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The Great Operating System Games

CmdrTaco posted more than 4 years ago | from the remember-.bas-files dept.

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harrymcc writes "For decades, the simple little games that come with operating systems have been some of the most-used software on the planet. Legendary geeks such as Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, and Andy Herzfeld have tried their hands at writing them. And yet they get no respect — or, actually, attention of any kind. Technologizer's Benj Edwards aimed to rectify that with a look at forty years' worth of bundled OS games, from 1971 Unix text-based ones to Woz's Little Brick Out to such Windows mainstays as Solitaire, Minesweeper, and Reversi." Article is an annoyingly long slide show (would it kill people to put a reasonable amount of content on pages?) but there's some fun stuff in there.

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Heh (5, Interesting)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 4 years ago | (#33111038)

Anyone remember Hover! [wikipedia.org] , a game that came on the Windows 95 disk? Good times, good times.

Re:Heh (3, Informative)

nelsonal (549144) | more than 4 years ago | (#33111072)

I loved that game, and am sad it stopped shipping with windows after 95. Thanks for the wiki link as they have a download.

Re:Heh (1)

starglider29a (719559) | more than 4 years ago | (#33111302)

I didn't like it. It didn't' shoot anything...

Re:Heh (1)

dustin_0099 (877013) | more than 4 years ago | (#33111576)

And thus the codename "Bambi" -- a 3d, child friendly game.

Re:Heh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33112018)

I didn't like it. It didn't' shoot anything...

that's what she said

Re:Heh (1)

CannonballHead (842625) | more than 4 years ago | (#33111504)

And the music videos. The Weezer one was funny :)

Re:Heh (2, Informative)

Missing.Matter (1845576) | more than 4 years ago | (#33111508)

Yes! I spent hours playing that. It looks like this is a download of the game: http://www.stanford.edu/~cammat/HOVER/index.html [stanford.edu]

I'd also like to thank the windows 95 disc for introducing me to Weezer.

Re:Heh (1)

dustin_0099 (877013) | more than 4 years ago | (#33111570)

I work with one of the Hover developers. :-)

Re:Heh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33112012)

omg MAKE HOVER 360 FOR XBLA!!!!1 and hover 7 that uses dx11!

captcha: swerving (coincidentally, in hover, you do that a *lot*)

Re:Heh (1)

djdanlib (732853) | more than 4 years ago | (#33113314)

Tell 'em we want more :)

Too busy watching Weezer's "Buddy Holly" video (1)

rwade (131726) | more than 4 years ago | (#33111604)

Anyone know why exactly "Buddy Holly" was put on the disk? Seems like kind of a random video to toss on there.

Re:Too busy watching Weezer's "Buddy Holly" video (1)

Brian Feldman (350) | more than 4 years ago | (#33112836)

Weezer was a popular band in the mid-90s. They were an obvious choice for a tech demo.

Re:Too busy watching Weezer's "Buddy Holly" video (2, Interesting)

Fred Or Alive (738779) | more than 4 years ago | (#33112886)

I'd guess it was just a demo video to show off the multimedia bits of the OS. It's a catchy but inoffensive bit of pop, and the music video is based around an interesting gimmick, so why not use that for a demo? It's not like they were pushed for space on the '95 disc anyway, a full install of the OS itself is only around 100MB IIRC (it's been ages since I've installed it).

On a related note, I've got a Gateway 2000 system CD somewhere (well, you never know, you might want to install WfW 3.11 on something) that has a load of their TV ads on the disc as well. I think it's reasonably common for early CD-ROM releases have random stuff to fill the massive 650MB of space that CD-ROMs gave them.

Re:Too busy watching Weezer's "Buddy Holly" video (2, Informative)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 4 years ago | (#33113622)

Anyone know why exactly "Buddy Holly" was put on the disk? Seems like kind of a random video to toss on there.

One of the Windows 95 buzzwords was "Multi-Media".

Re:Heh (1)

MK_CSGuy (953563) | more than 4 years ago | (#33111770)

It was a blast :)
I remember it as one of the first 3d games I ever saw.
Thanks for the reminder :)

Re:Heh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33111812)

I just downloaded it for nostalgia kick and it was all concerned when I started it up because it detected that I didn't have a 256-colour video driver. That is just so cute.

What about... (1)

Dyinobal (1427207) | more than 4 years ago | (#33111044)

What about Hunt the Wumpus, I always liked it.

