After Hours

Have a retro Geekend with Nethack

Now that you have conquered the <em>World of Warcraft</em>, what better way to spend your Geekend than revisiting one of the first games to ever help you to burn hour after hour at your keyboard. Geeks and Geekettes, I give you Nethack.

You've spent all your hard-earned cash on a rig that will power the state of New York in order to play the most amazing, state-of-the-art games available. You've honed your skills to the point that your mind and your reflexes are sharper than Occam's Razor. And over on your Xbox you've become legendary on Guitar Hero. But ultimately you are a geek and eventually all geeks long for the days of old when nerd status was restricted to the chosen few: an elite crew that cleaved, for the most part, to games of the dungeons and dragons ilk. One such game was Nethack. You know it because you have ventured into its ASCII-labyrinthine levels over and over in a vain attempt at winning. But you never did. And so you set it aside for bigger and better things. But now that you have conquered the World of Warcraft, what better way to spend your Geekend than revisiting one of the first games to ever help you to burn hour after hour at your keyboard. Geeks and Geekettes, I give you Nethack.

View my screenshot gallery and see why it may still be one of the most challenging computer games you will ever play.

Nethack

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2 comments
filligree_uk
filligree_uk

I remember sneakily installing the SCO Xenix 386 Games disk (1 floppy disk, \dev\fd0135ds15 anyone?) when the boss wasn't looking. There were a raft of brilliant games there... my particular favourite timewaster was the cybernetic battletank "Ogre".... Kids today just wouldn't understand! :o)

swheeler
swheeler

I thought I had missed out on this game but I remember going to the library vax system my freshmen year at college and playing it while there was no one to talk to on the bbs. One look at the screen shot and fireworks happened all over again! I sucked at this game, but I kept trying. I can't wait to put it together at home, but I think I might want to wait until after I finish my MBA.

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