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  1. Sega is releasing a free update via Steam to all of its Mega Drive and Genesis titles that creates a new virtual hub that collects over 50 classic titles in one digital room. The hub recreates an early 90s bedroom complete with dynamic time-of-day conditions, Sega-themed decorations, a CRT TV, and a shelf that holds all your Sega Mega Drive and Genesis titles. Not only that, but the hub update brings some long desired features to these classic titles. Sega's retro titles will feature spot-on emulation, local co-op for games that originally supported it, options for graphical enhancements, the ability to save any time, and full controller and keyboard support. The full list of supported games can be found on Sega's announcement, but some of the highlights are Golden Axe, Altered Beast, Ecco the Dolphin, Virtua Fighter 2, Shining Force, Gunstar Heroes, Phantasy Star II-IV, Sonic the Hedgehog 1-3, and many more. Perhaps most importantly, Sega will be integrating full Steam Workshop support to allow for open modding of its retro titles. Honestly, we can't wait to see what the modding community will do with support from Sega like this! The update hits this Thursday, April 28. View full article
  2. Sega is releasing a free update via Steam to all of its Mega Drive and Genesis titles that creates a new virtual hub that collects over 50 classic titles in one digital room. The hub recreates an early 90s bedroom complete with dynamic time-of-day conditions, Sega-themed decorations, a CRT TV, and a shelf that holds all your Sega Mega Drive and Genesis titles. Not only that, but the hub update brings some long desired features to these classic titles. Sega's retro titles will feature spot-on emulation, local co-op for games that originally supported it, options for graphical enhancements, the ability to save any time, and full controller and keyboard support. The full list of supported games can be found on Sega's announcement, but some of the highlights are Golden Axe, Altered Beast, Ecco the Dolphin, Virtua Fighter 2, Shining Force, Gunstar Heroes, Phantasy Star II-IV, Sonic the Hedgehog 1-3, and many more. Perhaps most importantly, Sega will be integrating full Steam Workshop support to allow for open modding of its retro titles. Honestly, we can't wait to see what the modding community will do with support from Sega like this! The update hits this Thursday, April 28.
  3. A new, free demo for Final Fantasy XV is available to download right now on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The demo places players within protagonist Noctis' dreams, a world where anything is possible from shrinking down to the size of an action figure and running through toy castles to battling five storey high monsters. Through it all, players will be able to experience the controls, combat, and some visuals unique from the core game. Players will also have an adorable fuzzy companion on their travels through Noctis' dreamworld. The Platinum Demo will be a completely separate experience from the base game, allowing players to transform into different animals and monsters and wield weapons like toy hammers and drive miniature cars while battling the nightmares that inhabit the dreamscape. It's a long time from now until Final Fantasy XV's September 30 release date. However, the Platinum Demo might just temporarily sate our desire for Final Fantasy XV. Check it out if you have a chance!
  4. A new, free demo for Final Fantasy XV is available to download right now on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The demo places players within protagonist Noctis' dreams, a world where anything is possible from shrinking down to the size of an action figure and running through toy castles to battling five storey high monsters. Through it all, players will be able to experience the controls, combat, and some visuals unique from the core game. Players will also have an adorable fuzzy companion on their travels through Noctis' dreamworld. The Platinum Demo will be a completely separate experience from the base game, allowing players to transform into different animals and monsters and wield weapons like toy hammers and drive miniature cars while battling the nightmares that inhabit the dreamscape. It's a long time from now until Final Fantasy XV's September 30 release date. However, the Platinum Demo might just temporarily sate our desire for Final Fantasy XV. Check it out if you have a chance! View full article
  5. Hold onto your butts, Rocket League's long touted basketball mode appears to be releasing a bit sooner than expected. Psyonix, the developer behind Rocket League, tweeted last night that the dunking adventures of players will take off next month. No specific date was given except that it would be in April. The Twitter post also featured a first look at the new basketball mode in action. You will believe a car can dunk! As always, the new mode will be free for all Rocket League owners. Keep an eye out for it in the coming weeks.
