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What happened to the decent golf games?

I must confess to neither being a fan of watching or playing golf. Putt putt is about the furthest I’ve gotten and I admit to enjoying it quite a bit. However, I quite enjoying playing golf on the computer. Back in the day I was quite a fan of Links and then Microsoft Golf – yet another example of games Microsoft kicked to the curb. Taking up the mantle was Tiger Woods, but due to his penchant for not keeping his club in the bag, that game has been shelved as well. So where does that leave us? Why has golf fallen so out of favor?

I recently dug into the archives of the iPad and fired up the game "Let’s Golf" by Gameloft – one of their better titles in my opinion. Yes, the game is a bit "arcade" by the graphics are still quite nice, the swing meter is easy to use and it’s very enjoyable to pick a course and go for a quick 9 or even a full 18 holes.

But when you turn to the desktop arena, the selections seems to be in hiding. About the only game I can find is The Golf Club and the reviews are far too mixed to say it’s a solid contender. So what happened to the casual golf game? What is an armchair player to do these days? I suppose I could dig through my stash to see if I can find my last copies of golf and do what I can to get it to play, but why aren’t companies making new versions? Egad, you can’t get away from a new season of Madden of NHL, but to the devil if you want to play golf.

This seems like an untapped market these days. Of course if someone were to come out with a decent game, I’m sure they’d charge $59 and no one in their right mind is going to pay that. They would have to bring something impressive and keep the price under $20. Talking about my ass I know. But I can dare to dream can’t I?

I guess I will have to be content with Let’s Golf and Let’s Golf 2 for the iPad. To hell with that miserable excuse of a game Let’s Golf 3. There is something to be said for the close cut grass of the greens, the beauty of the fairway, the sound of the distant birds and the bright skies that still make golf a fun game to play.

Speaking of, does anyone remember the Microsoft published golf game that features zombie and other monsters on the course? I can’t remember the name and I can’t seem to find it in a search. It was actually an amusing game – for what it was. I wonder if I have that stashed somewhere.

There’s more golf tournaments than you can shake a stick at, but you can’t play it on your computer.

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Microsoft Studios Weekend at Steam – All Games on Sale

Well check this out, another sale has just started over at Steam and this time it’s games that Microsoft has published. Now, before you go and scoff, there are some worthwhile titles out there. For example, you can now pick up the brand new Rise of Nations Extended Edition for $9.99. You can also grab Age of Empires HD for $4.99. The new Zombie shooter, State of Decay is also $4.99 with the Expansion Packs coming in at $1.74 for Breakdown and $3.74 for Lifeline.

There is also an interesting game called Toy Soldiers which I’ve never seen before. From the trailer, it looks like an interesting spin on a Tower Defense. For $1.99 I can hardly go wrong in getting a copy. I’ve also been curious about Deadlight, a zombie runner that seems to be getting quite a few good reviews. It’s only $2.99, so for the cost of a couple of Coronas I might that add to my cart as well.

Looks like it could all be pretty interesting. To me the big news is Rise of Nations and Age of Empires, but since I already have those, I might have to go for some of these other titles. Looks like a fun weekend coming up.

 

Microsoft Studios Weekend at Steam

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Big Kalypso Sale at Steam – Save 85% – Aug 14 – 18

Here’s something for ya, Kalypso is having a multi-day sale over at Steam with different titles going on sale each day. The best sales will probably be early on and right now the entire Tropico line is one sale, as well as Omerta, Port Royale, Patrician and Rise of Venice. Serious discounts for these games. Looks like I’ll be adding a whole slew of new games and raking in some new DLC for the games I already have.

Kalypso Anniversary Sale

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Sid Meier’s Railroads – A Blast From the Past

It’s been a long time since I sat down and played this game, but today I felt the urge to lay down some tracks and live through the steam era. And even after all these years the game still looks and plays great. I had the resolution set to 1920×1080 and it didn’t skip a beat. I only had time enough to play the first scenario, but it was a great time.

I actually got off to a really good start and was able to shuttle gold back and forth to Los Angeles. From there I made the connection to San Diego and made a quick buck moving passengers back and forth. I had a bit of lunch and there was a vineyard right down the road which opened up a Winery for me. From there I was able to extract some oil, bring in some corn and then some cattle. Yes, I was only on the first scenario but wow, the time flew buy as I made my fortune. I was actually able to buy out JP Morgan (yeah, like that could have ever really happened) and took over his rails. I was then able to make short work of connecting all the other cities and swept through each one of them building refineries, wineries and stockyards. I was able to bank over $100 million in cash before I hit the time limit. Pretty damn entertaining I have to say.

Sometimes you just want to jump into those old games. It doesn’t always have to be first person shooters, or dungeon crawlers, or exploring some seemingly dead planet. Sometimes you just want to amass a fortune and drive your competitors out of business. Railroads is still a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to a couple more games this weekend.

Anyone else get the urge to jump into the oldies from time to time?

And by the way, if you want to learn about the moguls of this era – Cornelius Vanderbilt, Andrew Carnegie, JP Morgan and JD Rockefeller, then check out the documentary – "The Men Who Built America". It’s a 5 hour program that showcases how these men quite literally built the America we know today. If you think Gates, Ballmer, Jobs and Buffet have wealth, you haven’t seen anything. These guys ruled and guided America and their wealth was about 10 times what our modern day robber barons have put together. The things they did were staggering. $400 million is a massive amount of money today, but what about a hundred years ago? A billion is more money than most people could ever spend today, but what about the turn of the century when things cost pennies? If a car cost $100 and you had$1 billion? It’s pretty staggering what these guys pulled off and well worth watching if you have any interest in history. Fun stuff!


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BeamNG Drive Comes to Steam

It’s been a long time coming, but BeamNG Drive has been given the Greenlight from Steam and will soon be available for Early Access purchase. If you bought the alpha builds through the BeamNG website you should get a Steam Key so that you can keep the game updated. This is really good news. Not only will the game stay updated, it means the devs have garnered enough support to really push this game to the next level.

If you’re not familiar with it, BeamNG Drive is a soft body physics game which is a fancy way of saying you beat the hell out of your vehicle and it will show and respond to the damage. The big fun of this game right now is to smash the stuffing out of your car or truck and watch the pieces fly in every direction as the body crumble like an empty beer can. There are some hilarious videos on YouTube showcases this destructive side of the game. My personal favorites involve the Mystery Machine going over the cliff or swerving down the road as though Fred is high as a kite.

So far the game has been a sandbox, but now that it’s hit the big leagues more and more features will be coming and I’m sure that will include some highly destructive racing. The placeholder for the game is already there so the ability to make a purchase should be here within a day or two.

BeamNG Drive on Steam

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