Ascendancy – The Key to a Gold Mine

Ascendancy

Abandonware:
noun
computer software that is no longer distributed or supported by the developer or copyright holder.”those who illegally distribute abandonware on the Web see themselves as archivists who are helping save old computer programs for posterity”

The reason I bring this up is because some games fall off the copyright wagon and go unnoticed. One of those games is Ascendancy. Ascendancy is a 4X science fiction turn based strategy game from 1995, that was remade for IOS in 2011, it was reformatted to be compatible with Ipads and Iphones.

Now this is a game I discovered by borrowing it from a friend at school when PC games came on CD-ROM, in believe it or not , a box, a cardboard box featuring the artwork on the front and blurb on the back.

This game was my first ever delve in to the turn based strategy world and the reason games like command and conquer, and Heroes of Might and Magic became staples of my gaming library for years to come. The reason I bring this up is that there are hundreds of apps produced every single day that rely entirely on ad revenue to make money and the games are just awful. There are masterpieces of software floating around on the internet that could be snapped up, upgraded a little in appearance or some game play mechanic and with pay to win packages that appear on mobile games could make thousands. The only downside is where do you draw the line between having adverts in your remaster or choosing the product placement rout which to be frank is always the classier move.

Running some abandonware is easy as pie, with web pages out there cataloguing these gems so they are never erased from history a simple program like DOSBox will allow any competent PC user to transform there $3000 gaming monster into a 1990’s piece of memorially treasured junk.

 

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