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What Game Do You Love?

Zonk posted more than 8 years ago | from the platonically-please dept.

Games 350

It's that time of year again, when a person's fancy turns to new games. It's still nice to think of old flames, though, and eToyChest wonders about games you've loved. From the article: "In 1992 I was spending time getting my gaming legs on a then-aging 486 PC. It was loud, ugly, and far from state-of-the-art. But it could still run games off the shelf, and when a friend of mine brought over what he was calling the "best role-playing game he had played since Ultima V", I knew I had to check it out. What began that afternoon stands out as one of the most important events in my life as a game, for as I installed each of the two high density diskettes comprising Sir-Tech's Wizardry VII: Crusaders of the Dark Savant, I somehow knew that I was in for a treat. What followed were two years of swords, sorcery, and the slaying of many humanoid rats." So what game do you still remember fondly, even if you haven't played for quite a while?

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Half-Life 1 + 2 (4, Interesting)

tedgyz (515156) | more than 8 years ago | (#14717769)

Half-Life blew me away
Half-Life 2 blew me away again

Other worthy mentions
M.U.L.E.
Diablo
Quake 1/2/3/4

Re:Half-Life 1 + 2 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14717933)

Of course, HL-series (CS springs to mind) and doom/quake-series (except for doom3 and quake4)
and freelancer...still playin it on LAN-parties....
then the warcraft series (without wow), starcraft, DOTT and SAM and MAX (bet ever!)

Re:Half-Life 1 + 2 (2, Insightful)

tibike77 (611880) | more than 8 years ago | (#14718004)

Do you consider that an "oldie" ? It almost even requires hardware acceleration :P
Half-Life, that's like... yesterday, not "good old times" :)

Damn, I thought you'd say "Wolfenstein" or, at least, maybe "Doom"...

Re:Half-Life 1 + 2 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14718213)

back in my days...

  Monkey Island II LeChuck's Revenge

and in another genre:
  Wolfenstein
  Marathon (a mac game !)

ps: fire your back in your days joke gentlemen

Vikings (1)

ahso (670686) | more than 8 years ago | (#14717792)

Vikings

BloodNet (1)

bk_veggie (807894) | more than 8 years ago | (#14717793)

BloodNet was probably the first game to ever drag me in to the story and want more. One genre I think that has been vastly underused is the cyberpunk genre. The last decent one I remember playing was Shadowrun on the SNES.

While games like BASS, Omikron and Deus Ex have elements that are parallel, I just don't consider it to be the same. Anyone care to share if I missed out on any new games in this area?

Re:BloodNet (1)

tibike77 (611880) | more than 8 years ago | (#14717906)

Actually, BloodNet is one of the few games I never managed to complete "honestly" (i.e. no item dupes, no extra cash nor extra stats)... not because I was bored of it or anything, but each and every time I tried it from a different angle... or many other times, I got in trouble with the "wrong guys" because I forgot to finish some mission, and had to pretty much start over or face lots of nasty combats at every travel...

That being said, the game itself IS very involving, and you "feel" for the protagonist, but also for many other "smaller" chars, to a much deeper degree than for any other RPG.

Re:BloodNet (2, Informative)

Ignignot (782335) | more than 8 years ago | (#14718064)

Don't ever leave out Fallout, Fallout 2, and Arcanum. Definitely along the same vein.

Classics (2, Interesting)

B00yah (213676) | more than 8 years ago | (#14717795)

I still go back once a year and play Legend of Zelda all the way through. Earthbound and MarioRPG get at least once every two years. I still play Mario 3 pretty often. The classics will live on...

As for modern games:
Diablo2 and d2:LOD
KoL [loathing2.com]
and now, WoW

Re:Classics (1)

TopShelf (92521) | more than 8 years ago | (#14717949)

The ultimate classic is Nethack - I've been playing for years and keep coming back for more punishment. Still haven't ascended yet, and frankly, I don't know what will be left to achieve in life if I ever make it...

Re:Classics (1)

RiotXIX (230569) | more than 8 years ago | (#14718176)

Yeah. Everyone seems to be hyping up these new rpg console games which take 70hrs of continuous walking around to complete, but I'm more excited about a snes controller + pc adapter from ebay for use with znes. Also, Sega has released the Sonic games on playstation on a single disc - can't wait to play the games I could never afford when I was younger.

obviously... (2)

joe 155 (937621) | more than 8 years ago | (#14717799)

Its the legend of zelda: occarina of time and Majora's mask

I recently completed Occarina of time again and its as good today as it was all those years ago. Easily the best games I've ever played and truely defining moments in me growing up.

