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Old 01-26-2005, 10:27 AM   #1
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Yes I'm bored. This is sort of going from earliest to most recent as I look back on 20 years of games playing with the good old hindsight of nostalgia.

Pirates! - In my early youth on the trusty Commodore 64 I never pl;ayed any other game anywhere near as much as this. Swashbuckling, broadsides, and plundering the dastardly Spanish. What more could an 8 year old boy ask for?

Defender of the Crown - Had this on the Atari ST (stop booing you horrible Amiga fans! and it kept me playing like few games since have managed. I was the absolute daddy at the swordfighting, but couldn't joust to save my life!

Dungeon Master - Another absolute classic, again on the Atari ST. Even though the levels never changed I replayed this one so many times, trying out different types of character and eventually building up a super-squad of dungeon-plundering nutcases who were the highest level in everything (thank god for the rat breeding room on level 9 eh?). I still use a name I came up with for a character on this today, about 15 years on (Neonin Ninpri).

Elite - Die-hards will no doubt remember playing this on such classics as the BBC Micro or other such early computers, including the C64. My first taste of it came on the ST, with the wonders of colour graphics. Countless hours of Thargoid-blasting fun, and the first time you manage to dock at a station without using a docking computer... sweet, sweet achievement!

Wolfenstein 3D - One of the first games I can remember playing on the PC (apart from Populous and a bunch of really dodgy attempts at games) and I spent forever trying to escape that damned castle. I actually had an audience of 12 friends when I finally finished it and we all broke out cheering. Ahh the days of pre-teenage gaming.

Wing Commander - First real space-flight shooter I ever played, and still very fondly remembered. When we got the first Soundblaster card available for the PC it took on a whole new dimension.

Dune 2 - Come on, you all love this one. The grandfather of modern real-time strategy games (yes there were earlier attempts but this was by far the most successful) it introduced features which are still used in most games of the genre and kept so many of us entertained. Shame Dune 2000 and Emperor sucked.

Master of Orion - I've played MoO2, MoO3, Imperium Galactica 1 & 2, Pax Imperia, Ascendency, Birth of the Federation, whatever that crap Star Wars attempt was, Galactic Civilizations, and to me Master of Orion is still THE best 4x game ever created. Microprose produced a real gem of a game that I still play to this day.

Civilization - Genius. Pure and simple really. This game is in fact responsible for a fair portion of my general knowledge as I actually read every single tech description. For instance, Civ is the reason I know what bronze is made of. Who ever said games couldn't be educational and fun at the same time?

Command & Conquer - Many sequels on, I've never had the same feeling about any of them that I had about this. One of the first CD-ROM games I ever played on the PC it had FMV, kickass music, great gameplay, cool units and hey, you could blow up landmarks with the Ion Cannon when you finished the NOD missions. What more could you want?

Doom 2 - Do I really need to say anything here?

Half-Life - Same.

Abandoned Realms - My first real MUD, and even though I haven't played there for years it still holds a special place in my gaming memory. I think we all remember our first MUD, the first we stuck at for more than a few weeks, with fondness. I went from a clueless newbie who had no idea what roleplaying was to an Immortal twice, and I'm always pleased to see the hometown I created still there.

I don't know why but most modern games rarely hold my interest for more than a few weeks. It's a far cry from the months and months I used to spend playing the above gems. Maybe I'm getting old...
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Old 01-27-2005, 05:19 PM   #2
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I agree with a lot of the games you mentioned.  Had some others, as well:

Empire.  The old ASCII-art one (which I can't find, and apparently no one ever cloned) for the original PC.

Lode Runner.  Its design was beautiful.  Infinite levels, by including the building program with it.  Another game I wish was still available.  The sequels did nothing for me.  The (myriad) similar-clone games all lack in one way or another.  If I had an old (wasn't it a II?) Apple, I would run LR on it today.

Ultima IV. I loved everything about this game, especially its depth and breadth compared to its predecessors. Although the future sequels all offered more world, features and options, this one was my favorite. It may be because it was one of the first games I purchased with my own money, working to save up to it made it mean that much more to me.

Pyroto Mountain.  One of the first Multi-user games on the first days of the Internet.  Could have up to five players connected simultaneously, and you gained levels by answering trivia questions.  I believe this game spurred my interest in the Internet and everything related to it.

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Old 01-27-2005, 07:58 PM   #3
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Xcite Bike. Legend of Zelda. Silent Service. I still bust out the NES for these.

Colonization. My first Sid game, and I still enjoy playing it. Thank god for the Underdogs...

Romance of the 3 Kingdoms. 'Nuff said.

And for the all time greatest game ever.....

FINAL ****ING FANTASY III.
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Old 01-27-2005, 09:29 PM   #4
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Lode Runner! How could I possibly forget that one!

