What old games did you love? My top 5 best games from the past....

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Several stick out in my mind.

1) Zork. This was my first computer game. My first PC was a dual (5inch) floppy with 640k(!) of memory. It was a text based game. "You are in a room with a table and two doors" type: exit room. "the doors are locked" type unlock doors; "you don't have a key"...etc

2) Grim Fandango. Spent so many hours in this amazing world. Made by the good folks at Lucas Arts the art deco time period and artwork in the game is stunning. Use arrow keys to move around and action keys to do stuff like pick up, open door...etc. When interacting with other characters there is a choice of things to say and you chose one and it affects the outcome. A fantastic experience.

3) Unreal Tournament. Never was much of a Quake fan. I always preferred the punch of Unreal Tournament's weapons. Not too much thinking just fire and laugh.

4) Serious Sam. Serious Sam fans will smile at my skype name (under my avatar) as being based loosely on one of Sam's favourite sayings "Sam I am". Sam's not only awesome but he's funny too. Aim of the game - kill all monsters (some of which are REALLY creative) with enourmously overpowered weapons while cracking wise.

5) Race Driver. Based on the Australian V8 Supercars franchise I drove most of the world's famous tracks in all sorts of classes using my Logitech feedback steering wheel and pedals.

Reminisce about some of the old games you loved.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mr Bill
      Originally Posted by Ken_Caudill View Post

      Wizardry is probably my all-time favorite.
      Not really into MMO but looked it up, the world and graphics looks pretty cool.
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      Good point, I did mean old computer games but this could also have an "[OFFLINE]" response. For offline I love Backgammon, I used to get thrashed at Monopoly on a regular basis by my street friend during school holidays.
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    Define "old"... I used to play a lot of video games but stopped when I got into college.

    Too many to list really but the one that really stand out are FFVII,the early Red Storm Entertainment games, the Blizzard games,UT, Duke Nukem 3d, Morrowind, Fallout 1&2 (Fallout 3 was horrible).

    and a few others like Road Rash and system shock 2.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mr Bill
    Define "old"? I was initially thinking of computer games but Joe took it offline so anything goes I suppose.

    I do remember buying an old Glide card but then when the first GeForce card (The GeForce 256) came out I had to have one and have been a GeForce fan ever since. 3D graphics and 3D games amazed me at first and still amaze to this day. In 20 years we're going to be seeing and playing some amazing games - can't wait.
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    • Profile picture of the author Joe Mobley
      I, and many others here are old enough the remember when Pac-Man was only played on video machines at the arcade. (Or at the bar. :rolleyes

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      • Profile picture of the author KimW
        Originally Posted by Joe Mobley View Post

        I, and many others here are old enough the remember when Pac-Man was only played on video machines at the arcade. (Or at the bar. :rolleyes

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        I owned 23 arcade games, including Pac Mas and 2 versions of Ms Pacman, the regular arcade style cabinet and the what the called cocktail version that you sat down at and played.

        Made a real killing for a awhile.
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        • Profile picture of the author Mr Bill
          Originally Posted by KimW View Post

          I owned 23 arcade games, including Pac Mas and 2 versions of Ms Pacman, the regular arcade style cabinet and the what the called cocktail version that you sdat down at and played.

          Made a real killing for a awhile.
          Cool. I remember one that had a big wheel on it that controlled your position around the circumference of what could be described as varrious shaped holes that descended down into the earth. The idea was to position yourself just above the things that were crawling up the sides of the cavenous hole and drop bombs on them. Can't remember it's name. It was black and white.

          Asteroids was cool too.

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          • Profile picture of the author Mr Bill
            Originally Posted by Mr Bill View Post

            Cool. I remember one that had a big wheel on it that controlled your position around the circumference of what could be described as varrious shaped holes that descended down into the earth. The idea was to position yourself just above the things that were crawling up the sides of the cavenous hole and drop bombs on them. Can't remember it's name. It was black and white.
            Found it! It was called TEMPEST. Colour vector monitor made it look amazing. Apparently vector monitors used lines (not dots) and where like Hi-Def in the 80s.


            Here's a funny video from a guy who obviously knows what he's talking about...Kim you might get a kick out of this...