Wizardry VII rocked my 386 yo! (1)

RingDev (879105) | more than 8 years ago | (#14717803)

Nethack is another great classic. DAoC was the first MMO I got into and really enjoyed. Original Quake is still my all time favorite FPS. The Need For Speed series has always been a source of joy for me. And now I'm keeping my eyes on The Chronicle http://www.mmocenter.com/v2/ [mmocenter.com] from Rapid Reality.

-Rick

Re:Wizardry VII rocked my 386 yo! (1)

arivanov (12034) | more than 8 years ago | (#14718008)

Second that

Nethack is the ultimate classic game.

It has been the game for me 15 years now starting from that day when I got kicked off the Uni Vax for compiling and installing it and till today. Other games came and went. Nethack remained. And it will stay.

Walk softly and carry a +7 Tsurugy of Muramasa.

FFII (2, Interesting)

SpaceAdmiral (869318) | more than 8 years ago | (#14717811)

FFII for SNES (really FFIV). I was really sad when Tellah died. And I orgasmed when I found out that you got to go to the moon.

Re:FFII (4, Funny)

Keith Russell (4440) | more than 8 years ago | (#14717881)

And I orgasmed when I found out that you got to go to the moon.

Thank you ever so much for sharing that.

Re:FFII (2, Interesting)

Parham (892904) | more than 8 years ago | (#14718002)

Final Fantasy I (Nintendo) and Final Fantasy IV through VI (Super Nintendo), Chrono Trigger (Super Nintendo), Seiken Densetsu 3 (Super Nintendo)... pretty much every Super Nintendo RPG. I never had a Super Nintendo as a kid so I really got into it when I got one. Those were the best games. I love anything by Square-Enix now.

TIE Fighter (3, Interesting)

XenoRyet (824514) | more than 8 years ago | (#14717816)

I must have played TIE Fighter for hundreds of hours, all on the crappiest of two button joysticks.

This was of course back in the day when LucasArts made good games. If only that was still true.

Re:TIE Fighter (1)

engagebot (941678) | more than 8 years ago | (#14717958)

I salute you, my felow TIE Fighter player.

Re:TIE Fighter (3, Interesting)

tibike77 (611880) | more than 8 years ago | (#14717964)

For X-Wing, you just *HAD* to have a joystick.
However, I spent most of my high-school afternoons playing TIE Fighter with a mouse. It actually plays quite fine, even if it's not a Wing-Commander-like mouse control, and you end up with muscle fever after a few hours ;)

Speaking of which, mmmmm, the Wing Commander series.... those were also nice.
And with the mouse "displacement from center" steering method, you just don't need a joystick at all.
Heck, I find it more enjoyable than actually having a joystick.

Re:TIE Fighter (1)

Chosen Reject (842143) | more than 8 years ago | (#14717998)

I remember some of those LucasArts games. I loved Dark Forces, Jedi Knight, and Jedi Outcast (yes I know that last one was made by Raven). In fact, Jedi Outcast caused me to switch from being a bio-chem major with Medical School in the future to going into computer science so that I could make games. Later I realized I would rather be a level designer but computer science is good for that too.

I also remember playing Dune II. That was fun.

Does anyone remember "Freddy's Rescue Roundup" or a game called "Round 42"?

Re:TIE Fighter (1)

paulsgre (890463) | more than 8 years ago | (#14718003)

word. The game that got me hooked to videogames in 7th grade. I think part of it was finally overcoming the agony of creating bootdisks, trying to get soundblaster to work (wish i knew that i didnt ahve a soundcard)--i must have spent a week tinkering with the thing.

so I ended up playing it with a keyboard, no sound, and didn't even realize taht there were cutscenes until i saw it a year later on a friends computer.

still my favorite game of all time. by far.

Space Quest! (1)

xitshsif (909565) | more than 8 years ago | (#14717823)

The Space Quest series were great. I definitely think they went a little overboard with *Quest

On top... (1)

ZerocarboN (415676) | more than 8 years ago | (#14717826)

On the console side, Earthbound for the SNES is simply the best RPG that I have played, period. I have played through this game going on 5 times now and is still enjoyable.

On the computer, it has to be Warcraft 2.

Re:On top... (1)

kevin.fowler (915964) | more than 8 years ago | (#14717962)

Isn't it a shame that Mother 1/2 is not going to come to GBA in English?

Here are the games (1)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 8 years ago | (#14717827)

The games that I love over the years include

Simcity, Original/2000
Descent, All Versions
Wolfenstein
Zelda, all versions
Mario, All versions
Mario Party All Versions
Animal Crossing
Chibi-Robo

Those are the ones I can name off the top of my head.