  6. Hold onto your butts, Rocket League's long touted basketball mode appears to be releasing a bit sooner than expected. Psyonix, the developer behind Rocket League, tweeted last night that the dunking adventures of players will take off next month. No specific date was given except that it would be in April. The Twitter post also featured a first look at the new basketball mode in action. You will believe a car can dunk! As always, the new mode will be free for all Rocket League owners. Keep an eye out for it in the coming weeks. View full article
  7. Hi Everyone! My company is offering a free cleaning service to someone or a family in need. We usually clean garage, sheds, basements, etc. If you or someone you know is in need of junk removal and would love the area made over into something useful please contact us at: FreeGarageCleaning@gmail.com or 845.920.1300 We only have a few slots left for pro bono work so please don't hesitate to contact us! Thank you for your time!
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    3rd Annual Save State One Game-a-Thon For Extra Life November 7th to 8th, 9 AM – 9 AM Algonquin College, P305 Since 2008, thousands of people from the gaming community have pledged to play games to help save the lives of sick and injured kids through Extra Life – an international gaming event in support of Children's Miracle Network Hopsitals. The Children's Hopsital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), Ottawa's local CMN Hospital, treats thousands of children each year, regardless of their families ability to pay. These kids are facing scary stuff like cancer, cystic fibrosis, and injuries from accidents to name just a few. Last year, Extra Life raised more than 5 million dollars to save kids, but in 2015 our goals, just like the needs of the kids we serve, are much, much higher. Join Save State One and Extra Life in raising money for CHEO, and then come to Algonquin College for a 24-hour gaming marathon! PLEASE RSVP ON EVENTBRITE TO GUARANTEE YOUR SPACE Frequently Asked Questions Do I need to bring my own gaming equipment? This is a B.Y.O.C. (bring your own computer/console) event, with limited space available at multiplayer console stations for freeplay and tournaments. Any additional equipment that you require for the marathon is your responsibility to bring and look after. This includes, but isn't limited to, computers, consoles, TV/Monitor, keyboard, mouse, and ethernet cables.How early can I arrive to setup? Doors will open to participants at 8:30AM on November 7th for station setup. This should allow ample time for computers and consoles to be up and running for the gaming to commence at 9 AM.Where can I park? Whether you're parking for the duration of the event, or just looking to park while you unload your equipment, please park in Lot 8 (Red) or Lot 9 (Green). These Lots are free for the weekend, and located directly across from P Building. Please note that other parking lots are pay and display.Do I need to raise money to attend? As this is a fundraising event for the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, we ask that all participants help raise funds to the best of their ability. Everybody already registered for Extra Life, or looking to sign up, can join the Save State One team to have their amounts added to the team total. Anybody who wishes to attend without fundraising in advance will be encouraged to make a donation of $10 or more by cash or cheque at the door. Donations can also be done online through paypal or credit card. However, no person shall be turned away for lack of funds.Will there be Internet? There will be wifi internet available for use, provided by Algonquin College. There will also be limited ports available for ethernet cable connections.Will there be food or drink available for purchase? There will be no food or drinks available for purchase at the event itself, but there are lots of options nearby – McDonald's, Subway, and Tim Horton's are within walking distance, while Pizza Pizza, Domino's, and Mr Mozzarella all deliver to campus. Can I bring my own snacks/drinks? Yes, you are encouraged to bring your own snacks! We do ask that all outside food be PEANUT AND NUT FREE. We will have gamers present who have severe nut allergies, and this rule is in place for their safety and comfort.PLEASE RSVP ON EVENTBRITE TO GUARANTEE YOUR SPACE http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/3rd-annual-save-state-one-game-a-thon-for-extra-life-tickets-18750955613?aff=es2
  9. Our hospital, Helen Devos Children's Hospital, is throwing us a party for our fundraising efforts at Dave and Busters. It is going to be a tournament of some sort too. Food, t-shirts, and gaming all day is included with your entry. All you have to do is raise $100 on your Extra Life page and reserve your spot at the link below. https://give.helendevoschildrens.org/gamingevent
  10. With little fanfare or fuss, the price of Titanfall DLC across all platforms has been reduced to $0.00. There is no word on how long this price drop will last or what prompted the decision, so be sure to download it while you can. Console players can claim the DLC on the Xbox website for Xbox 360 and Xbox One, while PC gamers can lay claim to the three Titanfall DLC packs through Origin. The base Titanfall game is currently selling for $20 as well. Be sure to read our review if you're thinking of buying it to take advantage of the free DLC. View full article
  11. With little fanfare or fuss, the price of Titanfall DLC across all platforms has been reduced to $0.00. There is no word on how long this price drop will last or what prompted the decision, so be sure to download it while you can. Console players can claim the DLC on the Xbox website for Xbox 360 and Xbox One, while PC gamers can lay claim to the three Titanfall DLC packs through Origin. The base Titanfall game is currently selling for $20 as well. Be sure to read our review if you're thinking of buying it to take advantage of the free DLC.
