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BeefaloBart Feb 23, 2014 @ 10:17am
Not buying dis.
I dont need to buy this, I found my Original purchased discs for this game, now where do I shove these wierd plastic square flat disks. Maybe if I lay em in my bluray player and hit the tray real hard to help it close.....

Jokes asside, I actually wasnt looking for them but found my Original 3.5" floppy of this game, these were a proud purchase back in the day. Sure sure, if you download this game on steam its got a few bugs. Duhhh, we are talking a game older than 90% of the steam users. Game was developed for use on DOS, windows was this new thing not everyone used. But Windows 3.1 users soon found this game a delight.

Players now download a game, play game. This wasnt the case back in early PC games. Buy game, insert discs, transfer files then install. Run the setup files to config the Sound Blaster 16 settings. Lord forfid if you have one of them 3d accellerator cards, some needed tweaking to play. Now if you got all those settings done you type in the commands to launch the game.

Multiplayer in any DOS game wasnt for the current gamer lol. are you on TCP/IP are you on IPX, what type LAN you running, most common was daisey chain RG-6 and make sure you got a terminator on that last pc.

Kids today on this great baby sitter called the computer, just do not know the work involeved in playing games back in the early days of PC. That asside, if you look at this game NOW with TODAY"S standards. It looks like crap. terrible graphics, gameplay is well not very realistic. Frankly its just not as fun cuz you die a bunch and its hard to win.

Honestly, this is not what we though when this game was new. This game had awesome graphics, the overall immersion of this game is so deep its hard to describle. No other game then or now could match this game for immersion. You just were glued to the screen and had to play just one more level. The more we got our butts kicked the more we just dug in and tried harder.

Whatever the reason, when you find time, Get this game, the more you play it the better it gets.
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Sirius Feb 23, 2014 @ 12:17pm 
I remember that actually - nothing really grabbed me as hard as D1 Shareware did when I first played it at the age of... I think 10, something like that. Played one level, then another, then another... went on for hours if I recall. Wasn't incredibly hard since I was probably playing on one of the first two skill levels, but it was very immersive at the time.
BeefaloBart Feb 23, 2014 @ 1:49pm 
D1 shareware was CRACK, once you took that first puff, you were hooked. Tell me 1 game of any genre that can hold someones attention like this game did back in the day.
AN BIFFED ELF!!!! Feb 23, 2014 @ 10:23pm 
Originally posted by BeefaloBart:
I actually wasnt looking for them but found my Original 3.5" floppy of this game, these were a proud purchase back in the day.

Funny. I don't recall any floppy release of Descent. Reminds me of this post actually
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BeefaloBart Feb 23, 2014 @ 11:44pm 
I was thinking of takin a pic of me holding the 2 3.5" floppy disc that I got many many moons ago. Just to show kids today lol this is how we got our games.

Actually the first computer games I got were on cassette tapes for my TRS-80 CoCo
AN BIFFED ELF!!!! Feb 24, 2014 @ 4:57am 
Ok, now that's more believable. Descent shareware was available as a 2 floppy package and could be purchased at retail (obviously not as cool as getting it slowly off a local BBS then). The full game never came on 2 floppies.

Maybe it's about time you purchase the actual full version of Descent. No reason to righteously flaunt about your early computer nostalgia about not doing so.
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BeefaloBart Feb 24, 2014 @ 11:41am 
I did have the full verstion but you know most people who remember the original game are starting to show sign of alzhiemers starting with random memory loss, Ohh look a penny. And those kids still wont stop walking on my lawn. Hi Im ted.....
[UF]LotharBot Feb 24, 2014 @ 2:59pm 
The full version of Descent came in multiple formats, including 5 floppies or a CD. There was also an OEM version called Destination Saturn that only went to level 15 (instead of 27) and came on a CD with a different set of graphics. It wouldn't surprise me if there was a 2 floppy shareware version.
Digital Wings Feb 24, 2014 @ 5:51pm 
Suddenly my Descent1-3 optical discs have value again.
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[dse]Circlestrafe Mar 28, 2014 @ 6:37pm 
Originally posted by BeefaloBart:
Multiplayer in any DOS game wasnt for the current gamer lol. are you on TCP/IP are you on IPX, what type LAN you running, most common was daisey chain RG-6 and make sure you got a terminator on that last pc.

Kids today on this great baby sitter called the computer, just do not know the work involeved in playing games back in the early days of PC. That asside, if you look at this game NOW with TODAY"S standards. It looks like crap. terrible graphics, gameplay is well not very realistic. Frankly its just not as fun cuz you die a bunch and its hard to win.

