Was there something about those games back then that captured the imagination? I have tried since the passing of my NES from being in its longrunning spotlight to get into games like back then but to no avail. I have come back to them with purchasing old games and emulators so I don’t know if is really that I grew out if it.
I mean it was a different time and place for me definitely. Things were definitely simpler then. That was the age when the Internet was still just a rumor and we had a Comtex 386, which was pretty high end. Which leads me to how gaming was. Nintendo was better for action games and the IBM was better for R.P.G’s Windows was very much in its infancy. I would load games with MSDOS, the MS standing for…yeah they were already around. Some games had sound but it was in clunky clips. These stuck with words below the “action”
I confess I didn’t get to play as many of the Quest series as I would have liked to. There was something about all this that was wonderfully mysterious though. There was other players you could talk to in person but mostly you were on your own and as the game didn’t have perfect audio and video you filled in the rest somehow with your head as you worked through it. It was also relatively simple to play with instructions being about the size of a slightly oversized pamphlet to Fable Cottage Estate that you would pick up on a BC Ferry. That was my weirdest ever hobby as a kid. Pamphlet collecting. Yeah, I don’t get that one either.
If you really wanted to nerd out you could put on a Monty Python cassette and play this at the same time. Glorious!
The above game was a long time favorite which I’ve yet to find a emulator of that comes close. It was called Empire Wargame of the Century and it was essentially a risk style game with two other players, human or computer, lurking out there in the darkness that would play and explore in turns. It was usually a slow victory even if you made your settings absurdly easy.
It was a very different time for those of us who first saw the excitement of those early computer game years, starting for me with Apple 2 games like Carmen Sandiego, Choplifter, Airheart and Cross Country Canada all the way until Final Fantasy and these four guys from the Sierra Games.
Just four guys in a game, you know…
Permit me to be the nostalgic old guy. Those were the days…
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