Dune II: The Building of a Dynasty Now Playable in Your Browser

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Only one positive thing came from David Lynch's Dune - Westwood Studio's Dune II: The Building of a Dynasty (Amiga, MS-DOS, Sega Genesis/MasterDrive), a real-time strategy game released in 1992. It was inspired by Lynch's much-loathed film rather than Frank Herbert's much-loved novel. While the game didn't sell like gangbusters post-release, it ended up being incredibly influential in the real-time strategy genre. Several outlets, including Time Magazine, have named it one of the greatest video games of all time.

The Open Dune Project – a group of industrious individuals bent on bringing Dune II to modern operating systems – just released a browser-based version of the game that works through Java. My nerdy co-worker familiar with the original says the new version is almost identical to it. Thanks to the magic of Cookies, you won’t need to play through the game in one sitting; you may save your progress at any point during play.

If you’re already equipped with the Java plug-in, head over to Play-Dune.com to dive into the game. Let us know what you think. Oh, before you attempt to load it in Safari on the iPhone like I did, remember: “Java’s not worth building in. Nobody uses Java anymore. It’s this big heavyweight ball and chain.” – Steve Jobs.

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