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Grand Theft Auto 2 (1999)

Grand Theft Auto 2

Rockstar Games, Inc.

Lie, cheat, and steal your way through three districts of a huge city in the follow-up to Grand Theft Auto. Earn the respect of 7 different gangs as you demolish the town in your attempt to make lots of cash. The game takes place at an undisclosed time in the near future. Unlike the first game which featured three different cities, Grand Theft Auto 2 only features a single town, but it’s divided in three districts which are unlocked one at a time: downtown, residential and industrial. Like in the original the player goes around answering phones to initiate various missions. The game uses an overhead camera in a 3D landscape and allows the player to freely explore the city and steal any vehicle the player sets his or her eyes on. To unlock new districts the player must reach a certain score which is done by committing crimes and finishing missions.

System Shock 2 (1999)

System Shock 2

Electronic Arts, Inc.

System Shock 2 is an FPS/RPG hybrid, set on the Von Braun, the first faster-than-light speed space vessel. After choosing a set of initial skills, you are thrust into the plot as you awaken from cryogenic sleep with no memory of recent events. Something has gone horribly wrong on the Von Braun and you must fend for yourself with only one mysterious contact to guide you.

Rune: Halls of Valhalla (2001)

Rune: Halls of Valhalla

Gathering of Developers

Rune: Halls of Valhalla is a multiplayer-only expansion to the computer game Rune. It features many new characters to choose from, thirty three new maps, and most prominently: two completely new game modes.

Rune (2000)

Rune

Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.

Rune is a 3D action game in which the player takes the role of Ragnar the Viking, mightiest warrior of a byegone age.

There is a full single player game as well as a multiplayer component, in case players tire of the AI.

Age of Empires: Gold Edition (1999)

Age of Empires: Gold Edition

Microsoft Corporation

The Gold Edition of Age of Empires is a box set which includes the original game and the expansion that was released later in its life, Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome.

Deus Ex: GOTY Edition (2001)

Deus Ex: GOTY Edition (2001)

Eidos Interactive, Inc.

In this new edition of the acclaimed PC title Deus Ex, you get the full original game with a brand new multiplayer and head-to-head deathmatch modes as well as a new editing software kit which allows you to create your own levels (single and multiplayer types) and edit existing levels from the original. All this and a full CD soundtrack featuring 30 remixed songs from the game.

Welcome to Game Graveyard 2.0

Not bad for less than a month of work, eh? Yes, that’s right, something with 2.0 tacked onto the end of it actually turns out not to be vaporware.

As previously mentioned, the Textpattern site got harder and harder to manage on my own. Anything to make that better with the existing software would have required me to get into writing things on my own. Me writing code on my own generally ends up not being very clean and not very standards compliant.

So here we are with WordPress, software that required a hell of a lot of effort to port the site over but would need less than 5 minutes of my time to add new games. What does this mean? More frequent updates and less of a drain of that ever disappearing free time that I have.

There are also new request and offer rules that are a little more lenient than before. Offers require registration to view the forum.

Here’s an outline of some of the new things implemented with this version of the site:

  • Comments. Technically Textpattern had these but they did not work that well so I’d removed them completely from the template.
  • New forums. The old ones worked fine but since I was redirecting to them anyway I figured that it wouldn’t hurt to run them locally.
  • Much cleaner layout for the games. This took a lot of manual labor but worth it in the long run.
  • IRC page with a web client that actually works. Mibbit was a quick and dirty solution, I admit.
  • Proper use of mirrors. I might actually develop this further into using something like MirrorBrain, stay tuned.
  • Site-wide view counters. With this I can also show the most popular games based on views.
  • Search actually works now. I don’t know what happened before but Textpattern’s didn’t work
  • More readable/modern UI. The all black thing got kind of old.
  • Better use of horizontal space. This is increasingly important with the amount of widescreen monitors on the market.
  • Pagination in the categories. Not much needs to be said here. 300+ links on one page gets messy.

Things i’ve been thinking about for the future:

  • Genres. These can be implemented simply through WordPress’s tag system
  • Like mentioned before, MirrorBrain for file management between servers.
  • Game of the day or week post for popular games. I haven’t yet decided how to implement this.
  • Whatever other suggestions that people post here.
  • Possible indexing of WinWorld’s applications for detailed descriptions
  • Screenshot gallery with user submitted screenshots

That’s all for now, enjoy the new site!

Medieval Warriors (1991)

Medieval Warriors

Merit Software

In Medieval Warriors, you control either the Blue team or the Red team, each with twelve warriors. There are four maps, or battlefield terrains, where the battles take place, and each of them presents different obstacles and challenges. For instance, in “Frontier Outpost,” teams are placed in separate forts divided by a forest and a pond; in “Castle Keep,” however, it is just a maze of rooms and hallways.

Math Rescue (1992)

Math Rescue

Apogee Software, Ltd.

The world suddenly realizes that there are no numbers. There are no numbers on calculator, your mom has locked herself in the bathroom and won’t come out because her paycheck is blank, and the Dow Jones isn’t up or down… it’s gone! In desperation you try to call your friend, but the numbers on the phone are gone, and you can’t remember your friends number. Rushing outside, you find a creature that resembles a giant nose with eyes, one of the “Gruzzles”, grabbing numbers off your house and tossing them into a robot garbage truck. In fear, you point a quivering finger. Suddenly, a giant butterfly appears and dumps a giant bucket of slime on the nose. After finding out how to get past the Gruzzles, you grab a trash can lid for protection as you follow the Gruzzles to get the planet’s numbers back.

Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle (1993)

Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle

Erbe Software, S.A.

Purple Tentacle, one of the crazy Dr. Fred’s creations, drinks contaminated water from Dr. Fred’s Sludge-o-matic. He mutates into an insane genius and grows arms, and now he’s plotting to take over the world. In an effort to stop him, Dr. Fred sends three friends, Bernard, Hoagie and Laverne back in time to yesterday, in order for them to turn off the Sludge-o-matic and stop the sludge from spilling into the river, thus preventing the whole incident. Naturally, the cheap doctor uses a fake diamond over a real one in his time machine, which blows up sending Hoagie 200 years into the past and Laverne 200 years into the future.