Colonization... hehe I remember hearing there was a new Sid game out called "Colonization" and I immediately thought "Woohoo it's Civ in space when they get to Alpha Centauri" and rushed out with my dad to buy it, only to find it wasn't that at all. After some umm'ing and ahh'ing we bought it anyway, and were thoroughly glad we did

Manic Miner! Come on, one of the best platform games ever? It must be. I spent forever on that, I can't believe I left it off the list.
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Old 01-28-2005, 09:08 PM   #5
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I like the Sims. Don't make fun of me, I just do. Somehow Will Wright is able to take something that is mind-numbingly boring in real life and make it fun to do. Such as going to work, using the bathroom, and watching somebody else watch T.V.
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Old 01-30-2005, 10:15 PM   #6
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Tapper. It was the fourth game I ever owned for my first PC (the first was Trek, an incomprehensible micromanagement RTS, especially considering I was eight...the other two were Sierra's Crossfire and Golf, which were good.) But Tapper was something special. I made it to level 42 before I realized I could probably go on forever, there was no save feature, and it was dinnertime. I still love it.

Nethack. If only more games could have all the inherent coolness and variety of Nethack.

Police Quest. Space Quest. Hero's Quest. No explanation needed.
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Old 01-31-2005, 11:12 AM   #7
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Wow alot of memories.

Tron: Deadly Discs on Intellivision
Oregon Trail in grade 6 on Apple IIGS (I feel a little lame including an educational game, but at the time, I had no idea I was learning, and it was a great game!

On my Amiga 500 (Yes the damned Amiga):
Defender of the Crown
Dungeon Master (What a sweet game.)
Earl Weaver Baseball (To this day I still have the 1987 master stats disk that goes with the amiga game)
Barbarian (Another great game!
Hack (Then changed to Nethack)
Phantasee III: The Wrath of Nicodemus (Ultima Clone)

Dark Designs IV on apple IIGS, this is what got me into RPGs for good.
Ice Online MUD (Small MUD based out of Vancouver, Canada. My first MUD experience. Played 7 years until it went bankrupt)
Diablo (Great game, couldnt stop playing the 2 level free teaser that was released before the game game out)
Diablo II (passing interest in this game, as it made money!

Abandoned Realms MUD (And stuck here ever since.)
And I am determined to get rid of Neonins hometown so it will make him sad! Mwahahaha


Many other games, but these are the all time faves.

Im pretty sure im missing a few significant ones, but its been so long!
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Old 01-31-2005, 12:32 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by (Resatimm @ Jan. 31 2005,16:12)
And I am determined to get rid of Neonins hometown so it will make him sad! Mwahahaha
I always said you were an evil swine

Couple more gems have come to mind...

688 Attack Sub - The wonders of CGA graphics! This and Silent Service 2 are the only real submarine games I've ever enjoyed, though 688 was by FAR harder from what I remember.

Populous - Same as above, when we had our first PC capable of running it in colour I was amazed. SVGA in 320x200! Wow!

Gunship - On the Atari ST, the hours whiled away blasting ZSU-23 emplacements with those Hellfires.

Grand Prix - Atari ST version is still one of my favourite ever racing games.

SimCity - How could we forget this classic?

Theme Park - Oh my, how long did I spend trying to make a successful park in every single spot available on the world map? I dread to remember.
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I wholeheartedly concur with Simcity. That was a blast. The first one though (for amiga) not any of the simearth or simcivilization or whatnot.

Traffic problems in Bern! Woohoo!

EARTHQUAKE!!!!
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First version of SimCity I played was on the PC, but principle holds I guess. All those days spent trying to get one that would actually run and make a profit!

Is it wrong that I rather enjoyed playing SimFarm?

Then of course we had SimEarth... Never did get very far on that, but I was pretty young. My dad managed to get intelligent dinosaurs to blast off into space and was working on birds. Me, I just liked dropping meteors on people.
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The only thing you need to do to get intelligent dinosaurs to evolve and blast off is one tool. The extra-terrestrial monolith. Most useful thing in the game. I myself enjoyed making incredibly unsuitable animals sentient, such as trichordates and jellyfish. Then you set a nanotech city on fire, it makes robots. The robots will then take over the planet and eventually take off by themselves. That game had so many possibilities, one of my favorite sim-series games beside SimCity and The Sims.
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Romance of the 3 Kingdoms. 'Nuff said.
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Total annhilation: God, what a game. I still think all game developers should be made to play it so they can see how an rts should be made.

Fallout (1 & 2): These 2 games are still worth playing today.

Loderunner: Just building your own levels was hours of entertainment.
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Civilization 2. The best.

I'm not going to list other games that I fancy/fancied as I'd forget some out and would be correcting the post for years to come.
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