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8 Classic Video Games Begging For Tablet Versions
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zerox203
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11/6/2014 | 6:24:13 PM
Re: Classic Video Games Begging For Tablet Versions
Well, you already know from some of my comments in the past that I'm a big gamer myself, Dave. I also own an Android tablet, and much like you probably did, I thought to myself: "This is great. I don't need to carry a portable game console around with me anymore. Everything will just be on my tablet". Boy was I wrong. There are some great gems, but it takes an awful lot of digging, the pricing models can be weird or incomprehensible, and there are a host of other issues. Plenty of genres that seem like no-brainers (like classic text adventures that you mention along with more 90s-era turn-based RPGs) seem to be pretty lacking in the sea of flappy bird clones.

I'm a little younger. so I missed out on King's Quest and the like in their heyday (ports to SNES-era consoles were just terrible), so there's actually a big market for players who want to try these out to get a lesson on gaming history. On the other hand, I see how developers are really catering to a younger market, so I see how it would be hard to get them excited for Castle Wolfenstein and friends. That still leaves plenty of room for Roller Coaster Tycoon and the like. Some day I'll get you for your Nintendo bashing, but we'll leave that for another time.
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11/6/2014 | 7:07:28 PM
Re: Classic Video Games Begging For Tablet Versions
I think Mario kart and tony hawk skateboard will be really good games for the tablet.  I like to play games, mainly tetris and wheels.  You are right David. Why produce crappy games on the tablet when you can continue on the tradition of making games based on the games we all have enjoyed.  I think super bomber man will be a good fit.  where is carmen sandiego game? 
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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11/11/2014 | 11:30:02 AM
Re: Classic Video Games Begging For Tablet Versions
@Pedro- Bomberman! I loved that game. Not sure it translates for multi-player on tablet, but I'd sure like to see someone try. 
PedroGonzales
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PedroGonzales,
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11/12/2014 | 9:59:35 AM
Re: Classic Video Games Begging For Tablet Versions
@ david. I was thinking more about games that are very simple and single player which can be translated into tablets.  There are some really nice super Nintendo games, specially the shooting games. I think are really a perfect match for the tablet environment. I played a fighting game on a tablet; it just isn't the same as having the controller in your hand.
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vnewman2,
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12/11/2014 | 6:35:17 PM
Re: Classic Video Games Begging For Tablet Versions
@Pedro - I was a big Duke Nukem fan so that's my vote.  

I wonder if the Logitech Powershall iPhone controller really works?  Has anyone had occasion to try it?  Seems like a good start.
David Wagner
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11/11/2014 | 11:32:26 AM
Re: Classic Video Games Begging For Tablet Versions
@zerox203- No Nintendo bashing intended. They make great games. They just make lousy selling consoles. I just think when you do one thing well and one thing poorly, find a strategy to do the thing you do well and make money at it. 
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batye,
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12/1/2014 | 2:29:17 AM
Re: Classic Video Games Begging For Tablet Versions
@Dave... agreed, but this days everyone puting only upgraded consules on the market... I do not see anything new on Xbox One if compared side by side with xbox 360... same ps3 vs ps4 -just better video card... but nothing new... or anything to rave about....
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dw_ship,
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11/7/2014 | 9:22:39 AM
Some of my past favorites
How about Myst. That should work well on a tablet. There are a lot of old Atari, Intellivision, etc. games that would reboot as well.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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11/11/2014 | 11:28:20 AM
Re: Some of my past favorites
@dw_ship- I know cheaper versions of Myst are big onthe tablet. This is a perfect example of where tablet land grabs have meant low quality for existing genres. Hidden Object and Puzzle RPGs like Myst abound. I know of no classic on the tablet though. That probably has to do with the model. I'm not sure how to do freemium hidden object games. 
BillB031
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11/7/2014 | 8:31:32 PM
old games
Quake II would be a good one.  There still lots of quake servers all over the world
David Wagner
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11/11/2014 | 11:00:32 AM
Re: old games
Bilbo31- I have a lot of nostalgia for Quake. I remember when I discovered the lame trick where you sit next to a spawn point with the rocket launcher and shoot people as they appear. They died and you survived and took their stuff. It was lame, but I didn't know it. I was new to the genre. Growth of a newbie. :)
BillB031
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BillB031,
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11/11/2014 | 11:08:59 AM
Re: old games
Lol David,  that was referred to as "spawn pad camping".  You could set the server to auto-kill someone who didn't move from an area for a period of time, thus discouraging camping!  But still, camping and sniping other players from a high perch on a wall, or from a dark corner was quite fun!!
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batye,
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12/1/2014 | 2:31:37 AM
Re: old games
@BillB031 I do hope to see Quake I and Quake II  in the future as in my books it classic and classic should stay alive one way or other...
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11/10/2014 | 1:32:17 PM
Good article!
This is a great piece. We will discuss it on the next epsiode of Unconsoleable. You can check out our show at unconsoleable (dot) com
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11/20/2014 | 10:33:32 AM
Get a sturdy case and a few more games
David, if you are worrying about 'throwing the controller' get a good sturdy case like an otter box or something else with good shock absorption.

I agree completely that there are more than a few good games that could have a following if they put them on the tablet.  I personally love your choices.

Here are a few more just looking around my dusty game cds;

Arcanum: a fantasy/steam punk solo player rpg

Neverwinter nights: As I remember this rgp had the capability of writing scripts to make your own adventures which could be a useful feature for a tablet game

Freedom force - superhero adventures anyone

Grim fandango - day of the dead meets a mystery, Why can't i resist playing a skeleton in a suit?


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