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#1 Bernie

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Posted 04 November 2021 - 04:41 PM

I've bought the same games over and over again. For example, the floppy discs stop working so you buy the new CD version. You loose that when you move to a new apartment and buy the download version. Years later, on a new computer, your activation key email has long since been deleted and the service where you bought the game is no more, so you buy the latest enhanced version from a new online service.

I'm old enough now that I've been re-buying games from my youth when they go on sale on GOG and then trying to play them to recapture some of the fun... but I only end up capturing frustration. Old eyes don't like fonts at 320x200 resolution. Copy-protection decoder wheel PDF not the same as the old physical object. Games that don't play well with modern OSes. And My-Tastes-And-Tolerances-Have-Changed moments.

I've wasted too much money. OTOH, I now own (but not installed) those games again just in case... (the Internet goes out)!

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Posted 05 November 2021 - 06:40 AM

Consume.

Regarding older games, I've found the mClassic does a pretty good job of replicating the CRT filtery feel with old consoles and computer games via gog. I too struggle with retro games on gog but a lot of times the issue is the bloody sharp pixels that were designed to be smoothed by the electron gun and viewed at few feet distance. The 4:3 forced switch is a nice touch too. Now if they could only devise a device to filter me up some free time.
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Posted 05 November 2021 - 03:11 PM

I often feel like Kay, "Guess I have to buy the White Album again."
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Posted 09 November 2021 - 02:08 PM

View Postehuelga, on 05 November 2021 - 03:11 PM, said:

I thought the self-titled Metallica album was called the Black Album.

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Posted 09 November 2021 - 11:29 PM

View PostBernie, on 09 November 2021 - 02:08 PM, said:

I thought the self-titled Metallica album was called the Black Album.
No, it is actually called 'Metallica'. No idea why it ended up being known like that in the general public.
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Posted 10 November 2021 - 02:11 AM

Obviously because the packaging is almost entirely black. And with no name of its own, only the band's, a nickname came as handy I suppose.

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Posted 10 November 2021 - 10:05 AM

Go away with your logic!

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Obviously because the packaging is almost entirely black. And with no name of its own, only the band's, a nickname came as handy I suppose.
Go away with your logic!
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And back on the topic.. It seems like you need to realize that nostalgia isn't sufficient to enjoy a game. Perhaps create a list, and then rate the games you play, as you go through them? You may see that you actually don't enjoy them as much as you think, or that certain genres just don't live up to your memories.
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Posted 19 November 2021 - 05:14 PM

I'm going thru a general period where I'm trying to find out what from the past would be enjoyable again. For example, I played in nature a lot as a kid. So I went on a hike yesterday. That was enjoyable (and I ended up less sore & achy than I was expecting). The whole games from my youth not fun any more is like certain tv shows from my youth not fun any more. "What was I thinking?" Well, that was a kid thinking back then; I'm an adult thinking now.

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Posted 05 December 2021 - 06:54 PM

I actually just bought the PC version of Dark Colony on eBay about a week or so ago because I was chatting with a friend about old RTSes we liked, and I happened to remember playing the crap out of Dark Colony on the Mac way back when. Naturally it's unplayable on Mac now, but there are people who have hacks to get it working on the PC if you can get ahold of a retail disc to work from, so I did exactly that. Has some resolution issues, but aside from that, playable.

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Posted 10 December 2021 - 12:26 PM

View PostFrost, on 05 December 2021 - 06:54 PM, said:

I actually just bought the PC version of Dark Colony on eBay about a week or so ago because I was chatting with a friend about old RTSes we liked, and I happened to remember playing the crap out of Dark Colony on the Mac way back when. Naturally it's unplayable on Mac now, but there are people who have hacks to get it working on the PC if you can get ahold of a retail disc to work from, so I did exactly that. Has some resolution issues, but aside from that, playable.

Ain't nothing wrong with some nostalgia time and again!

I remember that name but can't remember if I've played it. I do remember playing The Colony, which I really enjoyed. It probably would not be so much fun any more.

Being alive as computers became more powerful and common was a good time. It was fun to watch the boundaries of what was possible get pushed either with faster hardware or smarter software. The differences between Pong and... say... Portal are amazing. A lot of the changes in the modern era are stuff that I can't see as well. Someone says, "Look how much better those shadows are," and I say, "What shadows?"

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Posted 10 December 2021 - 09:33 PM

David Smith and his game The Colony quite rightly gets a whole chapter in the book Secret History of Mac Gaming.

But it really was ridiculous how hard that game was at the start. Certain actions would kill you without explanation, things that would be obvious if the graphics were just a little more detailed. Also, I played it in B&W, on an underpowered machine.

Still, I remember it fondly even though I didn't quite finish. I realized I was going to have to replay a chunk of it to get back to a winnable state, and I never got around to it.
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