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April 26th, 2007, 23:01
Originally Posted by doctor_kaz View Post
Do you really think that it will be a good thing if the PC is dominated by amateurs and developers with only three people? That's what it was like in the 1980's.
List of Computer RPGs sorted by year

If you check out that list, there were some amazing CRPGs made from the 80's into the mid 90's. I know that the graphics and sound just weren't there… but for me personally it has always been about gameplay, story, imagination (mine and the game creator's), and fun.

I guess it can be different for different people. And it also matters whether you lived through it or not. I got to play all those games when they were new so I have great memories. But I don't live with "nostalgia" glasses on, because I still pull those games off the shelf and play them. And I enjoy them just as much now as I did then. So I would also like it if it went back to the way it was in the 80's and 90's. Then you had people making games because they loved them… they wanted to see if they could create something cool that all their geeky brethren would like. Now you have people going to college specifically to learn programming, hoping to make money and a big name for themselves. They too want to create something cool… but they are led by the knights of marketing who dictate what they can and can't create.

I'm all for indie developers who want to bring back the glory of PC gaming for hardcore gamers. But (and now I'm going to contradict myself…) I also like the big titles… it really boils down to fun. If I have fun playing it, that's all that matters… because that's really all it's about.


This is the list of computer RPG games (for DOS) made in 1988 alone:
2400 A.D. *
Alternate Reality: The City
Autoduel *
The Bard's Tale II: The Destiny Knight *
BattleTech: The Crescent Hawk's Inception *
Demon's Winter *
Dracula in London
Evets: The Ultimate Adventure
Freedom: Rebels in the Darkness
J.R.R. Tolkien's War in Middle Earth
Might and Magic II: Gates to Another World *
Moraff's Revenge
Nobunaga's Ambition
Paladin Quest Disk: The Scrolls of Talmouth
Phantasie III : The Wrath of Nikademus *
Pool of Radiance *
Questron II *
Scavengers of the Mutant World
Sentinel Worlds I: Future Magic *
The Shadows of Mordor
Star Command *
Times of Lore
Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny *
Visions of Aftermath: The Boomtown
Wasteland *
Wizard Wars
Wizardry IV: The Return of Werdna *

Out of that list I consider 14 of them to be incredible games (my personal opinion - the ones marked with stars)… most that I still play to this day. Can anyone think of a recent year where there were 14 or more great CRPGs for the PC? They truly were the good old days.
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