Can only be one.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14717834)

Fallout 2 .. that game was a complete package to me.. :) today i mostly play CSSource // Mark

Games that stick out in my memory... (2, Interesting)

Da3vid (926771) | more than 8 years ago | (#14717842)

The games that I remember the most are the first Doom and the first Warcraft. Those were just both amazing to me at the time. I've always had a special place in my heart for Super Mario 3, but who doesn't? I went Genesis over SNES, and I had a lot of fun playing Sonic 2, but I also had tons of fun playing the first Mario Kart at my friend's house. And then, there was the hours of Goldeneye fun on the 64. Oh, and Baldur's Gate 2:, Shadows of Amn on the PC was fantastic... I was captivated by that game. All of the other rpgs in that genre are just me being nostalgic about that game. Later, there was KOTOR, which I loved... I guess those are the highlights of my gaming life. I'm currently enamoured with Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town. A farming rpg sounds stupid but I got it as a gift and it is terribly addicting. You either have to be embrace its time-consuming wonder or avoid it like the plague, there is no middle ground...

-Da3vid-

TAZ Atari 2600 (1)

rAiNsT0rm (877553) | more than 8 years ago | (#14717846)

Without a doubt. TAZ for Atari 2600. Kept me playing for 13 years on and off until I finally beat it. See, in the game manual it told you what the food item was for each level except that last one, it was a question mark. 13 years to finally see it with my own eyes, and I wasn't actually let down as with so many other games. Check it out in ROM form and with the Stella Emulator for a real treat.

My runners up would be: Warlords, Combat, Katamari Damacy, and Donkey Konga.

Doom (4, Interesting)

NorbrookC (674063) | more than 8 years ago | (#14717848)

Doom was the first game that really blew me away, and I still have a copy of it that I play from time to time. What made it even better was that there were a host of different maps for it, so even when you got to the point of being bored with the original, there was always something new. It's nice to see that there's still ongoing development for it.

Favorite games around 1992 (1)

Spy der Mann (805235) | more than 8 years ago | (#14717849)

Eye of the Beholder 2 (Westwood) - this was my favorite :) - the first-person environment really drew you into the game. Just remembering the intro, the medieval world, the storm approaching and the drop of water falling in a small pond on the street of Waterdeep...

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure (LucasArts - this one included a copy of Henry Jones' diary :) )
LucasArts' Classic Adventures: Monkey Island, Loom
Leyend of Kyrandia (Westwood)
Flashback: Quest for Identity (Delphine)
Lemmings! :D
Out of this world (Delphine)
And a bit later, Final Fantasy VI, Lufia 2 (SNES)

I'll always remember these games as part of my teenages. Sigh...

Re:Favorite games around 1992 (1)

kalirion (728907) | more than 8 years ago | (#14718215)

Yes, EOB2 is definite the best of the trilogy. I still prefer Lands of Lore, though that might be because it's actually the first game of that type I've ever played. I remember when it's 20MB install seemed awfully huge on a 110MB hard drive...

By the way, most, if not all, of the VGA DOS games you mentioned can be played using the DOSBox emulator [sourceforge.net] . With a decent computer and proper scaling (hq2x from a DOSBox patch does wonders for games that don't have a lot of scrolling) the games keep all their gameplay and look better than they ever did!

Tough Decision (1)

Zediker (885207) | more than 8 years ago | (#14717856)

Old:
Chrono Trigger
FF6

New:
Cant decide... alot of good ones, but nothing that says WOW!

Re:Tough Decision (2, Funny)

scanner_darkly (795083) | more than 8 years ago | (#14717972)

*cough*

What do you mean, "nothing says WOW! [worldofwarcraft.com] "?

Okay, okay, bad pun.

Quake1 (1)

Mercury (13121) | more than 8 years ago | (#14717857)

Quake 1, ThunderWalker CTF.
Fast, fun, and a whole lot of frags.
It went downhill when they started nerfing some of the runes, but after all these years it still has a fond place in my heart.

My game (1)

330Pilot (688005) | more than 8 years ago | (#14717859)

Zaxon on an 8086 was amazing. More than anything though, EGA blew me away. CGA was a small step from Mono, but EGA (16 colors) was a mind blowing experience.

My top three: (1)

Pantero Blanco (792776) | more than 8 years ago | (#14717862)

1. Shadowrun, Sega Genesis. This game had a good storyline and more "player freedom" than most of the games I'd played at this point (I was eight or nine when it came out, I think). I really liked the world it was set in, and a bit of searching around to find out more about it brought me to the Gibson cyberpunk novels it was based on. The first cartridge I played it on had a bad battery in it, sadly, so I had to leave my system on for incredible lengths of time to finish it, but I did.

2. Shining Force, Genesis. These (it was a series) really played on my love of fantasy as a child. I think this was the first strategy game I played, as well, and got me into the genre.

