I hope you all received awesome retro gaming gifts this Christmas and can possibly share some of your experiences with us. We'd love to hear what you got and if you would recommend it for other readers. I know that after reading the Wreck-It Ralph review this month, that I might try and get a copy of it when it comes out on DVD, since I am probably one of the few in the classic gaming world that has not yet seen this movie, even though most of the reviews seem to be favorable.
I want to take a little bit of a deviation from the standard 80s video game talk and trek down a path that I don't wander down very often. For some reason I have been thinking about all those great memories of playing Shareware titles on the PC. I used to have this CD with 700+ games on it, all being shareware or titles that were old/short and included as filler. It was Shareware that really kick started me into PC gaming. I must have played over 100 of the games off of that CD, and most of them were very good. Titles that come to mind are Apogee titles (like Duke Nukem, Commander Keen, Monster Bash, etc.), X-Com, Capture the Flag, Eternam, The Adventures of Maddog Williams, and countless others that I can't recall off the top of my head. I also had a standalone CD of Doom: Knee Deep in the Dead and King's Quest V (I think this was not shareware, but the whole version). Anyway, I would play the games on that CD like crazy and thought I would never get a chance to relive those memories without having to search for each game separately (most of the titles I don't even remember) until I was informed by a member on our forums that the Internet Archive has a large collection of Shareware CDs at http://archive.org/details/cdbbsarchive. If you haven't checked this out yet, I recommend that you do, as it is full of downloadable Shareware CDs! If you were a fan of Shareware back in the day, you need to check this out, as it's chock full of all those great games that helped define that era of PC gaming. All you need to do is download DOSBox from http://www.dosbox.com/ and you're all set.
Now excuse me while I go and fire up a game of God of Thunder!