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...that everything you see here has been coded from the ground up? We're not using any generic Content Managament System - those things never fit any specific purpose anyway. The same goes for our forum which has even been released under a Free Software licence in its current incarnation.
So what is this site? To put it in the most simple way imaginable: It's a site about digital games. Not about the latest gaming news, but about the games themselves, and - as you've already surmised from the site's name - specializing in what's usually considered 'classic' these days. Of course, definitions of 'classic' differ widely. However, if you browse around a little, you'll find us covering pretty much everything (with varying intensity) from the earliest home systems (late 1970s) to the end of the last millenium.


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The 23rd Annual Interactive Fiction Competition
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Pool on the computer? Not the most likely match. It's not exactly an action-packed sport. In fact, it is sort of… math-based. Which would make it impossible to attract large audience. So, sssssshhhhh, don't tell anyone! And guess what: this game is actually called Arcade Pool. Weird.
Mr Creosote


Time for a little sci-fi detective story and the very first review by perfectnarcosis, which, though, feels more like a technical guide (no offense, it's just that we are used to some more details as to the plot and gameplay). Mean Streets is a fairly known adventure title in the world of classic gaming. Only it has nothing to do with the 1973 gangster movie starring young Robert De Niro. And I wonder why the game creators ignored this potentially unwanted coincidence...


troublemind's next target is The Terminator: Rampage. A sci-fi 3D shooter, which albeit fairly known was poorly acclaimed possibly due to being a slightly improved clone of Wolfenstein 3D and a failed contender for FPS of the year contest where Doom successfully took the lead. Also, the very name of the game doesn't live up well to the content and could almost safely become a bootleg title for Wolfenstein II.


And troublemind's next move is Tintin on the Moon. Apparently, one of the many fleeting and less memorable games from the late 80's with a weak plot and rather poor gameplay. However, none of this is nearly as embarrassing as the fact that the PC port of this game supported only CGA cards in 1989, which I would definitely include in the review.


It looks like someone wants to contribute some too to the unannounced obscure 3D shooters streak started by Mr Creosote a while ago, but which, though, he seemed to have finished by now. Well, as they say, better late than never. I'm proud to present Curse of the Catacombs by our newcomer troublemind. Thank you, sir, and enjoy your stay on TGOD.


Just a reminder: the annual IF Competition is still running. I have finished 13 games of my playlist so far, which is roughly half of what I've planned. In two thirds of the allocated time, so I guess I won't make it this year. Nevertheless, that's 13 games which nobody can take away from me again and 13 games which have been (more or less) reviewed right here. Last call if you still would like to play a couple!


Is it three-dimensional Speedball? Or rather the Deadly Discs game from Tron? Some bits from here, some from there. Stormball was likely supposed to be a fast-paced sports game on varied pitches causing some geometrical challenges. It is largely forgotten nowadays. Deservedly so?


This one looks familiar, doesn't it? But wait, didn't we do Breakout 2.5 years ago? Indeed. So the cooldown period can be considered over now – time for some new stuff. Crillion is actually an interesting variant which works in unexpected ways. It may not be immediately visible, but if you look carefully… no paddle! You'll find out why.


Back in more familiar waters and on some of my favourite subjects, too: trains and murder. Actually, this is the classic of the train mystery genre. Murder on the Orient Express, the original novel, set standards about the use of a confined space which still apply. It was turned into a hugely successful film fourty years later, with which this game at hand has much more in common than the 2010 TV adaption with which it shares its star. And it seems yet another film is about to be released soon. Which, of course, the world doesn't need. Though all these poor people involved need to earn their living somehow, don't they?


Here it finally is. The last 3D shooter I'm going to force you to read about this year. Promise! Genetic Species also happens to be one of the newest ones covered over the last couple of months.

Longtime readers have have been wondering why I've been doing this at all. Seeing that I have spoken quite negatively about this genre as a whole many times. Did I change my mind? Well, no. I'm still not particularly fond of this kind of shooter. They are much too formulaic, much too reliant on the latest and greatest graphical effects usually. This makes them age badly and even at the time, I didn't care for them.

In my book, this did make me a good candidate to review such games. TGOD was never supposed to be a pure fanboy voice. Having no previous emotional attachment to any of these games may have helped – even if some of the comments weren't what everybody was expecting. And in any case, widening one's own horizon can't hurt, can it?

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