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Has anyone bought games from GoG.com, aka Good Old Games? I love that site, they have all of my old favorites from back in the day. They aren't expensive either, you can get a lot of games for just $20. Thought i own disks for many of the games in my list of favorites, I bought the digital versions anyway they're easy to install. What's your favorite old school games? Why did you love to play them?

Here's my list, and why I love them.

* NOX - Produced by Westwood Studios, the original developer of the Command & Conquer series. Its a Diablo clone with much deeper RPG elements. Even today its graphics still stand up, and its particle system was very advanced for its time. It uses a unique system where you can only see things on the screen that are within your character's field of view when in caves and dungeons. This game can be very challenging even on the easy setting. You can choose from a Warrior class, a Conjurer class, and a Wizard class. The Conjurer can charge animals and have them fight at your side. There's nothing like tearing through a dungeon with a couple of giant spiders guarding your back. The story changes depending on the class you choose, and throws challenges against you that test your skills that class's abilities. I have Diablo 2, and this one is still my favorite over it.

* Outcast - I wish this game had been more popular than it was. It could have changed everything. Outcast was the first to prove that Voxel based graphics engines were feasible and it has a soundtrack that sounded like something from a Hollywood blockbuster. The premise was very similar to Stargate but with a few interesting twists. Its a 3rd person game with the ability to switch to a first person view. I like because its got a great story, and its huge expansive worlds give you the feeling that you're exploring a vast alien world in another universe.

* Freespace 2 - Still the best 3D first-person space combat sim ever made, period. All others that since then copied its design and formula. Most didn't quite measure up. The Freespace 2 Source Code Project released a patch for the game that upgrades the graphics engine, models, textures, and in game videos to modern PC standards. Freespace 2 SCP was also used to make Beyond the Red Line, a space combat sim based on the reboot of Battlestar Galactica. The code is still in development, and is still being improved. I loved this game when since its release, and I'm glad its still as popular now as it was back then.

* Neverwinter Nights - What makes me sad is this game never quite lived up to its promise, but despite that it was still a really good game. I'm a veteran D&D player so I loved playing this game, and the Forgotten Realms is my favorite D&D setting. I can't wait for the Neverwinter MMO to come out of closed beta. Even today this game is still fun to play. What's best, this version from GoG.com comes with all of the expansions.

* Rayman 3 Hoodlum Havoc - I owned this game on the GameCube. It was so much fun back then. The PC version looks just a bit bette than the console version did. I have a dongle that lets me use Dual Shock 2 controllers on a PC, and it works really well with this game. The only thing that doesn't work is the rumble feature, but that's ok. The humor in this game is classic. A great game from an era when Ubisoft actually cared about gamers and less about crazy DRM schemes.

* Planescape Torment - Another D&D game, this one using the same game engine used by Baldur's Gate. Planescape is an obscure D&D setting that most people don't know about, except for die hard D&D gamers. This game is considered one of the best D&D ever released, next to the Baldur's Gate and Icewind Dale series. You play a character that cannot die, you must find out why, and how to finally end the vicious curse that keeps you in this state between life and undeath. The voice acting is pretty good, the story is deep and engaging, and the characters are well defined with real character development as you progress through the quests. Still one of my favorites.

Ok, share your favorite old school games. Please remember to indicate if the games you list are or are not on GoG.com or Steam. This is so anyone who's interested in them can get them easily. Also, supporting GoG.com means they can keep bringing us these great classic games when nobody else will. If they weren't around I'd have to Jack Sparrow these games, if you know what I mean.
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Loo my favorite was probably gunbound back when it was on ijji. But then it transferred back to softnyx :/ which is gayyyyyyyy!
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gog.com is awesome. My favorite old-school game is Lords of the Realm II.
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How old school are we talking here? Cuz almost all the Sierra games back in the day were super awesome! The Quest for Glories, King's Quests, Space Quests, Ecoquests, and even stuff like Myst were super sweet! I don't even NEED to mention the Dooms! I played a lot of Ultima 8 back in the day, as well. I guess Half-Life is old-school now, even though I still play it regularly, lol! But yeah... I still have a place in my heart for all those VGA DOS games!

