The Gaming Report – Because Too Much Work Will Kill You Without a Respawn Timer

So Games32 is not going to be updated for a while (I hope it will be sometimes in the future…), but I figured there has to be a way to keep my favorite two readers tuned to the gaming industry pulse. Given the considerable less amount of time I have available to spent on this now, I can’t of course make any promises on what or when I will cover gaming stuff. If you however have any request please feel free to comment. I’ll read and try to oblige…

Yes, there will be new games, upcoming cool games, but I would also like to add once in a while some retro games that I feel so connected with because I grew up with them, and they grew up on me.

So today, instead of looking at the future, will take a quick look back at the past, with the world’s first Real Time Strategy game ever (okay there were previous RTS games, but this is considered the landmark)! Dune 2: The Building of a Dynasty.

If the name doesn’t ring a bell, think Starcraft, Warcraft, Command and Conquer. Yes, Westwood Studios who developed this game was comprised of members who later worked on the above projects. And those are only a few titles worth mentioning. Here: Dark Reign and Total Annihilation – totally Dune inspired as well.

The game was released in 1992 and later ported to consoles in 1993. It featured three factions: the noble Atreides, the insidious Ordos and the evil Harkonnen as they were presented to the player. Each had unique technology and weapons, it featured the familiar building sidebar and the minimap – commodities we all grew accustomed to.

In Dune 2 you could only control one unit at the time, so the game really felt like chess on steroids, making you work for your victory not only with your mind, but also with your keys. The added hassle of the Sandworms ready to swallow up just about anyone made this game really dynamic.

But what has gotten into me you ask – that has me babbling about an 18 year old game?! As usual, it is one of the new technologies. I was actually searching the other day for more meaningful, cooler games for my Android phone. I don’t want to shoot things and I’m not particularly enjoying driving cars on it – so the first things that popped into mind where Dune 2 and Transport Tycoon Deluxe.

I’ve searched the web for both, with various results, but still haven’t been able to run a version on my phone. Again, if you have any help in this matter, it would be gratefully appreciated. But meanwhile, here’s what I found:

Dune II: The Golden Path – A multiplayer oriented Dune 2 mod:

http://drackbolt.blogspot.com/

Dune II – The Maker – Probably the closest copy of the game you can find:

http://dune2themaker.fundynamic.com/

Dune Legacy – Decent mod but you will need the original game files copied with this:

http://dunelegacy.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

Although every game mentioned above is trying to bring back the feeling I had while playing Dune 2, my experience with them doesn’t compere to the original. I would really love to just see the original working well on Windows 7, and maybe on my phone – that would be just awesome. But hey if you have nothing better to do these days and want to give an ol’ man a chance, give Dune 2 a shot.

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