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(Engadget)   Furloughed by the government? Good Old Games is giving you shutdown folks free games this week. List includes Capitalism, Alpha Centauri (w/ alien politicians add-on) and Redneck Rampage. THANKS OBAMA   (engadget.com) divider line 90
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2013-10-09 12:56:50 PM
Even Tropico.  That's awesome.
 
2013-10-09 12:59:38 PM
i.imgur.com

Every time somebody mentions SMAC, somebody reloads SMAC. Over the years, and thanks to the Planetary Datalinks, I've been able to watch as my fellow colonists take their first steps towards orbital spaceflight, mind-matter interface, bioengineering, nanoreplication and the like. Although resources exist to be consumed, I live in a playthrough in which the player has decided to build The Self-Aware Colony instead of the Nessus Mining Station and the Living Refinery. But what do I care for your suffering? I have The Virtual World.

As the Americans learned so painfully in Earth's final century, free flow of information is the only safeguard against tyranny. The once-chained people whose leaders at last lose their grip on information flow will soon burst with freedom and vitality, but the free nation gradually constricting its grip on public discourse has begun its rapid slide into despotism. Beware of he who would deny you access to information, for in his heart he deems himself your master?

I sit in my cubicle, here on the motherworld. When I die, they will put me in a box and dispose of it in the cold ground. And in all the million ages to come, I will never breathe, or laugh, or twitch again. So won't you run and play with me here among the teeming mass of humanity? The universe has spared us this moment.
 
2013-10-09 01:07:15 PM

Twilight Farkle: Every time somebody mentions SMAC, somebody reloads SMAC


Also applies to Deus Ex.
 
2013-10-09 01:15:41 PM
FTFA: For us non-government employees, those games are all on sale for 50 percent off for the next 24 hours. Not too shabby either!

What about us government employees that are still working? Do we get shafted in this deal???

THANKS, OBAMA!
 
2013-10-09 01:17:54 PM

xanadian: FTFA: For us non-government employees, those games are all on sale for 50 percent off for the next 24 hours. Not too shabby either!

What about us government employees that are still working? Do we get shafted in this deal???

THANKS, OBAMA!


You actually have to pay double.  Not government employees, just you.

/I don't make the rules.
 
2013-10-09 01:23:40 PM
What about government employees that *were* furloughed but came back because....well, I don't really know *how* we came back (something about interpreting POMA). Do we still get free games?
 
2013-10-09 01:25:22 PM

somedude210: What about government employees that *were* furloughed but came back because....well, I don't really know *how* we came back (something about interpreting POMA). Do we still get free games?


If you take a picture with your furlough letter, you get the free games.
 
2013-10-09 01:25:32 PM
I heard that Fartbongo HUSSEIN 0bummer personally went and unplugged the servers so no one can get these deals and the slimdown looks worse than it is.

Then he beat the shiat out of a 90 year old WWII vet as he changed "ALLAH AKBAR"

/fw:Fw:FW:FW:fw
 
2013-10-09 01:29:42 PM
Sid Meier games for free?  I'm in.
 
2013-10-09 01:33:15 PM

RedPhoenix122: If you take a picture with your furlough letter, you get the free games.


woo!
 
2013-10-09 01:44:04 PM

somedude210: RedPhoenix122: If you take a picture with your furlough letter, you get the free games.

woo!


I plan on borrowing my in-laws letter.
 
2013-10-09 01:57:15 PM
Redneck Rampage had a great soundtrack. That is all.
 
2013-10-09 02:01:17 PM
Redneck Rampage counts as pone of my guilty pleasures...
 
2013-10-09 02:07:50 PM

RedPhoenix122: Twilight Farkle: Every time somebody mentions SMAC, somebody reloads SMAC

Also applies to Deus Ex.


I'd like to thank Fark's happy campers for exposing me to Star Control II.
 
2013-10-09 02:10:57 PM

jake_lex: I heard that Fartbongo HUSSEIN 0bummer personally went and unplugged the servers so no one can get these deals and the slimdown looks worse than it is.

Then he beat the shiat out of a 90 year old WWII vet as he changed "ALLAH AKBAR"

/fw:Fw:FW:FW:fw


I thought Zero HUSSEIN Fartbongo was the established canon?
 
2013-10-09 02:14:47 PM
Actually this is just a clever ruse to shame those of you that don't already own Alpha Centauri from GOG.

IT'S $5.99 REGULARLY! You spent more than that at lunch today!
 
