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Back in 1997 there was a little company called Cavedog Entertainment who released a RTS game that blew all other RTS games away. It was called Total Annihilation, and went on to become 1997’s Game of the Year. The graphics were excellent but it was the game play that set it above all others.
Fast forward to 2015, and Total Annihilation is still as much fun today as it was almost 20 years ago. Thanks to GOG games, Total Annihilation has been ported to Mac, and is playable under WINE. And it’s cheap too! I bought the entire Commander’s Pack for $5, which is awesome. It can be a little glitchy sometimes, but that’s the price you pay to be able to relive some of your best memories. When I get in a mood that I just want to blow shit up, I sit down and load T.A.
Yesterday I loaded the game onto my Macbook Air and set up a multi-player game between my Macs. It’s been almost 20 years since I’ve played Total Annihilation against anyone other than a computer player. It worked perfectly! They connected and I was able to create a new game. Why? Because my son has been watching me play this game for years, and despite its now-dated graphics, he’s been itching to try and figure it out. So we had our first Father-Son Total Annihilation Smackdown yesterday! The kid’s got 18 years of catching up to do before he’s going to beat his old man, but I give him credit… he’s willing to get crushed 🙂
We have another session scheduled for Wednesday, which is great because it’s not even my week to have the kids, but he wants to come over and spend some time with me. Now if I could just get his sister interested too! Where’s the My Little Pony mod?