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Happy Birthday(s): StarCraft 2, MS-DOS, and Anachronox

As noted on ExtremeTech, MS-DOS is 30 years old today, as is was on this date in 1981 that Microsoft purchased the rights for QDOS for a reported $25,000 and launched an empire (thanks Slashdot). There are also two game anniversaries today, as Battle.net notes that it was one year ago today that they launched StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty (thanks Ant). Finally, today os the tenth anniversary of the launch of ION Storm's much-loved cyberpunk RPG Anachronox in North America. Tom Hall points the way to an article from last year on The Escapist with a look back at his magnum opus.

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16. Re: Happy Birthday(s): StarCraft 2, MS-DOS, and Anachronox Jul 28, 2011, 20:39 Zadig
 
I didn't know Anachronox was so popular here since I rarely see it mentioned as a favorite game. I loved it when it came out and still love the characters, music, and writing.

I'd blame the commercial failure on guilt by association with Daikatana and the "Elevator Tycoon" beginning. You spent hours riding elevators back and forth as you completed quests on the first world. It's heinous enough that I imagine many people never got past it.

It's a shame that there won't be a sequel, but at least there won't be a horrendous sequel either.
 
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15. Re: Happy Birthday(s): StarCraft 2, MS-DOS, and Anachronox Jul 28, 2011, 18:08 Creston
 
grudgebearer wrote on Jul 28, 2011, 02:14:
I still have my original copy of Anachronox...gonna have to bust it out and play it again...

Good luck getting it to run though...

Loved Anachronox. It was fantastic. Never getting the second half of the story was one of the greatest disappointments in gaming.

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14. My days with DOS ... Jul 28, 2011, 09:29 Ant
 
I used (not MS) IBM-DOS v4.0 that was terrible with its low free conventional memory on my IBM PS/2 Model 30 286 10 Mhz system. 5.0 and 6.0 were awesome though. I remember its DOS Shell too. Then, came DoubleSpace (Stacker died -- I used its software, but not its hardware card), disk defragger (Norton Utilities 8.0's was better, but there was a nasty bug if you had verify=on setting that corrupted the data!), a virus scanner, etc. Oh and multi-configurations with autoexec.bat and config.sys. Fun times!  
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13. Re: Happy Birthday(s): StarCraft 2, MS-DOS, and Anachronox Jul 28, 2011, 04:35 Jerykk
 
noman wrote on Jul 28, 2011, 01:05:
Anachronox is an amazing game. And while it finishes with a clear indication of a potential sequel, the end is satisfying and there is some sort of closure.

It's easily, one of the best CRPGs ever.

I wouldn't exactly call it a CRPG. It had far more in common with Final Fantasy than Fallout, Baldur's Gate, Planescape Torment or any other traditional CRPG. It was basically an adventure game with turn-based combat. Not necessarily a bad thing, especially when the writing was as good as it was. I'd love to see another Anachronox, since the game ended on something of a cliffhanger.
 
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12. Re: Happy Birthday(s): StarCraft 2, MS-DOS, and Anachronox Jul 28, 2011, 03:43 mag
 
Riker wrote on Jul 27, 2011, 23:07:
Wow, 10 years since Anachronox. It's a shame I haven't really seen Tom being associated with any exciting games since.

According to Wikipedia, he's been following Romero around since Ion Storm. Now they're both at some new 'social game' studio.
 
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11. Re: Happy Birthday(s): StarCraft 2, MS-DOS, and Anachronox Jul 28, 2011, 02:14 grudgebearer
 
I still have my original copy of Anachronox...gonna have to bust it out and play it again...  
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10. Re: Happy Birthday(s): StarCraft 2, MS-DOS, and Anachronox Jul 28, 2011, 01:20 Parias
 
Fion wrote on Jul 27, 2011, 22:51:
Yea I missed Anachronox myself, though I followed it's development quite a lot. I think after the disaster of Daikatana I gave up on everything from that company lol.

Not everything I hope - don't forget where Deus Ex came from.
 
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9. Re: Happy Birthday(s): StarCraft 2, MS-DOS, and Anachronox Jul 28, 2011, 01:05 noman
 
Anachronox is an amazing game. And while it finishes with a clear indication of a potential sequel, the end is satisfying and there is some sort of closure.

It's easily, one of the best CRPGs ever.
 
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8. Re: Happy Birthday(s): StarCraft 2, MS-DOS, and Anachronox Jul 28, 2011, 00:54 DrEvil
 
Brumbek wrote on Jul 28, 2011, 00:04:
Anachronox was so amazingly good. I'm very glad I happened to play. Yeah, the combat was boring, but an unofficial patch by one of the developers added a fast forward key, a truly must-have!

I strongly encourage everyone to play the game if they haven't already. It holds up very well since interesting characters and dialogue never go out of style.

Yep, totally agree. I loved it and played it all the way through. Was so sad that it never got a sequel (mostly I believe) because of Daikatana's failure.
 
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7. Re: Happy Birthday(s): StarCraft 2, MS-DOS, and Anachronox Jul 28, 2011, 00:04 Brumbek
 
Anachronox was so amazingly good. I'm very glad I happened to play. Yeah, the combat was boring, but an unofficial patch by one of the developers added a fast forward key, a truly must-have!

I strongly encourage everyone to play the game if they haven't already. It holds up very well since interesting characters and dialogue never go out of style.
 
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6. Re: Happy Birthday(s): StarCraft 2, MS-DOS, and Anachronox Jul 27, 2011, 23:52 reisub
 
Happy birthday Anachronox! One of my favourite ever RPGs. Still have it but I've no idea if it works in Windows 7. Deserves to be on GOG etc.  
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5. Re: Happy Birthday(s): StarCraft 2, MS-DOS, and Anachronox Jul 27, 2011, 23:07 Riker
 
Wow, 10 years since Anachronox. It's a shame I haven't really seen Tom being associated with any exciting games since.  
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4. Re: Happy Birthday(s): StarCraft 2, MS-DOS, and Anachronox Jul 27, 2011, 22:51 Fion
 
Yea I missed Anachronox myself, though I followed it's development quite a lot. I think after the disaster of Daikatana I gave up on everything from that company lol.

Maybe we'll see it at GoG someday. I'd love to give it a shot.
 
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3. Re: Happy Birthday(s): StarCraft 2, MS-DOS, and Anachronox Jul 27, 2011, 22:28 PHJF
 
The combat was more than a little one-dimensional, though. Luckily the rest of the game was more than capable to see me through to the end.  
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2. Re: Happy Birthday(s): StarCraft 2, MS-DOS, and Anachronox Jul 27, 2011, 22:21 Icewind
 
Anachronox was one of the best JRPGs I ever played, and it was a PC only game. Really funny, really long, really LARGE. Was like Chrono Trigger in space.

Can't say a good enough things about it.
 
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1. Re: Happy Birthday(s): StarCraft 2, MS-DOS, and Anachronox Jul 27, 2011, 22:07 Dev
 
Huh, how did I miss Anachronox, and WTF isn't it on steam, or GoG, or impulse, etc?

I guess they don't want my money. Oh well, its floating around on the tubes I'm sure.

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