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Author Topic: PC Games that DON'T Use an "Arcade"-Type Portal?  (Read 2926 times)

J-Mac

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PC Games that DON'T Use an "Arcade"-Type Portal?
« on: April 05, 2008, 02:52:15 AM »
What is the best source for PC games that do not use a portal, like RealArcade or similar?

My wife doesn't use a computer very much at all, but she does love to play games on the PC! Last tear I subscribed to Real Arcade for the singular purpose of obtaining the type pf games that she likes. She isn't into any of the heavy-duty 3D games like Halo or Splinter Cell - and no RPG's with 6 million levels or anything. Mostly just minor arcade-type games.  Wheel of Fortune, Deal or No Deal, various card/casino games.  (Me? I'm purely a puzzle/brain teaser type!)

Real Arcade could be decent if it really wanted to be, but they are pushing more and more games at you all the time - a good 20% or more of her time was rejecting downloads for "…games we have selected just for you…" offers thrown across the game she's playing.  I abandoned Real several months ago and hacked the downloaded games so that she could open them like any other application and play them without the Arcade. But Real must have little time bombs that render the games unusable after a time and they must again be downloaded via the Arcade.

I looked at a few other sites that did not appear to require a portal but once you get ready to purchase a game they let you know about their own arcade-type setup.   >:(

Anyone know of a site with these arcade-type games that can be purchased on a standalone basis?

I thank you, my wife thanks you, and anyone who has had contact with my wife shortly after Real has scarfed up her games yet again also thanks you!!

Jim

EDIT:  BTW, when I say I "hacked" the games to allow them to be opened independent of the arcade portal, I am speaking of games which were purchased from Real for $20 apiece.  Just thought I should clarify that!  --- Jim
« Last Edit: April 05, 2008, 02:55:09 AM by J-Mac »

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Re: PC Games that DON'T Use an "Arcade"-Type Portal?
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2008, 06:49:20 AM »
My favorite standalone games for the PC are
Aquaria -- probably not up her alley, though--sort of an ocean exploration adventure
Eets -- action/puzzle game that is a lot of fun; probably more your style than hers, though :P

(Short answer is I know of no such website)

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Re: PC Games that DON'T Use an "Arcade"-Type Portal?
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2008, 02:02:47 PM »
Wal-Mart or Target or any Brick & Mortar place with electronics. In the video games section are a bunch of really cheap casual games.

« Last Edit: April 05, 2008, 02:08:13 PM by Deozaan »

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Re: PC Games that DON'T Use an "Arcade"-Type Portal?
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2008, 09:12:25 PM »
Thanks guys.  I'll check them out.

Jim

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Re: PC Games that DON'T Use an "Arcade"-Type Portal?
« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2008, 09:53:41 PM »
Erm... what about http://trygames.com/? afaik, once you bought the games, they're yours. the copyprotection/crap they use is activemark... no arcade-style portal afaik.