Re:What about... (2, Informative)

Blakey Rat (99501) | more than 4 years ago | (#33111452)

The article mentioned Hunt the Wumpus. Are you posting just to hear yourself speak? (Or read yourself... comment?)

Re:What about... (1)

Missing.Matter (1845576) | more than 4 years ago | (#33111720)

This is slashdot, where "read the flipping article" has been repeated so much, it needed to be acronymitized.

Xbill (4, Insightful)

netsuhi.com (1867770) | more than 4 years ago | (#33111062)

Along with the classin Linux game Xbill (named after you know who)

Re:Xbill (-1, Troll)

rrhal (88665) | more than 4 years ago | (#33111712)

XBill is one of my favorites. They went into minutiae about winblows game over the years and had one page to talk about the games that commonly come with Linux. I was glad to see Trek - it was the first game I ever played on a computer.

Re:Xbill (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33111756)

They went into minutiae about winblows

You sound like a fucking idiot and a fanboy when you say that, and no one will ever take seriously anything you say after it.

Re:Xbill (1)

Dadoo (899435) | more than 4 years ago | (#33112966)

I was glad to see Trek - it was the first game I ever played on a computer.

Me too, actually. However, if you remember "Creative Computing" magazine, they published the source to their own Super Star Trek game. The gameplay was basically the same, but a little more comprehensive. A few of my friends spent something like three days typing it in.

Later, when I got better at programming, I made a bunch of modifications - black holes and supernovae, increased the maximum number of Klingons in a sector, cheat mode, etc. I finally had to quit when I exhausted the 24K of available memory.

Re:Xbill (1)

CrashandDie (1114135) | more than 4 years ago | (#33112348)

Did I miss a memo? When did Bill Gates become the new Harry Potter villain?

Re:Xbill (1)

jDeepbeep (913892) | more than 4 years ago | (#33112722)

Well, we know he is a Persian cat and a monocle away from being a Bond villain. *


* apologies to Dennis Miller for botching his quote

Re:Xbill (1)

kingduct (144865) | more than 4 years ago | (#33113360)

An awesome game. MS was so impressed they named their console after it!

Solitaire (3, Funny)

MBGMorden (803437) | more than 4 years ago | (#33111124)

Ah, good old solitaire. That last time I remember playing that game it was on a 386 running Windows 3.1. People still seem to love it though. 2 weeks ago I was browsing around in a pawn shop and someone was looking at a laptop computer running Vista. Was that a problem for him? Nope, but for whatever reason they couldn't find Solitaire (don't know if the link was missing or it had been removed - or if they just couldn't find it - I wasn't looking, just overheard the conversation). The customer was all sorts of pissed. "When you buy a computer it ought to AT LEAST come with Solitaire. What kind of stuff are ya'll selling in here?". Just struck me as funny. Guess he didn't know that on any Windows system even if it has been removed it can be added right back in - or that if you REALLY got desperate Solitaire is one of the most commonly available cloned games out there.

Re:Solitaire (1)

Sockatume (732728) | more than 4 years ago | (#33111254)

I don't think you can really accuse people of cloning Microsoft Solitaire [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Solitaire (1)

bami (1376931) | more than 4 years ago | (#33111304)

Windows-r sol enter

6 keys, and you get solitaire, works from windows 95 to windows 7, assuming it got installed (not always the case with slipstreamed PCs).

I love the fact that Microsoft provided this great entertainment product (have you seen the stats on Steam? It's brilliant), also, gives me something to do behind the paint mixer computer at the DIY store I work at when there isn't that much to do.

Re:Solitaire (3, Informative)

Hatta (162192) | more than 4 years ago | (#33112224)

Solitaire is still the best method for getting Grandma & Grandpa used to using the mouse. Or minesweeper if they're clever.

Startrek (1)

grahamm (8844) | more than 4 years ago | (#33111134)

The first one I encountered was startrek on an HP 2000 system in the mid 1970s

Re:Startrek (1)

raddan (519638) | more than 4 years ago | (#33111378)

I had Star Trek on my TI-99/4A, with the speech synthesizer module. My cousin got a PCjr with the then-incredible King's Quest, but the fact that Star Trek actually read out coordinates in plain English made him green with envy. Of course, I probably would have sacrificed a limb for the kind of graphics his machine could do.

Re:Startrek (4, Interesting)

Mark_in_Brazil (537925) | more than 4 years ago | (#33112120)

Some friends and I (and lots of other 6th through 12th grade students) played that on terminals connected to our school's computer in 1980. I think the computer was a PDP-8/some letter, but I don't remember which letter. It was kept in the administrative building, while the student terminal room, which had a noisy teletype-style terminal, a newer and quieter terminal whose display was dot matrix printing, and three or four monocrome CRT terminals, was in a building with classrooms and the school library.

