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I started this list because I felt like it . Perhaps if you are looking for a new gaming experience you could use this thread for ideas. I will include in no particular order games that I have played and liked, but are not anymore, or never were, in the main stream. I will update from time to time.

The List:

Evil Genius

"You're a malevolent mastermind bent on achieving global domination through the construction of the ultimate doomsday device. Build a secret base, gain notoriety by completing daring missions, repel the forces of justice in real-time combat, and develop evil super-weapons to complete your nefarious master plan."

S.W.I.N.E.
NEW!!! Apparently in 2005 S.W.I.N.E. was made free for download! NEW!!!!


In this older RTS game by Stormregion you are conscripted to be the general to win the gorilla style mechanized war between the pigs and the rabbits. Fun game, although there were some issues with bugs and hardware support. <===Havent played for a while and it looks like its been updated. Its also free now, see above the picture.


Homeworld series (mostly Homeworld 2)


Baldur's Gate 1, 2 and expansions
(I dont think Dark Alliance made it to the PC, did it?)


Populous: The Beginning


Silent Storm and Silent Storm: Sentinels



Plasma Pong
(Free)


The absolute best Pong game out there. It uses real time fluid dynamics to affect the path of the ball. This game has it all: strategy, explosions, awesome visuals, and an epic soundtrack to boot. Has single and two player modes, and it can be a bit of a challenge playing against your self in two player. Also includes a sandbox mode to create some neat visuals. Watch out, with settings set on high this could put up a bit of a challenge to low end systems!

TIE Fighter Collectors Edition
(2000/XP patch)


The sequel to the game that defined space sims back in 1995. While lacking in graphics by todays standards the game went all out when it came to in-depth-ness and a great story line. You are a pilot in the Imperial Navy flying a wide variety of crafts including the TIE fighter and advanced, and move on to more advanced ships like the Missile boat and the TIE Defender. Over 20 (?) military campaigns with around 10 or so missions each.

Coming soon: Poke646
Much, Much more to come.
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Games others have suggested:
Psychonauts.................DarkReign.......................Duke Nukem 3D
Fallout.........................Planescape: Torment.......Savage Empire
Martian Dreams...........Underworld......................U nderworld II
System Shock...............System Shock 2...............Any of the Warlords games
Scorched Earth..............Thunderscape.................Ma gic Carpet
Alpha Centauri...............Civilization series............Tribes 2
Descent: Freespace........Total Annihilation...........Dungeon Keeper 2
Imperium Galactica 2.......Urban Dead...................X-wing vs Tie Fighter
Starcraft.........................Delta Force series...........Stunts
X-com............................Operation Flashpoint........Flight of the Amazon Queen
Beneath a Steel Sky........Shadowrun.......................Coloniz ation
Dragonslayer..................Rise of the triad...............Lords of the realm
Defender of the Crown
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Baldur's Gate was a pretty mainstream. Both were up there with the best sellers the years that they came out. Still great games though. Feels kind of weird playing Baldur's Gate and Fallout on my TV. Everything just looks way to big.
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Baldur's Gate was a pretty mainstream. Both were up there with the best sellers the years that they came out. Still great games though. Feels kind of weird playing Baldur's Gate and Fallout on my TV. Everything just looks way to big.
Yea, but its old and no longer mainstream. Anyway, Updated.
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I remember when homeworld 2 came out. It was breathtaking.
    
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Yea, but its old and no longer mainstream. Anyway, Updated.
Let's toss Planescape: Torment into the mix then, shall we? Built on the same engine as BG and released in the same time period, it never was truly mainstream. Too weird for most people. But it is regarded as a true classic.

Going back even farther, I'll throw out some of the less well received Ultima games for consideration: Savage Empire & Martian Dreams (built on the Ultima 6 engine), and Underworld & Underworld II. The former were pretty decent games for people looking for an Ultima fix, but the latter were groundbreaking games that, dated graphics and control schemes aside, would hold up very well today.

Arguably, even System Shock (engine evolved from the Underworld engine) and System Shock 2 should be on the list. While we all recognize their greatness now, they were not exactly commercial successes when they were released.
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Let's toss Planescape: Torment into the mix then, shall we? Built on the same engine as BG and released in the same time period, it never was truly mainstream. Too weird for most people. But it is regarded as a true classic.

Going back even farther, I'll throw out some of the less well received Ultima games for consideration: Savage Empire & Martian Dreams (built on the Ultima 6 engine), and Underworld & Underworld II. The former were pretty decent games for people looking for an Ultima fix, but the latter were groundbreaking games that, dated graphics and control schemes aside, would hold up very well today.

Arguably, even System Shock (engine evolved from the Underworld engine) and System Shock 2 should be on the list. While we all recognize their greatness now, they were not exactly commercial successes when they were released.
Regarding Planescape: Torment, I played it, but never really got into it. Perhaps on my next go around of the game I will like it more and add it to the list, but it stays off for now. As for the others, I have not played them, but will consider looking into them, thanks for the tip
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Any of the Warlords games are classic, particularly the first three. Going waaaay back, a little game called Scorched Earth wasted a ridiculous amount of my time. Thunderscape was a fun one as were the Magic Carpet games.

BG2 is one of my favorite games of all times. To this day, it's the only game I ever completed and then immediately restarted. I've replayed quite a few games in my time, but I just couldn't wait to go back through that one. I really need to replay Planescape: Torment. I got through that once years ago but made some bad choices along the way. Sooner or later, I'll fire that one back up.
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System Shock 2 is a must play. the graphics are a little dated but if u can get past that ull find an awesome game. and its FREE!

All the older Blizzard games are timeless. starcraft, the warcrafts, and of course u cant forget the lost vikings

sticking with the strategy games AOE 1 and 2 and if anyone likes the Civilization series than check out Alpha Centauri also by sid mier
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Alpha Centauri. Love that game. Makes me remember of the good ol' days...
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