Free BCM Gold and Universal Combat Coming

A post on the 3000AD Discussion Board by Derek Smart announces that Battlecruiser Millennium Gold and the original Universal Combat will be released for free over the internet at some point soon, as the rights to both sci-fi games are about to lapse:
Dreamcatcher's five year rights to Battlecruiser Millennium Gold and the original Universal Combat expires on 12-18-07. I do not intend to renew those rights.

In keeping with my tradition, both games will be released for free on the Internet at some point in the near future.
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Is it easy? No. Is it a button smashing arcade game? No. Is it fun? For RPG and space sim fans like me, yes.
I guess if you consider space sims like X-Wing and Freespace 2 "button smashing arcade games", then UC is better.

Personally, those are my favorite kinds of space sims. X3 offers much of the depth of UC (without the planet/ground component though, which is clearly the weak point of UC anyway) without the incredibly steep learning curve, dated graphics, and overly complex interface. I consider myself a RPG and space sim fan (they're my two favorite genres), and I just don't like any of Smart's games. I really tried to get into BC, BCM, and UC (something about the concept kept me coming back to try the new iterations), but they're just not fun for me. It's come to the point that I doubt I'll try any more of his games. He's had several chances to make his games more fun, and he's wasted them all.

I really hope other developers don't get scared away from making space sims (fun, playable ones that is) because of his unfortunate dominance of the genre. What a terrible legacy that would be for him.

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