Trek was so popular at one point that I remember all the terminals surrounded by kids, and even the teletype-ish terminal pounding out the quadrant and sector maps. My friends and I figured out a few different ways of aiming photon torpedoes perfectly. One obvious one was a calculator with trig functions (and inverse trig functions), but at least we understood the trigonometry well enough to figure out how to use the calculator to help us kill Klingons. But I also remember three of us with protractors, rulers, and graph paper, getting the angle without using a calculator. The cool thing was when other kids saw us picking off the Klingons easily (and us celebrating each perfect shot), watched us for a while to understand how we did it, and then went off and did it themselves on other terminals. Some didn't care much about math like my friends and I did, but they cared enough about destroying Klingon ships represented by the letter K that they were willing to learn the math to do it.

The article must be some kind of game (1)

countertrolling (1585477) | more than 4 years ago | (#33111144)

To test our patience... Too many pages...

Does game inclusion say something fundamental about the nature of each operating system?

Yep. The only reason to upgrade to Vista and Win7 is the game graphics..

Pinball was great.. It worked perfectly on my 25MHz 486SX

Solitaire (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33111178)

IIRC solitaire was included with windows to help people who hadnt used a computer before get used to the process of dragging & dropping and using the mouse in general.

Re:Solitaire (4, Informative)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 4 years ago | (#33111330)

That may or may not have been its original purpose, but that was the way we trained people to use the mouse at a previous job, back when Windows 3.1 was being introduced.

I ran several training sessions, helping people play solitaire on a computer for 2 hours. Seemed really, REALLY silly at the time, but we tried training a couple of people using different methods and paying someone near-minimum-wage to play a game that was included with the OS for two hours turned out to be an exceptionally efficient way to get the concepts of cursor movement, click, double-click, click and drag, menu operations, etc across.

Self-study was not, however, encouraged. We did have one guy try to defend playing with "Vegas rules" enabled as "advanced self-learning" - didn't go terribly well for him. ;)

Re:Solitaire (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33113292)

Self-study was not, however, encouraged. We did have one guy try to defend playing with "Vegas rules" enabled as "advanced self-learning" - didn't go terribly well for him. ;)

Yeah, he may have been promoted over you.

Ski-Free (4, Insightful)

adeft (1805910) | more than 4 years ago | (#33111174)

I used to stay in from Recess to play ski-free. Never did make it past that abominable snowman....

Re:Ski-Free (5, Informative)

jgtg32a (1173373) | more than 4 years ago | (#33111444)

http://xkcd.com/667/ [xkcd.com]

Were you setting someone up for free +5?

Re:Ski-Free (4, Funny)

adeft (1805910) | more than 4 years ago | (#33112212)

NO WAY! er.....I mean you're welcome :)

Re:Ski-Free (1)

gblackwo (1087063) | more than 4 years ago | (#33112816)

I remember hearing there was a key you could press or double tap to get a speed boost and outrun the snowman, but I forgot what it was. Maybe someone here knows the trick, if there is one.

Re:Ski-Free (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33112910)

I think "Y" was used to faster.

SkiFree (2, Interesting)

plasmidmap (1435389) | more than 4 years ago | (#33111184)

There were so many fun little things tied into this game. Cool tricks for points. Setting trees on fire. Knocking over people. And of course, the surprise monster ending!

I never liked... (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33111264)

The Windows game "Where the hell is my file?", or wait, was that a game?

Re:I never liked... (1)

VGPowerlord (621254) | more than 4 years ago | (#33112498)

The Windows game "Where the hell is my file?", or wait, was that a game?

Of course, newer Windows versions now play most of that game for you...

Re:I never liked... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33113460)

And just like people, sometimes they decide that game is FAR more important than anything else you felt like doing on your computer.

Apple? (5, Insightful)

Duradin (1261418) | more than 4 years ago | (#33111268)

Why is this slideshow-fest in Apple? Seemed most of the slides were non-Apple.

Re:Apple? (1)

Attack DAWWG (997171) | more than 4 years ago | (#33111612)

To provide plenty of geek rage to stoke up the fire and generate more page views?

