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Sierra Titles On Steam.

I loathe to promote this due to my disapproval of what the current publisher of these two series has morphed into over the years, but….

King’s Quest and Space Quest are on Steam.

These are some of Sierra’s classic 3D adventure games back from the old computer gaming days. They’re brilliant, classic titles, and I’d highly recommend checking them out.

If you like these sort of games, or wonder what other titles are like this, there are also classic titles such as Loom, Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Secret of Monkey Island, and The Dig.

And of course, my recent “classic” favorite: Strong Bad’s Cool Game For Attractive People.

At any rate, it’s a good start for some of the newer gaming folk to see what I endlessly babble so much about with all the “childhood nostalgia” and such….

If you try one, be sure to let me know what you think.

Strong Bad Post-Script.

And so, I have finished Episode 5 of Strong Bad’s Cool Game For Attractive People for the Wii, closing out the (hopefully first and not last) series of the game.

In a rather quiet year for the Wii, the Strong Bad series has come to be one of my more favorite 2008 experiences for Nintendo’s console.

One of the things that really struck me about episodic series like Strong Bad, and even XBLA’s Penny Arcade Adventures titles, is how much these games stand out as games created by genuine gamers. While both series are made up of licensed characters from popular internet sites, they don’t feel like “fun” that is generated by a marketing department’s demographic survey chart.

I’ve followed the Chapman Brothers (no relation) for several years now. I’m well aware of the world populated by Homestar Runner, Strong Bad, and The Cheat, the Monday e-mails, Decemberween and everything else. I’m also familiar with the spin-off company Videlectrix (“We use computers… To make video games!”), and actually grew to be quite fond of such titles like Peasant’s Quest, Trogdor, and Where’s An Egg? – The Brothers Chaps get old-school gaming, especially those that grew up on the Infocom Read the rest of this entry

5 Favorite Games Part 11.

I haven’t done one of these in ages. Not for lack of interest, or lack of games to cover, but it always comes down to writing my post about other subjects, and then… never doing one of these.

That said, I feel the need for a “theme”, and am going to cover educational games for “Back to School”. I played all of these titles on my Apple IIc, and most notably in class (outside of Kareteka), and each of these struck a resonant chord with me. Enjoy.

1.) Number Munchers (MECC) – Mobygames says this came out in 1990, and I say “foul” because that can’t be right. The majority of my post elementary school adventures had this title in the mix, and that was…. Well, never you mind. Ws it the exciting allure of math and numbers that drove me to complete this game? The need to refine my education? Not really. I honed math skills to go up in levels and see the various intermissions. Part game, part learning tool, it offered incentive for doing well to see those crazy disputes between the Munchers and the Troggles, and how those tales Read the rest of this entry

Strong Bad’s Cool Game For Attractive People.

I finally had a reason to dust off the ol’ Wii and download my first WiiWare title.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with the eccentric nature of Homestar Runner, I’d definitely take a moment to check out the site and read a few Strong Bad e-mails if I were you. The game’s humor is without a doubt there, but might be a little lost on the uninitiated.

But the game is funny, and is very true to the show. The Brothers Chap (creators of the webtoon) are definite gamers, which is very apparent if you’ve taken the time to check out the Videlectrix site that their gaming ventures fall under. Games like Trogdor and Peasant’s Quest are brilliant, funny and very true to the classic games of yore.

Which is why it’s no surprise the game takes on a point and click adventure genre, similar to classic Sierra and Lucasarts titles. The interface also shows that this type of game definitely has a promising home on the Wii (yes, I missed Zack & Wiki), and I would certainly like to see a return to form of this classic style of play. Nintendo’s little white box looks to Read the rest of this entry

Where’s An Egg?

My favorite almost real gaming company has put out another game that I can’t stop playing:

Where’s An Egg?

It’s basically a very broken Carmen Sandiego game, but I find it strangely funny.

If you’ve ever wondered where an egg is, and the criminal intrigue associated with such an action, play the game here.

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