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Commander Keen

11 months ago

Feature: Pre-apocalyptid

Have You Played… Commander Keen?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. The year: 1994. Me: a teenage goth who had never seen anything more amazing than the chainsaws and demons hellscape of Doom. Imagine, then, my reaction when I found that the people who made Doom hadn't been forging dark arts made of infernal code since they…

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3 years ago

John Romero Reveals Super Mario 3’s PC Port

Yesterday, on the 25th anniversary of the first Commander Keen release, id Software co-founder John Romero revealed a video of the studio's Super Mario Bros. 3 demo. Created in a single week back in 1990, the year of Commander Keen, the demo was presented to Nintendo to show the viability of a PC port of the game. The second level has been redesigned to ask…

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4 years ago

Feature: Come Get Some

Interceptor On 3D Realms, Gearbox, Blood, The Future

It hasn't exactly been "business as usual" for Interceptor lately. First the Rise of the Triad necromancer stealthily didn't quite reveal a new Duke Nukem game, and then Gearbox *did* entirely sue them for it. But while the Borderlands creator is flinging around 87 bazillion pieces of supposed evidence to the contrary, Interceptor believes it's in the clear - especially in light of the fact…

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A Keen Deal: Interceptor Purchases 3D Realms/Apogee

I didn't see this coming. Interceptor, the Danish company that recently announced a Duke Nukem ARPG and released the Rise of the Triad remake last year, have bought Apogee Software Ltd (aka the legal name of 3D Realms). This surprises me because I didn't think I'd be writing any stories about 3D Realms in 2014, except perhaps when they licensed Shadow Warrior out for a…

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6 years ago

Command Your Own Keen: Hall’s Platform Tool Kickstarter

The last Kickstarter project Tom Hall was involved with did not go so well. Old-School RPG (nee¬†SHAKER) neither shook nor stirred up much interest, and both Hall and Brenda Romero decided it was best to go back to the drawing board. It seems, however, that they beelined for different drawing boards, because now Hall's launching a Commander Keen spiritual successor all by his lonesome. It's…

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7 years ago

RPS Demands: We Want Keen DLC For Rage

It's a simple enough demand, I think. Yes, id, we've been increasingly impressed with the constant trickle of promotional trailers you've put out for Rage over recent months, and you've proven that Mr. Carmack is fully capable of talking the talk. But are you big enough to take on outside feedback? Will you listen to our plea? We think it's about time for the Commander…

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8 years ago

Commander Keen++

Two dimensions good! Three dimensions bad! It's retro-pixel-time day on RPS, entirely by mistake. If you've had enough absurdist time travel and Jesusosity, perhaps now you'd like to turn your 256-colour attention to id's ancient history. Woah there, hoss - you're totally about to comment that olden PC platformer Commander Keen was only 16 colours, aren't you? I know the way your type thinks. Recently-released…

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