Painkiller was just your typical first-person-shooter--in a crowded field--I had the game when new. Lost interest quickly. Privateer when new was so poor graphically that I lost interest. The rest of them I never bothered with. I was into the Amiga heavily at that time, primarily, and CGA/EGA graphics weren't comparable. I really enjoy these articles written by younger people revising the history of gaming--amusing...;) I guess they needed something to write about, although I can't agree with the article at all. At least he didn't say "The 6 games that had the most impact on PC gaming," but maybe he meant that?...;)
I mean, there was Unreal Tournament. Quake1/2, even 3, that had major impacts on PC gaming, I thought. Sierra games. Many others. Before console gaming, PC gaming was. In the 80's every game box featured Amiga screenshots on the box...didn't matter if it was an x86 DOS game, etc. I can be nostalgic with the best of them, but things are much better now, imo.
It is well known that I cannot err--and so, if you should happen across an error in anything I have written you can be absolutely sure that *I* did not write it!...;)