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Apogee Software and GoG Are Giving Away Rise of the Triad

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Today at 4:00 PM GMT (that’s 12:00 PM EDT and 9:00 AM PDT for those who need it easy) game distribution site Good Old Games is giving away Rise of the Triad for the first 30,000 people who request it.  Now what’s funny to me is that the press release says they’re giving away the 2013 version of Rise of the Triad whereas I would have assumed it would be the original The Dark War version from 1994 but who knows, for now I would trust it’s the newer (and better) game.  After the first 30,000 go it’s still going to be available at 80 percent off, which is a steal for that game.  As my review in the link will explain, if you want the 90s brought back to life with modern controls and graphics, this long 20+ hour FPS with a campaign and frag-fest multiplayer is a gem.  If you want to be prepared, you may want to zip over to the site, make a username if you don’t have one already, and be signed in and ready to refresh your browser at the golden hour.  It’s free, what have you got to lose.  Also if you’re curious to read up on what started life as the sequel to Wolfenstein 3-D, feel free to check out our historical context article on the development of the original.

Written by Fred Rojas

March 16, 2015 at 10:30 am

Good Old Games Holds “Time Machine” Sale

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If you head on over to Good Old Games right now you will see they are holding a “Time Machine” sale on the main page.  It looks like each offer goes live for around 75-90 minutes with really decent discounts.  Already today Tomb Raider 1-3 could be had for $1.99 and currently Carmageddon and the expansion, the Splat Pack, are $1.49.  According to the press release the sale goes all day, covers 30 years of gaming, and some sales will offer games as low as 59 cents.  As with all GOG content, these games come DRM-free, are optimized to work on modern day (typically Windows XP-7 at least) machines, and include plenty of goodies like PDF versions of the manual along with bonus content like wallpapers and soundtracks.

Editor comment: Unlike Steam and other digital distributors, GOG has always done an excellent job at creating a package that you can quite literally double click on and play in today’s PC gamescape.  With retro gaming on PCs being plagued by incompatibility issues it can be risky to pick up your classic games elsewhere.  To see sales like this shows that GOG is ready to compete with other online stores head on.

Written by Fred Rojas

January 29, 2014 at 8:49 am

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