This blog is both an ode to the top old computer games we all grew up with and a plea for gaming companies to create console versions of the best multiplayer video games online. We all grew up with our favorite PC game (well most of us over 25 anyway) and they left us in awe. These famous video games were our first introduction to alternate realities, our first real escape. Long before the invention of the Xbox or the Playstation, kids around the globe saddled up in their family’s incredibly uncomfortable office chair and played iconic video games for hours. While their parents shrugged and their buttocks lost all feeling their unmistakable smile of satisfaction trumped all. Bad graphics, bad story lines and in most cases incredibly bad character names failed to leave a dent in our ultimate entertainment experience. We didn’t care. We were in total awe that our escape route into the world of gaming had progressed from two rectangles and a small dot, which was loosely based on tennis to a completely immersive nirvana.
This post will take a look at the best of the best. Classic arcade games on PC and the best computer video games online. They vary in genre and even vary in decade but one thing is certain. They deserve to be on your favorite console. First we will visit the pre-online world; yes it actually did in fact exist in case you were wondering.
THE MOST POPULAR PC GAMES THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OFF BUT DESERVE TO LIVE AGAIN:
The top old computer games basically died when consoles arrived and with their death we all lost a little bit of our past. Sure some survived and perhaps even thrived for many years on PC but others just simply went away. Perhaps that digital scrapheap in the sky should be revisited and those old floppy disks should be salvaged for future generations. Yes it is true we had things called floppy disks and yes we all laughed every time we said it.
1) THE OREGON TRAIL
If Red Dead Redemption, The Call of Juarez and Farcry had a grandfather, The Oregon Trail would be him. It maybe is not one of the most famous video games of all times but definitely a trailblazer. (See what I did there). Perhaps the birthplace of Edutainment before the word was ever uttered, The Oregon Trail was all at once a history lesson an adventure and perhaps one of the first action games for boys and girls everywhere. It combined the storyline of the old west pioneer plight with the action and survival elements that have defined simulation games for the last few decades. Ahead of it’s time but behind in it’s technology it was a well thought our game that made us laugh, cry and learn to aim a Winchester. What more could you possibly want in an iconic video game. Please someone in the gaming industry bring back this classic. With the latest texture rich tech and some inventive writing this game could be back where it belongs, on top.
2) WOLFENSTEIN 3D
Now, Halo is awesome don’t get me wrong but without the foresight of games like DOOM and Wolfenstein 3D, Halo may have never come to be. It was an invention of perception. For perhaps the first time in video game history the first person shooter had become a phenomenon. Bad graphics be damned, Wolfenstein 3D allowed players to wonder around in a castle patrolled by the bad guys in an effort to escape. One of the first action computer games that provided a new point of view visual, Wolfenstein 3D offered black ceilings, horrible sound effects and stereotypical bad guys but even with those drawbacks was one of the most memorable top old computer games of the 1980’s. Just imagine what could be possible with today’s technology and veteran gamer’s passion for this game.
Much beloved and loathed at the same time and occasionally by the same player, Myst, to me, defined what classic video games were to become. Myst was one of the most popular PC games of all time up until the 2000’s. It was visually stunning before gamers even demanded amazing graphics. Immersive and frustrating at the same time it was one of the first games that made the gamer actually feel that they were a part of the digital world the designers had created. Myst was light on storyline but massive of texture. While the puzzles the gamer had to solve were at times mundane and repetitive the beauty of Myst was that you just HAD to solve them to see what optical brilliance was just around the corner. With some more intricate puzzles to solve and more intricate interfaces this game could be epic! I truly feel bad for everyone that has never had a chance to experience it and a console would allow it to truly achieve its ultimate place in gaming history.
Warcraft was the start of a PC gaming renaissance that saw people buying their first computers just to play the game. Long before online RPGs, Warcraft stood alone as a fully functioning, mission based PC game that allowed the gamer to lord over his chosen tribe, Orc of Human and make decisions on warfare, building and strategy. The completely immersive and demanding story line allowed to franchise to survive into the online realm but the original is still my favorite. Sometimes the classics are classic for a reason and what might be achievable as a console based games has me very excited.