  12. Valve announced that Source Engine 2 would be free during GDC, but didn't say much more than that. This left many wondering exactly what form of free Valve meant. In this interview with Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Valve's Erik Johnson confirmed that Source Engine 2 will be completely free with the caveat that anyone who makes a game with Source 2 must release their game on Steam, though they will be free to release games through other distribution platforms. Of course, that means Valve will take their usual 30% of the gross revenue from whatever is made through their store. That's a small price to pay for a distribution platform you'd normally want access to as a developer anyway. This differentiates Source Engine 2 from the free versions of Unity 5 and Unreal Engine 4. Unity 5 charges developers with over $100,000 in revenue or funding while Unreal Engine 4 takes 5% of all gross revenue. This is a really great time for small indie developers, start-ups, and experimental game designers! View full article
  13. Valve announced that Source Engine 2 would be free during GDC, but didn't say much more than that. This left many wondering exactly what form of free Valve meant. In this interview with Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Valve's Erik Johnson confirmed that Source Engine 2 will be completely free with the caveat that anyone who makes a game with Source 2 must release their game on Steam, though they will be free to release games through other distribution platforms. Of course, that means Valve will take their usual 30% of the gross revenue from whatever is made through their store. That's a small price to pay for a distribution platform you'd normally want access to as a developer anyway. This differentiates Source Engine 2 from the free versions of Unity 5 and Unreal Engine 4. Unity 5 charges developers with over $100,000 in revenue or funding while Unreal Engine 4 takes 5% of all gross revenue. This is a really great time for small indie developers, start-ups, and experimental game designers!
  14. In the space of one day, both Epic Games and Unity have considerably opened the doors to high tech video game development by making their suite of tools available for free. This is great news for anyone who has ever wanted to dive into the development software used by the big dogs of the gaming industry. There are a few caveats for both companies, but they shouldn't prove to be overly restrictive for indies or solo developers. Epic is putting Unreal Engine 4 into the hands of the public with the simple understanding that after you ship your app, game, etc. they will take a 5% cut of the gross revenue after the first $3,000 of product per quarter. That's it. If you're willing to accept that arrangement, the full capabilities of Unreal Engine 4 are available for tinkering and experimentation. Alternatively, Unity 5 is freely available to any developer operating with less than $100,000 in revenue or funding per year. Devs using Unity 5 will not be charged a royalty or charged at all unless their revenue exceeds that $100,000 mark. Unfortunately, the free version of Unity 5 comes with a few less features compared to Unity 5 Professional. It notably lacks the Cloud Build feature, as well as analytics and team licensing features which appear in the full version. You can see the full differences in the helpful image from the Unity website embedded below. Both come without a monthly fee or obligation if you never actually succeed in making anything, making them both incredibly powerful tools for amateurs and experienced developers alike. With these two announcements, I think we'll definitely be seeing some weird, awesome, different stuff on the near future. You can find and learn more about Unreal Engine 4 and Unity 5 on their respective websites. View full article
  15. In the space of one day, both Epic Games and Unity have considerably opened the doors to high tech video game development by making their suite of tools available for free. This is great news for anyone who has ever wanted to dive into the development software used by the big dogs of the gaming industry. There are a few caveats for both companies, but they shouldn't prove to be overly restrictive for indies or solo developers. Epic is putting Unreal Engine 4 into the hands of the public with the simple understanding that after you ship your app, game, etc. they will take a 5% cut of the gross revenue after the first $3,000 of product per quarter. That's it. If you're willing to accept that arrangement, the full capabilities of Unreal Engine 4 are available for tinkering and experimentation. Alternatively, Unity 5 is freely available to any developer operating with less than $100,000 in revenue or funding per year. Devs using Unity 5 will not be charged a royalty or charged at all unless their revenue exceeds that $100,000 mark. Unfortunately, the free version of Unity 5 comes with a few less features compared to Unity 5 Professional. It notably lacks the Cloud Build feature, as well as analytics and team licensing features which appear in the full version. You can see the full differences in the helpful image from the Unity website embedded below. Both come without a monthly fee or obligation if you never actually succeed in making anything, making them both incredibly powerful tools for amateurs and experienced developers alike. With these two announcements, I think we'll definitely be seeing some weird, awesome, different stuff on the near future. You can find and learn more about Unreal Engine 4 and Unity 5 on their respective websites.
