I've been playing computer games since before Zork came out for the Commadore 64. That was back on what was called a Vic 20, with these cartridges
you plugged into the back of the computer.
Over the last 31 years, I've played many games, different types of games, and on different platforms. Each game stuck out in some way in my mind.
My son Josh and I started doing some Let's Plays with a couple of rather old games. One of them has him just as excited as if I had bought him the
latest game that he'd been wanting.
The first game is called Shivers and was released by Sierra Online back in 1995, almost
20 years ago. It was unique in that it was one of the first games that actually required Windows to run (Windows 3.1 or better).
It was also unique in that it was the first time Sierra had put out a game that was based on horror and shock value. Later that year, they would also
put out Phantasmagoria, which was one of the best selling adventure games of the
time.....but will NOT be one that I do with my son Josh, due to the highly adult content (the live action gore is very disturbing in this game, and
there was even a rape scene. The game itself was banned in Australia, and helped spark rating concerns over games based on age).
Many computer users today will find playing very old 16 bit games on their computer can be a challenge on our 64 bit computers, running 64 bit OS
Many can use a free application called DOSBox that will allow you to run very old DOS based games. However Shivers,
that required Windows was different, in that if you try to install or play it with DOSBox, it will tell you it can not run.
Many people have gotten it to run using Virtual Machine, running under older 32 bit OS systems, but hate the long load times.
In order to get the game to finally run on my computer (which uses a AMD 6 core CPU and Windows 7), I have to use DOSBox, and then I took my old
version of Windows 3.1 (which I had burned to a disk long, long ago), and installed Windows 3.1 through DOSBox.
Then, running Windows 3.1 in DOSBox, I was able to actually get the game to install and run!
Resolution of the game is 640 x 480, so I also had to finagle around with my resolution to not only properly see the game, but so I could record
So this will not be a game that you can just download and install quickly to try out. It will take a bit of know-how to get it going. That and you can
not really buy it officially anywhere anymore. (or Windows 3.1 for that mater).
So here are some videos of the Let's Plays Josh and I have been doing. The first one is just a very short clip of me announcing I'm going to produce
the let's plays, shows art from the game.. The next one is just a short clip of Josh and I goofing off, with the 3rd one being the first part of the
Let's Plays (parts 1 and 2 are not that exciting, as you have to get into the game, and by part 3 Josh joins me, and it's getting fun).
Jump past the videos to see the Next game I talk about in this thread:
Josh and I goofing off in the game:
Part 1 of the actual Let's Play:
Another old game, is not quite as old as Shivers, but is still Point and Click style of Play, and is horror, called
Dark Fall: The Journal That was first put out in 2002, making the game 12 years old at this
What was interesting about this game, is that by 2002, many games had gone over to "free movement" in a 3D environment (either first person view or
3rd person view).
However, even being point and click, at the time of it's release....it still had the ability to creep you out!
The game itself has 2 sequels, also point and click style. I liked the 2nd one, but the 3rd one did not do much for me. The first one, will always be
a gem for me.
Here's the first video in that series of Let's Plays:
I'll post more as I get them done and uploaded.
Any old games that are your favorites out there? Post here and let me know! I'd like to see them!
One of the best sci-fi adventures i ever played. I also have read the books years after that, which are very good too, imo. In this game, you could
die due to false decisions or wasting too much time. The possibility to die within an adventure was very uncommon in games at these days and was one
element, that made Gateway kind of unique.
I remember when that game came out, I just HAD to play it being a fan of the books by Frederik Pohl.
I never got around to getting the 2nd one however. Hrmmmm. Something to look into, thanks!
I also love the books. Pohl is one of the best sci-fi-novel writers imo, although he didn't published that many books all in all.
I played the first Part back in the days. The second one i played some years ago via DOSBox for the first time.
You can download it from Abandonia (link see above). I think it's free.
The sound setting on DOSBox for this game can be a bit annoying. Every now and then you have some sort of break or click-sounds but i think there are
some good descriptions out there, how to set up your Box right on this .
Another I enjoyed was "Alone in the dark" 1992
By Infogames .
Around the times of "Wolfenstein"
But gaming Consoles and PC's goes back further...
From the old green screen to this goodness for stinking pad the you had to read the info off of paper and type it in...
I started with a Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48K and eventually got the game Scarthorpe. A town where even the dogs carry jack knives.
I vaguely remember the unemployment office where you had to queue up to queue up.
Moved onto an Amstrad where my favourite game quickly became Hacker where you were presented with a logon screen and had to hack into a mainframe.
After several failed attempts you were let in through a "malfunction" in the security system.
Ah. The good old days. My first game was Pong. Yes, I'm that old.
As I recall there were 2 Commodore systems shortly followed up by 2 Atari systems. We had both. Star
Raiders was fun. There was a "build a burger" one to that was too damn funny to play. Laughed too much to accomplish anything.
