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Is anybody interested in buying Download Central?

I’m seriously considering selling it. If you’re interested, comment on this post, and I’ll contact you.


Download Central on the WayBack Machine

I just checked whether Download Central has been archived on the WayBack Machine, and yes, it has…There are fifteen captures, the oldest one from October 2010. Back then I had 153 games: 67 DOS games, 74 Windows 3.1 games, 12 Windows 95 games. It sure has grown since then…

Search Boxes for Download Central

After demure deliberation I have come to the conclusion that there is just no way to add search boxes to all the pages of Download Central without editing the HTML itself, so that’s what I’ve done now. Re-uploading the whole site would be too complicated. I have done that with the twenty or so visited pages. Otherwise, every new addition will have a search box, as well as the pages before and after it in alphabet. It should take about three months for the whole site.

The Tumblr is Gone

I’m not exactly sure what happened, but the Tumblr for Download Central, that I announced in the previous post, is suddenly gone. I didn’t delete it. I was notified by Tumblr that there were strange goings-on in my account, and prompted to change my password, which I did. Should someone actually have hacked the account and deleted the Tumblr? It seems rather silly.

I can’t simply start it again at the same URL, it is blocked now, and in any case all the posts would be gone. I’m not sure if I will take steps to restore it. For now, it’s gone.

A Tumblr for Download Central

A week ago I started a Tumblr for Download Central. Meanwhile it has 24 posts and is quite presentable, so I’m presenting it here.

I made it mainly as an easy way for people who are on Tumblr to follow the updates on Download Central. I post every new upload as a photo post, usually with the original screenshot, in some rare cases I resize it to 4:3. New lists or sections are posted as a link.

But besides, I intend it to grow into a sort of database. In between the updates, I post older files too. I tag each post rather extensively, basically most of what I write into the “Steckbrief” on the site itself. It will take some time, but in a couple of months most of the site should be covered.

Update 2013-01-16: The Tumblr has been deleted, not sure by whom, not sure why, but it’s gone.

CGA Games for Download

I have added a list of all the CGA games on Download Central. There are currently thirty-two of them, dating from 1982 to 1995. One was even updated in 2002!

That Year 1996…

I just checked: The year with the highest number of files on Download Central is 1996. A site search for “Year: 1996” brought 224 results. It goes down in both directions from there.

Brushing up Download Central

Those of you who are following me on Twitter or are still subscribed to the RSS will already have noticed: I’ve started updating Download Central again. So far, there are three new games:

Besides, you can now download the full version of 5X. When I visited the Speed-Strip website I noticed they no longer sell the game, but offer the full version for download. I’ve removed the Windows installer, the game doesn’t run well under XP anyway, play it in DOSBox.

There are three new “game concept” pages, for Pac-Man, Paratrooper, and SameGame, and there is, finally, a site search. At the moment, there is only one search box on the whole site, on the home page. I have a little problem here: I have a few positions where I can put something on every page site-wide, but unfortunately none of them is really well fit for a search box. I’ll come up with something, but it might take a bit.

Finally, I have started a Tumblr especially for Download Central. It will mainly serve to announce updates, but it should also grow into a searchable database over time, something that is difficult for me to implement on the site itself.

Four more new games on Download Central

  • fLiPpEd OuT ! is a fun Othello with six AI adversaries represented by portrait graphics.
  • Quara has an adventure-style interface, but you have a character with stats, fight monsters and cast spells. A 16-bit version should exist, but I haven’t found it yet.
  • Nix is a nice Sokoban clone with excellent graphics. Needs DirectX and runs fullscreen.
  • YahtC is a Yahtzee for 16 and 32 bit Windows. I uploaded the 16-bit version earlier, now here’s the 32-bit version.

These are all Windows 9x games. I have now mostly uploaded the stuff I had already prepared last year.

Updating Download Central again

After a break of six or seven months, I’ve started updating Download Central again. There are thirteen new Windows 3.1 Games:

  • Ambush, the implementation of an ancient board game also known as Rithmomachia.
  • Battle SAT, Battleship in space with interesting graphics and a slightly uncommon interface.
  • Blocks, a simple Concentration that’s interesting because it is fairly old (1991).
  • BrainWave, a 256-color shoot ’em up that takes place in your brain.
  • Dare to Dream, one of the relatively few graphic adventure games for Windows 3.1.
  • Life 3000, a Game of Life with many additional features.
  • Mario Blaster, a strange little game I added mainly because the VB4 source code is available.
  • MLC GuessIt! is a hangman written as a fundraising effort for the Minnesota Literacy Council. You can download two versions.
  • Parsec, Black Box with slightly different rules. There are two types of objects to locate, planets and stars.
  • Space Mines: Your task is to transport the supply modules in the bottom left corner of the screen to the space station in the top right corner of the screen, avoiding the black hole in the center and the mines moving across the screen.
  • Trio is a solitaire card game where you must find groups of three cards that form a trio. Cards have three attributes, color, shape, and quantity. To form a trio, these attributes must be all the same or all different.
  • Triple YatZee is, well, Triple-Yahtzee with color scorepad and 3D dice.