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In Topic: Free Mac games

Today, 12:00 PM

Full Throttle Remastered is free on GOG.com for the next… well, now about 44 hours.

In Topic: Free Mac games

07 December 2018 - 01:06 PM

Company of Heroes 2 is currently free (again) on Steam.

In Topic: A Kickstarter Project Retrospective

05 December 2018 - 12:40 PM

While we are already talking games for retro platforms, let me derail this thread for a moment: look at this.

This actually exists. There is a (short) playable demo.

In Topic: A Kickstarter Project Retrospective

05 December 2018 - 03:43 AM

View Postnick68k, on 04 December 2018 - 08:16 PM, said:

I mean, sure, I'm old enough that my first computer pre-dated the C64 (a Vic-20, no less), and I have a C64 Mini which I love dearly, but developing cart-only games for such ancient, original hardware seems a bit risky. But i'm just a humble keyboard turner (to shoehorn in a WoW analogy).
It's surely something only targeted at die-hard retro enthusiasts. But as I said: the market exists. There is quite a number of C64 fanatics who keep their favorite platform alive – including the hardware. I know also of at least three – still ongoing and heavily supported – projects to build fully functional and in part somewhat modernised C64 replica. All of them include a cartridge slot. There are also comparable projects for the ZX Spectrum crowd.

And using cartridges as format for this retro release makes more sense than the alternatives: the cartridge slot of even the original hardware is very robust and reliable and more likely to still work than the old floppy drives. It also allows for more storage space and faster loading times (which as you might remember were notoriously slow on the old Commodore systems). I'm not even sure if they could still get 5.25" floppies if they wanted to.

In addition, most of these retro projects are also sold to audiences with more modern sensibilities: either there are digital version of the original retro versions bundled with easy to use emulator wrappers, or there are (like in the case of Unknown realm) native versions for modern operating systems.

In Topic: Feral's upcoming project?

05 December 2018 - 03:30 AM

View Postnick68k, on 04 December 2018 - 03:38 PM, said:

Hmm...I'm not up-to-date with what Feral's up to, but I see that LoTR:War in the North has disappeared at some point from the App store and Feral's site. That's also toast I'm guessing?

View PostMr Pink, on 04 December 2018 - 04:10 PM, said:

Yep, 'War in the North' was removed at the end of last year.
But this isn't really anything new. At the end of the year it does happen that some titles are dropped, usually due to licensing issues/deals.
I think 2016 it was 'F1 2013', 'GRID' and 'DiRT 3'.
2017 it was 'F1 2012', 'LEGO Lord of the Rings', 'LEGO Hobbit' and 'Lord of the Rings: War in the North'.
Yeah, I knew about War in the North. I think there was some warning before it was removed from sale. LEGO The Hobbit is by the way (at least currently) still on sale for Mac on Steam.

I also noticed that Brothers in Arms has vanished from sale. That must have happened fairly recently.