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
  • Simple wildcard searches for pattern matching (2)
    • Don Pedro: For that scenario it seems .contains would be your choice. For example, variable.contains(‘amazo n.com’) to see if the url had amazon.com. In that case, www.amazon.com, forum.amazon.com, retail.amazon.com would all...
    • Jony: Hi, How can I use a wild card to assert a URL is the one I want. I just want to verify the domain ==expected but not anything after it. Tried * but not working and only works when I have full URL.
  • Create a Dynamic Object at Runtime (2)
    • Saish: How to add shadow root parent to this runtime object..
    • Jeremy Brien: I appreciate this! I saw this post on LinkedIn this morning and was able to find a use case for it! I found that defining my xpath with an iterable variable allows me to loop through and capture text from tables created...
  • Output status messages and test information by writing to the Log File Viewer in Katalon Studio (2)
    • Don Pedro: That would be things like: log.logWarning(‘The import date listed on the site is: ‘ + importDate) log.logWarning(‘The value from the site is: ‘ + salesFigure) log.logWarning(‘Filter Results for ‘ +...
    • Prashant Pednekar: Thanks for the informative article but can we also put some variable values to make it more exciting.
  • Setting up a repeatable Search Method in Katalon Studio (1)
    • RJ: Thanks a lot! This is very helpful 🙂
  • Filling forms with random numbers in Katalon Studio (3)
    • Patrick Clough: We created a handy random string generator custom keyword. The method takes in a string for the type of string you want, and an integer for the length. Looks like this: static String RANDOM_ALPHANUM =...
    • Don Pedro: randomNumber is the variable that holds the result of generating a new random number. Depending on how things work on your site, you might need to convert the number to a String before it’s recognized correctly....
    • Seth: When you are setting up randomNumber is this a new keyword or a new variable? I am trying to randomly generate unique socials and can’t seem to connect my generator to my Set Text.
  • Working with Dates and Date Formatting in Katalon Studio (5)
    • Ann: THANK YOU ! That worked perfectly !
    • Don Pedro: import groovy.time.TimeCategory currentDate = new Date() println currentDate use( TimeCategory ) { after30Mins = currentDate + 30.minutes } println after30Mins https://stackoverflow.com/ques tions/21166927/incrementing...
    • ricky julianto nugroho: hay can u gave me an example for plus a hour in the time ? example : now is 15 pm i want to print 16 in the text thank you
  • Boostnote for Code Snippets (1)
    • Manual: Hi Don, Regarding the code snippets and examples that you have created. Is there any GitHub repo or something that can be shared? Thanks
  • Using TypeIt4Me with Katalon Studio (3)
    • Manual: That’s great thanks for sharing.