MattyC64c wrote:Lets face it, the PC doesn't get much of a look in on Retro Gamer. When did you first play games on a PC and were you impressed?
The first game I played on my PC was probably Sopwith
. It was either that or Alley Cat
. I dunno if I was impressed by those games, but I remember the first time I saw Prince of Persia
my jaw hit the floor. It was so beautiful and moved with such fluidity - even on the creaky old XT.
MattyC64c wrote:I didn't get my own PC until 1996, oh the pleasures of messing with those config.sys and autoexec.bat files, just to get around that stupid 640k limit and enable that extended memory. There was some great games, but the PC could be such a pain back then.
Ugh, don't remind me. The problem was made worse when sound cards, cd-roms and mice came along. They all needed drivers and TSRs, all of which ate into your precious base memory. It was a never-ending quest to find a mouse driver with the smallest memory footprint possible. Even then you had to spend hours running memmaker and manually tweaking config.sys to squeeze that last morsel of base memory out so that you could play Dune 2 with mouse and
sound. And then of course some games wouldn't run in that configuration, so you ended up having to implement boot menus. Fun times!
MattyC64c wrote:Did you play PC games in the good old days of DOS?
Yup, loads. Piracy was rife at my school and so I played lots and lots of DOS games (and, to be fair, I bought all I could afford with pocket money and presents and such). Everything from Space Quest 1 & 2 through to the VGA adventure games like Indy & the Last Crusade, through all the multimedia stuff like Rebel Assault, Wing Commander, Ripper and so on, through the early 3D games like Doom, Duke Nukem and Descent, through to the early 3dfx stuff like Tomb Raider and GTA. Some really interesting and fun games came out of the DOS days. The Bitmaps, Origin, Bullfrog, Psygnosis, Sierra, Lucasarts, Ubisoft, id, Core, Epic, Apogee, Interplay (amongst others) released some of their best work for the PC back in the DOS era.
MattyC64c wrote:Do you still play PC games?
Yup. My current PC is a Core i5 with an Ati Radeon 5770. I also still have a P3 (I think!) box with a Sound Blaster AWE64, running DOS 6.22 and Windows 95. Although these days I tend to just stick with DOSBox if I want to play a classic DOS game.
MattyC64c wrote:Lets face it, the PC doesn't get much of a look in on Retro Gamer.
..nor on the forums. I dunno, it just seems PC and DOS threads all sink like a stone here.