Golden Age Of PC Gaming
When I think about retro gaming my first point and call is to my days on the PC; a vast number of classic titles that held their own against Italian plumbers and blue Hedgehogs. The golden age of PC gaming was filled with loveable characters, great storytelling techniques and is an important part of retro gaming. Join me as I take a trip down memory lane and discuss some very important titles that helped shape the gaming universe we live in today.
One of the most influential developers in history, ID Software brought the First Person Shooter to the world with the inception of Wolfenstein 3D in 1992. From that first Nazi filled adventure they went on to spawn the Doom and Quake series while inspiring countless other franchises along the way. Now over twenty years later ID Software are still going strong with the very promising RAGE due sometime in 2011.
Sierra Entertainment proved to be highly influential with the strong and steady release of their graphical adventure games in the late 1980’s and throughout the 90s. Some of their best known work includes the Kings Quest series, Leisure Suit Larry, Gabriel Knight and many more. Sierra helped shape the way adventure games were written and what to expect from a PC game which has had a substantial effect on the industry as a whole.
Apogee Software is responsible for some of the most cherished PC games of all time including Commander Keen, Blake Stone, Wacky Wheels and the first two Duke Nukem games. There is no doubt that their contribution to the golden age of PC gaming was warranted.
Believe it or not Lucasarts used to make more than just Star Wars based games. Once the leader of point and click adventure games, their catalogue spans over 10 years of PC gaming goodness including Day of the Tentacle, Full Throttle, Grim Fandango, Sam & Max Hit The Road and the Monkey Island series. It seemed for a long time that Lucasarts could do no wrong, before they dropped their other franchises to focus solely on their Star Wars titles.
While I have only scratched the surface of the golden age of PC gaming, I hope I’ve reminded a number of gamers out there just how good PC gaming was back in the day.