First post, by chinny22
After watching LGR's video of the Sony PC from the year 2000 I realised just about every game he played I had strong nostalgic feelings towards and made me think.
I always thought dos gaming was my favourite era. The art style, Midi, smaller developers and technical limitations and the tricks to get around them.
But with a few notable acceptations I actually play turn of the century games much more.
Dos games played annually but usually only one of the series, eg Doom or Doom2 so that's only 2 games really!
Doom 2 1994
Warcraft 2 1995
RA 1996 ( I always preferred the dos versions until The First Decade Patch with its added content so that now gets played in Windows)
Annual Windows games (accept GTA where I'll only play one)
NFS Porsche 2000
Diablo 2 2000
GTA VC 2002
GTA SA 2004
So going off my list turn of the century is my golden era.
I guess the timing was just right. The 486 that we got in '95 excluded me from late dos era had now ben replaced with a P2 400 16MB TNT allowing me to play D3D games for the first time.
and that I graduated high school end of '98 giving me and my mates more free time for LAN parties.
And of course I play many more games from dos to roughly mid 2000's just not as often.
Anyway that's me, it seems like this era was the start of the end of the wild west. Game companies were merging (EA already owning Westwood as an example out of my list) Gone were the imaginative hardware and software implementations, 3DFX was loosing favour to DirectX, yet it seemed games were wide and varied vs (IMHO) today where companies simply release sequel after sequel.
But then most of my games are sequels and some may think the decline had already started for the reasons above? just wondered what others think.