2013-10-09 02:15:00 PM
WAIT THEY HAVE THE ALIEN CROSSFIRE EXPANSION!?!

New Farkin User Name: RedPhoenix122: Twilight Farkle: Every time somebody mentions SMAC, somebody reloads SMAC

Also applies to Deus Ex.

I'd like to thank Fark's happy campers for exposing me to Star Control II.


Stop! What you are doing to us is wrong! Why do you do this thing?

/God that was such an amazing game.
//BY THE WAY A NEW STAR CONTROL GAME IS BEING MADE BY STARDOCK
 
2013-10-09 02:15:45 PM

New Farkin User Name: I'd like to thank Fark's happy campers for exposing me to Star Control II.


I haven't played it yet.  I know, I should,
 
2013-10-09 02:17:16 PM

jayhawk88: Actually this is just a clever ruse to shame those of you that don't already own Alpha Centauri from GOG.

IT'S $5.99 REGULARLY! You spent more than that at lunch today!


I didn't realize they had the Alien Crossfire expansion. I didn't thought that expansion was tied up in development hell for FOREVER.

FFFFFF I NEEDED TO GET THINGS DONE I'M GETTING MARRIED THIS MONTH arrrggh.

/UNIVERSITY FOREVER.
 
2013-10-09 02:19:13 PM
That is pretty cool.
 
2013-10-09 02:19:58 PM

Felgraf: jayhawk88: Actually this is just a clever ruse to shame those of you that don't already own Alpha Centauri from GOG.

IT'S $5.99 REGULARLY! You spent more than that at lunch today!

I didn't realize they had the Alien Crossfire expansion. I didn't thought that expansion was tied up in development hell for FOREVER.

FFFFFF I NEEDED TO GET THINGS DONE I'M GETTING MARRIED THIS MONTH arrrggh.

/UNIVERSITY FOREVER.


You didn't thought?
 
2013-10-09 02:20:43 PM

RedPhoenix122: I haven't played it yet. I know, I should,


What they did with the music in that game is mind-boggling considering the technology back then.
 
2013-10-09 02:21:04 PM

RedPhoenix122: New Farkin User Name: I'd like to thank Fark's happy campers for exposing me to Star Control II.

I haven't played it yet.  I know, I should,


Yes. Yes you should.


/PRIORITY OVER-RIDE. NEW BEHAVIOR DICTATED.
//MUST BREAK TARGET INTO COMPONENT COMPOUNDS.
 
2013-10-09 02:22:27 PM

baufan2005: Felgraf: jayhawk88: Actually this is just a clever ruse to shame those of you that don't already own Alpha Centauri from GOG.

IT'S $5.99 REGULARLY! You spent more than that at lunch today!

I didn't realize they had the Alien Crossfire expansion. I didn't thought that expansion was tied up in development hell for FOREVER.

FFFFFF I NEEDED TO GET THINGS DONE I'M GETTING MARRIED THIS MONTH arrrggh.

/UNIVERSITY FOREVER.

You didn't thought?


Bah, I screwed that up edditing. I thought that expansion was tied up in development hell (or, rather, the re-release of it was mired in some sort of legal bullshiat.)

I had initially written "I didn't think...."
 
2013-10-09 02:23:19 PM

Felgraf: Stop! What you are doing to us is wrong! Why do you do this thing?


And never ask the Orz about the Androsynth.
"Nnnnnggggaaaahhhhh!!!!!! It is *dancing*!!!!"
 
2013-10-09 02:28:35 PM

jayhawk88: Actually this is just a clever ruse to shame those of you that don't already own Alpha Centauri from GOG.

IT'S $5.99 REGULARLY! You spent more than that at lunch today!


I don't feel any shame about not buying the GOG version when I have a perfectly-functional version of the game on its original CD. And yes, thanks to this thread I will end up playing it again.
 
2013-10-09 02:29:24 PM
Haa, quite a few of my favorite games of all time listed in this thread so far. In no particular order:

Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri, Ultima 7 (both halves), Planescape: Torment, Deus Ex, River City Ransom, Metroid Prime.

Star Control 2 is way up there, too.
 
2013-10-09 02:30:33 PM
Dammit, I knew I was forgetting an important one.

X-COM: UFO Defense. Holy shiat, the hours I spent hunting sectoids.
 
