After Hours

Fond memories of an old game


As part of TechRepublic's Dinosaur Sightings series, I had the opportunity to create a gallery, located here, of Wolfenstein 3D. When I first loaded Wolf3D onto my Pentium 90 from Gateway, I remember being blown away by the first person perspective. After years of hexadecimal strategy games and side scrolling platform games, this new perspective was a breath of fresh air.

I actually stopped playing after the first level, so I could order the full game. Id Software and Apogee sold me the game in about 5 minutes of play. It was at least one case where shareware actually worked.

Thinking back on it now, I realized that I played Wolfenstein 3D almost exclusively for several months as I worked my way through the entire game, all 6 episodes, on the Death Incarnate setting. I vaguely remember having a slight case of repetitive motion disorder. Games that produce that much devotion and passion are rare and although I play World of Warcraft several times a week, it doesn't create that irrational play pattern that Wolfenstein did. Perhaps that is because I'm older and wiser, but I also suspect some of the gaming novelty has worn thin for my chosen leisure past time. And that is a sad thought now that I think about it.

Do you have a computer/console/arcade game from your past that holds a nostalgic place in your heart like what I've described here? What game is it?

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

7 comments
HAL 9000
HAL 9000

I loved the Lemmings those little men with the green hair that you had to get to safety without allowing too many to be destroyed by exploding or dropping to their deaths and going splat across the bottom of whatever it was that they fell onto. When the 3D Windows version of Lemmings came out I really lost interest as it was no where near as good to play. I actually just ran across the last of the Lemming Games as it's currently sitting out beside the reload CD's that are required so often now. Granted I went looking for something else and found the 3D Lemmings CD complete in it's case with Destruction Manual. I suppose the earlier DOS versions are on floppies stored away. I suppose when I get the time I should dig them out and load them onto a Pentium 200 MMX that runs DOS and can be booted into 95 if required. The original Castle Wolfenstien was also great but it failed in the latter versions just like most of the DOS games did. About the only real Windows Game that I ever played was Free Space and that was therapy after I broke my wrist, I used a Force Feedback Joystick and at first could only play at the minimum setting for a few minutes eventually I could ramp the feedback on the joystick up all the way and play for hours. I'll never forget the Physio Therapist congratulating me for doing the exercises that she insisted I do and just how far I had progressed in such a short time. I just said that what she wanted me to do was way too hard so I used a Force Feedback Joystick and played computer games, to this day I still don't think that she understood what I was talking about. :^0 Col

Kiltie
Kiltie

Do you have the link Mark? I am currently converting one of my old machines to DOS and resurrecting old games. Lousy graphics, but great concepts, even some of the old stuff had great playability in 640K. Maybe we could open a thread on old games:? I loved the old C64 stuff. EDIT a massive error needed correcting.

netwrk_admn
netwrk_admn

Yes, I never jumped on it from the very beginning, and I'm not that old either. Civ 2 would lock me in my bedroom for hours, even keeping me sick so I could miss school and drop nukes first, paratroopers later to capture cities. It was the first game I found that I could play over and over again with a different result - very satisfying. Not to outshine Wolfenstein though, that game was crazy addicting too.

dawgit
dawgit

once told me they had a copy of "Battle Chess". Now that was a good game and great fun too.

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

I know that I have a copy of Battle Chess stored on floppy somewhere but like most things finding the floppies will be the problem. If I remember the game right it was painful to play as the computers where so slow and took ages to do the killing of the pieces that they took. But it did look good. :D Col

ProtiusX
ProtiusX

Hey what's the IT job market like over there? I have always harbored a secret fantasy to move and work in Scotland.

mjwx
mjwx

Lemmings, Wolfenstien, Doom, Star Control 1 and 2. VMware Server is available for free now. I have a DOS and Win98 virtual machines for all the games I cant play on XP. On a side note Doom and Star Control 2 have Win XP and Linux versions now.

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