Tagged With Retro

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You've got to give the id Software of old credit — it takes a certain level of genius to hide a secret so well that even with mod tools, source code and over 20 years of time, people still couldn't figure out how to trigger it. Until now, that is. Doom 2's infamous MAP15, also known as "Industrial Zone", has finally been 100 per cent completed.

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Picking firsts in video game history isn't easy. For example: Resident Evil was the first survival horror game. Nope, try Alone in the Dark. Oh wait, was it Sweet Home (the inspiration for RE)? Massive argument ensues. At the risk of starting his own related brawl, Alex Lemcovich of Stealth Docs has put forward his idea of the first stealth game. Care to guess?

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Perhaps it's because I've been away from a controller and mouse for a while, but I've had a real strong desire for things that can be played with the arrow keys and a few buttons lately. So let's combine those two passions in this week's Tribute Thursday with a real old gem.

Let's beat up some blokes in costume.

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1994's FPS-RPG, System Shock, is an important game. It was an influence on not just BioShock and its sequels, but also a variety of game series in between, like Half-Life and Deus Ex. It was also a bitch to play on modern PCs, which is fortunately something this re-release should help with.

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'Retro' visual aesthetics are everywhere. They're in the games we used to play, they're in marketing, pixel art. It's a movement. It's part of our cultural consciousness. But it's easy to forget that the 'pixel' look was a result of processing limitations. How did it all work? This video does a phenomenal job of explaining all that.