GOG.com is not dead – Fans not quite sure how to feel.

September 22, 2010

After a long weekend of wondering what the hell happened, fans and stakeholders of classic PC game retailer GOG.com (short for “Good Old Games”) learned today that the site is in fact very much alive, and the supposed death of the site was in fact a ruse designed to generate buzz surrounding its “rebirth” out of beta after two years.  The sites developers, dressed in monks’ robes,  apologized during an online conference (and later in a taped statement on Youtube) for the deception and outlined some of the new features coming to the online store, including the re-release of Baldur’s Gate, a highly requested title prior to the site’s alleged demise.  The representatives also re-affirmed that the site is not going to require a separate download client (à la Steam) or add Digital Rights Management software to the released packages.

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Ode to an International Thief

August 31, 2010

Since “retro” is, in part, a product of nostalgia, I decided a good place to start when writing for a blog about retro gaming would be one of the earliest gaming experiences I can remember.  After all, like so many things, the first game you play can set the stage for future expectations and provides your early basis for what works and doesn’t work in a game.  For me, the choice was obvious about which game I should write.  And so, dear readers, what you are about to read is the story of the first game that caught my attention way back when.  It is the story of a hard-nosed detective hot on the trail of a supernaturally-gifted looter of world treasures.  Armed only with a bottomless frequent flier account and a trusty almanac, this bold investigator must track the aforementioned felon and her many henchmen across the globe in order to bring her to justice and prevent the world’s cultural heritage from disappearing forever.

That’s right.  What in the world could I be talking about besides Carmen Sandiego?

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