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  1. Recent advances in computational technology have enabled video games to have some graphics. However, graphics is not the end all be all of what makes a game good. There are many games that I like which have terrible graphics, but are still fun. 1. Dwarf Fortress The stereotypical game with terrible graphics but absurd depth, Dwarf Fortress puts you in control of seven alcohol midgets who must survive and thrive in various environments, while overcoming obstacles such as fluid dynamics, hostile wildlife, and their own stupidity. It is in continual development (by a single guy in Washington with a bit of help from his brother), and will probably not be feature complete until sometime in the 2020s. Despite this, it has a great amount of depth, mostly because of how much stuff is procedurally generated. "Stuff" in this case includes an entire game world, with up to thousands of various historical characters. Also easily moddable, if you're into that sort of thing. Get it here (it's free); http://bay12games.com/dwarves/ 2. Aurora 4X A Microsoft Access database that has somehow mutated into a quite playable game. Design your own spaceships, prospect for minerals, purge xenos, and explore the galacy, all using the magic of spreadsheets and graphics that wouldn't look out of place on in 1995. Do note that it doesn't follow real world physics exactly (FTL, and spacecraft require constant thrust to keep moving), so it feels more like naval battles in space. Still, pretty fun. Also free, can be found here; http://aurora2.pentarch.org/index.php 3. Caves of Qud An old favorite of mine which I've been getting back into recently, Caves of Qud takes place in a vaguely post-apocalyptic landscape of ASCII characters. Complete various quests or just wander around the map, and kill things using methods such as your mind, blunt objects, and lasers. Free version is here; https://s3.amazonaws.com/CoQ/setup.exe, do note that it's not fully complete at the moment. A paid version, with better graphics and other minor improvements, is in development and will probably show up on steam at some point in the future. I will give $10 to anyone who manages to kill a Chrome Pyramid without cheating. 4. Young's Modulus It has robots and such, use them to shoot at other robots. Very definitely requires use of joystick, and can be a royal pain to get working on any computer that is not a toaster. Still, it's pretty fun to do quick battles against the AI (it theoretically features online multiplayer, but I've not yet tried it). Get it here; http://forums.x-plane.org/index.php?app=downloads&showfile=10769 (it was originally paid software which is now free, should be unlockable by entering "123456" as the product key).
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