The thinking PC gamer may want to head over to Good Old Games this weekend. The digital store is offering discounts on several classic strategy games as part of an "EA Worlds" promotion.
For the duration of the weekend, Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri and SimCity 2000 Special Edition are both 50% off. Dungeon Keeper, Populous and their respective sequels receive the same discount. Each game is now available at $2.99 as a result of this deal.
SimCity 2000 was the long-awaited sequel to the classic city-building game. It provided virtual mayors with new building types and more elaborate financial controls, among other things. The Special Edition includes bonus content such as the post-launch expansion packs and the SimCity Urban Renewal Kit, which allowed players to edit in-game images.
Alpha Centauri is a successor to the Civilization series. In the future, a colony ship from Earth has landed on a planet in the Alpha Centauri system. Players take on the role of one of seven factions of colonists vying for control of the world. Players can achieve supremacy through trade, research, politics, or war.
In Dungeon Keeper, players build their own lair and must prevent heroes from invading it. They must set traps and raise an army of monsters to keep their domain safe from adventurers. The sequel added new spells and monsters, updated the graphics, and changed many of the mechanics.
Populous, like Dungeon Keeper, was designed by Peter Molyneux. The player controls a deity and must watch over their people. They use their magical powers to strengthen and grow their civilization while also defending it from a civilization worshiping another deity. Populous II, styled after Greek mythology, gives players access to a wider variety of god-like powers and allows them to grow stronger through a new advancement system
I'd imagine that if you made a list of the top 100 or so PC games of all time, many of these games would make an appearance. This weekend seems like as good of a time as any to check them out.