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Computer Games That Defined RPGs In the 1980s

Soulskill posted more than 2 years ago | from the when-letters-were-awesome-graphics dept.

Role Playing (Games) 350

adeelarshad82 writes "The 1980s were huge for RPGs. This genre was one of the most defining game forms in the computer gaming world. A recently published article strolls down the memory lane to look back at classic computer games that both defined and extended the definition of the RPG in the 1980s. The roundup includes some obvious ones like Ultima and The Bard's Tale, and others which you may never have heard of."

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350 comments

Really? A slideshow? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39322555)

Slideshows can eat a bag of dicks.

Re:Really? A slideshow? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39323217)

You tried to RTFA?! You must be new here...

Quest for Glory... (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39322585)

Nuff said. Great series...humor was great.

Re:Quest for Glory... (5, Informative)

Apothem (1921856) | more than 2 years ago | (#39323101)

The sheer amount of puns in that game could make your head explode. That is what made it so awesome.

Re:Quest for Glory... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39323351)

Agreed.
The author seems a little fixated on dungeon crawling.

Only 70% (5, Funny)

tpstigers (1075021) | more than 2 years ago | (#39322599)

I played 7 out of these 10 when they were cutting edge. I wonder if this makes me old or just "classic".

You're old. (4, Funny)

khasim (1285) | more than 2 years ago | (#39322667)

I bet you even went to brick and mortar stores to buy such games.

My favorite was "Nybbles and Bytes" across from the Tacoma mall. I was sad when they closed.

Re:You're old. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39323037)

No, YOU are old, number 1285. Damn, but we do go back a ways, don't we? Bought a lot of Commodore and Apple Software at that store. :)

Re:Only 70% (2)

nomadic (141991) | more than 2 years ago | (#39322793)

Me too, I played them all except Wizardry, Starflight, and Dungeon Master. I do remember very vividly the Wizardry ad that used to run in Computer Gaming World (best game magazine ever until they changed the format) with the topless, green-skinned girl. Good times. Of course, the greatest RPGs of that era still remain Ultima 5 and Wasteland.

You haven't played "Pong" yet (2)

Taco Cowboy (5327) | more than 2 years ago | (#39323119)

Wait till you get your fair share of "Pong" ... then you can call yourself "Old" or "Classic"

Duke (1)

ozmanjusri (601766) | more than 2 years ago | (#39322603)

I always liked the RPG in Duke Nukem best, though that was more '90s.

Available at GOG (5, Informative)

ckblackm (1137057) | more than 2 years ago | (#39322611)

Alot of those games are available for purchase at GOG.com Disclaimer: Not affiliated with GOG.. just a customer. :-)

Re:Available at GOG (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39322649)

"A lot" is two words. You don't write "alittle", do you? Please?

Grammar (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39322791)

We're fighting a losing battle against the corpus linguists, mate. I fully expect "alot" to be added to the dictionary soon.

Why? Because (theoretically) it follows the same rule as other merged words in English, depending on the part of speech.

Some time vs. sometime
Any more vs. anymore
May be vs. maybe
any one vs. anyone
any way vs. anyway

Even if I never comment about it, I'm enough of a pedant (and German speaker) that it ruffles my feathers just to hear "if" and "whether" misused.

Re:Available at GOG (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39322815)

I care about this alot: http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.co.nz/2010/04/alot-is-better-than-you-at-everything.html

Re:We care alot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39322987)

'bout disasters, fires, floods, and killer bees.

Re:Available at GOG (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39323021)

I always thought along these lines too. Then I got a letter from my grandma, in which she used "alittle". I mentioned it to my mom, and my mom told me that my grandma is old enough to have a defining position in the English language.

So yes, both "alot" and "alittle" are words. Do you say "lets" or "let's"? I use lets -- "let us have three more!" sounds like nonsense. "Lets have three more!" I do hate when people use alot and alittle, though. The separate words, "a lot" and "a little" are both correct and easy to understand. In my head I tend to read "alot" as "al'ut" just to make fun of the person writing it.