THE BEST MULTIPLAYER VIDEOGAMES ONLINE FOR PC BUT NOT AVAILABLE FOR CONSOLES
Classic PC games lacked finish and spark but relied on groundbreaking gaming experiences and funny storylines to succeed. In contrast, some of today’s most popular action video games are played on, and designed for, an online experience. Only online unless you include your phone and I don’t. If your home is the type of home that only has one ancient desktop computer in the house then you are loosing out on the joy of playing your favorite game while firmly planted on your favorite couch. There are literally hundreds of games available to be played online and more are being developed almost daily. This is good for the gamer. Having them available with storylines on a console of your choice is better.
Let’s face it we all have a place that we like to play. Sure for some it may be their room complete with laptop, desktop, tablet or phone and that is great. But for me I have developed a gaming cave, a cave where I go to escape and dream and experience. My cave has a very comfortable couch, stereo sound, big screen TV, beverage fridge and snack cupboard and that is where I want to play. No matter how big of a monitor I buy for my PC it is just not the same as my cave. It makes me happy and I want these games to be available to me.
LEAGUE OF LEGENDS
Just plain fun. Lots of crazy characters, plenty of cool powers and weapons. What more could you possibly want… oh yes, I want it on my PlayStation.
WORLD OF WARCRAFT
Yes one of the sole survivors of the pre online world has made a second appearance on the list of games I want to see on console. In a perfect world I would see a fantastic storyline to accompany my campaign and an ability to conquer the world from the comfort of my couch. That being said, when my campaign is done I want to conquer the world. As many new titles have online multiplayer capabilities almost as a norm I feel that console aficionados are due the duel experience. The time of PC companies and console companies feuding over market share in the gaming world has to stop and I think an army of Orcs AND humans could make it happen.
WORLD OF TANKS
Really having the capabilities a console could bring to this online phenomenon would be nuts. Playing campaigns against your self, modifying your tank, perfecting your strategy in the confines of your gaming cave then unleashing your self made mayhem on the world, priceless.
Ok so this one is completely for me. I stumbled across this game while looking for magic based games online. I have always been a fan of magic and find that the console game offerings are lacking at best unless I feel the need to battle zombies. This game is rich in texture and has a Magic card game feel to it. Original characters with original powers make it a truly unique experience. Perfecting an approach to battle then pummeling the public is very appealing to me. Granted the similarity to the classic Dungeons and Dragons game play sucked me in.
CONCLUSION – THE MOST POPULAR PC GAMES DESERVE MORE CREDIT
At best, video game titles that are only offered on PC reach only a partial number of gamers. We are many and we are diverse in our wants, likes and dislikes. Even with the advent of mobile apps which seem to, at times, mirror the online PC game options, die hard console gamers are losing out.
Thanks to proprietary marketing and the inability of some game design companies to crack the glass ceiling and obtain the windfall of a license that allows them to transfer there brilliant works to the big game console manufacturers, games have been lost, forgotten and in some cases overlooked entirely. It is time that we the gamer and consumer asked for more. More variety in the titles offered, more variety in the methods those titles are offered and more respect for the games that we grew up with and the games we have grown to love.
Would I like to see an updated version of Galactica? Absolutely but I would like to see the alien ships come down in the same predictable patterns, just cooler looking. Would I welcome a new version of Pitfall? Of course, that game could be hilarious and spawn its own series of fail videos. Iconic video games that are out dated are not necessarily out and online games that are only on PC or mobile app need to revisit there target audience. We want to play what we want, when we want and on what device we want.
By reinventing our classic games we may learn what made them great and use that knowledge in creating the classic games of the future and by broadening the delivery of existing online only games we can reach and entertain an ever growing base of gamers that may help shape the future of gaming as a whole. Learn from the past, embrace the present and conquer the future and above all else keep playing.
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