3. Secret of Evermore, SNES. I played through this across many visits to a relative's house. Probably still one of the best action-RPGs out there.

I'm leaving out some great stuff, but I believe these are my "top three most loved".

Re:My top three: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14718159)

shining force was great.. too bad none of the sequels ever came through... i bought one just because i was hopeful on it being like shining force, but instead it was an adventure like game.. ewwww.
anyone got any recommendations along the lines of shining force? besides the tactics games?

Bubble Bobble. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14717880)

Bubble Bobble is video gaming at its finest.

SS2: the only game I keep coming back to (1)

CaptSisko (56435) | more than 8 years ago | (#14717893)

I seem to be the only one who's mentioned System Shock 2 so far :) It's one of those rare games that find their way back onto my machine every once in a while. With the most recent patches and texture enhancements it looks a lot better, and you get excellent multiplayer support as well!

Who could forget such classic Hybrids comments as:

"Your song is not ourrrss!"
"Hrrrrrrr... KILL ME!"
"Run, RUN!"

Alpha Centauri (1)

Stranger4U (153613) | more than 8 years ago | (#14717901)

Regardless of all the other games I have, I always eventually come back to Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri. I think of it as kind of what Civ3 should have been. Plus, I think it has more interesting options for customization than any of the other Civ games did.

By far (1)

voice_of_all_reason (926702) | more than 8 years ago | (#14717905)

The dynasty warriors series.

I've put ~200 hours each into the 3 DW games and later Samurai Warriors. Wading into a crowd of enemies and slashing until you get tired will never become boring.

Now, if only they combined it with Diablo/Champions' limitless equipment system, then I'd simply quit my job and wait for the Man to repossess everything out from under me.

Wing Commander (1)

BigWhiteGuy_27 (804307) | more than 8 years ago | (#14717913)

The original Wing Commander. The day I got it, I played it for sixteen hours straight.

Oh, to have that much free time to myself again....

Digger (1)

ndansmith (582590) | more than 8 years ago | (#14717921)

No, not that stupid "news" site, the game.

Re:Digger (1)

Hakubi_Washu (594267) | more than 8 years ago | (#14718108)

Man, that was the first and only game to ever actually leave an afterimage burned into my screen (fancy amber one, too). *Sigh*

Neuromancer (1)

tulmad (25666) | more than 8 years ago | (#14717924)

They made a game out of Neuromancer for the IIc and IIgs. I can't recall how many times I played through that. I wish I could find a copy of it again. I lent it to a friend many many years ago, and it got lost when he moved out of our old neighborhood.

Re:Neuromancer (1)

Odin_Tiger (585113) | more than 8 years ago | (#14718170)

Apple! Gads, how could I forget about that? They had them in all the elementary schools...how much paid-for-with-my-parents'-taxes public education I must have wasted on Oregon Trail...

The one, the only.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14717925)

Game that will always have a special place in my heart and mind: System Shock

I want to name my Daughter Shodan, think she'd have issues later on?

Dungeon Master (4, Interesting)

markh1967 (315861) | more than 8 years ago | (#14717926)

Dungeon Master" [wikipedia.org] on the Atari ST was the best game of its time. It was a very early ST game and was a real eye-opener for anyone used to 8-bit computers. It probably sold almost as many STs as Doom did for PCs. The use of the mouse was perfect and I can still recall many of the rune sequences to cast spells even now, almost 20 years later.

Re:Dungeon Master (1)

Spy der Mann (805235) | more than 8 years ago | (#14718119)

I can still recall many of the rune sequences to cast spells even now, almost 20 years later.

I only played DM very recently... but I did like the runes system. Heh one of the things I remember was making my barbarian learn magic by lending him some MP and making him try to "create water" many times.

Sim/Civ (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Monkey (795756) | more than 8 years ago | (#14717928)

Sim City 2000. 3000 was lame because it required too much micro managment. Anything that Sid did with the Civ saga. I still play my old dos Civilizations from time to time.

ps/2 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14717935)

socom!

Asteroids / Military Madness (1)

shadowspar (59136) | more than 8 years ago | (#14717936)

For me, the Atari 2600 version of asteroids never seems to get old. Even as laughably primitive as it is, I still fire up the emulator and blast rocks for an hour or two every now and again.

More recent (but still a decade old) is the Turbographix-16 game Military Madness (aka Nectaris) [comcast.net] . For some reason I keep coming back to this turn-based, hex-based strategy game -- I can't quite put a finger on why, but in my opinion it's even more addictive than Starcraft and all the other real-time strategy titles.

Being nostalgic (2, Interesting)

aliens (90441) | more than 8 years ago | (#14717937)

Doom 2 co-op by in large my favorite game of all time. X-Wing and TIE fighter.

