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PC Gaming in… 2006

PC Gaming in… 2006

Greetings, XP4Ts. You may have noticed that the XP4T blog here is back in business, which I hope is as happy news for you as it is for us. As you may or may not know, we all work in the industry ourselves, so time is a somewhat limited resource and the site sometimes goes on an unannounced hiatus for a while. But this time of year is often serendipitous for many of our schedules, so here we are again. Welcome back! At Christmas this year I had a cracker in which the motto read, ‘The road ahead is often illuminated by the [...]

February 3, 2016 Neurotic Retro Gaming, Varia 0

Poll: Best RPGs of the 90’s

Poll: Best RPGs of the 90’s

Welcome to the days of yore! Some of us have very fond memories of the early days of PC RPGs, whereas some of you may not even have been born. Either way, there may be one or two jewels below that you’re unaware of, but thanks to sites like GOG.com you can experience them for the first time – it’s never too late! Then again, maybe you know them all and will have a hard time choosing just five as your favourite RPGs of the 1990s! Yes, that’s right, we’re running a poll to find the best RPGs, by decade, and based on [...]

January 10, 2016 PsychoSyd Editorials, News, Retro Gaming, XP4T Exclusives 0

Poll: Best PC RPGs of the 1990s

Poll: Best PC RPGs of the 1990s

Welcome to the days of yore! Back here in the 1990s we’re all having a colourful multicultural revolution, hip-hoppers and grungers alike, looking ahead to the true rise of the Internet at the end of the decade. Some of you  may have very fond memories of the early days of PC RPGs, while some of you may not even have been born. Either way, as PC gamers our rich legacy of dice-rolling and orc-slaying established in crude CGA and 16-colour VGA graphics in the 1980s positively exploded in the 1990s. One of the reasons we’re running these polls is to help you discover [...]

March 2, 2015 PsychoSyd Retro Gaming, Varia 4

Internet Arcade

Internet Arcade

Everybody and their grandmother is into building their own video game emulator these days. I’m ‘into it’ as well, but honestly, when it comes down to brass tacks, finding the time to fiddle with MAME or RetroPI makes it all sound so daunting. A friend of mine actually build a retro arcade, and it looks sweet! But it probably took him a number or weeks, and I guarantee you he made it before he had kids. Of course it doesn’t help that I have two left hands when it comes to actually buiding things, or that I have the attention [...]

March 2, 2015 PsychoSyd Retro Gaming 0

The Portable Arcade System: R-Kaid-R

The Portable Arcade System: R-Kaid-R

With a name like Love Hulten, you’re gonna make things happen. Even though it may sound like a stage name for a Las Vegas stripper, the Swedish designer, craftsman and innovator has more to offer than slinky pole work. He is the one man show behind the R-KAID-R which is a solid wood portable console emulator which presently supports 14 different game systems. Supported game systems MAME Neo Geo PC Engine / Turbo Grafx 16 Playstation 1 Atari 2600 Game Boy Game Boy Advance Nintendo Super Nintendo Sega Master System Sega Genesis Scummvm Doom Duke Nukem 3D Additionally you can [...]

February 27, 2015 PsychoSyd Hardware, Retro Gaming 0

The Best RPGs of the ’80s: The Results!

The Best RPGs of the ’80s: The Results!

So, as so often happens when you get a bunch of old-skool gamers talking together about their favorite games, our initial opinion poll on the Best RPGs of the 1980s was inspired by a ‘disagreement’ here at XP4T HQ. But before too much blood was spilled, we decided to settle it like adults (BOOOOOOOORING!) and put together an opinion poll, so that YOU, our knowledgeable, handsome, witty readers could settle the question of which RPGs made in the 1980s  were the best. Of course, now that the results are in, some people here are a bit sore (literally), and can’t believe that, for example, Battletech: The [...]

February 5, 2015 PsychoSyd Retro Gaming, Videos, XP4T Exclusives 2

32 Years of Alien Games (Part 1)

32 Years of Alien Games (Part 1)

Two weeks ago, it was widely reported that Rebellion’s Aliens vs Predator (2010) and the notorious Aliens: Colonial Marines had both disappeared from Steam. Last week, it was reported that they were back again, with the whole thing shrugged off as a bit of standard legal business whilst SEGA’s Alien franchise licensing rights were renewed with 20th Century Fox. To make a long story only slightly shorter, this led me to reinstalling the 2010 AvP, playing the Marine campaign for about 15 minutes, then quitting in terror before I’d even met the first alien (which is exactly how I played [...]

January 14, 2015 Neurotic Editorials, Retro Gaming, Varia 1

Retro Review: Star Command

Retro Review: Star Command

  Yeah, I’m talking about the original Star Command, not that supposed mobile  ‘spiritual successor’  from 2013, but the real deal. Star Command is a DOS RPG developed by Strategic Simulations, Inc. (the D&D ‘Gold Box’ people) which was released in 1988. So, if you’re here to read all about that cute little ‘space game’ from 2013, you’re in the wrong sector of space, motherf*cker! For me, at the time, playing this game was a no-brainer. It was totally in-line with other party-based RPGs, namely Wasteland, Dungeons & Dragons: Pool of Radiance, and so on. Star Command allowed you to create a party of eight characters, [...]

December 17, 2014 PsychoSyd Retro Gaming, Retro Reviews 0

Trauma in the Desert: How One Mod Defined an Entire Series (Part 2)

Trauma in the Desert: How One Mod Defined an Entire Series (Part 2)

We’re on a mission, people, a mission to discover how one mod changed the entire face of a AAA gaming franchise. If you missed last week’s briefing, get yourself up to speed here, then lock and load for Part 2 below… In a nutshell, one Swedish development team, Refraction Games, made the legendary online WWII shooter, Codename Eagle (1999). Refraction were then acquired by another Swedish outfit, Digital Illusions CE (DICE), and together they would give the world Battlefield 1942, back in 2002. BF 1942 proved itself both highly popular and highly moddable, and it’s as the Battlefield modding craze [...]

December 10, 2014 Neurotic Retro Gaming, Varia 0

Retro Review: Police Quest: In Pursuit of the Death Angel

Retro Review: Police Quest: In Pursuit of the Death Angel

The Summer of ’87 was a pivotal point for me. It represented the transformation from boy to young man. Nah, I’m just joking. Anyways, up until then, I had tinkered a lot with group based games (Wasteland, Dungeons & Dragons: Pool of Radiance) but also had my fair share of experience with adventure games, namely Leisure Suit Larry and King’s Quest. The beauty of the Sierra adventure games is their structure. Whether you’re in space mopping a floor, or chasing drug dealers with your sirens blazing in your cruiser, Sierra created a structure that you could trust. This structure was [...]

December 9, 2014 PsychoSyd Retro Gaming 0