Edit: Forgot about Fallout 2!!! Ooh! and a few others: The Indiana Jones games (Secret of Atlantis and The Last Crusade), The first 2 ORIGINAL Prince of Persias (for dos) Willy Beamish, Leisure Suit Larry 7, and I'm sure there's a bunch more, but I'll stop there...
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* Freespace 2 - Still the best 3D first-person space combat sim ever made, period. All others that since then copied its design and formula. Most didn't quite measure up. The Freespace 2 Source Code Project released a patch for the game that upgrades the graphics engine, models, textures, and in game videos to modern PC standards. Freespace 2 SCP was also used to make Beyond the Red Line, a space combat sim based on the reboot of Battlestar Galactica. The code is still in development, and is still being improved. I loved this game when since its release, and I'm glad its still as popular now as it was back then.


Phenomenal game. Definitely the jewel of the golden age of space sims IMO. A close second being Independence War 2 (w/ iFleet mod... that game was way ahead of it's time). I'm absolutely stoked that Chris Roberts is making Star Citizen. If anything can rank up there with Freespace 2, that will be it.

Adding a few of my own:

Outpost - Seriously. Sim City, in space. The soundtrack had Holst. It was freakin' awesome.

Megarace - Lance Boyle's ridiculousness still amuses me. The game itself is still pretty addicting for on old arcade-y racing game to boot.

Aces Over Europe/The Pacific and Wolfpack - Classic WW2 action based in Planes and German U-boats respectively.

I'm sure I'll think of more in a bit.
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Megarace - Lance Boyle's ridiculousness still amuses me. The game itself is still pretty addicting for on old arcade-y racing game to boot.



Back in the day the local mall (Fairlane Town Center, Dearborn, MI) had a store called Babbage's. Out front they had these two TV monitors playing VHS tape recordings of different games. I remember seeing Megarace on one of them. I think it was the 3DO version. I later learned there's a PC version. Never played it myself but it looked interesting.
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I've looked through the catalog from Good Old Games. Haven't bought from 'em yet, but they have a nice selection.

As for some old school PC games that I like... First of all; COMMANDER KEEN!
Some others I really enjoyed are the King's Quest games, Dragon's Lair, and Descent.
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Commander Keen, Wolfenstein 3D, Duke Nukem, and countless others I can't remember. Some good times back then.
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Damn, I forgot about Commander Keen... Goodbye Galaxy was one of my favorite games back in the day.
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I've spent hours slaving away at NetHack, but that's reeeealy old-school.

others I've played tons are Scorched Earth, Lemmings, CIV III, and Rollarcoaster Tycoon 2. Also, Touhou: embodiment of the scarlet devil is 11 years old now, does that count as old-school?

(Yeah, I know you can only get like two of those from GOG...) non-pc though, I grew up with the SNES and still absolutely love it.
Of course, I feel like a youngen now because listing most of these off, they were old when I started playing them. Oh well ;˚▿˚
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My Favorite Old school game would have to go to Heroes of Might and Magic lll

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heroes_of_Might_and_Magic_III

I watched my dad play the first 2 games all the time but i didnt have the mental capacity to play them.. but that changed when they released the 3rd one when i was 9.... omg I had a blast with that game.
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I have a pretty plethora of classic video games I still play on PC, here's some of my faves

- XCOM
- GTA, 2, 3, and San Andreas
- Phantasy Star Online: Blue Burst
- Planetside
- Battlefield: 1942
- Motorhead
- Re-Volt
- Roller Coaster Tycoon
- The Sims
- Need for Speed: Porsche 2000, Underground, and UG2
- Half-Life, Counter-Strike 1.6
- Aleph One (Marathon: Durandal, Infinity)
- Quake
- Doom, 2, and SkullTag
- Cannon Fodder
- countless number of indie games
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I sometimes play alittle bit of Roller Coaster Tycoon or Diablo 2 every now and then.
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Planescape Torment
Baldur's Gate 1 and 2
Fallout 1, 2, and Brotherhood of Steel
GTA 1 and 2
Duke Nukem 3d
Blood
Command and Conquer Red Alert
The Broken Sword Series
Most Sierra Adventure games
Most Lucasarts Adventure games
Unreal
No One Lives Forever
Day of the Tentacle! (Yes, it is Lucasarts but special acknowledgement goes to DotT)
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Fallout 2
Starcraft
Bioware put out some good shit too
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