Metroid (NES)
Dragon Warrior (NES)
JetFighter
Rogue
GoldenEye (N64)
Tetris64 (N64)
Tony Hawk 2(DC)
Warcraft II
Command & Conquer
FFIII (SNES)

ff7 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14717946)

Final Fantasy 7, can't get enough of that game, and I just started a new game again! Yeesh.

System Shock 2 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14717947)

Absolutely the most frightening game ever. Played late at night with the sound turned way up. Took me weeks to finish. Many times (in the game) I hid in the corner and prayed for salvation. Those monkeys still give me nightmares.

Monkeys....brrrrrrrrr...

We and I know many things... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14717948)

Fallout. Nuff said.

Bard's Tale (2, Interesting)

JustJon (731538) | more than 8 years ago | (#14717950)

The original Bard's Tale trilogy was a personal favorite. I can't tell you how many times I played thru each of them on my old Apple IIE.

And of course, by extention, I played quite alot of Wasteland.

Lethal Tender (1)

ILoveMicrosoft (933242) | more than 8 years ago | (#14717960)

Lethal Tender, Warcraft 2, Operation Flashpoint, Rogue Spear and GTA:VC/

Total War (1)

lucabrasi999 (585141) | more than 8 years ago | (#14717968)

The entire Total War Series. Shogun TW, Medieval TW, and Rome TW.

Here's some (3, Interesting)

Eideewt (603267) | more than 8 years ago | (#14717970)

These are the main ones:
Fallout
Quake 1
Privateer
All three Descent games
Commander Keen
All three Thief games
Mechwarrior 2
Tyrian

I hate making lists like this since I always know I've forgotten lots of great games.

Doom1/2 (1)

Vapor (6907) | more than 8 years ago | (#14717975)

What really got me hooked on PC games was DOOM and DOOM II. I hadn't really played any x86 PC games until a buddy of mine let me try out DOOM on his Packard Bell (ewww). That day I spent 6 or 8 hours playing DOOM on his PC... he wasn't too thrilled about that. I eventually talked the parents into bribing me with a new PC to keep my grades up, which eventually led me to the field of Computer Science since I just had to know how it all worked. I have Doom, id Software, my buddy, and my parents to thank for my career.

Before that, I palyed Spy Hunter, Mario Bros., Moon Patrol, Ms. Pacman, and Joust on my Apple IIe for many many years. As a matter of fact I went from a IIe to a Pentium 90... that should tell you how long I played my Apple games. I was a Joust god.

On the verge of nuclear war... (1)

rehtonAesoohC (954490) | more than 8 years ago | (#14717981)

Fallout was the first real RPG that I ever played for the PC. The detail in everything you could do (remember that I was a virgin to RPGs...) blew me away. I just loved how depending on how you leveled your character, different options became available to you that helped or hindered your progress throughout the game. And of course, if you didn't care about finding the other options, you could just blow up everything that moved!

Baldur's Gate 2 (1)

Virak (897071) | more than 8 years ago | (#14717990)

A great story, varied and challenging gameplay, and enough side quests to keep you busy for a very long time. After getting my hands on a copy of it, I didn't do much else, except for the occasional break for eating (which the loading screen helpfully reminds you to do).

Re:Baldur's Gate 2 (1)

Da3vid (926771) | more than 8 years ago | (#14718220)

I completely agree. I loved this game. Any game that is even similar to it has just felt like nostalgia to me even though they are still enjoying...

Don't go. The drones need you. They look up to you (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14717995)

Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri. The peak of the most awesomely addictive series in history. Also, it ran well on my badly-aging AMD K5 (!). These days I'll still play it on my badly-aging Athlon T-bird every month or two. This game has absorbed literally months of my life, and put me in academic peril in middle school, high school, and college. With a history like that, how can I not love it?

The only game I ever stayed up all night playing (1)

amliebsch (724858) | more than 8 years ago | (#14717999)

Command and Conquer blew me away with what you could do on a 486/66. Same thing with Dark Forces.

Hard to beat the classics (1)

CaptCrunk (859386) | more than 8 years ago | (#14718016)

While I do love playing all the newer games that are coming out these days, I still love playing the classics:

The Legend of Zelda
Metroid
Phantasy Star series
Final Fantasy (take your pick - yes, even #1)
StarCraft
Tecmo Bowl
Doom
Wolfenstein 3D
Tie Fighter

These classics will always bring me back to the early days of gaming!

