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Is MS-DOS Considered Retro?

It’s time to ask “is MS-DOS considered a retro platform?” After all, it’s not as if you can go into your local computer store or local supermarket and find DOS games lying on the shelf. Sure, you find an array of them in your average charity shops or thrift stores.

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Revenge of the License: Alien Trilogy

One of iD Software’s initial ideas for Doom was to make a first-person shooter set in the world of James Cameron’s ‘Aliens’. When a licensing deal couldn’t be worked out between iD and 20th Century Fox, Carmack and Romero’s team fell back on a more generic ‘space marine kills everything’ setting, and an FPS classic […]

Wing Commander Brings Cinematic Space Battles to PC Players – Today in Retro Gaming – September 26th, 1990

To say Origin was ahead of their time is quite an understatement.  It is almost pointless to bring that back up, at least for retro gamers that were gaming around the “Origin Era” on PC’s.  For everyone else, Origin was this development company that was doing stuff gamers only dreamed of.  Take Wing Commander for […]

Revenge of the License: Five NES Games That Missed the Point

I love licensed NES games. I love the sound they make as I yank them out of my system and hurl them against the wall. The relentless plundering through the morass in search of something worth playing and finding the occasional surprise is always delightful, and why I keep coming back to this column over […]

Take Down Nazi Forces in Wolfenstein 3D on PC – Today in History – May 5th, 1992

Okay, back in the early 1990’s PC gaming was COMPLETELY different than it is today.  We actually went to stores and bought games.  We didn’t have online capabilities standard in games.  We barely had modem, land line, multiplayer.  Direct, in the same room multiplayer was common around this time.  We also would call or write, […]

Revenge of the License: Dark Seed

Over the lifespan of this column, we’ve looked at games licensed from every conceivable medium: blockbuster films, television shows, comic books, sporting events, fashion dolls, a casino, a restaurant, table top role-playing games, and even real life. Just when you sit back and think you’ve covered every conceivable thing a game company could pay money […]

Today in Retro Gaming: Daleks!

While the list of foes faced by the Doctor could fill an entire book, none is more iconic than the Daleks, Terry Nation’s armored, emotionless mobile gun platforms. They went from silly-looking pepper pots to pop culture icon in the blink of an eye, and no matter what the Doctor does, no matter how many […]

Beast Within- A Gabriel Knight Mystery Jumps to FMV – Today in History – December 31st, 1995

What do you do when you are Sierra On-Line, a company known for pushing the envelope, and it is the dawn of a new age in computing?  CD-ROM technology was picking up, becoming cheaper and more widespread with computer gamers. Basically, 1995 was probably the first year that publishers could actually turn a profit in […]

5 Unlicensed Ports of Mario Games

This is not a rehash of the “4 Sega Genesis Super Mario Ports You Don’t Know About” article. Instead, this article is less console specific and more varied in content covered. Here I will take a look at several of the unlicensed Mario games that have been made over the years. The platforms covered here […]

Super Mario Bros 3 for PC Shown by John Romero, Created 25 Years Ago

It seems that John Romero, John Romero and Tom Hall were quite the game development team.  While working for Softdisk they created a pretty impressive version of Super Mario Bros 3 for DOS.  They obviously didn’t finish it because Nintendo was not interested in purchasing the code and releasing it.  Reportedly they had congratulatory comments […]


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