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Adventure Games? Dead?
No. In my opinion, merely misconceived. It has been a while now that people have been posting things like "Why adventure games are dead" and the ever-popular rebuttal "Na-ah. Not dead" in reference to adventure games.
You see, it's like this: Commercial adventure games, as the purists classify them, are dead. D E D, dead. If you looked at all the other commercial genres from back in the eighties, such as FPSs and the like, as you did with adventure games, they'd be classified with the same dead status. FPSs are far from the fake 3D, mind numbing walk-around-a-temple-and-press-CNTRL-fest that they used to be. The genres of yesteryear have all brought their individual good ideas and merged into what sells today. There are elements from most good things from a lot of other genres in newer games, which have mutated into the games that the hip people play. This is not new either, even those adventures from way back, that the purists hold so dear, often had action sequences that were derived from arcade games of even further back in time.
Yay, old stuff!
What has changed here? We don't have to play adventure games exclusively anymore to have an intelligent challenge, but you can get the pure stuff that you would have normally paid for, free of charge. Yeah, but that doesn't hold us from blaming other stuff, such as ingrown toenails, on John Romero, apparently.
Just because I'm such a nice guy, I've put together a short and incomplete list of some of the best free adventure games out there: