Wing Commander

Thirty years ago, on 26 September 1990, Origin Systems released Wing Commander for MS-DOS, the first game in what would be a very long-running and expansive series of prominent videogames. Last September we played it with the club to see what it's all about and whether it holds up today.

Two DGC veterans join hosts Florian ("rnlf") and Martijn ("Tijn") for this one. First of all Richard ("Pix"), who is a long-time Wing Commander superfan and has even seen the Wing Commander feature film. And last but not least Esko ("Firefyte") for whom this was actually the first time playing a main series Wing Commander game, although he has spent plenty of time playing some of the many spin-offs, such as Academy and Privateer.

Also we received no less than three voice messages for this episode, one of them even being a small quiz! Thanks to John ("Shattered"), David ("EvilCommieDictator") and Rob ("Spoonboy") for sending them in. If you'd also like to contribute a voice message, you can email them to us at: club@dosgameclub.com

The episode not only covers a discussion of the game itself, we also dive into the rich history of the wider franchise and talk about Chris Roberts' origins, his many endeavours with both games and films, and what he's up to now with Star Citizen.

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Z

In August we played Z, one of the hardest-to-google games on the planet. Unless you know it's from the Bitmap Brothers, which you now do!

But is the game also noteworthy for it's quality gameplay and fancy FMV cutscenes telling an exciting story? Well, find out!

Joining hosts Martijn ("Tijn") and Florian ("rnlf") in this mission are David ("EvilCommieDictator") and Nick ("f2bnp").

Enjoy!

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Jill of the Jungle

We spent our July playing Jill of the Jungle, one of the big milestones in PC gaming history for making Epic Megagames actually "mega" and allowing them to build all those future games we all so dearly love.

But is Jill itself a noteworthy game? Or do we need the rose-tinted glasses of nostalgia to enjoy it? Opinions seem to differ and this episode surely doesn't lack controversy.

Joining hosts Martijn ("Tijn") and Florian ("rnlf") in this episode is our old and new record holder in episode appearances, David ("DavidXNewton"), who is a real connoisseur when it comes to Epic MegaGames, as he's made a video series in which he's played every single one of their earliest games, all the way up to Unreal. Also on the show is brand new member Felix ("KewlioMZX"), who also hosts a weekly radio show about video games and chiptune music over at Squarewave Symphony. Florian & Martijn were recently invited onto that show to talk about DOS Game Club, so it seems only fair to invite Felix on our show as well.

Also a shoutout to our other member David ("EvilCommieDictator"), who was so kind to send us a voice message. Thanks! If you also want to contribute a voice message, please send them to club@dosgameclub.com

Enjoy!

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01 Sep 2020 // 1 Comment >

Frederik Pohl’s Gateway

Hello everyone!

Last June we spent playing our first text adventure with the club. Incredible that we never did one before, so good thing we got that sorted. It's a genre that can be difficult to get into, so we decided to pick a very accessible game: Frederik Pohl's Gateway, by Legend Entertainment, released in June 1992.

Another first is that every single club member in the podcast actually managed to beat the whole game! Many of us finished the sequel as well. Amazing! Joining hosts Martijn ("Tijn") and Florian ("rnlf") in this episode are returning members Esko ("Firefyte") and Richard ("Pix"), accompanied by brand new member John ("Shattered").

Enjoy!

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Pinball!

Greetings DOS fans,

Last May we featured not one, but many games. All of the same genre: PINBALL!

Helping Florian ("rnlf") and Martijn ("Tijn") out are two very knowledgeable experts. First of all DGC regular Tim ("Spacefarer"), who has made an elaborate video series covering the history of pinball videogames, from the very basic beginnings all the way up to the most sophisticated games. And last but not least Kris ("Gemini" / "Pixelmusement"), who you might know as the host of the Ancient DOS Games YouTube show, among other things. Apart from covering various pinball games on his show over the years, Kris is also an avid real-life pinball player and even competes in ranked tournaments.

Also thanks to DGC member Esko ("Firefyte") for sending in a voice message!

In the episode we cover all sorts of pinball-related subjects, but the main games we're diving into are:

  • * Pinball Construction Set (1983, Bill Budge)
  • * Macadam Bumper / Pinball Wizard (1985, ERE Informatique)
  • * Pinball Dreams (1992, Digital Illusions)
  • * Epic Pinball (1993, Epic Megagames)
  • * Psycho Pinball (1994, Codemasters)
  • * Pro Pinball series (1995-1999, Cunning Developments)
  • * Pinball Builder (1996, 21st Century Entertainment)
  • * Star Trek Pinball (1998, SCi Games)


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