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Dare to Dream

by Mr. Swoon

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Original Thread: Epic's Other Massive Trilogy: Dare to Dream

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Introduction




Back in the hazy days of the early 90's, shareware games on Windows 3.1 ruled PCs with a communal iron fist. Just about anyone and everyone had their own shareware game out. Even I did, until my dog ate my source code. Kids on the playground could swap floppy disks holding games of varying quality legally, and without fear of lawsuits. While most of the time you'd get a demo of a Commander Keen knockoff, sometimes someone would get a little clever. One young man decided to make a first-person adventure game series, release the first episode as shareware, and hope everyone bought copies of the sequels. That young man was he:




Cliff "Cliffy B" Bleszinski. He couldn't have been more than 18 or 19 at the time. Dare to Dream was one of Epic MegaGames', and Cliffy's first games. The trilogy tries to explore themes about the nature of the psyche, and how one's own mind can betray them in times of tragedy. What the trilogy actually does is give you 3 variations of MS Paint Toon Town, with some skulls and demons tossed in here and there. Also bible references.

We will explore the game exploring the mind while exploring Toon Town. We're gonna have a ball.

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