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Looking for a PC 2D platformer game from the mid-2000s or earlier

That sounds exactly like my memory of Dangerous Dave. A playable version is hosted on the Internet Archive.
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What is the arcade game played in the "The Boys Next Door" movie?

It’s Bally Midway’s 1984 game, Midnight Marauders: As you say it isn’t a video game, it’s an electromechanical game. It’s similar to Space Invaders: the player is supposed to shoot alien tanks and ...
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What is this game featured in the film ‘The Year of the Jellyfish’?

That looks like the ColecoVision port of the arcade game Zaxxon. In the scene you mentioned, the character definitely seems to be holding a ColecoVision controller with the joystick knob, side ...
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The video game in the movie The Dirt Bike Kid

The game is Galaga, by Midway.
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Looking for a 90's sorcery game on Atari ST

I guess your are looking for "Spectral Sorcery" from Jeff Makaiwi, and your drawing is absolutely on point ;) Screenshot with scanlines Screenshot with scanlines Screenshot with scanlines ...
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Name this PC DOS Combat Flight Simulator

This sounds like F29 Retaliator: it has low hardware requirements, supports head-to-head play, and has blackout/redout. Only its name doesn’t fit: it follows the US nomenclature for fighter planes, ...
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Arcade game: pseudo-3D flying down a Death-Star-like trench

Yeah, I remember this arcade game, too. My brother was quite good at it, so I saw it a lot. Could it be Space Encounters? It was a full-sized arcade cabinet with an aircraft-yoke type controller ...
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What was that old FPS game where you shot rats in a sewer?

I'm going to say Operation Body Count from 1994, which was a Capstone Software game that used a slightly updated Wolfenstein 3D engine. It has a lot of sewers, and a lot of rats.
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How do I find out the REAL title of a given video game?

I commend your desire for accuracy in software preservation. How am I supposed to know what a game actually was officially called? This presupposes the existence of a single, official title. That ...
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Looking for a platformer game

This sounds like Jill of the Jungle: It is a platform game where the player takes the role of the titular character: an amazon woman who takes the untypical role of monster-slaying, leather-wearing ...
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Identify MS-DOS 2D space adventure game c. 1992

It sounds very much like Star Control II, but given the shareware aspect, it must be a game inspired by it, Solar Winds.
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Side-scrolling shooter game for the Macintosh from the 1990s

That is a vague description. But the Enterprise (saucer section?) and massive guns in front do ring a bell: Side-scroller; fly a spaceship on bombing raids over enemy territory, dodging and/or ...
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Which was this game with collectibles, that came with a washing machine detergent?

I believe the game is Max & Sparky. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQn3gF7RM4U It is: an isometric exploration/platform game with hazards given away with laundry advertainment compatible with ...
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What is this game featured in the film ‘The Year of the Jellyfish’?

The game is zaxxon (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zaxxon), an isometric shooter arcade game, developed and released by Sega in 1981. Comparing the image with the screenshots at https://www.mobygames....
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Help identifying a platform game for UNIX from 1990s

The description sounds a lot like XEvil. It is available as a Debian package (and in Ubuntu as well), and the copyright years are given as 1994–2000, so the time period fits. The game is released ...
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1980s game with a guy with an axe on a flying disc

The Bilestoad. Axes, flying discs, and blood - kind of narrows it down. ; - ) But here's a screenshot with axes, a flying disc, and blood. Here's a clean crack (playable in-browser), a video of the ...
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What is this early 3D platformer?

That is a very early 3D DOS exploration game from 1990 called Alpha Waves, also released as Continuum. Also available on the Atari ST and Amiga.
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Identify a vertical arcade shooter from the very early 1980s

found it :)) it was Astro Fighter
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What is this side-scrolling fighting game for the Amiga?

That looks like Golden Axe; it's a Sega arcade game ported to home computers including the Amiga by Probe. Details: http://www.lemonamiga.com/?game_id=463
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1980s Commodore 64 game about flying toward tower

It sounds a lot like the game Stealth, by Brøderbund, released in November 1984: You are flying above the land in a stealth airplane. You are trying to destroy the tower of darkness which is a ...
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Please identify this game from movie Dawn of the dead aka "Zombie"

Starship 1, Atari, 1977 Hope that helps :)
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Help identifying an arcade game from the late 1980s

Sounds to me like Kickle Cubicle. The spinning hammer and ice is as you describe. I don't think he's a penguin; more of a fantasy character but otherwise it matches.
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PET space arcade game with surprisingly good graphics

And it's definitely Star Spores. I found an interview with the author, who it turns out lives fairly close to me, and he mentioned the line-drawing routine which I'm sure is referring to the lightning ...
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Two-player game from the 1980s about stacking pieces on a board

It sounds like you're describing the game Atoms for the Amiga. It was common on magazine coverdisks and public domain collections in the 90s. In this image, the explosion represents a fully occupied ...
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Trying to identify an Apple II space trading game

It's called Star Lanes: The first part of the listing shows details: 10 REM THE GAME OF STARLANES - AN INTERSTELLAR COMMERCE GAME 20 REM FOR 2 TO 4 PLAYERS - COPYRIGHT 1977 BY STEVEN FARBER 30 ...
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Looking for a 90's shooter-platformer game

So trough @Tommy's answer I was able to find the game I was looking for. Turns out it was a title called Zombie Wars, also known as Halloween Harry 2. Essentially it was a sequel to Alien Carnage ...
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What was this pirate themed platform game for 8 bit computers?

Booty?: Booty is a platform game published in 1984 for the Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, Commodore Plus/4, and ZX Spectrum. The game was one of Firebird's initial releases. The player takes on the role ...
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PET space arcade game with surprisingly good graphics

This was indeed Jim Summers who wrote Star Spores. He also wrote Slime and Astro-Rescue. You can find them on my site, with his permission. Star Spores
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Video game from the film “Murder Story” (1989)

Found it! The game is Enduro racer 1986 for Atari ST The console is not show in the movie but I found a version of Enduro Racer for Atari ST identical to the version show in movie, the game looks ...
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