Re:Available at GOG (1)

Sebastopol (189276) | more than 2 years ago | (#39323197)

I picked up all the Ultimas during a sale they had recently. Just for the record, some things don't always translate well from memory: U3 is tough grind, and unlike the grinding in WoW, staring at 3D wireframe dungeons is nowhere near as fun.

I also picked up the entire M&M pack. Might and Magic 3, despite the robots, really kicked ass (it came out in '91).

Playing MYST right now.

GOG is awesome.

Wizard's Crown (1)

owlman17 (871857) | more than 2 years ago | (#39323345)

Yeah. Wish they'd bring back that game, plus its sequel, Eternal Dagger. I miss WC, with its complex turn-based tactical combat system.

Where are the JRPGs? (-1)

loufoque (1400831) | more than 2 years ago | (#39322617)

No Zelda, Dragon Quest or even Final Fantasy. Only obscure western titles that faded into obscurity. In the 80s the RPG genre was mostly japanese, the western scene didn't really exist on the market until Baldur's Gate.

Re:Where are the JRPGs? (3, Informative)

neonv (803374) | more than 2 years ago | (#39322647)

This article addresses computer games. Zelda, Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy are classics, but still console games.

Re:Where are the JRPGs? (4, Informative)

Stormwatch (703920) | more than 2 years ago | (#39322655)

See the title... Computer games.

Re:Where are the JRPGs? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39322657)

RTFA; it's classic computer RPGs not weeaboo console RPGs.

Re:Where are the JRPGs? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39322819)

>implying they are weeaboo

Jesus, newfags don't even know what that fucking means.

Re:Where are the JRPGs? (3, Informative)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 2 years ago | (#39322703)

The original Final Fantasy wasn't released in the U.S. until 1990, and the original Zelda is more of an action game than role-playing.

Many of the games in the slideshow are a lot more like Shadowgate than Zelda or Dragon Warrior.

Re:Where are the JRPGs? (5, Informative)

MaWeiTao (908546) | more than 2 years ago | (#39322775)

Just because in your mind they faded into obscurity doesn't mean they weren't profoundly influential.

These games by and large predate those JRPGs. Dragon Quest, in fact, was inspired by Wizardry and Ultima. Final Fantasy also sees it's roots in those early RPGs. Both have been extremely influential, particularly amongst JRPGs, but they weren't the originators of the genre.

The Legend of Zelda is more unique because of it's arcade-like elements and reduced emphasis on conventional RPG elements. While it's been influential I don't think it's quite had the direct impact of those other games, particularly within the RPG world.

And the most important aspect of all is that this article is about COMPUTER games.

Re:Where are the JRPGs? (5, Informative)

nomadic (141991) | more than 2 years ago | (#39322847)

Absolutely wrong. CRPGs were huge back in the late 80's and early 90's, with Ultima, Bard's Tale, Wizardry, Wasteland, etc. Baldur's Gate made the genre popular again but it definitely didn't create "the western scene."

Final Fantasy 7 (4, Interesting)

genjix (959457) | more than 2 years ago | (#39322629)

Seriously when are they going to remake this game? As a long term fan of old school RPGs like Chrono Trigger, Breath of Fire 3, Panzer Dragoon Saga, Suikoden, ... Final Fantasy 7 was an epochal and defining moment in the whole history of video games!

It has been consistently voted as the best game of all time. The characters were stunning each deserving of games in their own right, and experienced large character arcs. The story was amazing and well ahead of any film or book I have ever seen/read. The story of FF7 can be understood on multiple levels and there are dozens of themes that are introduced throughout the game, left hanging while more are introduced and then wrapped up later.

The end of disk 1 was the saddest moment I have ever felt playing a video game. Quite how the story built up that relationship and that the unexpected twist was gut wrenching.

FF7 is a skillful masterpiece. The new generation needs this classic in an updated format. It's a shame that games are not timeless like books. They really do age fast.