Re:Apple? (2, Informative)

Creepy (93888) | more than 4 years ago | (#33113050)

My only guess is it mentions Breakout. Breakout was conceptualized by Nolan Bushnell and Steve Bristow at Atari and eventually contracted to HP Engineer Steve Wozniak by Steve Jobs. Those two later worked together to make the Apple and Apple ][ line of computers. One of Woz's driving goals for creating the Apple computer was to make a software only version Breakout, and the version he created was included with the computer, written in Woz's own Integer Basic (the other version of BASIC on the Apple ][ was actually written by Microsoft).

Probably the same info on wikipedia, but I'm a walking wikipedia for this sort of crap ;)

Text adventure (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33111278)

I used to have this weird text adventure for my old 386. I think it was for Windows 3.1. It'd be all black with these words on it, it was some sort of scary cyberpunk hacking game where you had to investigate files and navigate a directory structure. There was a strange cheat left in it though (was it a beta?): if you simply instructed your character to 'win' (by running WIN.EXE), you'd win right there and then, the game would exit and take you back to Windows!

Weird, huh?

Re:Text adventure (4, Funny)

MK_CSGuy (953563) | more than 4 years ago | (#33111838)

It sounds like you had the shareware.
have you tried format c: /autotest /q?
this registers the game and then you don't return to windows so quickly

Re:Text adventure (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33113408)

You might be fucking biggest gay cocksucker I've ever seen. And I've seen your parents!

Pinball (1)

ronmon (95471) | more than 4 years ago | (#33111288)

It came with Windows 2000. The physics were very realistic and the sounds were spot on.

Re:Pinball (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33112530)

That Pinball game first came out with Windows95, I think in the Plus! pack. Still one of the best computer pinball games I've played. I love the warm-up sound when you first fire it up.

Snipes! (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33111380)

I burnt *many* hours playing Snipes [wikipedia.org] on our school's Novell network.

cant be serious... (1)

eniacfoa (1203466) | more than 4 years ago | (#33111432)

is this article serious? Theres only 2 situations where you play those games. 1. your on a work machine offline and bored out of your mind with no work to do. 2. your a sad loser who thinks solitaire is hours of entertainment. And I think Bill Gates gets enough recognition too...

Re:cant be serious... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33111904)

1. your on a work machine offline and bored out of your mind with no work to do. 2. your a sad loser who thinks solitaire is hours of entertainment.

mine on a work machine offline and bored out of my mind with no work to do?

mine a sad loser who thinks solitaire is hours of entertainment?

Those were the days... (5, Funny)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 4 years ago | (#33111436)

When I first got Red Hat I spent many hours playing 'make-sound-work-in-KDE' :)

Re:Those were the days... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33111542)

Got it working yet?

Re:Those were the days... (2, Funny)

Jake Griffin (1153451) | more than 4 years ago | (#33111786)

I found a walkthrough online for that game. It ruined it for me. I beat it in 5 minutes.

Wrong Version, Bro (4, Funny)

Gazzonyx (982402) | more than 4 years ago | (#33112392)

I see you haven't played the "PulseAudio" edition. It's like Dance, Dance Revolution, but without any dancing or music but with a lot more swearing.

Re:Those were the days... (1)

Intron (870560) | more than 4 years ago | (#33111950)

There are 3 difficulty levels: OSS, ALSA and PulseAudio. If you need to use the cheat code, it is

export KMIX_PULSEAUDIO_DISABLE=1

Windows Disk Defragmenter (3, Informative)

turing_m (1030530) | more than 4 years ago | (#33111472)

I believe that it was an influence in the epic RPG, Progress Quest [progressquest.com] . As I sat, transfixed by that progress bar, I felt like I was doing something worthwhile for my machine. Now I don't run MS any more, I kind of miss those fun times of defragging, not to mention the periodic reinstalls of everything.

Dopewars anyone? (1)

rwade (131726) | more than 4 years ago | (#33111478)

Bundled with FreeBSD still. Just a few weeks ago I played that until 1 in the morning...from the console -- xterm ruins the immersion into the underground world.

What about the games inside apps? (2, Informative)

Just_Say_Duhhh (1318603) | more than 4 years ago | (#33111514)

OK, it's not an OS, but Excel had a flight simulator hidden inside it. Getting into it was a pain, but popping it up on someone else's computer was as much fun as the game itself.

Re:What about the games inside apps? (1)

skiman1979 (725635) | more than 4 years ago | (#33112086)

I believe the flight sim was in Excel 2000. Excel 95 had an FPS game similar to DOOM in it. It was just one small map, but it was there.

