Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Master of Orion 1 and 2 ... The Revenge!

A while back I posted about Master of Orion, an incredibly fun 4X (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate) space strategy game from the days of yore that I've been playing since I was in diapers (computer-wise, anyway). Well, just today, GOG.com (Good Old Games) got Master of Orion 1 AND 2 posted for $5.99. What GOG does, very well, is take the games, remove all DRM (manual checks, disk checks, etc), bundle them with a pre-configured version of DOSBOX (see prior posts about that one), and then distributes them as Windows apps. So you get, in effect, a fully functioning old game that runs fine on a modern system without troubling ancient copy protection cropping up and without having to do a lot of fancy fiddling with DOSBOX to make it run. It's sweet! And now MOO1 AND 2 are available. I've been able to get MOO1 to run in Linux (DOSBOX has a Linux version) and assume you could for 2 as well. MOO2 is, by the way, almost as fun as MOO1. So if you've got an old school gamer bone in your body, you've got to check this out!

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