I had both the time and the income to waste hundreds of hours, computer hardware was getting good enough to create incredible, immersive gaming environments — and the market was big enough to bring some brilliant creators into the field.
Now, with Good Old Games having gone into public beta this week, a ton of these classic Windows games are once again available, for dirt-cheap prices. I’m talking $6 - $10 here, with no DRM, no monthly subscriptions, and full manuals. Plus, they’ll work on PC’s that aren’t bleeding edge (and super expensive).
If you can get beyond the more limited graphics, you’ll find some of the smartest, most compelling gameplay ever conceived in games like Fallout, Freespace, and Descent.
I bought Freespace and tried it on my VMWare XP install — it worked great, but the Apple keyboard kept messing me up. I’m actually considering Bootcamp for these games, now…
[via MeFi (watch out, the language gets coarse in the discussion)]
Today, many bloggers around the world are participating in Blog Action Day to raise awareness about this year’s topic, Poverty.
It’s a reality that we hear about a lot, but it’s often easy to avoid facing its terrible and very human impact on our communities. Unlike other great causes like global warming, right now poverty is acutely affecting the lives of people just like us who don’t have access to adequate nutrition, education, medical care, and employment.
In my recent trip to South Africa, I was struck by the fact that most of the poverty was shunted away in townships that were far away from richer neighborhoods, and it hit me that it’s the same way back home. The poor Hartford neighborhoods I drive by on the way to and from work are easily dodged with a slight change in route.
Our poverty in the United States is very different from the poverty in some other parts of the world, too. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed, and not know where to start or what to do as an individual. This is why I particularly liked the page linked above, which features things that we can all do as individuals to help fight poverty — there’s even a video if you don’t feel like reading.