Re:Final Fantasy 7 (4, Informative)

jeffasselin (566598) | more than 2 years ago | (#39322763)

People asked Squaresoft Enix if they would ever consider doing open-world, really long Final Fantasy games again, or if they'd consider making a remake of the older ones. They said it would be almost impossible to update those games to PS3 graphics because the amount of work involved to produce such a game would be too high.

Which shows us the problem with modern consoles: great graphics, decent or terrible gameplay, short-ass games.

I myself didn't like FF13 at all. I enjoyed FF13-2 a lot more, but goodness that game was short.

Re:Final Fantasy 7 (2)

drkstr1 (2072368) | more than 2 years ago | (#39322909)

I find most of the best RPGs these days are coming out on the DS platform (mostly remakes of old games). I'm really surprised this genera hasn't caught on more in mobile devices. It's seems like a perfect platform for those sort of games.

Re:Final Fantasy 7 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39323099)

"this genera" => "these genera" or "this genus"

Re:Final Fantasy 7 (4, Interesting)

shish (588640) | more than 2 years ago | (#39322971)

They said it would be almost impossible to update those games to PS3 graphics because the amount of work involved to produce such a game would be too high.

Personally I don't want "PS3 graphics" if that means looking like the modern games -- the whole reason I think FF 7/8/9 are so beautiful is that the worlds are largely hand-drawn 2D; all I really want changed in a remake is to have those same drawings re-scanned at a higher res :-P

Wha? (1)

mister_playboy (1474163) | more than 2 years ago | (#39323187)

7,8, and 9 were all 3D Playstation games... maybe you mean 4,5, and 6?

Re:Final Fantasy 7 (4, Informative)

LordLucless (582312) | more than 2 years ago | (#39322765)

Title of this article: Computer Games That Defined RPGs In the 1980s When was FF7 released?

Besides, FF6 was better :P

Re:Final Fantasy 7 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39323307)

Besides, FF6 was better

I completely agree.

Re:Final Fantasy 7 (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39322771)

FF7 plainly sucked.

Re:Final Fantasy 7 (1)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 2 years ago | (#39322895)

Cloud Strife was a fraud, a sham. Aeris had no personality. Seeing her slaughtered was almost as funny as watching Leonardo DiCaprio sink into the water and the end of Titanic. FF7's ending sucked. And if Sephiroth's Super Nova exploded all of the planets and the sun, then how did everybody survive long enough to kill him and end up living on the planet afterward?

Yeah, sure, it was "groundbreaking." You want to know what "groundbreaking" means to me? I remember ejaculating in my pants seeing Final Fantasy II (American) for the first time on an SNES. Whoa, mode 7 graphics in the opening sequence. An actual plot, with real designed characters instead of generic throwaways. When you would hit a monster, each damage digit would be staggered from the next and "bounce" into place. That's groundbreaking, motherfucker.

Aeris dying? Hahaha. I cried when Tellah gave his life, casting the Meteo spell to save the party.

Re:Final Fantasy 7 (3, Interesting)

Securityemo (1407943) | more than 2 years ago | (#39323181)

I was the biggest FF7 fanboy you could imagine, so I might be biased, but Cloud Strife being a "sham" is a core part of the story i think, together with Aeris being the "madonna" to Tifa's... more down to earth personality. There's an underlying story about ideals and dreams and how we live up to them - and what inferiority complexes and narcissism do to people and relationships.

Re:Final Fantasy 7 (1)

mister_playboy (1474163) | more than 2 years ago | (#39323221)

Aeris wasn't the best party member ever... but she was a lot more useful than "my stats go down instead of up" Tellah.

Aeris dying was sad, but Tifa is better and hotter anyway. :)

Re:Final Fantasy 7 (1)

Osgeld (1900440) | more than 2 years ago | (#39322861)

ugh, get the PC version, and I personally think you read into it too much, its a traditional 2d RPG with video and the start of the OMFG get on with it overdramatic story lines, not jeebus

"It has been consistently voted as the best game of all time."

not by the lists I read ... see how that works?

