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January 18th, 2009
Ultima IV Wasn’t Perfect
by Scorpia

Yes, it’s still my #1 RPG, though it wasn’t perfect; I’ve talked about some of the minor flaws before. The one real problem with the game, though, is that it had no legs.

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December 24th, 2008
School Days
by Scorpia

We know GOG is bringing back some of the great early games. But what about the early early games? From, say, the dark ages. The 1980s.

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December 8th, 2008
Recalling Might & Magic
by Scorpia

Over at rpgcodex, Wyrmlord has posted a restrospective on Might & Magic III (“Isles of Terra”), IV (“Darkside of Xeen”), and V (“Clouds of Xeen”).

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November 20th, 2008
I Wasn’t Always Tech Savvy
by Scorpia

For all of us, there was a beginning, that moment when we crossed the line from mundania into the computer world. Since then, we’ve installed hardware, dealt with software glitches, struggled with Windows, and gained expertise in dealing with our machines. Some may have forgotten what it was like to be a “newbie”.

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November 6th, 2008
Grim Fandango
by Scorpia

Remember Grim Fandango, one of the last of the old-style adventure games? You know, the one that took place in the Land Of The Dead, starring grim reaper Manny Calavera? Well, Tim Schaefer, the designer, has a treat for you.

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November 1st, 2008
Peaceful Time II
by Scorpia

Awhile back, in The Peaceful Time, I talked about how gaming in an earlier era wasn’t beset by hype machines, lawsuits, fanboys, and various controversies. There was one thing I didn’t mention. Companies weren’t DRM-crazy back then.

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October 1st, 2008
The Peaceful Time
by Scorpia

Every so often, I think back to how it was in pre-Internet days. How peaceful things were in gaming.

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September 15th, 2008
I Miss DOS
by Scorpia

Back in my post Golden Graphics, I pointed to an article by Shamus Young on what he called “the golden era of PC gaming”. He didn’t think much of DOS.

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