As a 1990s kid, this decade was a memorable one for me since I was introduced to the world of video games by my brother and father. Born and raised in South East Asia where the variety of games was sparse, I was thankful to have any game given to me even if it was passed down from my brother. The family PC was my best friend and without the influence of these games below, I can’t help but feel that my childhood would have been incomplete.
Doom (1993)/ Doom 2 (1994)
I still remember getting a little scared when I could hear the grunts and growls of the demons but they were nowhere in sight. Pixelated monsters with abs and sharp red eyes never looked as creepy as they did in the classic Doom series especially to a 7-year-old. These games marked my first entry into the realm of first-person shooters that later influenced my interests in counter-strike, Halo, L4D and many others which I still play to date.
By far one of the best games that teaches you how to build your very own city, SimCity 2000 left plenty of room for creativity. You’re given a plot of land and money to start off but the rest is entirely up to you! I spent hours building a variety of cities and re-building them after disasters or even alien invasions occurred! For a DOS game, the infrastructure and screen resolution seemed superb at the time. I can even remember the headlines of the daily newspaper that kept popping up from time to time.
Jazz Jackrabbit (1994)
I honestly can’t remember how many times I replayed each level of Jazz Jackrabbit 1 & 2 each day after school. But what I can remember was how colorful each level was and the evil tortoises I had to overcome on different worlds. Developed and published by Epic MegaGames or more commonly known today as Epic Games (Yep, Gears of War), this timeless series was addicting and extremely fun.
Age of Empires (1997)
After sitting by my brother’s side and watching him play this strategy game, I decided to stop playing spectator and enjoyed every minute of Age of Empires. Building towns, gathering resources and finally constructing a strong army was exciting plus the historical aspect gave a realistic twist to the colonies I built. The freedom to choose from different civilizations to play also constantly kept the game interesting. I continued to play the rest of the series up to the spin-off, Age of Mythology.
After getting glued to strategy games, I naturally decided to give StarCraft a go and never looked back. As many would recall, the campaign missions for each race were fascinating and the Brood War expansion continued to fuel each player’s excitement. After being introduced to Zeratul and the dark templars, the Protoss still continue to be my favorite race today. My life for Aiur.
What were some of your very first video games?
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