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Corum: The Coming of Chaos
Date: 2008-01-11 14:41
Subject: Thinking back to old PC games…
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I saw a forum post about old PC games that got me reminiscing.

As a kid, I played on a Commodore 64 with a cassette tape drive for memory. With it I rocked to the platformer Jumpman 64 although I could never get past the invisible level. I also played Sword of Fargoal where I got to the final levels of the dungeon but when I tried to kill a low level creature I was stomped as the real monster dropped its disguise. We later owned a Tandy (Radio Shack) IBM clone. It hosted Beachhead, the Olympic Games, and the first Bard’s Tale RPG. I spent hours making maps of that game. At one point I had a game based on Lloyd Alexander's Taran the Pigkeeper series. However I had no way to save it so each time I'd play through all of it to die storming the castle. I loved King's Quest and recall the Batman tribute in a cave of the sequel. I once owned Space Quest from a family hardware bundle purchase but midgame I was stuck at a "confirm this code from the manual or codewheel" screen which hadn't come in the gamebox. I recall secretly playing through my sister's Mother Goose nursery rhyme game by Sierra.

My first personal PC game purchase with my own cash was a Sherlock Holmes mystery. I didn’t even own a computer, but a friend did so I took it over there to play it. I also discovered SimCity at his place. I’d spend hours monopolizing his computer, building cities. That same friend’s parents would have a movie night at their house once a week, and a couple of us would take that time to play Wing Commander 2 splitting the keyboard usage with me piloting and another friend controlling the weapons.

What about you?
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Witchy Woman: [Cartoons] Velma
User: wyndie
Date: 2008-01-11 21:11 (UTC)
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Keyword:[Cartoons] Velma

We got a Commodore 64 when I was in second grade. We had two 5" floppy disk drives for it. My dad belonged to a software pirating club (shhh!) and so our games were literally unlimited and the amount stretched as far as your imagination could go.

One of my favorites will always be the Windham Classics games though. Alice in Wonderland and Below the Root. My mom created a map of Below the Root so that we could find our way through the caves. But I've since then have loaded several Commodore 64 Emmulators on various machines and enjoy going back and playing the various games.

The first PC game I bought for myself would have been much later (since I got everything I could possibly want and more for free). I'm thinking it was probably Myst when I got my first puter to go to college.

Other C64 games that stick in my head were all the Zork type games (go west, examine mailbox) that I adored. Maniac Mansion, Zac McKraken and the Alien Mindbenders, Where in the [blank] is Carmen Sandiego, Ghost Busters, Lode Runner 1-5, Lazy Jones, Burger Time, The Castles of Dr. Creep, Choplifter, Little Computer People (the first version of the Sims!), Spy vs. Spy, and soo many more.
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Corum: The Coming of Chaos
User: vysion_of_books
Date: 2008-01-12 01:53 (UTC)
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I nearly completed Below the Root. Those trencher(?) ropes and trying to get to the top of one tree nearly didme in each time, but I was toast when my honeycomb lantern died in a dark cave.

I never made it through Zork. Too much trial and error for my young mind. The dam with the water flow, the grue, ugh.
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Witchy Woman
User: wyndie
Date: 2008-01-12 02:53 (UTC)
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Ahhh you didn't get the Spirit Lamp! ;^) The Spirit Lamp never ran out of light. And they were trencher beaks and vine ropes lol :^) trencher beaks cut stuff and vine ropes would get you across.

I actually never had Zork. I had all kinds of other games of that type though. The ones I remember were Dallas Quest (from the show Dallas), The Stainless Steel Rat, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and something with the Marvel Superheroes. Spiderman, Hulk, etc.
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User: albedo777
Date: 2008-01-11 21:24 (UTC)
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PC gaming is relatively new to me. Outside of a Commodore 64 where I played maybe less than five games, I've only been a console gamer until around 1999/2000 simply because I never really had a PC.

That said, I remember playing Legend of the Ancients on Commodore and loving it. That game was kind of a predecessor to the open-world gameplay we see today. You could rob towns, kill townspeople, gamble, explore the world, etc. Reminds me of an old school Elder Scrolls game.

I would have loved to have grown up playing the Bard's Tales or the King Quests or the Monkey Islands of the world.
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re a ydn dra ny dal traveth: Geekery
User: k00m
Date: 2008-01-12 09:53 (UTC)
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My first PC was a Amstrad of some sort in the late 80s, early 90s. The games I remember from back then we things like 'Alley Cat' where you were the cat and had to jump into rooms and beat mice, run away from dogs etc., MathMaze, McMurphy's Mansion, and Kroz which me and mother used to shout at a lot! Other old favourites were Monster Bash, the original Theme Park, Transport Tycoon and the very first Populous.
I've managed to find some of them and more games I'd completely forgotten about at Home of the Underdogs. Man, is that site dangerous!

edited to fix link

Edited at 2008-01-12 09:55 am (UTC)
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User: m03m
Date: 2008-01-12 10:03 (UTC)
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I never played any of those games, but... I do believe you need to see this.
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Corum: The Coming of Chaos
User: vysion_of_books
Date: 2008-01-13 22:41 (UTC)
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That song/video was quite cool. Thanks for the link.
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