Which “old school” games do you like the best?

Had an interesting conversation at lunch yesterday. The lads and I got onto the subject of gaming. This was brought on by Microsoft all but dropping PC gaming, but now they’re back-pedaling and saying PC gaming will get their full attention. This coincides with Age of Empire Online and Microsoft Flight. As a side note I think its crap that Microsoft shuts down Ensemble Studios (makers of AoE) then turns around and makes an online version. But I digress.

Anyway, we began talking all sorts of modern day games like Starcraft II, Borderlands, Crackdown, etc. Then we got onto the topic of which games from the past did we like the best and which ones did we waste the most amount of time on.

Ultima was immediately one of my choices. I loved this series. I played Ultima II on an old Apple ][ and a Commodore 64 (yeah, that’s how old I am). I played Ultima 3 on the Apple IIe and Ultima 4 on an Apple IIGS. For it’s time the game was massive and complex. It had dozens of characters to interact with, lots of places to explore, dungeons, towns, open plains and all sorts of things. It was an incredibly rich story so even though the commands and graphics were simplistic the game was incredibly fun to play. I briefly played Ultima 5 and 6 but that’s where it ended for me. Not because I disliked the games, but back in the day I didn’t have the money or hardware for such fancy new games. 🙂 I’m a total budget gamer.

But I do have them now on CD somewhere, in a box, lost to the world. Too bad Lord British and Origin got screwed by EA…

Quake was another game that I just loved when it came out. Sure, Wolfenstein was a great game, but Quake offered so much more as far as graphics and movement. I remember the original alpha test that had just three small levels, no monsters and was just used for multiplayer. My buddies and I spent a whole lot of time playing that after work. In fact, I just bought the Quake bundle during the QuakeCon sale, so now I have Quake, Quake II, Quake 3 and the expansion packs. Such a fun game and a huge springboard for the many games that came after it.

Diablo/Diablo 2 took up way too many hours of my time. I think these both hearken back to my love of Ultima. The graphics were great, the quests were fun and Diablo 2 was a massive game with plenty of areas to explore and the ability to keep going back to find better weapons just consumed way too damn much of my time. I’m sure Diablo 3 will be amazing (when we finally get it) but I’ve really had some great times playing the originals.

Age of Empires and the follow up Age of Kings, Rise of Rome, and AoE3 (not to mention Rise of Nations) are all special favorites of mine as well. My strategy in these games was pretty damn lackluster but damn I had fun playing these. Such an amazing set of games. It’s too bad Microsoft ended the series and the companies behind them.

Lots of other games were mentioned, but these were my favorites from the last decade and beyond. What are you bringing to the table? Which games still give you fond memories?

Other articles of interest:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recent Comments
  • How To Disable the Quicken Registration Prompt (32)
    • Mike: Hi, for anyone still trying to run older versions of Quicken, mine is 2004, I hope this helps. I managed to get it running on my old laptop by adding the three missing dll files, when I needed to upgrade I thought I would be able...
    • Juani: Hi, I have a registered Quicken 2016 and now my files are being held hostage by Intuit, cannot log in with my ID unless I upgrade therefore buy a subscription, I need to access my files, please HELP. Thanks
    • David: A BIG Thank you! I regularly reinstall Windows OS’s using different hardware configs. In short, Quicken 2011 (it’s March of 2020 as I write this) has been a program I’ve been very happy with and continue to use....
    • Karen L: Today I rang Reckon Australia again, got a different guy and he talked me through the process of getting me a new product key to enter since I already had the licence and it had been extended. Reckon have only extended it by 1...
    • Karen L: I have Australian Quicken 2008 on Windows 8.1. It keeps asking me to renew my licence which Reckon did for me however the activation won’t work. I tried this to disable the registration prompt however it did not stop the...
  • Enter dates into a date picker for Chrome and Firefox (1)
    • Prasanna: Hello, How to enter a previous month FIRST day and LAST day from the system date. Thanks Prasanna
  • Building Relationships with Developers (1)
    • Carlos Herrera: Ah yes. I have a team of software developers and it is genuinely so hard to keep them in the loop during projects. Though the more we work the better the communication becomes and we go from a trail and error process to a...
  • Integrating DevonAgent Pro with Alfred (1)
    • J. Garr: Beautiful, sweet, and simple. I love it; thanks for posting this solution.
  • Round and Round with the For..Next in Katalon Studio (1)
    • Sweet Ophaline Labador: Hello can you help me how to loop this scenario. Checking the elements is just the same. I want to check that the following function is available in www.siacargo.com: Track Shipment – clicking on this can...
  • Parsing Strings in Katalon – Split, Substring and Readlines (6)
    • Don Pedro: String tempText=”Date Month January. Revenue $1,355,721.00″ println(tempText.split(“ \$”)[1]) You need to escape the $ with \$ The [1] on the split captures characters on the right of the split [0]...
    • Prasad: Hi, I need to get the substring from the below string ‘Date Month January. Revenue $1,355,721.00’ I want to extract text after $ value. Please help Thank you
  • Working with Dates and Date Formatting in Katalon Studio (15)
    • Sangeethaa: How to get previous day’s date(Yesterday’s date)? Actually I was using today.previous() before,it was working fine till today morning.Now its not retrieving right date. Can anyone please guide me on this.
    • Don Pedro: That could be a little tricky. First, is the text/format always going to be the same? You will need to do some parsing. Separate the first but of text at 2019. After that, split the text again to get rid of Central Standard...
  • Output status messages and test information by writing to the Log File Viewer in Katalon Studio (6)
    • Saranya: Good One. Could you plz share link to access all your katalon related blogs. ThankQ
    • Rodrigo Calabretta: I’m using the KeywordUtil.markFailed or KeywordUtil.markError and my test stops is being shown as Error and If I use in the @afterTestCase the testCaseContext.getTestCaseSta tus() to show the status test case...