that I had to pay $50 to play it. But hey, considering the mod had about 1/4 of quest content than Oblivion had, then I suppose it’s worth it. Read more of this post

The Future of Single Player Games

MMOs are a power hitter in the industry video game industry. There is no doubt about that. Not only do you have to pay for the box price for an MMO, but you also have to pay a monthly subscription fee in order to just play the game and must continue to do so if you wish to continue to play the game. Some gamers still do not like the concept of MMOs; they are used to the policy of “what you see is what you get.” Even others do not like the idea of continually paying to simply play a game (especially if the game play can be seen as a second job). So there is obviously still an industry to single player games (yes, that includes those with multiplayer), but the companies developing such games are trying to figure out ways to offset the great revenue benefits MMOs bring to their developers. So what’s a developer to do? Let’s first take a look at what the past has been giving us. Read more of this post