Why bother playing old adventure games?

Posted by Matthew Murray.
First posted on 23 August 1999. Last updated on 25 February 2006.
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I begin playing computer games in the early 1980s, when the industry is just getting started, and I have never really stopped. My game playing has ebbed and flowed, but has never ceased. To this day, I still enjoy computer games as among my most cherished hobbies. However, as anyone familiar with my online presence may be aware, the computer games I have played first in the early 1980s are still…

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Excellent article and truly great thinking. It is all about the money today exactly because we live in an extremely capitalistic society. Hopefully this will change in the future and the western world will find more happiness is simple things and human relationships rather than mindlessly consuming and buying new products.

The world we live in is very far from perfect and we still don't understand most of the things Jesus Christ and Greek philosophers were talking about. Happiness is found in simple things, such us a good friendship, a good love affair, even enjoying waking up in the morning and feeling alive and full of energy.

Greece By George Souvatzidis • On 27 September 2013 • From Athens, Greece

Very Good

I played the Infocom games back in the 1980's. Back then I could solve some of the puzzles, but I didn't have enough patience to finish any of the games in their entirety (I was around 12). I still dislike puzzles involving mazes. But I recently found the Zork series on the internet and have been having loads of fun. I just finished Zork I and have started Zork II. They aren't great fiction by a long shot, but they are great games. These games unleash my inner geek big time. I have a Mac. What some great new games for a person who likes the Zork games?

United States By p-diddy • On 28 April 2008 • From Brooklyn, U.S.A.

I've been replaying some of my all-time favourites: the Zork series; Lighthouse; Discworld; Quest for Glory; Realms of the Haunting, with much pleasure. They were fascinating.

Is anyone making interesting. intelligent, addictive, challenging adventure games now?
If not, why not?

I don't want to fight modern wars. I want to solve puzzles in a fascinating fantasy world. If only I could........

Australia By Lyn Faull • On 16 April 2005 • From Derrinallum, Victoria, Australia

Does anybody know where i can find any old Lucasarts adventure games like Loom, Maniac Mansion, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Full Throttle, The Dig, DOTT and others?

Great Britain (UK) By Jimbo Boy 21 • On 04 July 2004 • From U.K

Hi, I totaly agree with you. I collect old adventure games myself! if you could get me some more (only pc games) i would be very happy! and people, watch out for your mom's, mine has thrown a shoe box filled with passwords and codes for my adventure games, so i can't play them anymore!!!

By Mark Vanhalle • On 05 November 2002 • From Brussels, Belgium

I feel that the old games should be distributed free of charge to the public, especially games like Nibbles and Ducktales: The Quest for Gold, to mention some examples. I actually sometimes like the old games better than the new ones, except the graphic issue, and the fact that you have to use some kind of "slow-down" program to run the old game in the proper speed. But I feel, as I explained earlier, that all games passed an age of 5-10 years, should be free of charge, so that people still will remember the REAL GAMES!

By Abandon Ware • On 25 November 2001 • From Norway

Not so long ago I found some old tapes from my C-64 from back in the 80's.
I managed to get a copy for the PC for some of these great games.
I'd hate to see them get lost.

People need to know that once, many years ago - Commodores roamed the earth!

By Moltivak • On 18 August 2001 • From Israel

What a terrific article! I've had the opposite experience from you; I just came to this genre in January of this year. I play older games because I have a lot of catching up to do.

Frequently I have trouble getting them to run on my new pc, but I'm always glad when I do. I recently finished Alone in the Dark -- I think it would be a shame for anyone to miss this game because it was "old," don't you?

By Ray Ivey • On 07 September 1999 • From Hell