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Reviewed: Avernum
Developer/Publisher: Spiderweb Software
Genre Type: Role-Playing
ESP: $25 Buy Avernum Direct from Spiderweb
Required System: P120MHz, 32MB RAM, 30MB, DX3.0, Win95+
Reviewer's System: C400MHz @ 450MHz, 128MB RAM, GeForce 256 DDR, Vortex2, DX7.0a, Win98
Related Games: Exile Trilogy, Blades of Exile, Nethergate
ESRB Rating: None
Overall Rating:
Author: Chris Kim       Date: July 20th, 2000
Page: 1

Game Review:

One of the pioneers in the gaming community has not been a developer, game genre, or any new technology; it is something much more simple. It was a marketing method that was able to reach the masses, not at the retail stores, but through the word of mouth and public online distribution. This method later came to be known as Shareware, the distribution method by where developers gave the public a portion of their game (usually a quarter or third) of the game for free and then a registration fee was require to unlock the rest of the game. It was very successful for companies such as Apogee (now known as 3D Realms) and id, perhaps the masterminds behind the shareware ideal. However, over the past few years, the shareware distribution method has died off slowly and most companies are going the route of retail distribution for various reasons. Now, another company is still using this shareware distribution method with their latest game, Avernum.

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Added:  Thursday, July 20, 2000
Reviewer:  Chris Kim
Page: 1/5

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