Forgot all about that networking hassle mentioned above, it's just too easy these days!

If memory serves, we had to use a program called Kali to play this online as it's multiplayer was IPX and Kali was an IPX emulator.

Both D1&2 looked pretty damn good at launch, relative to other games at the time and what was available to run those games, better still with the Diamond Monster3D 3dfx Voodoo 1 card (Descent 2), with it's enormous 4megabytes of vram. Descent 3 still looks and plays great to this day.
Particle Man Apr 21, 2014 @ 6:15pm 
I got it on floppies as well, the full version.

They're probably around here somewhere in a box.
stackflow Apr 21, 2014 @ 6:26pm 
I've still got this on CDROM lol
prairieson42 Jan 14, 2015 @ 9:01pm 
I remember going to the basement of the comic book store because he had 8 computers already connected in a LAN and would rent out time, like an old school internet cafe (or cave). It would always be a fight over Descent or Diablo. Wow, I'm old.
fenke Jan 15, 2015 @ 12:35am 
Originally posted by BeefaloBart:
D1 shareware was CRACK, once you took that first puff, you were hooked. Tell me 1 game of any genre that can hold someones attention like this game did back in the day.
Tomb Raider did, back in the day, and did it again more recently. But yeah, shareware version already got me hooked, and boy did I have trouble with that boss ...

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[HtzK]n3bulator Jan 20, 2015 @ 9:23am 
This was an awesome game back in the day, I also still have the orginal CD-ROM. But who would pay 6.99 to play a 20 year old DOS game that looks just ♥♥♥♥ by todays standards?
Phileksa Feb 18, 2015 @ 4:59am 
Originally posted by AN DARKELVEN SORCERESS!!1:
Ok, now that's more believable. Descent shareware was available as a 2 floppy package and could be purchased at retail (obviously not as cool as getting it slowly off a local BBS then). The full game never came on 2 floppies.

Maybe it's about time you purchase the actual full version of Descent. No reason to righteously flaunt about your early computer nostalgia about not doing so.

I don't "still have" anything from my childhood. Whenever I see people talking about how they have their C-64 they were given on their 15th birthday way back in 1980, I feel this seething anger boiling up inside me that's absolutely hard to describe. If I think about it for too long, I take to the bottle, hoping to derail it. If that doesn't work, I can always cut the pain away. Nothing like a good clean sharp pain to wash away the hurt, anger and tears!

I won somewhere in the neighborhood of ten art awards. Damned if I can show them to anybody though. Those and the winning pieces are all gone now. Lost to homelessness way back in 2001. Before that, in the 1990's, I lost my first computer, too - and the printer and monitor that went with it! And I don't even have any DP patches, either. Lost them, too!

I've been homeless again and again. Only now do I really have a stable place to live, and that's only because I own it. Even so, it's taken me, thus far, seven years to begin acting like I own the place. It still feels all so surreal, and I'm certain something's going to happen to cause me to lose everything. Again.

All that being said, Descent did not come on two floppies. Sure, there was a CD-ROM version, but that was only for computers for CD-ROM drives. If you were running a PS/2 (and don't confuse that with a Sony machine - PS/1's and PS/2's were made by IBM, and they all had the infamous microchannel bus) getting an opitical drive was pretty damned hard! So when I played the game on that, I needed floppies! And if memory serves, it was like ten floppies for Descent! lol

One thing I remember about the floppies is they could go bad fairly easily. It was always a good idea to back those puppies up!

But some companies, concerned about piracy, would actually damage some floppies in a certain way. And if your floppy wasn't correctly damaged, then you couldn't play the game!

Thexder was such a game.

I'd show you what Descent on floppies looks like, but alas, just like my IBM PCjr (1997), my IBM Aptiva C-60 (1996), my IBM PC (1998), and all my IBM PS/2s (1998-2000), they're gone.

Leaetherstrip said it right, man. "Life Is A Kick In The Balls."

Oh, in case you're wondering why I don't like hard games these days? It might be because I've lost so much over the years, I really am just sick and tired of all the struggle. If you're looking for the ultimate challenge, you need to just throw everything away, tell your landlord to go ♥♥♥♥ themselves, and live on the street a few years. Then, after you've struggled to find a place to go potty, huddled in your jacket to keep warm on a frosty night, wondered where your next meal is going to come from, watched as people calously threw away what little food you had "because nobody would eat that," walked around in a haze looking for a place to sleep only to find that a guardrail is as good a place as any, and been robbed by drug addicts who think stealing from homeless people is a great way to get a buck, you can come back and tell me how much fun those challenging games are. I'm pretty sure they won't be any fun anymore!
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