Games: (1)

0x4a6f6e43 (837256) | more than 8 years ago | (#14718026)

Grim Fandango - "Those dang compact cars!" My kids and I play it every Halloween. Call of Duty UO - For over a year I've been playing Base Assault Multiplayer. The old games I used to play: Zork 1,2,3 The Enchanter series. Silent Service (the original one on the spud ..er.. C64) The Killing Gameshow (Psygnosis) The Monkey Island series (well 1, 2, and 3 anyway)

Civilisation ... and other Turn-Based Games (3, Interesting)

rewinn (647614) | more than 8 years ago | (#14718029)

... I'm a turn-based gamer. Reaction-time games are just not as compelling for me. That promise of "just one more turn" just leads me on ... there's no accounting for taste, I suppose. Civ 2 had a lot of improvements but the basic concepts were in Civ 1. I found Civ 3 to be boring ... Similarly, Heroes of Might And Magic 1 was wonderful; I skipped 2; HoMM 3 was an improvement in every way but still basically the same concept; HoMM 4 wasn't worth the upgrade, to me at least. Perhaps there's some basic "fun" concept at the core of any game that you can mess with, and you HAVE to mess with if your income depends on continued sales, but messing with doesn't necessarily mean improvement.

Re:Civilisation ... and other Turn-Based Games (1)

engagebot (941678) | more than 8 years ago | (#14718087)

I'm surprised to see X-Com left of of a turn-based gamer's list. Honestly, its the only turn-based game i was ever addicted to.

classics (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14718032)

I really loved Pirates!, I would spend hours every day sailing the high seas in search of plunder.

Other great games:
Civ I-IV
Oregon Trail
X-wing
Tie Fighter

Mine... (1)

abrotman (323016) | more than 8 years ago | (#14718060)

Super Tecmo Bowl
Phantasy Star(any on the genesis)
Total Annihilation

The football game was just darn fun(I want to be the Chiefs, go JJ Birden!). Phantasy Star had great stories, and great game play. I have yet to find a better RTS than Total Annihilation.

Surprised i haven't seen... (1)

engagebot (941678) | more than 8 years ago | (#14718063)

Two franchises I'm surprised I haven't seen on the list so far:

1. Street Fighter II - Did anyone *not* care about this game in 1992 or whenever that was?

2. Bomberman - Maybe the multiplayer Bomberman phenomenon wasn't as widespread as i had thought.

Bubble Bobble (1)

Colourspace (563895) | more than 8 years ago | (#14718066)

Not as sophisticated as many of the games mentioned on here but as I have said before a stone cold classic I have owned and played to death on many of the systems I have had since it came out in '86 (currently Taito Legends version on PS2). God, am I that old?

I . I (1)

chris_eineke (634570) | more than 8 years ago | (#14718077)

Pong.

Everything else is just a rip-off.

DosBox (1)

NetDanzr (619387) | more than 8 years ago | (#14718082)

Thanks to DosBox, I am free to play nearly every game I've ever purchased, and so I can simply list games that are currently installed on my computer as those that I truly love: * Civilization * Colonizaton * Heroes of Might and Magic II * Master of Magic * Settlers 2 * UFO: Enemy Unknown * Warlords

My favorites: (1)

Odin_Tiger (585113) | more than 8 years ago | (#14718084)

All Time Favorite:
TES III: Morrowind
I've burned soooooo many hours on that game.
(Other favorites, in no particular order)
Eve Online
Final Fantasy
Final Fantasy VII
Super Mario Bros. 3
Mortal Kombat II
Duke Nukem (the 2D sidescroller)
Wolfenstein 3D
Minesweeper
Jardinains!
Super C
Donkey Kong Country

Angband (1)

TheUncleBob (791234) | more than 8 years ago | (#14718085)

It's free, it's old, and it runs on just about anything, but it's still as addictive as anything I've played. I started playing again at Christmas, and I'm still loving it almost 2 months later

Great oldies (1)

The G (7787) | more than 8 years ago | (#14718089)

Angband (I have to delete this from machines I use or I'd never get any work done)
Star Control 2 (Recently reborn! I'm getting addicted to this all over again!)
Loom (Can't find my old copy, probably couldn't run it on modern OSes anyway)
Fallout (I keep coming back to this! And the sequel wasn't bad, either.)
System Shock 2 ("Why do you serve the machine mother?")
Thief (Oh man, this series has consumed more of my hours than any other, period.)

Final Fantasy VII (1)

TAZ6416 (584004) | more than 8 years ago | (#14718094)

I'd been playing games in the home since 1980 when I got my Philips Videopac G7000 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philips_G7000 [wikipedia.org] but nothing grabbed me as much as Final Fantasy VII http://www.ffonline.com/ff7/ [ffonline.com] did. Before I had spent a few days on a game before getting bored, I played FF7 for over 7 months before I finished it.

