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Using the technology of tomorrow to bring you the excitement of the yesteryear!

GOG.com proudly presents the next step in DRM-free retro-gaming: Retromator 4000, a universal nostalgifier for PC & Mac. Our software engineers are very close to producing a stable version, and we're very excited to finally be able to tell you about this revolutionary piece of software. Even more so, because very soon we'll be able to invite you to take part in public alpha testing of the app! (That is as soon as we get the 0.97a version up and running.*) We're glad that GOG.com users will be the first to take part in our next revolution. Or rather: re-evolution ;-)

Ok, but what's Retromator 4000, you might ask, and what does it do exactly? Without going into technical specifics of quantum-level digital retro engineering, let's just put it as simply as possible: it takes your modern current-gen games and turns them into retrotastic, beautifully pixelated classics or even text-based adventures from back in the time when graphics were an option, not a must. All because we know what GOG.com customers are all about--nostalgic gaming!

We've prepared a little preview of our fantastic app working its magic on three modern age classics: The Witcher, Alan Wake, and Dreamfall: The Longest Journey, so you can easily see the effect Retromator 4000 has on current-gen adventures, RPGs, and action games.

As we said, there's a public alpha version of the software coming towards you as soon as it's done, but there's still plenty of room for your suggestions and input. We would love to know how would you retromate your favorite game, so please--feel free to leave a mock-up screenshot or a piece of text-adventure in the comments below. There are 5 free games waiting for the authors of the best entries! One thing though, the Retromator 4000 will only be usable with DRM-free GOG.com games, so please limit your efforts to retromating only those.

Again, we're extremely happy to be able to introduce this new and exciting GOG.com feature. Please take a moment to see the preview, and maybe stay for the contest mentioned above!

*The estimated time of completion of the public alpha version is based heavily on fuzzy logic and quantum mechanics. In other words--we think that it might be done soon, but it just as well might take much, much longer. Also, in n-1 parallel universes, the Retromator 4000 is already available. The contest deadline is much more specific: Thursday, April 4, at 12:00 GMT.
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Russonc: Happy April Fool's Day??
Mayyyyyybe. :P
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TheEnigmaticT: Mayyyyyybe. :P
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JMich: Heads up, the Gem promo articles ain't up yet, and yes, I tried looking for them. What do you mean there's no Gem Promo today?
Aw, piss. I guess no one wrote it. I'll go write one real quick.
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Arteveld: Ha ha haha;)
I won't take part in the context, as it requires graphical skills, but good luck to everyone who enters!
You could always post a text-mated version, you know. No graphical skills (other than taking a screenshot of a text file) required!
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rodrolliv: Can we post more than one entry? From now to Thursday there's plenty of time, I have some ideas and can't decide just one.
Go crazy. But you'll only win once. ;)
Oh WOW! Guys, I seriously didn't expect so many great entries. It was super-hard to choose the winners, especially with all the different approaches people took to retromating their favorites.

Alas, we had to pick just five winners. Here they are:

For an impressive display of pixel-art skills, that would surely grant him a stable position in the game development industry back in the good old days--Johanz, and his pixel-art version of Deus Ex.

For a brilliant write-up of a text-adventure style action game that presents the player with more moral dilemma than he could possibly bargained for--Myxia, with text-based Magic Carpet.

For having apparently mad 3D rendering skills, quite the sense of humor, and a good understanding of what HoMM monsters are really about--Chimerical, with his low-poly spoof of Heroes of Might and Magic V.

For beating inXile to create a real spiritual successor to Wasteland and creating a believable de-make of a well known and loved GUI--Gyrocoptor, and that brilliantly retrotastic depiction of Fallout.

For mashing-up two epochs of Dungeon&Dragons pure awesomeness in one screenshot that made some heads explode from nostalgia overload around GOG.com office--threeandhalstar, with the Dungeon Master-style Baldur's Gate.

And for the final, sixth and special award, for taking the idea of retromating games even one step further and bringing the digital entertainment into the realm of analog (an idea we can relate to)--Arteveld, and his FIFA '68.

Each of you will find an $9.99 bonus-code in your PM box.

Congratulations, and thank you all for the great fun! :-)
Post edited April 04, 2013 by G-Doc