I think I’m having a mid-life “crisis”. Not that it’s a crisis in any real sense of the word. The phrase is used when people of approximately my age tend to start doing things to feel youthful again. The classic example is to buy a sports car, and or get flashy clothes. Apparently, for me, it’s play old video games and enjoy old programs.
I’ve been playing a lot of Quake lately. Primarily because this laptop isn’t that powerful, and partially because it’s still a really good game. Despite its age. Lots of mappers, modders and other creative types have expanded upon it countless times and made truly incredible things.
The other thing I like about Quake is that it is simple. There isn’t a whole lot to the base game. Brushes make up walls and other structures. Entities are stuff like lava, water, and other stuff. Once you understand that, the whole thing becomes really simple to wrap your head around. The gameplay is similarly simple. There are no alt-fire modes or class dynamics and builds, no meta game. Just you, your skill and the environment.
Since this seems like my mid-life crisis, I may as well lean into it. Like I mentioned, there is a lot of good content floating around out there. Similarly, there is still a beating community of multiplayer servers out there. Even a project to run a Quake (1, 2 & 3) server on a Raspberry Pi. In fact, I think I’m going to make that my starting point. I already have an un-used Raspberry Pi 3B kicking around.
Memorial Day will be the day I also remember and relive some of my childhood.
I’ve been a long time eBay member (since December of 1998). Back when getting Linux CDs mailed to you for $5 was a thing. I didn’t sell much, though, as I was (at the time) comfortable with the crazy amount of crap I had accumulated over the years. I mean, I just rounded 26 sales on my account this year.
I miss the old Mechwarrior games. Stomping around in a big walking tank that shoots lasers and missles at other mechs on a barely distinguishable terrain.
Yes, I realize there is MechWarrior Online, but I’m tired of that free-to-play (aka pay-to-win) B.S.. I’d rather sit here, nostalgic and a bit hopeful that someday my prince/game development studio will come and build me a majestic MechWarrior game.
This is exactly why this old video makes me so sad. Smith and Tinker had the look and feel tied up. Considering this trailer came out in 2009, I’m pretty sure the next couple of years would have been spectacular as far as gaming goes.