Re:Final Fantasy 7 (1)

mister_playboy (1474163) | more than 2 years ago | (#39323233)

Any suggestions for getting the PC version to run? It falls solidly into the category of Win95/98 games that are a pain to run on a current system.

Re:Final Fantasy 7 (2)

drkstr1 (2072368) | more than 2 years ago | (#39322899)

Here here! FF7 was my very first RPG, and to this day, I am still trying to chase that high to this day... I don't think I will ever have an experience like that again.

Re:Final Fantasy 7 (2)

mirix (1649853) | more than 2 years ago | (#39323009)

4/5/6 were pretty bloody good, if you've never played them.

Re:Final Fantasy 7 (2)

Kreigaffe (765218) | more than 2 years ago | (#39323027)

Everybody who likes FF7 over FF6?

FF7 was their first RPG.

6 was better. That's just a fact.

Re:Final Fantasy 7 (1)

Marurun (1938210) | more than 2 years ago | (#39323301)

I played FF1-FFVI before I played any of FFVII and to this day I'll still never understand why anyone says they think it's better other than "It was my first FF game!" FFVI is definitely better, I definitely agree. (To be honest though, I like FFIII and FFIV more for some reason.)

Re:Final Fantasy 7 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39323077)

7 was drivel, only the materia system should be salvaged.

Wasteland. (5, Informative)

falzer (224563) | more than 2 years ago | (#39322631)

Wasteland. The spiritual ancestor of the Fallout series.

Re:Wasteland. (0)

overlordofmu (1422163) | more than 2 years ago | (#39322713)

MOD PARENT UP!

Electronic Arts at its finest. The Bard's Tale was EA as well.

Re:Wasteland. (2)

mythar (1085839) | more than 2 years ago | (#39322881)

yeah, no mention of wasteland? what supreme jerks!

Re:Wasteland. (2)

nomadic (141991) | more than 2 years ago | (#39322891)

Can't wait for Wasteland 2.

Obvious omissions (3, Informative)

WinstonWolfIT (1550079) | more than 2 years ago | (#39322635)

Sierra Games was big back in the day, and the Kings Quest series from memory were almost as big as the Leisure Suit Larry series.

Re:Obvious omissions (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39322653)

Sierra Games was big back in the day, and the Kings Quest series from memory were almost as big as the Leisure Suit Larry series.

Absolutely! And Police Quest, and Space Quest, and Hero's Quest, and Codename Iceman ...

Re:Obvious omissions (5, Informative)

Spodi (2259976) | more than 2 years ago | (#39322675)

Sierra Games was big back in the day, and the Kings Quest series from memory were almost as big as the Leisure Suit Larry series.

Absolutely! And Police Quest, and Space Quest, and Hero's Quest, and Codename Iceman ...

Which are all great ADVENTURE games

Re:Obvious omissions (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39322761)

Sierra Games was big back in the day, and the Kings Quest series from memory were almost as big as the Leisure Suit Larry series.

Absolutely! And Police Quest, and Space Quest, and Hero's Quest, and Codename Iceman ...

Which are all great ADVENTURE games

What?!?! Leisure Suit Larry wasn't an RPG? I think I may have wasted my life.....

Re:Obvious omissions (4, Informative)

Goaway (82658) | more than 2 years ago | (#39322701)

Those are not RPGs, they are adventure games.

Re:Obvious omissions (1)

WinstonWolfIT (1550079) | more than 2 years ago | (#39322723)

Ah of course :) Replace King Graham with You = RPG. Thanks.

Re:Obvious omissions (5, Insightful)

Osgeld (1900440) | more than 2 years ago | (#39322951)

no number system and pointing and clicking on every pixel of the screen to figure out you need to stick your finger up an owls ass sound like classic RPG play to me, from pen and paper to modern day

oh no, wait that is what ADVENTURE games are ... just cause its set in a fantasy setting, and you get involved with it somehow, does not mean its an RPG. I would play Toejam & Earl like it was like smoking crack, but I would not pretend its nothing more than a Easter egg hunt.