2013-10-09 02:30:56 PM
I must be the only person on the planet who thinks SMAC is, at best, a mediocre game. I don't like how much time passes between turns, I don't like the movement grid and I don't like how you can't effectively group units to create battalions with more complex tactical advantages and disadvantages (every combat turn is effectively a tiny little skirmish even when you're in all-out war on somebody's border). I'm also not super-keen on the messy interface and the way discoveries just sort of pile up in the library like poorly categorized books.

/ despite all its problems, I still think Emperor of the Fading Suns had the best unit/combat system of any turn-based strat game
// it's massive, bug-riddled, game-breaking, crash-prone problems....
 
2013-10-09 02:31:44 PM

Reynard: Dammit, I knew I was forgetting an important one.

X-COM: UFO Defense. Holy shiat, the hours I spent hunting sectoids.


You forgot Fallout as well.
 
2013-10-09 02:33:07 PM

Cubicle Jockey: Felgraf: Stop! What you are doing to us is wrong! Why do you do this thing?

And never ask the Orz about the Androsynth.
"Nnnnnggggaaaahhhhh!!!!!! It is *dancing*!!!!"


Potential Spoilers:

Is there any  way to save the Pkunk, save for beating it? I spent 2 hours redoing saves in order to start the Yehat revolution earlier, and they still died :(
 
2013-10-09 02:36:05 PM

New Farkin User Name: Cubicle Jockey: Felgraf: Stop! What you are doing to us is wrong! Why do you do this thing?

And never ask the Orz about the Androsynth.
"Nnnnnggggaaaahhhhh!!!!!! It is *dancing*!!!!"

Potential Spoilers:

Is there any  way to save the Pkunk, save for beating it? I spent 2 hours redoing saves in order to start the Yehat revolution earlier, and they still died :(


Yes. You use the hypercaster you get from the blobby people to trick the spider folks into attacking the rhino-dudes. (You impersonate their gods, much as the blobby folks were when they tricked them into attacking the Pkunk as a farked-up prank)

This baaasicaallly wipes the spider-dudes out. And also can make it possible for you to steal the aqua-helix on the rhino-dudes homeworld.
 
2013-10-09 02:36:25 PM
Full Version of Alpha Centauri for $3? Nice, I'll snag that when I get home... Can't find my original copy and I get the xpak too... Nice.
 
2013-10-09 02:38:06 PM

mediablitz: Redneck Rampage counts as pone of my guilty pleasures...


I feel no guilt at all for Redneck Rampage, only some disappointment that a direct source port wasn't made.  There's ERampage, but it's a modified EDuke32 port, not an actual source port.  Though if it works I suppose it doesn't matter.

Say what you will about the plot and the intended humor of it, Redneck Rampage actually had some pretty decent level design and great (for the time) ambiance.  For someone used to the pastiche of Doom, Duke Nukem 3D, and Shadow Warrior, a rustic wilderness environment done right was amazing.  I spent I don't know how long on that first level marveling over how a level didn't have to be composed almost entirely of varying shades of dark grey, light grey, and a splash of green here and there.  It's still fun to look at.
 
2013-10-09 02:48:36 PM
I hate all of you.  I will not sleep tonight because of you.

/Off to download Star Control II, Ultima 7
 
2013-10-09 02:51:38 PM

Felgraf: New Farkin User Name: Cubicle Jockey: Felgraf: Stop! What you are doing to us is wrong! Why do you do this thing?

And never ask the Orz about the Androsynth.
"Nnnnnggggaaaahhhhh!!!!!! It is *dancing*!!!!"

Potential Spoilers:

Is there any  way to save the Pkunk, save for beating it? I spent 2 hours redoing saves in order to start the Yehat revolution earlier, and they still died :(

Yes. You use the hypercaster you get from the blobby people to trick the spider folks into attacking the rhino-dudes. (You impersonate their gods, much as the blobby folks were when they tricked them into attacking the Pkunk as a farked-up prank)

This baaasicaallly wipes the spider-dudes out. And also can make it possible for you to steal the aqua-helix on the rhino-dudes homeworld.


Nah, I mean when the Pkunk try to make peace with the Yehat and basically commit suicide. It was easy getting the Thraddash out of the way to steal the Aqua Helix.

Also, does anybody else think the Utwig sound kind of like I.N.T.E.L.L.I.G.E.N.C.E. from Team America?

/wait, do the Yehat get wiped out by losing their homeworld to the Ilwrath, or by the Yehat attacking them? I think I get what you are saying now, thanks.
 
2013-10-09 02:51:40 PM

RangerTaylor: I hate all of you.  I will not sleep tonight because of you.

