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?

By Mark Kaelin

Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to,, and TechRepublic.