Re:Obvious omissions (1)

chispito (1870390) | more than 2 years ago | (#39323141)

The first four weren't point and click, they were parser based.

Re:Obvious omissions (1)

MaWeiTao (908546) | more than 2 years ago | (#39322831)

Some of Sierra's old games are still amongst my favorites. However, there's no way they could possibly be classified as RPGs. They're adventure games.

Re:Obvious omissions (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39323023)

Even Quest for Glory? Certainly that one fits the RPG mold.

No Zork? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39322669)

No sale.

Re:No Zork? (1)

Osgeld (1900440) | more than 2 years ago | (#39322875)

zork is not an RPG, its an adventure game zippy

Ultima 7 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39322681)

Was the best game EVER. It even beats out system shock 2 which is a masterpiece of everything ever.

I spent so many hours in u7 it's now a part of my psyche.

Yes. I am now insane.

Oh and... FUCK UBISOFT FOR WHAT THEY HAVE DONE TO GAMEING! I SPIT ON THEIR BLOODY DISMEMBERED CORPSES!

Re:Ultima 7 (1, Informative)

Osgeld (1900440) | more than 2 years ago | (#39322877)

U7 was released in 1992, that is not the 80's but thanks for your pointless input

READ THE FUCKING TITLE if your confused

Re:Ultima 7 (2)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 2 years ago | (#39323057)

READ THE FUCKING TITLE if your confused

Heh. And somehow we expect people to RTFA.

Pool of Radience was so good (2, Informative)

GoodNewsJimDotCom (2244874) | more than 2 years ago | (#39322689)

I like how if you run away from melee range, the melee guy gets a free swing at your back. I like aiming lightning bolts in a line and bouncing them off walls. I like trying to get as many creatures in a fireball without having allies inside. I liked the initial quest to clear the slums of monsters.

Between Pool of Radience/Wasteland/Final Fantasy 1 and Legacy of the Ancients, I learned a lot about where game design can bring you in terms of successful systems.

Re:Pool of Radience was so good (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39322787)

Yeah I played those on the c64. Legacy of the Ancients was a particularly good Ultima style game as were its "lite" predecessors; Questron/II. The Magic Candle was also a superb RPG.

The two Alternate Reality games don't get enough love either. Still worth playing even today.

Re:Pool of Radience was so good (2)

LordLucless (582312) | more than 2 years ago | (#39322799)

I used to hire Heroes (level 4 NPC mercenaries), take them out into the slums, and at the end of a random enounter, put them under with a Sleep spell, murder them while they napped, and hock their magic weapons (after my characters were all decked out of course). Got me up the first few levels really quickly (lots of XP for a level 4 kill at level 1) and a decent chunk of change.

And my Lawful Good characters didn't even care :P

Re:Pool of Radience was so good (1)

nomadic (141991) | more than 2 years ago | (#39322859)

Really? I thought Wasteland was brilliant, but I really disliked the SSI games like Pool of Radiance, they played like wargames (not surprising for SSI). They also had a tendency to feel like they were made with a construction set instead of coded from scratch.

Temple of Apshai? (5, Informative)

mveloso (325617) | more than 2 years ago | (#39322695)

Has everyone forgotten this classic?

As a note, Wizardry 1 was really awesome - it was hours and hours and hours of fun. Trebor and Werdna ruled!

Re:Temple of Apshai? (1)

Wabbit Wabbit (828630) | more than 2 years ago | (#39323007)

I loved Temple of Apshai and also the sequel, Hellfire Warrior.

D&D (1)

Lando (9348) | more than 2 years ago | (#39322711)

Pool of radiance, Something like 15-20 disks

why are they showing DOS versions? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39322727)

In the 1980's, the CRPG scene was not on DOS, it was on Amigas and Ataris, which sported (for the time) cutting edge digital sound and graphics. DOS machines were comparatively primitive. In fact, some of the RPGs they list came from the "A" machines, and were ported to DOS, but they are still showing screenshots from DOS versions.

