During the past couple of days, I have gained another year, my 41st to be exact. Ho Hum. So while I was contemplating my impending doom, on ye old exercise bike, I thought about my gaming history. Now I have been actively gaming for about 29 years, since the age of 12. Somehow I convinced my parents (God bless their simple minds), that a computer would help with my studying. Yep that old chestnut! Now some of the titles I played, only exist in anals of legend and emulators.
My first computer was a 48K ZX spectrum (Sinclair). That was one brilliant bit of kit. That’s 48K, not 48MB. People could perform miracles in 48K. Now this is where it gets good, the early titles. Space Intruders, a pretty good space invaders. The Hobbit, graphical adventure. Lords Of Midnight & Doomdarks Revenge (Mike Singleton, a gaming god), Manic Miner, Knightlore, Sabre Wulf, Jetpac, Underworld (Ultimate Play The Game, who grew into the gaming titan RARE).
Not content with trying the old computer for homework trick once, I managed to pull it off again for an Atari ST. Now this was a computer that got me through the early years of University. Now to be honest there weren’t that many titles that really stood out. But the king was Bards Tale. That caused a major crisis while writing my final paper. I just managed to stop it long enough to get it finished. One of the things I am grateful for, is that MMORPGs didn’t exist to the level that they currently do.
Moving swiftly onto the PC era, which has taken me from then to now. Intel 386 DX 2 (Commanche – Novalogic, I loved those voxels), 486, P90, PII450 …. gets fuzzy here …. AMD Athlon 3200, Athlon 4400 X2, which will soon be replaced with an I7 920 (Throwing hardware at the Warhammer frame rate basically).
It’s funny how many games have resided on my hard drive, like Duke Nukem, Dungeon Keeper, Startopia (God that was brilliant), Doom I & II, Quake 1 & 3 (Arena), Serious Sam (Best Co-op game ever), all the Blizzard titles, DAOC and finally onto Warhammer.
It is amazing how things have moved forward on the gaming front, but ultimately it’s the game play that’s the key. Maybe Mythic lost sight of that simple fact in the maelstrom of new concepts they tried to implement. Something that Blizzard have always kept their eye on.