|August 1st, 2016 7:06 PM|
by Ken Gagne
|Filed under Game trail;|
Comments Off on Steamed Apples at KansasFest 2016
I love presenting at KansasFest. Speaking at such an esteemed gathering of Apple II aficionados reaffirms that I nonetheless have something to contribute to this community, despite not having extensive knowledge of Apple II hardware or software.
How about something like "10 influential Apple II games" and then you talk about them, demo them and show how they are cool. There's certainly a segment of the audience (i.e., me) who loves to watch old Apple II games, which is why I liked Bruce's stuff. Or something like "here are 10 Apple games that were later remade on modern systems".
It was a great idea — so great, that it'd already been done: I presented "Classic Gaming Inspirations" at KansasFest 2009 and "Classic Gaming Inspirations, Part Deux" in 2010. In each, I demoed modern games for Mac, PC, and iOS that were reminiscent of classic Apple II games. Despite being a familiar theme, I enjoyed giving those talks and felt that enough time had passed, so I decided to dust off the theme for 2016.
This year's constraint: all the games had to be available for Steam, the digital distribution platform for games. And they had to be available for Mac, PC, and Linux. Fortunately, even given these limitations, I was not wanting for ideas, as I'd discovered many such games through IndieSider, my biweekly podcast where I interview indie game developers. Most KFesters know my podcasting efforts in the vintage computing realm, specifically on Open Apple and the Retro Computing Roundtable, but were not aware that I host gaming podcasts as well. It was fun to share this other side of myself with the audience.
Here are the Apple II genres and games I started with and the Steam games in which a modern gamer might find an echo of the past.
|Genre||Classic game||Steam game||IndieSider?|
|Point and Click (First Person)||Shadowgate||Shadowgate||Yes|
|Point and Click (First Person)||Shadowgate||Read Only Memories||Yes|
|Point and Click (Third Person)||King's Quest||King's Quest||No|
|Point and Click (Third Person)||King's Quest||Kathy Rain||Yes|
|Point and Click (Third Person)||King's Quest||The Blackwell Legacy||No|
|Survival||Oregon Trail||Organ Trail||No|
|Platform||Impossible Mission||Master Spy||Yes|
Thanks to Jason Scott's speedy turnaround, a video of the presentation is already available online:
I had so many games in mind for this year's talk that I had to keep many in reserve. Expect to see more Steam games at KansasFest 2017!