March 14th, 2016 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, Dune II, RTS, Westwood Studios, Virgin Interactive, PC Games, strategy, Wolfenstein 3D, 1992, VGCE, advertisement
I just got a craving for The Spice
Dune II is to the real-time strategy genre as Wolfenstein 3D is to first-person shooters. Like Wolf-3D, Dune II wasn't the absolute first example of its genre, but it was the first game to bring together all the distinctive elements of its respective genre into one title — in this case, those elements would later be copied and expanded upon over and over again by games like Command & Conquer and Warcraft.
That being said, I've only played Dune II a few times — only many years after its release. I never got into it, but I can see why it is a historically important game. Warcraft was my first modern RTS game.
[ From VG&CE, November 1992, p.4 ]
Discussion Topic: What's your favorite Real-Time Strategy game of all time?
June 15th, 2015 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, Sierra, Epyx, Battle Bugs, insects, PC games, IBM PC, advertisement, 1994
"This is it, boys. Over the anthill."
[ From Wired, November 1994, p.33]
Discussion Topic of the Week: How many insect-themed computer or video games can you name off the top of your head?
September 9th, 2013 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, New World Computing, PC Games, Planets Edge, Might and Magic, notepad, stationery, feelie, 1992
What you see here is a page from a New World Computing notepad that shipped with either Might and Magic III or Planet's Edge, both of which my brother bought back in the day.
NWC made some great games, and I always thought they had the best logo of any game developer at the time. Of all their titles, Might and Magic II got the most love in our household.
(I've enhanced the contrast of this image a bit so you can see the logo detail, which is quite subtle otherwise. It also brings out vintage stains and a stray pencil mark.)
This notepad served as a nice sorta-"feelie" pack-in, one that my brother actually used quite often for notes.
[ From New World Computing notepad, circa 1991-1992 ]
Discussion Topic of the Week: What's your favorite New World Computing game?
April 1st, 2013 by Benj Edwards
Tags: basketball, PC games, playstation, Mindscape, PSX, NCAA, Final Four, sports games, Blades of Steel, NBA Live, advertisement, GamePro, 1997
It's that time of year again…
I'm not a big fan of sports, and I'm not a big fan of sports games (Blades of Steel for the NES is probably my favorite — off the top of my head). But having grown up in the heart of ACC basketball country surrounded by great and once-great teams (UNC, Duke, NCSU, Wake Forest, etc.), I have a soft spot for the ACC and NCAA college basketball tournaments. I tend to watch a couple games a year.
So I can't tell you much about NCAA Basketball Final Four '97, because I've never played it. The closest I've come was NBA Live '97 for the SNES, and that was pretty fun for a basketball game.
[ From GamePro, April 1997, p.35 ]
Discussion Topic of the Week: What's your favorite basketball video game of all time?
March 11th, 2013 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, Interplay, Lord of the Rings, Tolkien, computer games, PC games, advertisement, 1990
"'The Tolkien estate finally made the right choice with Interplay.'"
[ From Video Games and Computer Entertainment, October 1990, p.155 ]
Discussion Topic of the Week: What's the best Lord of the Rings- or Hobbit-themed video/computer game ever made?
October 30th, 2012 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Interviews, Nick Newhard, Monolith, Blood, PC games, FPS, Halloween, anniversaries, 1997
Back in 2007, I intended to write an article about the 10th anniversary of Monolith's Blood, one of my personal favorite computer games. Accordingly, I contacted Nick Newhard, the designer and lead programmer of Blood, and arranged for an interview.
For whatever reason, my interview with Newhard didn't take place until April 2008 via email. (That's probably why I shelved the project.) Since it's almost Halloween — and it's the 15th anniversary of Blood this year — I thought I'd share this little gem from my archives. It should be a treat for any Blood fans that might be out there.
I'm presenting this interview a little more sparsely laid-out than I usually do just for the sake of expediency. Some day I will write more about Blood, but until then, I hope this nugget of history will tide you over.
By the way, you can buy Blood on GOG.com these days for $5.99 (price at present). It runs great in DOSBox on a fast machine — make sure you crank up the in-game display resolution for greatest effect. The game is amazing in 1440×900 VESA mode on a widescreen monitor.
I heartily endorse the thorough and frequent playing of Blood, as it is one of the greatest PC games of all time — in my opinion, at least.
[ Continue reading VC&G Anthology Interview: Nick Newhard on Monolith's Blood (2008) » ]
October 12th, 2009 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, Ultima, Ultima VI, Origin, PC games, VGCE, advertisement, 1991
The Avatar: crushing gargoyles like roaches since 1985.
[ From Video Games and Computer Entertainment, January 1991 ]
Discussion Topic of the Week: I've already asked you what your favorite Ultima game was. What's your least favorite game in the Ultima series? Which one do you think is the worst?
November 21st, 2007 by Ulaf Silchov
Tags: Ulaf Silchov, Retro Scan, Sid Meier, Pirates, Box Art, PC Games, humor
WELCOME AGAIN VINTAGE PEOPLES. ULAF FINDS THIS PAPER CONTAINER TODAY BETWEEN CRACKS HIDING IN BACK OF GARAGE. IT BECOMES A BEAUTIFUL PICTURES OF BRAVE THE SID MEIERS, THAT ONLY MOST FAMOUS GAME CONSTRUCTOR OF THE GLOBE.
SOMETIME MY PEOPLES SAY TO ULAF, "ULAF, ARE YOU THE HOBOSEXUAL?" TO WHICH ULAF RESPAWN, "ONLY IF YOUR MIND PAY ULAF 2300 KRELBS." BUT REALLY, WHAT ONE PERSONS COULD BECAME THE HOBOSEXUAL WHEN MANY IS? AND MANY IS FEEL TINGLE FOR THE SID MEIERS, EVEN THE UNBENT MANS OF WIFE. IT STANDS THE COMPASSION OF PLATO, NOTHING ABOVE.
EITHER WAYS, THIS ULAF DEFINITIVELY GOES AS THE SID MEIERS NEXT HALLOWEENS. HERE BECOMES A PREVIEW.