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Prince of Persia Level Editor 'Apoplexy' Reaches 2.0 44

Posted by timothy
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An anonymous reader writes "Last year, Jordan Mechner, the creator of the Prince of Persia video game franchise, released the long-thought-lost original Apple II source code for Prince of Persia. Today marks the release of version 2.0 of apoplexy, the free and open-source level editor of Prince of Persia for DOS. Roughly 5.5 years after its initial release, support has been added for editing Prince of Persia 2 levels in both GNU/Linux and Windows. The game has its 25th anniversary next year, but the original trilogy only has a (very) small fan community. Will old games such as this also interest future generations or will they gradually lose their appeal because of technological advances?"
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Prince of Persia Level Editor 'Apoplexy' Reaches 2.0

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  • by cianduffy (742890) on Saturday December 28, 2013 @05:22PM (#45807593)
    That is if there's any way to get CoD or Portal to run in twenty five years time - easily defeatable or no copy protection on older games makes running them in DOSBox or similar quite easy. Trying to figure out how to work around Steam, Origin or the newer optical media protection systems to allow games to run in emulation in future isn't going to be as simple.
  • by lgw (121541) on Saturday December 28, 2013 @06:21PM (#45807905) Journal

    Or, to quote MC Frontalot

    You canâ(TM)t hide secrets from the future with math.
      You can try, but I bet that in the future they laugh
      at the half-assed schemes and algorithms amassed
      to enforce cryptographs in the past.

    Wise words.

  • by jones_supa (887896) on Saturday December 28, 2013 @07:02PM (#45808123)

    Will old games such as this also interest future generations or will they gradually lose their appeal because of technological advances?

    No problem. Many times when I watch gameplay videos of old DOS games in YouTube there are comments like "where can I download this game for Mac??" The right answer is to show them DOSBox and GOG... But the point being, there still is a lot of interest of these kind of old, simple games. Look at something like Papers, Please [gog.com]. Technologically that could have been implemented for a 286 DOS PC, and yet people love it despite "technological advances". Simple, good games, into which you can get quickly by bashing Enter, not having to wait 3 minute long load times.

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