Just waiting for the movie to come out on DVD - http://www.square-enix.co.jp/dvd/ff7ac/ [square-enix.co.jp]

By the way, does anyone remember Super Robot on OpenVMS? I spent hours at lunchtime at this game at work, not graphically great by any means but great fun when all you have is a VT220 :) - There's a Windows version at http://homepage.ntlworld.com/david.kelly4/robot.ht m [ntlworld.com]

Jonathan

http://www.justgofaster.com/ [justgofaster.com]

People vs. Games (1)

Keebler71 (520908) | more than 8 years ago | (#14718095)

I know this is slashdot and it's Valentine's day today but believe it or not, some of us actually love people more than games.

That said,... after my wife goes to sleep I can be found playing Civ 3 or Enemy Territory. :)

I loved... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14718099)

Star Wars Galaxies.
Take the MMORPG and mix in a genere other than the D&D which is so overused. Add to the fact that it's Star Wars. Throw in that you could be anything you wanted to be and do whatever you felt like doing (at least in the beginning.)

(insert here: a giant flame about SOE's incompetence and lack of vision)

But anyway, it is dead to me now and I won't be getting it back nor will SOE be getting me back.

Easy. (1)

mrseigen (518390) | more than 8 years ago | (#14718101)

The few that I've pulled off the top of my head:
  • Robotron
  • Fallout (and its spiritual predecessor, Wasteland)
  • Autoduel
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Quake

Master of Orion 2 (1)

tibike77 (611880) | more than 8 years ago | (#14718102)

After playing Master of Orion (1) a lot in my "early" PC days, I think MoO2 was the most "craved for" game ever since I found out they were actually making it.

To THIS day, it remains a game I (would) still play at any given time, given the right (i.e. skilled) opponents... sadly, the only problem is "time"... for an engaging and "serious" game, you either have to hot-seat an entire weekend (that sucks badly, trust me), or get it on "on IPX" (bleah, disconnects and load from saves galore). Either way, it's a lot of wasted time.

MoO3 was a big, big, ... , big dissapointment.
I would buy a "Master of Orion 2 : Platinum Edition" at almost any price... of course, this "MoO2:PE" would have to have support for much larger galaxies, many more players, options for "live player addition" (heck, or even make it a persistent server with joins/parts), etc.

Hmm, come to think of it, the world just MIGHT be ready for a MMORTS based on the MoO2 setup.

Little Big Adventure a.k.a. Relentless (1)

El_Muerte_TDS (592157) | more than 8 years ago | (#14718132)

I'm still running a very active fan community [magicball.net] .
A with a little luck we can expect the start of a sequel soon (3rd in the series; after 10 years).

No Games For Me!! (4, Interesting)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | more than 8 years ago | (#14718158)

Uh uh. Computers were for work. Spreadsheets, databases, programming. Well, OK, word processing for the character sheets for the home-brew dice-and-pencil RPG we played. Consoles? Fuggeditaboutit. Kid stuff, right?

Until my buddy asked me to advise him on the purchase of a new PC. When I asked him what he was looking to use it for, he named all the regular Office stuff, and then added, "And of course, games. I want to be able to play games."

So I studied up on graphics cards -- in the computer magazine articles I had always skipped prior to then -- and made my recommendations. When his box arrived, naturally he invited me over to configure it, for a few beers. In the course of my new research, I learned that the "Game of the Year" in everybody's graphics categories was something called "Mechwarrior II," so on my way over I picked up a copy for him to christen the new box with. He had a state-of-the-art graphics card and monitor, so I wanted to see what a state-of-the-art game looked like running on it.

When the opening cinema played, "I Am Jade Falcon," and that unbelievable by anybody's musical standards score hit, our jaws hit the ground and we did this kind of Beavis-and-Butthead-Watching-NIN-Video take to each other. It was nothing like anything we old dice-throwers had expected in the least.

So, um, yeah, about 400 BattleTech miniatures, countless PC games, and several dozen console games later, I guess I'd have to say that "MechWarrior II" was the most memorable, if not the most, influential, in my experience.

Wing Commander. (1)

0ber*n (230448) | more than 8 years ago | (#14718165)

I remember the original Wing Commander, wasn't it something like 5, 5.25" Floppies? I begged my Dad to buy the game from Origin so I could get the box signed by Chris Roberts. I would get home from school and the game would be ready to play by dinner time, or something like that, on my 8086. Wing Commander 2 choked my 286...now that I think about it, new Wing Commander releases drove our PC purchases until I left for college. Probably just I would get off my Dad's CAD machine.

