I’ve got some DOOM WADs I have been meaning to play so I would probably grab Trench Foot, Total Chaos, and the sequel to Ashes 2063, Ashes: Afterglow with a portable install of GZDoom to play them.

After that I’d probably bring Star Trek TOS and a MOBI copy of Neuromancer by William Gibson combined with a portable install of VLC and Calibre in case the computer didn’t have applications that support the file format.


What about you?

I wanted to phrase this in a way where it isn’t a prolonged or desert island style question where the responsible idea would be to bring Wikipedia ZIMs and educational PDFs. It’s just an awkward amount of time to kill. The mid 2000s office desktop stipulation is just an additional challenge so you can’t just bring in a copy of Baldur’s Gate 3 or Cyberpunk 2077.


Edit: By mid 2000s I meant around 2005; the XP or Vista.

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    Boy, this question hurts.

    For anyone above a certain age with kids below a certain age this isn’t a punishment or a challenge, this is A DREAM!! Heroes of might and magic 3, system shock 2, Anno (any version up to 1503), Morrowind, Civilization 3, Age of wonders shadow magic, Baldur’s gate 1 and 2…

    Whenever my wife finds the time she goes to her room to play Morrowind. She just got a new laptop and the first thing I did was install OpenMW and copy her save file.

    It goes without saying that you couldn’t finish any of those games in those 12 hours, except for System Shock 2.

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    This is a fun question!

    So, in the mid 00’s I worked for a pretty large software company doing mid level tech support for enterprise customers. One unassuming weekday, we get a notice that the building is going in to lockdown. Nobody in, nobody out.

    Not long after we’re told to contact our families and anyone that may be depending on us after work. There’s a communication stating “we have a strong reason to believe anthrax was released in the building and no one is leaving until the CDC takes a sample and tests it”. Awesome.

    After the initial chaos wears down the dawning realization that there are a few hundred (well closer to a thousand of us) now stuck in a multi- building complex with fuck all to do sets in. This is before YouTube really had anything and Netflix was barely serving up a few streaming movies. Plus, there’s no way I’m installing Silverlight on my production box. Dark times indeed.

    In a stroke of pure luck, I stil had a couple of burned “backups” in my backpack from the previous weekends LAN party (jesus, this story just keeps getting more and more ancient).

    A few short moments later and the ISO’s were dumped and it was game time. Now, we were all saddled with Dell Optiplexes of some random flavor (620’s maybe… this was pushing 20 years ago, details are a little sketchy) so there wasn’t much we could really run but anything in a pinch, yeah?

    Long story long, I’d spend that time playing C&C Renegade, Quake 3 Unreal Tournament and maybe speed run Duke3D one more time. All while listening to some flavor of Scandinavian metal to truly flesh things out. If that got boring, I’d likely watch Ricky-O again or maybe throw on whatever else I happened to have dumped at the time (likely something from Tartan Asia Extreme or an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm).

    Despite what an utter shit show this moment was, I have so many vivid memories of playing those games on the test network with a bunch of other 20 something people barely navigating through life while being scared to death that we may never see our families again.

    That and trying to teach Ted how to copy a crack to the install folder… again… wtf man, directions are right there in the readme.nfo

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        Ended up being a hoax. The crew is still around and we occasionally get together to golf or drink at tailgaters when it’s football season. Time and children have taken their toll on the LAN’s and other drunken tomfoolery of those days. That’s always the thing about the “good times” they just seem like life when we’re in it.

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      What a ride. Someone asked what they get for doing this. I guess the answer was not killing your family or being arrested.

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        It ended up being some jackass on the SoCal sales team sending a “joke package” to one of our local sales guys. As far as I remember he was let go and no criminal charges were pressed. I think everyone involved was just relieved it was a hoax.

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        Absolutely! It was a pretty fun moment in my early years in this industry. Now, after 10 or so years working from home, I almost get nostalgic for an office.

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        Ikr? It’s like, the perfect thing for a 12 hour period of time. I should just carry it around in my backpack (ive got the 4K blu-rays), you can’t go wrong with it. That and star wars (classics, prequels, and animated cartoons).

        Just gotta beat everyone to the nearest conference room and take over the projector.

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    MS Paint, an old clip art CD, and notepad. It’s time to make some unbearable personal websites