|Long ago, before the Nintendo-ites
hijacked gaming, before Origin sold out to the graphics over content crowd,
there were games like OMEGA. OMEGA, the thinking persons game where how efficiently
you coded mattered far more than how fast you can click a mouse and wiggle
a joystick. A game where the strategic element of gameplay overcame even the
rudimentary graphics of the time, and when you defeated an opponent, it was
because you were better at logic, not physical reflexes.
OMEGA is a game where the player designs a cybernetic tank, programming the AI using a basic-like natural english programming language. Once built, tanks are thrown into an arena where the more efficient (and therefor faster) AI code will usually defeat an inefficient design.
|Here are a few tank designs by myself and others,
available for download. They use a standardized file format so they SHOULD,
according to the manual, work on any version of the OMEGA game (PC, Apple,
If you have any tanks available that you would like displayed, please email them to me uncompressed or in PC ZIP Format (no GZIP, SEA or others) and I can post them here (my ISP account space permitting).
|I have one program specifically intended for
use with OMEGA. The program, called DIStank is written in C and is used to
'reverse engineer' tanks by decompiling the .TNK file and showing the AI in
english ... just like in the design module of OMEGA. Some consider this cheating,
and such programs were banned from Origin's OMEGA BBS. I personally take no
stand ... all's fair in love and war. :) Download and use if your ethics can
|Here is a short list of other sites that contain
OMEGA-related files. If you have an OMEGA page, or know of one, please contact
me and I will add it to the list.
|This OMEGA site is maintained by -
Frequently Asked Questions -
Q: Where can I get Omega for the PC?
A: Omega is unfortunately, out of print and unavailable from Origin Systems. However, it is available as abandonware (copyrighted games no longer manufactured or sold by their owners). For a copy, please check out The Underdogs. They have Omega (DOS) and the manual on their very nice abandonware site.
A: Where can I get Omega for the MAC?
A:Also out of Print, just like the PC version. At one time, I had a link to an Apple Fan Site with Omega for the Apple II. Unfortunately, the site is gone. If you find a copy for MAC, please end me the URL so that I may link to it.
Q: How about a manual?
A: The manual that shipped with Omega was the same for all versions (to my knowledge, the C64 and PC had the same books, just a different installation note card). See the above link to the PC Version for a copy of the manual
You are cybertank engineer to access this site.
NOTES ON FILES -
I accept no responsibility for the files listed here, their contents, their suitability for any purpose or the consequences of their use. By downloading these files you accept all responsibility for their use and the consequences of that use. In plain English, if you download it and use it, you are on your own. :) Please report non-functional files and I will remove them.
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