  16. TwitchPlaysPokémon was one of the defining sensations of 2014. It seems only natural that a group of fans decided to make a visual novel based on the community created characters, personalities, and events that arose from it. Who didn't see this coming? While TwitchDatesPokémon draws on a wide variety of community creations, its biggest inspiration was this set of images depicting an Espeon named Burrito in a Japanese visual novel. These images garnered so much attention on Reddit that fans formed Tablefort Studios to make the hypothetical game a reality. TwitchDatesPokémon is actually an episodic game with each episode covering a week of Burrito's experiences at Twitch Academy. Each episode will be released for free with voice acting coming to later episodes. Even though it might seem like a joke to people outside of the TwitchPlaysPokémon community, it took nearly ten months to finish and quite a lot of work without compensation. Reddit user blitzmckrieg announced the completion of TwitchDatesPokémon: Week One on Reddit last week, taking the opportunity to praise the people who had dedicated months of their lives to make the first episode: To be honest, when I, /u/blitzmckrieg, first joined this project, I legitimately didn't think anything would come of it. I thought it would last a few weeks, maybe a month at most. Internet projects rarely work, we all know it. People are young, they're unorganized, they don't get paid, they don't meet face to face. There was so much stacked against us. But even though we had our fair share of hardships, in the end, the people known as Tablefort Studios managed to pull through. These past few days, they've been working harder than I've ever seen. You should have seen our chatrooms on slack, there were people of all talents: art, music, editing, writing, programming, beta testing. Everyone was in a frenzy to get this done, and everyone was working so incredibly hard. Not just by themselves, but together. We're a team now. We're a really, really good team, and I couldn't be prouder of everyone. We've been working on this game for over ten months, if you can believe it. But now, it's here. It's done. Tablefort touts several of its game's features on its press site: 7 dateable characters! An Espeon named Burrito! Several hours of gameplay! Dynamic relationship tracking system that will carry though to the next release! If you're interested and want to check it out, you can download Week One of TwitchDatesPokémon for Windows, Mac, and Linux. If you enjoy the music, you can find the soundtrack on the two musical contributors' soundclouds: Eugeneration and Will Xyen.
  17. TwitchPlaysPokémon was one of the defining sensations of 2014. It seems only natural that a group of fans decided to make a visual novel based on the community created characters, personalities, and events that arose from it. Who didn't see this coming? While TwitchDatesPokémon draws on a wide variety of community creations, its biggest inspiration was this set of images depicting an Espeon named Burrito in a Japanese visual novel. These images garnered so much attention on Reddit that fans formed Tablefort Studios to make the hypothetical game a reality. TwitchDatesPokémon is actually an episodic game with each episode covering a week of Burrito's experiences at Twitch Academy. Each episode will be released for free with voice acting coming to later episodes. Even though it might seem like a joke to people outside of the TwitchPlaysPokémon community, it took nearly ten months to finish and quite a lot of work without compensation. Reddit user blitzmckrieg announced the completion of TwitchDatesPokémon: Week One on Reddit last week, taking the opportunity to praise the people who had dedicated months of their lives to make the first episode: To be honest, when I, /u/blitzmckrieg, first joined this project, I legitimately didn't think anything would come of it. I thought it would last a few weeks, maybe a month at most. Internet projects rarely work, we all know it. People are young, they're unorganized, they don't get paid, they don't meet face to face. There was so much stacked against us. But even though we had our fair share of hardships, in the end, the people known as Tablefort Studios managed to pull through. These past few days, they've been working harder than I've ever seen. You should have seen our chatrooms on slack, there were people of all talents: art, music, editing, writing, programming, beta testing. Everyone was in a frenzy to get this done, and everyone was working so incredibly hard. Not just by themselves, but together. We're a team now. We're a really, really good team, and I couldn't be prouder of everyone. We've been working on this game for over ten months, if you can believe it. But now, it's here. It's done. Tablefort touts several of its game's features on its press site: 7 dateable characters! An Espeon named Burrito! Several hours of gameplay! Dynamic relationship tracking system that will carry though to the next release! If you're interested and want to check it out, you can download Week One of TwitchDatesPokémon for Windows, Mac, and Linux. If you enjoy the music, you can find the soundtrack on the two musical contributors' soundclouds: Eugeneration and Will Xyen. View full article
