Where I host all the cool things I find on the internet
Disclaimer: I have not necessarily tried or do not use or play all things listed here. I just think they seem neat or interesting. I am not exactly an expert on the subjects below, but I have found a lot of things. ★ marks things I personally have played and recommend. Please let me know of anything else I could add in the comments at the bottom.
More temporal links and things are on the linklog (cohost).
Excellent Freeware List
Favorite Net Media
Itch.io Megabundle Games
How all this happenedAfter seeing various Neocities pages host a links page to various cool sites, and some pages like Neonaut's Freeware Games Page of Excellence listing cool games, I wanted one of my own and decided to add one to my website. It started to grow over time, I added more sections, and it grew into more or less this.
As for the Kits, when I started to get into Doom mods, I decided to organize everything I needed to play in a single folder. I then did this for other FPSes, partially inspired by seeing Something Awful's Early FPS Megathread. Eventually, I decided to add that to the site, as a way for others to easily get into this, as well as to highlight the cool stuff that's out there. Then I decided to expand the idea outward to other things that have a lot of community resources.
Freely avaliable games amd their many mods, and other things that have many community-made stuff
ScummVM for old adventure games (Music Enhancement Project). DREAMM can be used as an alternative for some LucasArts games.
DOS: DOSBox, DOSBox ECE, DOSBox-X, PCem, D-Fend Reloaded (graphical frontend)
VirtualMIDISynth ★: Replaces the default Windows MIDI player and lets you play MIDIs with any soundfont. Roland SC-55 Music Packs ★: Native recordings of game music on the Roland SC-55, playable in any modern source port.
Also see the Freeware: Classic section for more.
|Something Awful's Early FPS Megathread||What inspired me to do the Kits idea.|
|Sector Effectors (Trello) (Steam Curator)||Guide to various FPS games and their source ports and mods.|
|Source Ports for Quake 2||Yamagi Quake II is mostly vanilla. KMQuake2 is limit-removing. vkQuake2 is modern. BONUS: 3.24 Unofficial Patch works for the Steam version.|
|Quake 3 Arena Stuff||ioquake3 and Quake3e for source ports. The Unofficial Patch to fix some things. Flexible HUD to fix widescreen issues. Challenge ProMode Arena hosts its own modification and source port.|
|OldUnreal||Non-profit community that hosts downloads for maps and mods for Unreal Gold and Tournament, as well as the OldUnreal patches to make them work on modern systems.|
|Jedi Engine (Star Wars: Dark Forces, Outlaws)|
|The Force Engine ★||Source port of the Jedi Engine, based on and by the creator of DarkXL. (Extra levels) (More mods)|
|Dark Forces Community Patch||Makes the game more accessible.|
|TFix (Mod DB) T2Fix (Mod DB)||Modernizers for Thief 1/Gold and Thief 2.|
|DarkLoader AngelLoader (Alternate link)||Mod and map loaders. (Missions)|
|Tribes Universe||Official downloads (free and legal) of all games in the series known for the Skiing movement tech.|
|PlayT1 TribesNEXT Tribes Revengeance||Some fan patches.|
|DXX-Rebirth||Source ports for Descent 1 and 2.|
|InjectD3||Descent 3 patch.|
|No One Lives Forever|
|No One Lives Forever||Free downloads of No One Lives Forever, No One Lives Forever 2, and Contract Jack with community patches.|
|No One Lives Forever 1 - Modernizer (Itch.io) No One Lives Forever 2 - Modernizer (Itch.io)||Modernizers.|
|Spawnsite.net||Community map packs for the multiplayer.|
|Xash3D||Open-source clone of Source Engine 1 (Half Life 1).|
|Hammer of Thyrion||Source port for Hexen 2.|
|Dominatrix (Itch.io) (More Information)||SiN port with extra features.|
Also see the Mods section in Freeware.
Games can be played independently of the console, often published on Itch.io.
|Lexaloffle||Home and BBS for PICO-8 (most famous) and Voxatron (3D voxels). Both paid, but PICO-8 also came as part of the Itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality.|
|TIC-80 (Itch.io)||Alternate fantasy console. Free with Pro version avaliable.|
|LIKO-12 (Itch.io)||Open-source and free.|
|Pixel Vision 8 (Itch.io)||Customizable fantasy console with a GUI.|
|WASM-4||WebAssembly-based fantasy console with rollback netcode multiplayer.|
|LowRes NX (Itch.io)||Fantasy console that uses the BASIC language.|
|CHIP-8 (Wikipedia)||The original fantasy console. (Archive of games)|
|Octo (Itch.io)||Modern browser-based IDE for CHIP-8. C-Octo is a local version of this.|
|bitsybox||bitsy as a fantasy console.|
|Open-source "Real" Consoles (with free games, often emulatable on RetroArch)|
|Uzebox||Open-source console. Online emulator.|
|Arduboy||1-bit card-sized console.|
Also see the Engines Database for more.
|Websites||Interactive Fiction Database The Interactive Fiction Competition The People's Republic of Interactive Fiction Brass Lantern Zarf's Interactive Fiction|
|Stories||The Zork Series The Fractured Fairy Tales Series 9:05 A Change in the Weather All Roads An Act of Murder Anchorhead Balances Being Andrew Plotkin Child's Play Christminster Counterfeit Monkey ★ Curses For a Change Galatea Heroes Jigsaw Lost Pig Photopia Rameses Shade Slouching Towards Bedlam Spider and Web The Act of Misdirection The Dreamhold ★ The Meteor, the Stone and a Long Glass of Sherbet The Weapon Varicella Vespers Aisle Lime Ergot|
|Gargoyle||Interpreter that supports all IF formats.|
|Frotz||Portable interpretor for Z-Machine games.|
|Twine||The modern IF tool.|
Famous old game known for its level creator and being made by the founder of Epic Games
|ClassicZoo (Itch.io)||ZZT fork that adds some improvements but maintains compatability.|
|The Reconstruction of ZZT||Accurate rebuild of the original source code.|
|Zeta||Emulator made for ZZT and Super ZZT.|
|Museum of ZZT||ZZT world preservation.|
|ZZT Heaven||Fansite with good resources.|
Also see MegaZeux in freeware.
Suggest more in the comments!