Saturday, April 23, 2011

Free games are better than for-pay games

Here's an example: 0 A.D.

Yeah, it's Alpha right now, but look at those screenshots...I thought Age of Empires II was one of the best RTS games ever made, this will essentially be AOE2 on crack. And free! I linked to a bunch of free boardgame implementations yesterday, and I play most of them. It's surprising what someone can do when motivated only by the love of the work itself. Rpgs like Labyrinth Lord and Swords & Wizardry are prime examples of this. LL is better than D&D4 (it is, seriously), yet the basic game is free. Here are a couple more free games that are damn good:

FreeCiv - Civilization
FreeCol - Colonization
FreeOrion - Master of Orion
LinCity - SimCity
Egoboo - Rogue/MMO amalgam
MegaMek - Battletech simulator (I play this all the time)
Hedgewars - Worms
Widelands - Settlers
Thousand Parsec - Another MoO

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