  18. It has been a few weeks since holiday gift-giving and Steam sale wallet-pillaging concluded. Bank accounts around the world could use a bit of a break from all of the monetary torment that they've been through. With most games back at full price, I couldn't help but think that a list of some of the best free games around might be appreciated. Even if you still have plenty of video games in your backlog, these ten are certainly worth checking out for the low cost of $0. 10. Dwarf Fortress In development since 2002, Dwarf Fortress is… well, it’s something. Basically, each game randomly generates a world, full of its own history, legends, and civilizations and then tasks the player with guiding a group of dwarves to glory. There are numerous adventures that await those who have the persistence necessary to comprehend Dwarf Fortress. The reason that many of you might have never heard of Dwarf Fortress is that the interface comes across as a bit esoteric. The game world, creatures, terrain, buildings, all are represented by letters and symbols that you won’t readily recognize without putting in a lot of effort. Combine that with having little to no knowledge about how any of the controls work and the first several dozen attempts to create a viable dwarven outpost will result in disaster. If the game is so hard to understand, why is it on this list? When I say that Dwarf Fortress randomly generates history for each game world, I really do mean a history. Every character has its own history that is then built upon by the player’s actions. Players give the dwarves orders and the dwarves do their best to carry out those orders, interacting with the world as they must to accomplish those orders. That means plenty of unexpected events occur and stories emerge from the most unlikely of places. I kid you not, there is an entire website dedicated to Dwarf Fortress stories (my personal favorite is the tale of the Hamlet of Tyranny). If you are intrigued, give it a download! After all, it’s free. 9. Env Stark and pristine, then destroyed and falling apart, the world of Env manages to convey an unnerving sense of loss while also bringing to the surface the instinctive need to survive. The premise is simple: Survive for six minutes. As soon as the game begins, your character’s food meter begins to drop and giant machines in the sky start to rip apart the world. Tiny devices sweep around the map, dropping food canisters that you will need to live longer and technology that enables higher and longer jumps. As the world becomes more and more fragmented, players will have to jump to greater and greater heights to avoid plummeting to their deaths while also obtaining food to avoid starvation. I didn’t go into Env expecting much, but it ends up being a beautiful and abstract game about survival. 8. Ben There, Dan That! Do you like silly adventure games with stick figure cartoon aesthetics? Ben There, Dan That might just be the game for you. A comedic point and click adventure title, Ben There, Dan That is a fun romp through the absurd adventures of Ben and Dan, the two developers of the game. The two lazy nerds wind up aboard an alien spaceship and have to find their way home through a variety of bizarre dimensions. The Adventure Game Studio, the software with which Ben There, Dan That was created, distributes a free version through their website. A newer, slightly better looking version of Ben There, Dan That and the sequel, Time Gentlemen, Please! are also available either here or on Steam for people who wish to support the developers. 7. The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall A long time ago, before the days of Skyrim or Morrowind, Bethesda made a game called The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall. It was very well received and introduced many of the series’ signature elements like open world exploration, ridiculous numbers of NPCs, and a mind-numbing amount of sidequests. In fact, Daggerfall has the largest game world in Elder Scrolls’ history; approximately 62,394 square miles with around 15,000 towns, cities, and dungeons that are populated by upwards of 750,000 NPCs. Granted, a lot of it was randomly generated, but that is still a staggering amount of content for a game released in 1996. To commemorate their 15th anniversary, Bethesda made Daggerfall available on their website. Definitely worth checking out if you have the time. 6. Age of Conan: Unchained Three years ago, Age of Conan released to the public as a jumbled mess of bugs masquerading as an MMO. It was so bad that entire zones were missing and pivotal encounters were broken. In the years since, Funcom took steps to fix their game. The bugs have been fixed, the graphics received a bit of an overhaul, the music is great, and the game switched to a free-to-play model. Yes, there are in-game transactions and the option to pay for a premium subscription, but a sizable chunk of Age of Conan can be played for free. If you’ve ever had an itch to adventure during the Hyborian Age, the barrier to entry will never be lower. 