It's hard to believe that the source code of successful games is lost, but often proven true when it comes time to re-release or "remaster" classics. A recent example is Final Fantasy VIII, vanished by Square-Enix's fire-and-forget philosophy of version control and remade from scratch. Even more amazing, a single programmer, GalaXyHaXz, spent four months reverse-engineering classic 1996 action RPG Diablo, recreating it from the ground up without the original code at hand. This video explains how he did it–and what it means for game preservation.
Dwarf Fortress is an amazing, mindboggling game, a roguelike that simulates an entire world in pursuit of simulating the remote but promising outpost of hardy dwarves which you lead in it. Deep, intricate, and brimming with fascinating and arresting "emergent properties", it always had one big thing going against it: the impenetrability of its text-mode… READ THE REST
Read Only Memory published a fantastic retrospective of Dune II, the game that codified the realtime strategy genre and, en passant, helped make a sci-fi classic cool again. Success comes from balancing numerous competing sets of demands. Exploring the desert will reveal spice deposits to mine, yet this takes the player away from base building.… READ THE REST
Video games have gone through a series of radical evolutions over the years. The technological leaps in graphics and gameplay are impressive in their own right, but the growing sophistication within the narrative of video games has been spellbinding. In the late 80s and early 90s, scant was the number of games that sought to… READ THE REST
We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. It ain't easy being sleepy, that's for sure. There's a lot to keep you up at night, so don't let your snoring be another factor. An electronic muscle stimulator like the Snore Circle… READ THE REST
We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. Stop drooling over everyone else's iPad and treat yourself to one of your very own. During our December Deal of the Day event, we're releasing new discounts that only last 24… READ THE REST
We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. Like us, you love a holiday jam or two. Voices singing "Let's be jolly?" We eat that up. Choir bells ringing? Can't get enough. Marshmallows for toasting and caroling out in the snow?… READ THE REST