/Off to download Star Control II, Ultima 7


Ultima IV is free on GoG.  Just saying.
 
2013-10-09 02:52:16 PM

RedPhoenix122: RangerTaylor: I hate all of you.  I will not sleep tonight because of you.

/Off to download Star Control II, Ultima 7

Ultima IV is free on GoG.  Just saying.


Really dude?!   Like seriously, fark you :P
 
2013-10-09 02:56:45 PM
And once again, it requires proof of furlough, leaving the unable-to-work contractors out in the cold.
 
2013-10-09 02:57:20 PM
Has anyone tried the GOG Alpha Centauri on windows 8?

I've had trouble with older games showing just the top right part of their screens blown up to fill 1920x1080
 
2013-10-09 02:58:35 PM
I used to play some serious Capitalism, back when I had no life and unlimited time.
 
2013-10-09 03:02:58 PM

New Farkin User Name: Felgraf: New Farkin User Name: Cubicle Jockey: Felgraf: Stop! What you are doing to us is wrong! Why do you do this thing?

And never ask the Orz about the Androsynth.
"Nnnnnggggaaaahhhhh!!!!!! It is *dancing*!!!!"

Potential Spoilers:

Is there any  way to save the Pkunk, save for beating it? I spent 2 hours redoing saves in order to start the Yehat revolution earlier, and they still died :(

Yes. You use the hypercaster you get from the blobby people to trick the spider folks into attacking the rhino-dudes. (You impersonate their gods, much as the blobby folks were when they tricked them into attacking the Pkunk as a farked-up prank)

This baaasicaallly wipes the spider-dudes out. And also can make it possible for you to steal the aqua-helix on the rhino-dudes homeworld.

Nah, I mean when the Pkunk try to make peace with the Yehat and basically commit suicide. It was easy getting the Thraddash out of the way to steal the Aqua Helix.

Also, does anybody else think the Utwig sound kind of like I.N.T.E.L.L.I.G.E.N.C.E. from Team America?

/wait, do the Yehat get wiped out by losing their homeworld to the Ilwrath, or by the Yehat attacking them? I think I get what you are saying now, thanks.


Aaah. Well, if you've started the Yehat revolution (by finding/showing them the reborn Shofixti race) before the Pkunk get there...

Well, it will *seem* that the outcome is the same-

But when you get to endgame, you will discover that it is not the same.

and I didn't mean either, i thought you meant the Pkunk  getting wiped out by the Thradash. You do have to delay the pkunk migration *UNTIL* the Yehat Revolution has started, I think.
 
2013-10-09 03:07:18 PM

jayhawk88: Actually this is just a clever ruse to shame those of you that don't already own Alpha Centauri from GOG.

IT'S $5.99 REGULARLY! You spent more than that at lunch today!


That was the second game I bought, right after the Quest for Glory series. I haven't played it yet, I just like knowing it's there, ready to obliterate my productivity at the push of a button. I mainly use it to keep System Shock 2 in line.
 
2013-10-09 03:09:01 PM

RangerTaylor: Really dude?!   Like seriously, fark you :P


If I really wanted to be mean I'd link you to some deals.
 
2013-10-09 03:15:28 PM

Felgraf: //BY THE WAY A NEW STAR CONTROL GAME IS BEING MADE BY STARDOCK


Whaaaa?  Off to check the internets.
 
2013-10-09 03:19:55 PM
Hi, I was born yesterday.  What's this GoG I keep hearing about?
 
2013-10-09 03:20:41 PM
Nevermind, re-read the headline.

/Derpity derp.
 
2013-10-09 03:20:41 PM

Flab: Hi, I was born yesterday.  What's this GoG I keep hearing about?


Good Ol' Games.  Classic games modified to work on modern systems.
 
2013-10-09 03:21:17 PM
SMAC + expansion is where its at.

Then simply pick the pirate race and bide your time to planet busters. Planet busters have the awesome effect of lowering terrain until it becomes part of the great sea. Since you're the pirates who primarily build ocean cities, you're basically creating more useable room for you to continue to expand. Its a Win-Win
 
2013-10-09 03:22:41 PM

abominare: SMAC + expansion is where its at.

Then simply pick the pirate race and bide your time to planet busters. Planet busters have the awesome effect of lowering terrain until it becomes part of the great sea. Since you're the pirates who primarily build ocean cities, you're basically creating more useable room for you to continue to expand. Its a Win-Win


I used to play Populus like this.  Build terrain really high around my people, then flood the earth several times.
 
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