5. Flight of the Amazon Queen Fun fact: Good Old Games is a small treasure trove of free games. No, really! Just go to their website and search their library for the titles marked free. There are a number of awesome games available, Beneath A Steel Sky and Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar are particularly great, but I recommend Flight of the Amazon Queen. An old school adventure game, Flight of the Amazon Queen puts players in the shoes of aviator Joe Kidd tasked with the deceptively simple task of flying an actress to her next gig. If you played and loved the Space/King’s/Police Quest series, you should give Flight of the Amazon Queen a look. 4. The Very Organized Thief Ever wondered how tense it must be to break into somebody’s house? The Very Organized Thief gives players a brief taste of what that would be like by thrusting players into the middle of a robbery with nothing but a list of items to steal and a flashlight. Steal all the items on the list and escape before you’re caught by the homeowner or the cops. Also, sometimes you get punched out by a kangaroo. It is a great little game that is completely free! To top it off, the developers are attempting to fund an expanded retail game based on the same idea through pre-orders of their game. 3. Quest for Glory II Remember those old adventure/RPG hybrid titles made by Sierra On-Line? Remember how Quest for Glory II was the only game in that entire series that wasn’t remade in a prettier graphics engine? Even though Sierra isn’t the same adventure gaming company it once was, a group of fans decided that they wouldn’t let Quest for Glory II languish in obscurity. AGD Interactive formed specifically to bring back old Sierra adventure titles with better graphics and more intuitive controls. To date, they’ve remade Kings Quest 1-3 and Quest for Glory II. All of these remakes are free and definitely worth checking out, but AGDI’s work on Quest for Glory II impressed me the most. They also have two of their own adventure games that might be worth your time and money, but this list is about free games! 2. Star Stealing Prince I’ve written about Star Stealing Prince before. It is one of my absolute favorite RPGs and no one I know seems to have ever heard of it. Star Stealing Prince is a delightful, storybook journey following the adventures of a young prince named Snowe as he learns about the darker parts of his kingdom’s history and why the land is covered in perpetual snow. I don’t want to go much further into the story’s details because that would ruin part of the joy in playing it. A great throwback to an older era of RPGs, Star Stealing Prince was created primarily by one developer in RPG Maker software. Despite those despite massive limitations, it still manages to be an engaging and interesting work of art. Do yourself a favor and download it as soon as possible. 1. Frog Fractions There are works of genius, there are works that surpass genius, and then there is Frog Fractions. It’s an educational game to teach you about fractions! And frogs! And sometimes bugs? It might seem a little simplistic at first, but trust me, you’ll have only seen a small fraction of what the game has to offer if you immediately dismiss it. Educate yourself on how to fraction! Due to the resounding success in fraction teaching, Frog Fractions 2 successfully reached 10/10 of its Kickstarter funding goal last April. Hooray for fractions!
  19. It has been a few weeks since holiday gift-giving and Steam sale wallet-pillaging concluded. Bank accounts around the world could use a bit of a break from all of the monetary torment that they've been through. With most games back at full price, I couldn't help but think that a list of some of the best free games around might be appreciated. Even if you still have plenty of video games in your backlog, these ten are certainly worth checking out for the low cost of $0. 10. Dwarf Fortress In development since 2002, Dwarf Fortress is… well, it’s something. Basically, each game randomly generates a world, full of its own history, legends, and civilizations and then tasks the player with guiding a group of dwarves to glory. There are numerous adventures that await those who have the persistence necessary to comprehend Dwarf Fortress. The reason that many of you might have never heard of Dwarf Fortress is that the interface comes across as a bit esoteric. The game world, creatures, terrain, buildings, all are represented by letters and symbols that you won’t readily recognize without putting in a lot of effort. Combine that with having little to no knowledge about how any of the controls work and the first several dozen attempts to create a viable dwarven outpost will result in disaster. If the game is so hard to understand, why is it on this list? When I say that Dwarf Fortress randomly generates history for each game world, I really do mean a history. Every character has its own history that is then built upon by the player’s actions. Players give the dwarves orders and the dwarves do their best to carry out those orders, interacting with the world as they must to accomplish those orders. That means plenty of unexpected events occur and stories emerge from the most unlikely of places. I kid you not, there is an entire website dedicated to Dwarf Fortress stories (my personal favorite is the tale of the Hamlet of Tyranny). If you are intrigued, give it a download! After all, it’s free. 9. Env Stark and pristine, then destroyed and falling apart, the world of Env manages to convey an unnerving sense of loss while also bringing to the surface the instinctive need to survive. The premise is simple: Survive for six minutes. As soon as the game begins, your character’s food meter begins to drop and giant machines in the sky start to rip apart the world. Tiny devices sweep around the map, dropping food canisters that you will need to live longer and technology that enables higher and longer jumps. As the world becomes more and more fragmented, players will have to jump to greater and greater heights to avoid plummeting to their deaths while also obtaining food to avoid starvation. I didn’t go into Env expecting much, but it ends up being a beautiful and abstract game about survival. 