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...that although Home of the Underdogs closed its doors long ago, we have archived the database in order to preserve the massive reference?
So what is this site? To put it in the most simple way imaginable: It's a site about digital games. Not about the latest gaming news, but about the games themselves, and - as you've already surmised from the site's name - specializing in what's usually considered 'classic' these days. Of course, definitions of 'classic' differ widely. However, if you browse around a little, you'll find us covering pretty much everything (with varying intensity) from the earliest home systems (late 1970s) to the end of the last millenium.


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Is it three-dimensional Speedball? Or rather the Deadly Discs game from Tron? Some bits from here, some from there. Stormball was likely supposed to be a fast-paced sports game on varied pitches causing some geometrical challenges. It is largely forgotten nowadays. Deservedly so?
Mr Creosote


This one looks familiar, doesn't it? But wait, didn't we do Breakout 2.5 years ago? Indeed. So the cooldown period can be considered over now – time for some new stuff. Crillion is actually an interesting variant which works in unexpected ways. It may not be immediately visible, but if you look carefully… no paddle! You'll find out why.
Mr Creosote


Back in more familiar waters and on some of my favourite subjects, too: trains and murder. Actually, this is the classic of the train mystery genre. Murder on the Orient Express, the original novel, set standards about the use of a confined space which still apply. It was turned into a hugely successful film fourty years later, with which this game at hand has much more in common than the 2010 TV adaption with which it shares its star. And it seems yet another film is about to be released soon. Which, of course, the world doesn't need. Though all these poor people involved need to earn their living somehow, don't they?
Mr Creosote


Here it finally is. The last 3D shooter I'm going to force you to read about this year. Promise! Genetic Species also happens to be one of the newest ones covered over the last couple of months.

Longtime readers have have been wondering why I've been doing this at all. Seeing that I have spoken quite negatively about this genre as a whole many times. Did I change my mind? Well, no. I'm still not particularly fond of this kind of shooter. They are much too formulaic, much too reliant on the latest and greatest graphical effects usually. This makes them age badly and even at the time, I didn't care for them.

In my book, this did make me a good candidate to review such games. TGOD was never supposed to be a pure fanboy voice. Having no previous emotional attachment to any of these games may have helped – even if some of the comments weren't what everybody was expecting. And in any case, widening one's own horizon can't hurt, can it?


I've never heard about this game before (nor seen it here until now), but seeing we get a third review on it makes me think I missed out on something big. Z is the name of the game, and our newcomer is another old-school veteran still loyal to the good old days of his. Thank you, campbell and welcome to TGOD!


A bit behind schedule, so I still have two more shooters to go. Which may not be so bad, as they are kind of the antithesis of the brainy adventures announced a couple of days ago. Nemac IV appealed to me quite a bit more than I expected. The fact that instead of the usual artefact collecting, it draws its motivation from gameplay-related considerations probably helped.


It's that time of the year again! Plenty of new text adventures released for all our playing pleasure. So many, in fact, that it will not be possible to play them all during the judging period. So I took the time to make a preliminary selection. Let's see if I can make it through this reduced list at least. Stay tuned, the article will be updated as I go (without announcements). The first game, I have already finished :)


Now things are really getting confusing. Gloom 2 was released as Gloom 3. The next proper sequel should then be Gloom 4 or Gloom 5, shouldn't it? Wrong. It was first announced as Gloom 3 Director's Cut, although the final game actually contained all new levels. It even dropped the series name altogether. Zombie Massacre? Well, who cares after all these years?


Yes, I agree. This does not look particularly promising. Even though I have been covering a large amount of crap lately, this is indeed surprising, as this particular game bears the name of a series which actually got my approval early in the run. Gloom 3 (where did Gloom 2 go?) does not come from the same development team. Maybe that is its dirty secret.


How about a burger? Yes, sounds good right now, doesn't it? Unless, of course, you are the one being "processed" and eaten, I guess. Though in Hitchhiker's tradition, this is what is exactly what is going to happen. Unless our protagonist manages to trick the advanced, meat-hungry aliens. How does Orion Burger stack up against McDonald's, Burger King and all?

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