Tag Archives: In Praise Of

In Praise Of: Darklands.

Really I should just rename this column the Microprose Nostalgia Hour, because that’s what it is now.

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In Praise Of: Colonization.

Colonization, then. It looks like Civilization, it’s spelled like Civilization, it’s even controlled in a similar fashion to Civilization. In terms of the way it plays, though, it couldn’t be more different.

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In Praise Of: Pirates!

Or to give it its full title, Sid Meier’s Pirates! We’ll chuck the “Sid Meier’s” part – since it’s more of a trademark these days, kind of like Uncle Ben’s or Potatoes O’Brien – but we’ll keep the exclamation mark. In the case of Pirates!, it’s actually justified.

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In Praise Of: MechCommander.

Joe asks

Not a science question but not sure how else to contact you without derailing one of your posts. Forgive me.

Are you a fan of the MechWarrior/Battletech franchise? If so are you aware of the up coming MechWarrior Online game coming out soon? Either way, are you planning to play and how excited about it are you?

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In Praise Of: Z.

Ah, Z. A game all but forgotten by the annals of gaming history; an unconventional RTS released in the wake of C&C’s runaway success that would deserve its obscurity but for one curious quality: Z foreshadows most of the new and revolutionary gameplay mechanics of RTSes which were released a decade later. Now matter how pretty the graphics or detailed the slaughter of titles like Dawn o fWar and Company of Heroes, Z not only got to the territory control mechanic nearly ten years before they did, it actually took a damn good stab at it. By 1996 standards, anyway.

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