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          • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
            Originally Posted by Mr Bill View Post


            Oh yeah, one of my favorite bar games, right behind darts, foosball, and pool.
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            • Profile picture of the author Mr Bill
              Originally Posted by Dan Riffle View Post

              I thought you were going to say your favorite games were:

              Stick
              Rock
              Sitting Really Still
              Stick Part II: Branch
              Hahaha.

              Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

              Oh yeah, one of my favorite bar games, right behind darts, foosball, and pool.
              Funny you should mention darts, last night I spent playing darts in the back shed with 3 other guys I've known for over 40 years. We laughed so hard it was a bit worrying.

              Good times. Thanks to everyone replying to this thread. I guess "old times" is always a great topic.
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      Originally Posted by Mr Bill View Post


      I do remember buying an old Glide card but then when the first GeForce card (The GeForce 256) came out I had to have one and have been a GeForce fan ever since. 3D graphics and 3D games amazed me at first and still amaze to this day. In 20 years we're going to be seeing and playing some amazing games - can't wait.
      Yeah, I remember 3dfx as well. it still amazes me how far graphics have come. I think there was an executive at nVidia who said that photorealistic graphics were maybe less then a decade away.

      But I think now today's games are too focused on graphics and not as much on gameplay and story. I still prefer older games for the most part when I have the time to play them.

      This might be a game changer though (no pun intended)
      Oculus Rift - Virtual Reality Headset for 3D Gaming | Oculus VR

      It is just awfully cool. Now imagine photorealistic graphics with that.

      EDIT: Not nVidia, EPIC

      http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/20...ithin-10-years
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    The graphics were horrible, but I really like the old Pipe Dream game. I saved it from my first computer and was able to play it on the next couple, but it doesn't work with any modern OS.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mr Bill
      Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

      The graphics were horrible, but I really like the old Pipe Dream game. I save it from my first computer and was able to play it on the next couple, but it doesn't work with any modern OS.
      Not so bad...
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      • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
        Originally Posted by Mr Bill View Post

        That's not the same game. That looks like a later remake maybe? The one I played looked like this:



        I guess the graphics so bad as much as they were just so very plain. Now that I think about it though, that was part of the charm. It was challenging, at least at first, but relaxing too.
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          Zork was awesome! haha good memories!

          Originally Posted by Ken_Caudill View Post

          Wizardry is probably my all-time favorite.
          Yeah, I didn't know until recently there were like 7 of them?... I'm stuck
          in part IV right now...


          Originally Posted by Mr Bill View Post

          Not really into MMO but looked it up, the world and graphics looks pretty cool.
          Wizardry Online Gameplay - YouTube
          Somehow I have serious doubts about that being the game
          that Ken was referring to? This is my guess as to what he meant:

          Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


          Anyway, here is my One True Love, Street Fighter 2: Black Belt Edition!
          Where you could cancel any move into a special move... even other specials!!

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    I remember playing Pong on a black and white TV and thinking it was amazing.

    I remember 5c pinball and space invaders at the fish & chip shop when it first came out.
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      Oh yea, I forgot!

      And you were really cool if you could play with four paddles.

      Thanks for the trip back.

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      Originally Posted by Mr Bill View Post

      I remember playing Pong on a black and white TV and thinking it was amazing.
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      Originally Posted by Mr Bill View Post

      I remember playing Pong on a black and white TV and thinking it was amazing.

      I remember 5c pinball and space invaders at the fish & chip shop when it first came out.
      yep another one from the Pong generation here, and asteroids later on
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    Congo Bongo, I wasted a lot of quarters on that arcade game in the early 1980's.
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      Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

      That's not the same game. That looks like a later remake maybe? The one I played looked like this:



      I guess the graphics so bad as much as they were just so very plain. Now that I think about it though, that was part of the charm. It was challenging, at least at first, but relaxing too.
      I remember that!



      Originally Posted by David Braybrooke View Post


      Great thread, thanks Mr Bill.
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        Honest to God, Guys!
        When I first read this, I was thinking about;
        Monopoly
        Twister
        Checkers
        Stratego
        Operation
        Hungry Hungry Hippo

        I'm sooooo old.