Worlds of Ultima: Martian Dreams. (1)

aapold (753705) | more than 8 years ago | (#14718179)

That one took the cake for me. I loved all the pre-online Ultimas up to VII, VI in particular in part because everyone I knew was also playing it, the storyline and world and music all meshed perfectly with me (I'd been playing the series since Alkabeth)... But Martian Dreams... which didn't get nearly as much attention as it deserved... was IMO the best ending of any computer game I've ever played... Other ones that I reminisce over still... Battlemech (battletech clone for amiga) Archon (old atari/et al chess/like action game) The Wizard and the Princess (first text + graphics adventure game I had) Temple of Apshai Telengard Dungeon Master Wizard's Crown - SSI fantasy strategy game prior to D&D license System Shock and pretty much all of the Ultima Games. If i had to single out one other...

Leisure Suit Larry (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14718190)

I learnt everthing I know about ladies on Leisure Suit Larry.

Which is why on valentines night I am 42, alone and posting on Slashdot in my underwear.

Larry
http://www.vintage-sierra.com/lsl.html [vintage-sierra.com]

Various classics (1)

jamescford (205756) | more than 8 years ago | (#14718205)

I played many memorable games on various Apple computers (some pre-Mac), back when this wasn't a nearly evaporated market.

"Ancient Times":
Bilestoad [wikipedia.org] (1982), from the Apple II days.
"The Middle Ages":
SimCity [wikipedia.org] (the original, 1989) on a Mac SE. Marathon [wikipedia.org] (1994) on a Mac SE and LC. (This game was contemporaneous with Doom, and eventually evolved into Halo.) Myst [wikipedia.org] (1993) on a Mac LC.
"Modern Times" (well, loosely speaking):
Starcraft [wikipedia.org] (1998) on a Mac Centris. Myth: The Fallen Lords [wikipedia.org] (1997) on a Mac Centris. (This last was extremely enjoyable in cooperative multiplayer, and was one of my first experiences with that kind of play.)

Games I've wasted the most time playing... (1)

paladinwannabe2 (889776) | more than 8 years ago | (#14718222)

Diablo II and expansion has to lead the list- I had way too much fun with that game over the years. Starcraft / Warcraft games gave me a lot of fun as well, and I haven't seen them mentioned yet. (I haven't played WoW, I'm talking about the RTS versions). The best 8-bit games I played were Legend of Zelda and Final Fantasy 1 (For an NES game, it was really good).

Wasteland (2, Insightful)

Phaxn (946939) | more than 8 years ago | (#14718226)

This was one of the best Futuristic RPG's of it's time. (Fallout 1+2 were very well done also)

Load Runner -- On Apple II of course (2, Interesting)

big_debacle (413628) | more than 8 years ago | (#14718237)

No question...fun game AND you could make your own levels. Sweet!

Tribes Vengeance (1)

webvida (915388) | more than 8 years ago | (#14718238)

I love this game, nothing comes close to the speed and excitement of TV. Sadly the distributers fucked up so there is not a huge following, but I tell you have a lash it's damn good. Well I'm off to cap some flags or hmmm maybe do some base raping.... -

Castle of the Winds I and II (1)

Calmiche (531074) | more than 8 years ago | (#14718239)

I originally had a Commodore 64, but the first actual PC game I can remember playing and being addicted by was Castle of the Winds. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castle_of_the_Winds [wikipedia.org]

I received both games with my first IBM PS/2. It was the first game, after Solitare that I ever played on windows. I probably spent upwards of 100 hours playing through both games, and even have it loaded on my laptop right now.

Both games are now freeware and can be downloaded leagaly. (Drop the author, Rick Saada http://www.exmsft.com/~ricks/ [exmsft.com] , an e-mail if you like it.)

Be careful of these websites. They appear to be a bit underpowered to handle the slashdot effect.

http://www.the-underdogs.org/game.php?id=4403 [the-underdogs.org]
http://wind.prohosting.com/cotwrpg/download.html [prohosting.com]
http://digital-eel.com/files/castlewind.zip [digital-eel.com]
http://www.exmsft.com/~ricks/castl11a.zip [exmsft.com]
http://www.freewebs.com/castleofthewinds/Downloads .htm [freewebs.com]

They've all been mentioned... (1)

Mursk (928595) | more than 8 years ago | (#14718244)

But they're worth mentioning again: Wing Commander, X-wing (didn't get TIE Fighter till much later, but it's great, too), the first WarCraft. Ah, memories...

Most of them I still have (1)

kwalker (1383) | more than 8 years ago | (#14718248)

Let's see...

Dune 2
Quake [1-2]
Doom [1-2]
Descent [1-2]
Total Annihilation

I still fondly remember LAN parties where the trash talk was as fast and furious as the game action, possibly more so. TA with four players and bots for each, with select mods installed is insane.
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