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The era of FMV games was marked by a lot of things: shoddy gameplay, low quality (often interlaced) video, dodgy acting, and constant disk swapping. But there was a time when the gaming industry looked to FMV as the future, and threw an metric shitload of money behind FMV games.

Most didn't pan out. But it did result in some of - at the time - most expensive games ever made. One such effort in Australia was The Dame Was Loaded, which you can buy again today for a schooner.

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Lovecraftian horror is a tricky genre to nail down. The creeping sense of dread, of being locked in the throes of insanity, has to have some basis in your own imagination -- giving it form or name often softens the scares. The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker, which hit Steam last week, is a slow burn. It's not without its share of bumps, but for a subset of FMV enthusiasts like myself, it's perfect B-movie schlock with a hint of Cthulhu.

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Tender Loving Care was an experiment in interactive cinema while Privateer 2: The Darkening was an ill-fated Wing Commander spin-off. They were the only two games actor John Hurt ever performed in, but even the rich, rumbling tones of his English voice could do little to save either one.

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Video: Back in the 1990s, folks thought that video games that relied heavily on filmed sequences were the future. That future never really came to pass, but the cheesiness of 1990s games like Night Trap and Harvester earned them places of affection in gamers' collective subconscious. However, some of the onscreen talent from those games wound up in really dark places.

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A lot of retro titles ran through my head this week. Master of Orion's back on the radar. Wing Commander was on my mind, thanks to Cloud Imperium Games and their extended stream. Morning sessions of StarCraft were making me think about what Dune 2000 was like -- I never got to play it, being a touch young when it came out, and OpenRA makes it easy game to rediscover. And the 1998 remake of Battlezone is something I'll undoubtedly revisit before this year is out.

But what left the strongest imprint in my mind for this week came courtesy of one summer holiday many moons ago. Picture this: you're sitting by the family Christmas tree with your older brother (I only have one), father and mother. You've got a shared sack. You go diving through and you find some video games.

One of those video games happens to be Spycraft: The Great Game.