I've opened this site to make a home for content that doesn't really belong on Rampancy.net, because of that site's focus on Bungie. So here's where I'm coming from. For the past several years I've been working on Bungie fansite Rampancy.net. Its major focus since its founding in 1999 as "The Core" was Bungie's sci fi shooter franchise, Halo. I became a Bungie fan in the 90s for several reasons: they made good games, and they made them for Macs, which was the platform I migrated to after the Commodore Amiga became unviable. But that's another story. When Jason Jones joined Steve Jobs on stage in New York during MacWorld in 1999, it seemed like a new age might be dawning for gaming on the Mac platform. After making the excellent Myth RTT games as crossplatform titles, Bungie was returning to sci fi with a new shooter game. It would be on Macs as well as PCs in 2000. Then everything changed. Microsoft bought Bungie; Bungie made Halo an Xbox exclusive, and Microsoft replaced the Xbox with the Xbox 360. I replaced my Xbox 360s when they broke (sometimes for free, sometimes not) so I could keep playing Halo. Bungie kept making Halo games-- even past the point where it seemed, at least to me, that they wanted to. Now independent from Microsoft, Bungie is making a new sci fi shooter franchise for current and next-generation consoles. I don't need to worry about what I'll be playing Destiny on, because there will be a 360 version. Perhaps I'll have a decision to make when the sequel comes out; Bungie is being cagey about a PC version of the game, to say nothing of a version for OSX. In the meantime, online play became not just a desired feature but a required one, and online coop was added to Bungie games new and old. Over at Rampancy.net, Blackstar and I are currently playing through the Marathon series in cooperative mode using the community-built open source Aleph One engine, despite being on opposite sides of the globe. It's a blast. I want more.

Blackstar and Narcogen have been sent back to primitive Earth by a freak teleporter accident. They must develop the technology to return to Mars, the construction site of the Marathon, to save the future!

 

The first two episodes are in unmodified "vanilla" Minecraft, version 1.6.4.

Game: 

Blackstar and Narcogen have been sent back to primitive Earth by a freak teleporter accident. They must develop the technology to return to Mars, the construction site of the Marathon, to save the future!

The first two episodes are in unmodified "vanilla" Minecraft, version 1.6.4.

Game: 

The precursor to the Bioshock franchise and the sequel to the classic original System Shock, Irrational's best game ever features the only crazy AI who could give Marathon's Durandal a run for his money: Shodan. 
 
UPDATE: GOG has System Shock 2 on sale right now for $2.

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