They also missed Dungeon Master, a game that inspired a whole generation of copies of itself.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dungeon_Master_%28video_game%29

Re:why are they showing DOS versions? (3, Informative)

LordLucless (582312) | more than 2 years ago | (#39322813)

No, they had Dungeon Master there. Also, the fact that they are PCmag may be a clue as to why all their screenshots were taken on PCs.

Re:why are they showing DOS versions? (2)

Osgeld (1900440) | more than 2 years ago | (#39322885)

cause they can run dos box, its more of a bitch to get workbench for a pal machine to operate in emulation

Dink Smallwood. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39322735)

Dink Smallwood is a great RPG and I think was a early influence for popular games like Skyrim with its tongue-in-cheek humour and gory gameplay that was still like any other RPG..but like no other RPG at the same time.

ADVENTURE (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39322749)

That is all.

Some RPGs I remember... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39322817)

DeathLord: was a nice Ultima-style RPG, although it had extreme copy-protection, where even the data disks were uncopyable.

Odyssey: A Compleat Apventure [sic], decent at the time.

Wizardry series: The trick was to first transfer just-created characters into Wizardry 3, then boot into W1 and transfer them from W3 back to the Proving Grounds... this allowed you to not worry about starting over when done with W1 and W2, although you would lose your items regardless.

The Ultima series was great until 7, when it went into the shitter when EA starting telling Richard what to make -- a microcosm of what EA did to all of Origin -- turn innovative games, and now just churn out Madden sequels and The Sims 3 add-on packs.

Re:Some RPGs I remember... (5, Interesting)

dido (9125) | more than 2 years ago | (#39322927)

Ultima VII was arguably the peak of the Ultima series, which was never again surpassed, and its world modeling puts even many modern RPGs to shame (is there today any RPG out there that will allow you to bake bread, from harvesting the wheat to the finished product?). It was also the beginning of the end, as you say. Ultima VII was produced at around the time Origin was in the process of being acquired by Electronic Arts, and there are many allusions in the game to how none of them were very happy with that state of affairs. The square, sphere, and tetrahedron generators used by the Guardian in his plot to take over Britannia are a rather transparent reference to the old Electronic Arts logo [wikipedia.org] used at the time. Ultima VII also abounds in ways to kill Lord British, more than any other Ultima before or since, and one of the more interesting ways to do it would be to click on a sign above the doors leading to his throne room during a time when he is standing right below it. The sign falls on his head and kills him. This is said to allude to an incident where Richard Garriott was similarly beaned by a falling sign while Origin relocated corporate headquarters at EA's behest (it was not fatal though).

Ultima -- Yeah! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39322841)

Don't forget Quest for Glory. I even bought the soundtrack CD for QfF V.

http://youtu.be/P4p3MXrXlO4

Of all the games mentioned, what's missing? (3, Informative)

Tastecicles (1153671) | more than 2 years ago | (#39322857)

NETHACK! Classic, genre-defining game. Unbelievably funny as well (where else do you get to write a spell with a magic marker(!)?)
and Douglas Adams' BUREAUCRACY. Very difficult even now, but doable.

Re:Of all the games mentioned, what's missing? (4, Informative)

nomadic (141991) | more than 2 years ago | (#39322901)

They do mention Rogue though, which I think will count as nethack. Bureaucracy was good, though I think the best Infocom game of all time was Trinity. Planetfall was awesome too.

Re:Of all the games mentioned, what's missing? (1)

Darinbob (1142669) | more than 2 years ago | (#39323263)

They messed up though. They said rogue was first on IBM PC which is ludicrous.

Re:Of all the games mentioned, what's missing? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39323313)

I'm pretty certain that they're refering to the commerical release of Rogue, not the versions you'd find on unix systems.