8. Ben There, Dan That! Do you like silly adventure games with stick figure cartoon aesthetics? Ben There, Dan That might just be the game for you. A comedic point and click adventure title, Ben There, Dan That is a fun romp through the absurd adventures of Ben and Dan, the two developers of the game. The two lazy nerds wind up aboard an alien spaceship and have to find their way home through a variety of bizarre dimensions. The Adventure Game Studio, the software with which Ben There, Dan That was created, distributes a free version through their website. A newer, slightly better looking version of Ben There, Dan That and the sequel, Time Gentlemen, Please! are also available either here or on Steam for people who wish to support the developers. 7. The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall A long time ago, before the days of Skyrim or Morrowind, Bethesda made a game called The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall. It was very well received and introduced many of the series’ signature elements like open world exploration, ridiculous numbers of NPCs, and a mind-numbing amount of sidequests. In fact, Daggerfall has the largest game world in Elder Scrolls’ history; approximately 62,394 square miles with around 15,000 towns, cities, and dungeons that are populated by upwards of 750,000 NPCs. Granted, a lot of it was randomly generated, but that is still a staggering amount of content for a game released in 1996. To commemorate their 15th anniversary, Bethesda made Daggerfall available on their website. Definitely worth checking out if you have the time. 6. Age of Conan: Unchained Three years ago, Age of Conan released to the public as a jumbled mess of bugs masquerading as an MMO. It was so bad that entire zones were missing and pivotal encounters were broken. In the years since, Funcom took steps to fix their game. The bugs have been fixed, the graphics received a bit of an overhaul, the music is great, and the game switched to a free-to-play model. Yes, there are in-game transactions and the option to pay for a premium subscription, but a sizable chunk of Age of Conan can be played for free. If you’ve ever had an itch to adventure during the Hyborian Age, the barrier to entry will never be lower. 5. Flight of the Amazon Queen Fun fact: Good Old Games is a small treasure trove of free games. No, really! Just go to their website and search their library for the titles marked free. There are a number of awesome games available, Beneath A Steel Sky and Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar are particularly great, but I recommend Flight of the Amazon Queen. An old school adventure game, Flight of the Amazon Queen puts players in the shoes of aviator Joe Kidd tasked with the deceptively simple task of flying an actress to her next gig. If you played and loved the Space/King’s/Police Quest series, you should give Flight of the Amazon Queen a look. 4. The Very Organized Thief Ever wondered how tense it must be to break into somebody’s house? The Very Organized Thief gives players a brief taste of what that would be like by thrusting players into the middle of a robbery with nothing but a list of items to steal and a flashlight. Steal all the items on the list and escape before you’re caught by the homeowner or the cops. Also, sometimes you get punched out by a kangaroo. It is a great little game that is completely free! To top it off, the developers are attempting to fund an expanded retail game based on the same idea through pre-orders of their game. 3. Quest for Glory II Remember those old adventure/RPG hybrid titles made by Sierra On-Line? Remember how Quest for Glory II was the only game in that entire series that wasn’t remade in a prettier graphics engine? Even though Sierra isn’t the same adventure gaming company it once was, a group of fans decided that they wouldn’t let Quest for Glory II languish in obscurity. AGD Interactive formed specifically to bring back old Sierra adventure titles with better graphics and more intuitive controls. To date, they’ve remade Kings Quest 1-3 and Quest for Glory II. All of these remakes are free and definitely worth checking out, but AGDI’s work on Quest for Glory II impressed me the most. They also have two of their own adventure games that might be worth your time and money, but this list is about free games! 