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About MrFlibble

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  1. Oh, that's relatively simple, I search for them. Once I realised the potential of the Wayback Machine (which was a few years ago), I started digging what I could find. Once you discover a site or two (I was looking for shareware games, the links were in the supplied documentation), eventually you come across more links to other sites. Many game developers or publishers were glad to post links to positive reviews on their games' pages, gaming websites had links sections with links to more sites (many not preserved at all sadly) etc. etc. Also some people still keep knowledge of such sites, and searching Google Groups helps too. That said, most of the stuff I've posted here are very certainly chance findings I made while looking for something else altogether
  2. Yesterday I was randomly browsing archive copies of a Russian online/electronic gaming mag called PC Review, and they have two interesting shots of Red Alert in a guide/walkthrough for the game: Apparently these are screenshots from a working pre-release version of the game, with the main noticeable difference being the sidebar design which is very similar to that from C&C. I don't think I've ever encountered such screenshots before. The shots seem to show actual gameplay, no mock-ups. No idea if a pre-release version was sent out to reviewers or leaked, or any other way these images could have become public. Maybe via a trade show like E3?
  3. The Ultimate Free-to-Play PC Games List

    I'm a bit confused about what you mean when you say "abandonware". This term has clearly got negative rep in recent years, and my understanding that this is due to many old games having become playable again thanks to DOSBox and other emulator, while in the previous decade no one including copyright holders generally cared about titles that could not be marketed to modern platforms. "Abandonware" has no legal meaning, and probably may only serve as a vague hint about the likelihood of legal consequences for unauthorised distribution of certain games. I guess if a game is no longer sold and/or supported by the copyright holder, the safest and most neutral way to state that would be to say something like "product discontinued", not "abandonware" (any game can be pirated if you know where to get it). That said, you might want to add PowBall DeluXe, the free official Windows port of the DOS Breakout/shmup hybrid PowBall.
  4. The Ultimate Free-to-Play PC Games List

    Happy New Year! I'd like to point out that the game BC Racers was very likely never released as freeware officially, the mistaken notion of such release probably originating with the Home of the Underdogs. At any rate, the page you're linking to no longer has the allegedly free version available, only a playable demo. You might also want to update/change the lists of formerly freeware games. Wikipedia links to some very extensive research done by good people (who actually contacted Sierra and other interested parties to establish the legal status of some games) which shows that Betrayal at Krondor, Caesar, Red Baron 3D and some other titles were temporary promotional giveaways only. The download links for these games you list are not at all official, and in some cases (e.g. Best Old Games) are downright "abandonware" sites which pirate stuff. Betrayal at Krondor, Caesar, Red Baron and Zork games are all sold at GOG.com.
  5. The Ultimate Free-to-Play PC Games List

    I just wanted to point out that It Came from the Desert and other Cinemaware games are apparently no longer distributed for free - at least, the Cinemaware site no longer has the downloads, and they are sold in a bundle at Steam - and realised that your link does not point to the Cinemaware site but to the Gamefabrique, which is basically a pirate site that at least previously tried to pass of console ROMs of old games bundled with emulators as "remakes" of said games, and now appears to just simply distribute these ROMs + emulators having dropped the entire "remake" ruse. I'd very much recommend removing any and all links to that sorry pretence of a retro gaming website. (Just my opinion though.)
  6. The Ultimate Free-to-Play PC Games List

    That game sounds like some more or less serious social commentary than pornography. Also, the term itself requires definition. Both Wikipedia and the Cambridge Dictionary agree that pornography is intended for sexual arousal and not for aesthetic experience (as opposed to erotic art). How is this to be judged for games? E.g. there's plenty of nudity in Daggerfall and there are sexual themes and there's some explicit descriptions in some of the in-game books (Dwemer on Khajit anyone?). Do you consider this game pornographic? Is it going off your list?
  7. Forged Battalion