Re:Of all the games mentioned, what's missing? (3, Insightful)

Miamicanes (730264) | more than 2 years ago | (#39323329)

Utterly brilliant ad -- "We stick our graphics where the sun don't shine" -- http://www.atarimania.com/pubs/hi_res/pub_infocom.jpg [atarimania.com]

You know, it amazes me that whomever ended up owning Sierra Online's IP never officially resurrected their "VGA-era" remakes for iPhone and Android (if not Palm). I personally experienced "Day of the Tentacle" for the first time running under ScummVM on a Treo (we were having a hurricane, I knew we were going to lose power, and loaded it up in preparation so I'd have something to play when the lights went out), and it ran fairly well. If Sierra had any foresight (and whomever ended up inheriting them had any brain), they probably digitized everything at 640x480 & downsampled them from that point anyway (or still have the original art ready to re-digitize at 480x848), and with just a few tweaks, they'd sell like crazy (even people who know they can rip and run them with ScummVM would probably just say 'screw it' and pay a buck or two to save the trouble).

Darklands by Microprose...into medieval Germany. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39323277)

NetHack could've been better if it was the Turn-style map of a 3d engine and had multiplayer capabilities, but alas.

That's where Darklands arrives on the scene like NetHack, but centered on the superstitions of Germany it made a much more dreary environment for text-reading games but not as fast-paced as NetHack.

Darklands is only a 10MB download and needs fancy DOS-mode memory settings, and is floating around various antique gaming sites despite not being that old but fitting a CGA visual footprint that looks awesome on a hand-held.

Catacombs Abyss? (1)

Pinkfud (781828) | more than 2 years ago | (#39322883)

I remember playing that until my wife threatened violence :) Softdisk Publishing? Seems right, but that was a long time ago. It was a DOS game.

Intellivision's AD&D? (2)

Lieutenant_Dan (583843) | more than 2 years ago | (#39322887)

I've never been into RPG much; but I remember playing this one. The 3D maze was somewhat cutting edge at the time and it was quite fun.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Dungeons_%26_Dragons:_Treasure_of_Tarmin [wikipedia.org]

Re:Intellivision's AD&D? (0)

Osgeld (1900440) | more than 2 years ago | (#39322963)

I would love to see the Intellivision COMPUTER

jeez why is this so hard for people to grasp look at the title of the article, whats the first 2 words

Computer Games

Re:Intellivision's AD&D? (1)

sjwt (161428) | more than 2 years ago | (#39323211)

Maybe I am old, but they are all computers, I believe the term you referring to would possibly be PC games, though the definition and interpretation of PC can be an issue.

Re:Intellivision's AD&D? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39323249)

Jeez why do you have to be such a jerk spoilsport?

Telengard rocked (3, Informative)

bocin (886008) | more than 2 years ago | (#39322925)

I used to play telengard on my Atari 800xl. Great oldie!!

Re:Telengard rocked (2)

Miamicanes (730264) | more than 2 years ago | (#39323283)

Ditto, for the c64 version :-)

Deeper Trouble - 1990's (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39322933)

Text based. Still there:

www.deepertrouble.org/

FRUA (1)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 2 years ago | (#39323081)

Forgotten Realms Unlimited Adventures. It was a pool of radiance style game and a creator of such games. I remember making so many adventures and monsters with that game, well into the late 90's even.

Eye of the beholder (2)

Wolfling1 (1808594) | more than 2 years ago | (#39323237)

There were too many good games to name them all. EOB was one of them. What about Akalabeth? Truly classic. What about some of the early MUDs? Many an hour was lost (when i should have been studying).

No love for Ultima 4? (1)

DRMShill (1157993) | more than 2 years ago | (#39323295)

It was one of the first, maybe even the first, to make morality a central part of the game.

I'm a little embarassed to admit that that game probably influence my ethical nature more than Christianity.

Annoying slideshow... (2)

antdude (79039) | more than 2 years ago | (#39323347)

http://desli.de/3ZZ [desli.de] for one ugly web page with all showing. ;)

An older article on the history of CRPGs (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39323353)

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