Then Nintendo came along and changed everything. MY game:
originally posted by: eriktheawful
(with 5 1/4 inch floppy drive)
Those were SO bad. Load times? Bwahahahahahaha....... I'm sorry, had to laugh at that "software".
Btw, my oldest is 24 now.
I remember a few times slipping a disk in....and then hearing a grinding sound.....NOT GOOD! Normally ended up with a mangled disk..
I remember when they came out with 3.5 inch floppies. I thought that was so high tech! And at the same time I was having to use rolls of punch tape to
load programs into the computers our systems used in the Navy......
Actually there are two titles/parts, each a unique game on their own:
M&M - Clouds of Xeen and M&M - Darkside of Xeen
The first one came out 1992, the second followed a year after.
The map of Might & Magic - Darkside of Xeen
Now, the real cool part was, that you could combine those two games into an even bigger game, finally called World of Xeen. But
that was just one of the things, which made this one so special (at least for me).
The character system maybe wasn't groundbreaking but it was well balanced. You needed to have different kinds of characters within your party to be
effective enough to beat the game. Also you could buy new heros in city taverns. Maybe some "Heroes of M&M"-players will yawn at this point but all
this was before the first part of HoM&M came out and was something new.
The puzzles were sometimes really challenging. Often you needed to think "around the corner". No simple quests like "Go to Person A and talk about
subject C, then return" or "Get me 5 pelts of Werewolfs". Instead you needed to solve them by using mathematics, by unlock areas to get a clue to a
puzzle, written by the architecture of the dungeon itself and in general by simply using your brain often .
Of course the action and the classic roleplay elements weren't left out in the cold. Instead you could really enjoy to see how your heroes leveld up
and became better, stronger and more powerful, while the enemies were getting harder too. It wasn't just a hack n slash. Often you needed certain
spells for example to be protected against enemies, that simply could make one of your party members die in a blink of an eye or (if i remember
correctly) even to change your environment sometimes.
Maybe the dialogs with NPCs came a bit too short but all in all this game must have reached the limits of what you could do in developing a game at
Well, i didn't play Wasteland, i only had a Commodore 4+ instead of a C64 at that time but i
played a lot of Amiga games at my uncles place .
About Diablo. I didn't like it. Maybe the second part was better (never played it) but when i played the first one i started the game...went into
this dungeon and after the 5th or 6th level i realized, that this is the game.
Hackn & Slay your way through the whole thing. Not my piece of cake to be honest. This is no RPG for me, no matter how many people do like it .
Ultima instead was more about what i was seeking. I think i played the 7th and the 8th part of it.
Great Sound/Music for that time (the video isn't the best quality, i bet he didn't set is Box right or something but i was searching for an english
version of the game, since it was made by the german game developer Attic)
The only Ultima I ever got around to playing was Ultima Underworld
Let's see, that was on my 386 computer...ran at 33 Mhz (whew!) and I think I had 8 Mb of ram!
You can still get this game for free, from abandonware places, and will run on 64bit computers if you use DOSBox. I had a lot of fun with this game
back in the day. Kept a notebook full of notes about where stuff was, and about the runes you use in here.
Alot of you guys games are a bit before my time, I wasn't gaming until 90's but yeh I still love the retro games, even to this day I'm mostly still
buying indie platformers lol.
My earliest game memory was a game called Digger T Rock for the nes I dunno if any of you guys played it but i'm positve that the newer game spelunky
was inspired by this -
My first computer was the nes, i had the sega master system and the mega drive and then I played the snes until i finaly got a playstation then
playstation 2 and now i'm on PC and dont think i will go back to consoles except retro consoles, I intend on buying all the consoles of my childhood
lol, I don't want to grow up it sucks haha.
Oh did anyone play predator 2 on the master system ? that game was awesome.
Some other games I wont forget is Alex the kid, the music to that game is burnt into my eardrums and i still cant stand it lol.
My all time fav games are on the playstation 1 though - abes oddysey, final fantasy 7, the resident evil series, tony hawks 1 and 2 damn theres too
many awesome games who could have favourites.
Back in the 80s when I was a young teen gortex I purchased a ZX Spectrum with a massive 128k of raw processing power which started my love of gaming ,
the games for it came on cassette tape and were mostly rubbish but the one that still gives me a little tingle when I think about it was a game called
It was one of if not the first isometric adventure games on the market and it blew me away , it had a rudimentary form of physics which meant you
could move objects in the game world and I loved it , although it was so hard as to be a form of torture for anyone who dared play it , the controls
were fiddly and the gameplay unforgiving but the music was great and graphics were out of this world for the time .... Ahhh Fairlight , sweet
Anyone else remember Fairlight ?
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