I started playing computer games quite young, back in the days even before colour screens. I can remember the doors that opened in the gaming world when 16 colour VGA monitors came out!
My choice in games were also quite specific. I was never one for skop, skiet en donner (First person shooter and fighting games). I was always drawn more to the strategic, simulation and role playing (RPG) genre. Games like Civilization (The first one!), Sim City, Master Of Orion, Ultima, Eye of the Beholder, Might and Magic, Populous, Colonization. I can go on and on.
In my opinion the games of today looks great. State of the art graphics and sound. Yet they do not attract me us much as the old classics do. The just don’t have the same richness in game play and story line. Angel always laughs at me when she see the games I’m currently playing. Heavily pix-elated. Corny music. But they are great. I can play hours and hours. And I do.
One of the great finds for me was the site GOG.com (Good Old Games). They have all the old classics. If they don’t have it, they’ll get it soon enough. They also package these games with a installer and often an emulator, so you can play them on today’s PCs which are much faster than they used to be. Note that there is a cost involved, but in my mind a few dollars are worth it (The price of cheap Apps for your phone these days).
I have steadily started working my way through all the games I played as a kid and I’m loving every second of it. And I think being a little bit wiser today (I hope), that I’m appreciating the game play in these games like I never did before. My strategy has also become more sophisticated. Guess I didn’t know everything when I was a teenager! 🙂
I also don’t need the newest and greatest gaming PC on the market just to be able to play games. These game run very nicely on older machines.
So, if you are a gamer like me, and you want to re-visit some of the old classics, go have a look. You won’t be sorry.