Bot Tweets Screenshot Of A Game From The 90s That Never Existed

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A couple of days ago, a Twitter bot posted a screenshot from a video game called "StarTribes: Myth of the Dragon Lord". Except, no such game exists. It took some digging from Amberle, an eagle-eyed follower of the bot, to track down the image's likely origin: 1992's Laser Lords. The problem is, the contents of the screenshot never appeared in the final game.

As Frank Cifaldi of the Video Game History Foundation writes, the image itself is from a CD entitled "GIFs Galore". In fact, the Twitter bot's sole purpose is to post stuff from this disc.

The most likely explanation is that Laser Lords was once called StarTribes and at one point, might have been a very different game. Once they knew what to look for, a few more shots of this unreleased game were found on the CD.

Image: GIFS GALORE / Twitter
Image: VGHF
Image: VGHF

Eventually, Cifaldi tracked down a full-page advertisement for StarTribes in an issue of Computer Gaming World and figured out why the game never made it to shelves:

Despite the ad's emphasis that the game is "coming very soon," it never materialized. We can only speculate as to why that might be, but I've got a hunch that [developer] Spinnaker's financial woes might have had something to do with it.

Makes you wonder what other uncompleted games are out there, rotting on old storage devices...

@awesomemonster [Twitter, via The Video Game History Foundation]


    I remember game mags used to occasionally do features in the mid to late 90s. "Best games never released!" or "here's a list of vapour ware we wish would come out!"

    I used to love those features because those games were often too ambitious for their own good.

    I remember one of them had a four page feature on a 3D Planetfall game (based off the text adventure) that never came out. Looked great.

    There was Star Trek: The Secret of Romulan fury which looked absolutely beautiful for a game in the 90s.

    And then Prey and Duke Nukem Forever which were considered vapourware for a long time.

      Duke Nukem Forever still is vapourware, as far as I'm concerned.

        Well, there were about 4 or 5 different iterations of it. I'd love for them to release one of the early builds.

      There's a fantastic website called Unseen64 that covers unreleased games, and often uses scans of 1990s games magazines in their articles. Well worth checking out, if only for the nostalgia.

    Is the character in the second pic made of plasticine?


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