Plenty of Easter Eggs in various applications, operating systems, hardware devices, movies, etc. :)

Re:What about the games inside apps? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33112688)

I believe the flight sim was in Excel 2000.

Close! It was in Excel '97 [protipoftheday.com]

NetHack! (3, Interesting)

Iwanowitch (993961) | more than 4 years ago | (#33111520)

Probably not installed by default on most OSes, but it should be! First thing I install on a new machine myself.

I (as student) once argued with our university IT staff that this was essential software for any self-respecting computer science lab, and they agreed and installed it on all machines. :)

What I'd like to see - boot games (3, Interesting)

sznupi (719324) | more than 4 years ago | (#33111526)

Simple games presented to us while the OS is booting. Kinda like in Tekken (1), where you could play a quick game of Galaga while proper game data are loaded from the CD.

Something that simple (again, Galaga-like; or, for example, clearing one screen of Frozen Bubble-like game; using as basic GFX/toolkit/etc. as possible) shouldn't burden currently available machines too much. You can either play along for dozen or so seconds it currently takes to, basically, stare at a loading screen...or ignore it, no harm done (hm, or OTOH have an option to continue, clearing few more screens ;p ). Could be fun on mobile phones, too, many recent ones have not exactly instant booting... (and I can certainly imagine Google giving such option in Android; they had Pacman in mainsite logo already)

Re:What I'd like to see - boot games (2, Informative)

Steauengeglase (512315) | more than 4 years ago | (#33111930)

Re:What I'd like to see - boot games (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 4 years ago | (#33112368)

Oh well...5 more years to go?

OTOH the wording in the abstract (it's not like I'm desparate enough about "boot games" to try going through a patent ;p ) seems to be quite explicit about loading another game while the mini one is running, so perhaps that could be a workaround for an OS. Plus with, say, Google even a chance of any legal struggle might be slim - they managed to make a deal regarding Pacman after all.
Then there's the thing of many places where such patent is irrelevant, and an alternative bootup process can be grabbed from repos, etc.

Re:What I'd like to see - boot games (1)

Nursie (632944) | more than 4 years ago | (#33112388)

Prior Art?

Invad-a-load (IIRC, that was the name) was exactly the concept described in the patent, and some games on the Commodore64 had it. You got a quick-loading game of space invaders whilst the other game carried on loading from tape. Sometimes I'd stop the tape so I could carry on with invaders...

The only game I had that I remember with that feature was called "Slimey's mine", but I'm pretty sure it was available in other games too.

Tandy TL2 (1)

Hohlraum (135212) | more than 4 years ago | (#33111558)

My dad bought us a Tandy TL2 when I was a kid and it came with an assortment of Sierra Online games (Conquests of Camelot: The Search For The Grail, Hero's Quest: So you want to be a Hero?, Thexder, Bubble Bobble and maybe one or two others). Changed my life, literally. I played video games when I was young but those made me a 'Gamer.' Recently bought a complete 'Hero's Quest: So you want to be a Hero?' in the original box with all the inserts (Prodigy, etc). Such awesome games.

Reversi (1)

mad zambian (816201) | more than 4 years ago | (#33111586)

was the first game I ever played on computer.
DEC-20 mainframe with a teletype as output.
It too a full minute to reprint the board after each move. With 60 moves per game it took a while to finish a game...
1979 it was.
I still have a soft spot for reversi. Found a fun clone on a Japanese game site a while back which I play when I feel the need for a bit of distraction.

Zarch (1)

mccalli (323026) | more than 4 years ago | (#33111636)

Later reborn as Virus on the 16bit machines, Zarch on the Acorn Archimedes was a fantastic demo of what the hardware could do. And, for its time, the 32bit RISC-based Arch could do a lot.

Cheers,
Ian

Solitare Keyboard Only? (0, Offtopic)

myspace-cn (1094627) | more than 4 years ago | (#33111640)

In the grand poo bagh of things I have to admit it, when stuck in some dusty garage!

(I'm trying for some karma back...lol)

Dial Up Remote Games? (2, Funny)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 4 years ago | (#33111710)

I always enjoyed a quick round of Global Thermonuclear War. IIRC that was included with the WOPR/OS.

Re:Dial Up Remote Games? (3, Funny)

jDeepbeep (913892) | more than 4 years ago | (#33111796)

Wouldn't you prefer a nice game of chess?

Re:Dial Up Remote Games? (1)

Higaran (835598) | more than 4 years ago | (#33112154)

How about tic-tac-toe?

