The genre that practically made PC gaming is now one of the most barren and deserted. Fucking sad.
I got into 'modern' PC gaming in 1992 because of
flight combat sims like Aces of the Pacific
, which was my first game on a 'modern' PC. I say 'modern' in quotes because before getting an IBM PS/1 486SX/25 w/4mb of RAM I had a Tandy CoCo3 from the time I was 5 in 1983. And one of the first games on that
, in fact, was a port of the very first Flight Simulator
. In all it's black and white wireframe glory. ('Is that the horizon or a mountain range?!') I also had Flight Sim 2
for it along with Epyx's Sub Battle Simulator
. But when I sold it in 1991, I was left with nothing but a Genesis and sims were not exactly it's forte. (To put it mildly) When I saw an ad and previews for AotP
, I had to have it! I bought it six months before I even had a computer to run it on! I didn't care, I just needed it. (And prior to this, I had stared at an ad for Their Finest Hour for three years
that was in an old copy of Game Player's magazine!
I really don't think we'll ever have those days again and it makes me sad. Game stores with shelves lined with big box flight combat sims and other simulations, wargames and rpgs? All with phone book-sized manuals? Heaven. And that's probably the only place we'll ever find another one again, too. Maybe, just maybe, it's time for me to let it go and retire from gaming altogether? There's just so much bullshit and greed. Devs no longer make games to see how far they can push their system but to see how much money they can wring out of their customers. I miss those days more than I can describe...
=-Rigs-=This comment was edited on Apr 29, 2018, 22:32.