        Anyway, I was going to say that my favorite game was Twister...until Dan Riffle asked to play. And then he introduced what he called "Euroropean Rules".

        I'm still seeing a counselor. The nightmares are getting better. But I'm still afraid of Clowns.
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        • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
          Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

          Honest to God, Guys!
          When I first read this, I was thinking about;
          Monopoly
          Twister
          Checkers
          Stratego
          Operation
          Hungry Hungry Hippo

          I'm sooooo old.
          I thought you were going to say your favorite games were:

          Stick
          Rock
          Sitting Really Still
          Stick Part II: Branch

          Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

          Anyway, I was going to say that my favorite game was Twister...until Dan Riffle asked to play. And then he introduced what he called "Euroropean Rules".

          I'm still seeing a counselor. The nightmares are getting better. But I'm still afraid of Clowns.
          You're not being completely honest here. I introduced "European Rules" as an attempt to dissuade you from your suggestion: "Danny Thomas Rules."
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          • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
            Originally Posted by Dan Riffle View Post

            I thought you were going to say your favorite games were:

            Stick
            Rock
            Sitting Really Still
            Stick Part II: Branch
            You're very close, my young Riffle. My favorite games are actually;
            Hitting Riffle with a stick.
            Hitting Riffle with a rock.
            Sitting really still , waiting for Riffle to walk by, so I can hit him with a rock or stick.
            Branching out to other things I can hit Riffle with.

            This post is a gift from Santa Claude.

            PS; You Jerk! You made me spend 10 minutes looking up Danny Thomas trivia, trying to figure out why "Danny Thomas Rules" was funny. That's it..the gloves come off!
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              Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

              PS; You Jerk! You made me spend 10 minutes looking up Danny Thomas trivia, trying to figure out why "Danny Thomas Rules" was funny. That's it..the gloves come off!

              BWAAAAAHHAAAAAHHAAAA

              Did you figure it out?
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    I spent a lot of lunch money on this vector graphics game...

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    Arcade game for me was Gauntlet at college definitely spent a lot of my laundry money playing that one with my friends. Next was Strategic Conquest on the Mac. I still play it using a Mac emulator.
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    Holy cow. I'm so old that when you said "games",. my head went to Monopoly, chess, and backgammon. I really don't play a lot of games. The only computerized game I ever really liked was Pole Position and that was what - 25-30 years ago?

    I have to admit that I think it'd be fun to play a round of Jumanji some time.
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    Famous and popular games are all fine and good, but don't forget
    that a huge number of wonderful games never got the credit that
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      Originally Posted by MikeTucker View Post

      Famous and popular games are all fine and good, but don't forget
      that a huge number of wonderful games never got the credit that
      they truly deserved!

      Home of the Underdogs
      Grim Fandango was a bit like that. For a while there (until the fan sites started appearing) I thought I was the only one playing it.
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeTucker
    I wonder if Pitfall was the first video game I ever played on a console? (Atari)
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    90's kid here.

    - Crash Bandicot

    - Spyro The Dragon

    - Abe Oddworld

    - Tomba

    - Doom

    - Age of Empires II

    Ah... Those games had souls. Too bad today's kids don't get to play games that has souls.
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    Grim Fandango lol. I liked a lot of the Dos games like Hidden Agenda, as well as games like Capitalism Plus.
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      Originally Posted by vivo View Post

      Grim Fandango lol...
      You too! Excellent.
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    Speaking of Spyro the Dragon, what they've done with Skylanders
    is utterly brilliant!! Even Disney is copying them now, haha!
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    Wow what a great idea for a thread! Here's mine (no particular order):

    1.) Zelda: A Link to The Past (Super Nintendo)


    2.) Crash 'N Burn (3DO)


    3.) Doom (Nintendo 64)


    4.) Goldeneye 007 (Nintendo 64)


    5.) Lemmings (Super Nintendo)

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    Qix (the ultimate geek game -- screen shot in another post)

    Berzerk (those robots suddenly got MEAN - and that bouncing smiley face of death!)

    For a while Dragon's Lair, and Space Ace were pretty cool -- totally different kind of game.
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