    I guess they don't want to tell you everything right away. You can with certainty tell that in this title: there will be lots of action with various units (ground and air at least) in large numbers, and probably base building, and there's an overall futuristic theme there will be some kind of unit customisation and branching tech/upgrade trees there will be a soundtrack by Frank Klepacki That's quite enough information to give a very preliminary judgement if this may interest further or not IMO.
  8. That's a good point, although I think that there might be legal ways to revoke a freeware license. But have the titles in question been released with the appropriate license files to confirm this status? In the past there have been several temporary freeware releases of very popular commercial games, including Sierra's Red Baron and Caesar (some of them listed here). In many cases these were in connection of a new game in the series being released, and at the time they were not marked as temporary promotional actions. In fact, IIRC the download of Caesar included a readme which stated something along the lines of "no technical support is provided for this game but don't complain - it's free after all", which is a rather typical statement for freeware releases that occurred back in the day (when some companies thought they could not make any more profit with legacy DOS titles), yet the licenses for these games only extended to the downloads that were temporarily available from Sierra's website and were since revoked.
  9. The three classic titles that had been released as freeware now being part of the Ultimate Collection, are they still legit to distribute as freeware? AFAIK EA took down all the official download pages for those over the recent years. I cannot find the original C&C95 freeware announcement but the Red Alert download page clearly states that mirroring the disc images by third parties is not permitted (a request that was apparently disregarded), and the release is presented as such that it could be construed a temporary promotional action to celebrate the 13th anniversary of C&C. The official game pages from 2011 (C&C, RA1) offer to buy The First Decade and mention no free downloads.
  10. I just found several previews/reviews of the game available via the Wayback Machine with good quality pre-release screenshots (some in the GIF format): Computer Games Online news (16-01-1998) Computer Games Online first look (12-02-1998) Computer Games Online screenshots (16-05-1998) Computer Games Online preview (23-06-1998) Strategy Gaming Online review (15-10-1998)
  11. I just found a preview of the game which was originally published by the UK online magazine Game-Over! It includes several pre-release shots of the game in good quality, including the elusive image with the NATO logo on the sidebar: http://web.archive.org/web/19970117164151/http://www.game-over.co.uk:80/wip2/game-w.htm
  12. Eador: Genesis is free for a limited time from GOG.com: https://www.gog.com/game/eador_genesis
  13. The Ultimate Free-to-Play PC Games List

    Here's a few more games you might want to add to your list: Amulets & Armor (RPG, open source, liberated) Annex: Conquer the World (RTS, open source) Catacomb Snatch (shooter, open source) Conquest of Elysium II (TBS, liberated) Paranoia 2: Savior (FPS, freeware) Priority: Survive (RTS, freeware) Wyrmsun (RTS/TBS, open source) I also noticed that some of the games in the list are not stand-alone but mods for commercial games (e.g. Barista 2 and Pathways Redux are mods for Doom 3). It would probably be nice to have these marked somehow.
  14. Blizzard Announces StarCraft: Remastered

    Hope you guys don't mind going a bit off-topic here. This is something I wanted to discuss for quite a while: do you think that when porting C&C to Mac (which was the first version to use hi-res graphics that later on became C&C Gold), Westwood should have gone the Blizzard way? Before C&C, Blizzard ported Warcraft: Orcs & Humans to Macintosh, and updated all the graphics for the SVGA 640x480 resolution: The graphics are not perfect (the artists did not have a lot of time to redraw everything in double the resolution plus correct aspect ratio) but the result is very similar to Warcraft II. Conversely, Westwood used the same graphics for everything except the GUI, resulting in an increased field of view but reduced size of everything in the game. Additionally no effort was made to correct the aspect ratio other than by the way of stretching the signal on a 4:3 screen, and an option exists to run C&C Gold and RA in 640x480 mode with only a 640x400 portion of the screen being used (and everything except the GUI having incorrect aspect ratio). Personally I think Westwood should've taken the Blizzard route and produced high-res graphics while maintaining the view of the DOS version. I suppose they still had the models from which in-game sprites were pre-rendered by the time RA and C&C Gold were developed to create accurate assets in high resolution. (On a side note, the interview by TeamLiquid suggests that the new StarCraft sprites were redrawn manually)