2. Star Stealing Prince I’ve written about Star Stealing Prince before. It is one of my absolute favorite RPGs and no one I know seems to have ever heard of it. Star Stealing Prince is a delightful, storybook journey following the adventures of a young prince named Snowe as he learns about the darker parts of his kingdom’s history and why the land is covered in perpetual snow. I don’t want to go much further into the story’s details because that would ruin part of the joy in playing it. A great throwback to an older era of RPGs, Star Stealing Prince was created primarily by one developer in RPG Maker software. Despite those despite massive limitations, it still manages to be an engaging and interesting work of art. Do yourself a favor and download it as soon as possible. 1. Frog Fractions There are works of genius, there are works that surpass genius, and then there is Frog Fractions. It’s an educational game to teach you about fractions! And frogs! And sometimes bugs? It might seem a little simplistic at first, but trust me, you’ll have only seen a small fraction of what the game has to offer if you immediately dismiss it. Educate yourself on how to fraction! Due to the resounding success in fraction teaching, Frog Fractions 2 successfully reached 10/10 of its Kickstarter funding goal last April. Hooray for fractions! View full article
  20. The Internet Archive added a staggering 2,388 pieces of video game history to its collection today. It has also launched the beta for its website that will make its contents more accessible and visually appealing. Jason Scott, one of the leaders of the Archive's push toward a more comprehensible website and a proponent of making these old game playable in-browser, explained in a blog post that not all of the MS-DOS games will be stable, but "on the whole, you will experience some analogue of the MS-DOS program, in your browser, instantly." And it is true! Some of the games on the Internet Archive work splendidly in-browser. There is no fiddling trying to get the programs to run on machine that can barely recognize what they are. True, some of them don't work properly, but all of them work enough to give you an idea of how they played; what they looked and sounded like. It is a really impressive feat. I highly recommend you go over and poke around the titles on stored on the Archive just to see what's out there. If you have trouble with the beta site, just switch over to the old version.
  21. The Internet Archive added a staggering 2,388 pieces of video game history to its collection today. It has also launched the beta for its website that will make its contents more accessible and visually appealing. Jason Scott, one of the leaders of the Archive's push toward a more comprehensible website and a proponent of making these old game playable in-browser, explained in a blog post that not all of the MS-DOS games will be stable, but "on the whole, you will experience some analogue of the MS-DOS program, in your browser, instantly." And it is true! Some of the games on the Internet Archive work splendidly in-browser. There is no fiddling trying to get the programs to run on machine that can barely recognize what they are. True, some of them don't work properly, but all of them work enough to give you an idea of how they played; what they looked and sounded like. It is a really impressive feat. I highly recommend you go over and poke around the titles on stored on the Archive just to see what's out there. If you have trouble with the beta site, just switch over to the old version. View full article
  22. More free stuff! Microsoft is unlocking Xbox Live Gold's features for everyone with Xbox 360 starting today. From today until the 12th, Xbox 360 owners can enjoy the benefits of a Gold membership for free. The offer does not extend to Xbox One owners. There is, unfortunately, one exception. Players who don't have a full Gold membership won't have access to Games with Gold or Deals with Gold promotions during the free weekend. View full article
  23. More free stuff! Microsoft is unlocking Xbox Live Gold's features for everyone with Xbox 360 starting today. From today until the 12th, Xbox 360 owners can enjoy the benefits of a Gold membership for free. The offer does not extend to Xbox One owners. There is, unfortunately, one exception. Players who don't have a full Gold membership won't have access to Games with Gold or Deals with Gold promotions during the free weekend.
  24. Dragon Age: Inquisition comes out next month on November 18, but EA is already prepping by giving out the first Dragon Age RPG for less the staggering price of nothing. People looking to snag a copy of the fantastic Dragon Age: Origins will need an Origin account to download their free copy. While I know that not a ton of people are a fan of Origin, it is pretty hard to turn your nose up at a free copy of one of BioWare's best RPGs. The promotion will only be available for the next six days, so hop to it. View full article
  25. Dragon Age: Inquisition comes out next month on November 18, but EA is already prepping by giving out the first Dragon Age RPG for less the staggering price of nothing. People looking to snag a copy of the fantastic Dragon Age: Origins will need an Origin account to download their free copy. While I know that not a ton of people are a fan of Origin, it is pretty hard to turn your nose up at a free copy of one of BioWare's best RPGs. The promotion will only be available for the next six days, so hop to it.
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