Re:Dial Up Remote Games? (1)

rickb928 (945187) | more than 4 years ago | (#33113466)

Did ANYONE else ever play Balance of Power?

And while it may not have been dialup in the fashion you're thinking of, every game I played on NovaNET was dialup until Cyber1 came along. Avatar, Spacewar, wow.

snipes (1)

misfit815 (875442) | more than 4 years ago | (#33111730)

Novell Netware counts as an OS, right? Where's Snipes? It outranks half this list easily.

Chips Challenge (1)

jDeepbeep (913892) | more than 4 years ago | (#33111782)

The game that is responsible for consuming the most hours of my life on a Windows box, is Chips Challenge [wikipedia.org] (MS Entertainment Pack). 150 puzzle levels, nerd saves geeky princess-mad-scientist storyline. I'm nearly willing to have Windows again just to play it.

Yes, it would (1)

Yeechang Lee (3429) | more than 4 years ago | (#33111966)

> "[W]ould it kill people to put a reasonable amount of content on pages?"

Yes, the twin demons of page views and banner ad impression counts would indeed kill people. Many non-tech news sites offer a "Single page" or "View all" or "Print" option, but tech-oriented sites generally don't, with a few exceptions like Wired or C|Net.

Where's "Kill Bill" and TuxRacer? (1)

croftj (2359) | more than 4 years ago | (#33112144)

The content and descriptions were certainly not worth the 21 pages of ads I had to step through.

What about "Lemonade Stand" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33112150)

Which was included on tape with Apple ][+ computers (might have even been included with the Apple ][ as well).

apt-get install bsdgames (2, Informative)

Hatta (162192) | more than 4 years ago | (#33112184)

When you're stuck with a console, the bsdgames package helps a lot to pass the time. There's a great version of Tetris, ports of the classic games Hunt the Wumpus, Adventure, and Trek, and some assorted puzzle games. My favorite is Boggle. Great way to spend 3 minutes while something downloads/compiles/whatever.

bdsmgames (1)

tekrat (242117) | more than 4 years ago | (#33112502)

I prefer bdsmgames, but those are much more difficult to apt-get install...

MS Hearts - network version (1)

OhEd (877009) | more than 4 years ago | (#33112250)

Whatever happened to the network version of Hearts that used to be included with Windows?

Re:MS Hearts - network version (1)

MarbleMunkey (1495379) | more than 4 years ago | (#33112744)

It's still there. Oh, wait.. this is an XP box....

Re:MS Hearts - network version (1)

Fred Or Alive (738779) | more than 4 years ago | (#33113218)

I think the obvious answer is "they removed the networking from it", the Windows XP version still has "The Microsoft Hearts Network" in its title bar and about box, even if it doesn't have a network mode. It's probably a mixture of the network code being archaic (it did first appear in Windows for Workgroups), and Microsoft wanting people to use the Internet Hearts (which goes connects via MSN) instead.

Minesweeper: The Movie (1)

SteveFoerster (136027) | more than 4 years ago | (#33112300)

Anyone who thinks that these games have gotten no attention has never seen the hilarious trailer for Minesweeper: The Movie [youtube.com] .

MS 3D Pinball (1)

future assassin (639396) | more than 4 years ago | (#33112600)

I spent many many ..... hours back in 1997 tilting that fucking game. Ah good times, good times.

Re:MS 3D Pinball (1)

helix2301 (1105613) | more than 4 years ago | (#33113652)

I loved 3D pinball this saved me from boredom during my 4th period computer 101 intro to programming class.

Macs don't do games (1)

joeyblades (785896) | more than 4 years ago | (#33112726)

I've always heard how the availability of games for the Mac has always been a weak spot. Now I see what they've been talking about...

xpilot (1)

clickclickdrone (964164) | more than 4 years ago | (#33112926)

All the Unix systems I used back in the 90s had this great multiplayer shooter with graphics like asteroids. Spent huge amounts of time on that baby. One guy at work did awsomely well until we realised he'd compiled a custom binary with hotkeys for powerups.

Too many slideshow pages... (1)

tlinget (1447991) | more than 4 years ago | (#33113228)

I will not go through 21 pages of slideshows. I refuse to view 21 page reloads to see this list. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. (21 Nos.)

GORILLA.BAS (2, Interesting)

djdanlib (732853) | more than 4 years ago | (#33113396)

How about those games that came with QBASIC?

You know. GORILLA.BAS

I used to visit my friends to play that game... my computer only had GWBASIC.

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