Items tagged obscure

50 Years of Text Games - 1986: Uncle Roger

Yet another unsung pioneer of interactive fiction, her strange, different work, and paths not taken in the end.

Tags: obscure, interactive fiction

Black Out! (at HG101)

How different can you make a Lights Out-style game? Hardcore Gaming 101 gives the answer with this retrospective of an obscure homebrew title for a doomed console. And maybe there are some lessons to learn for other game designers.

Tags: obscure, strategy, retrospective

The quietly groundbreaking videogame of RoboCop 3

RoboCop 3 may have been a muddled disappointment of a film, but the videogames – that came out first – were a bit more interesting.

Tags: obscure, history

The Nintendo Famicom Clone Craze

How “famiclones” spread all over the world

Tags: obscure, hardware, history

Socialism’s DIY Computer

The Galaksija computer was a craze in 1980s Yugoslavia, inspiring thousands of people to build versions in their own homes. The idea behind them was simple – to make technology available to everyone.

Tags: cool, obscure, hardware, history

Rings of Power - Naughty Dog's Last Pure Game

Retrospective of a most unusual RPG from exactly thirty years ago as of this writing, that failed, sadly enough, not due to its own failings but (where have we heard this before?) for being sabotaged by the publisher. Why people still seek one out in 2021 is beyond me. Also food for thought as to ways to make our games different, if only to shake people out of their routine. They'll remember it afterwards, and that's what matters.

Tags: obscure, rpg, retrospective

The story of the Atari Jaguar saviour that never came out

"But between 1993 and 1996, there were more failed major console releases than there were consoles released in the last decade."

Tags: hardware, history, obscure

Remembering the Johnny Mnemonic Interactive Movie

In 1995, a company called Propoganda Code took on what must have been a strange task of adapting William Gibson’s “Johnny Mnemonic” into a kind of interactive movie experience that would be played on Macintosh and Microsoft Windows.

Tags: fmv, obscure, retrospective