Computer games: Oldies but Goodies

Sid Meier's Railrods - A classic game that still holds up

Over the last couple of years I’ve updated and reinstalled Windows several times on my desktop. This latest iteration was when I upgraded my motherboard and memory over the holidays. I started reloading some of the essential work related software like Visual Studio, Adobe Suite, and of course SQL Express. Once I get the work essentials done, I then look at what entertainment software I’m going to put back on my machine. In that process, something interesting happens. I find there is a handful of games that I repeatedly reinstall no matter what the age. They are timeless (IMHO) and I find myself still playing and enjoying these games years after their release.

Sid Meier's Railrods - A classic game that still holds upLet’s start with Sid Meier’s Railroads. Even though it came out in 2006, I still install this software after every load. It’s a great game, as is all Sid Meier’s games. It follows the familiar formula of gathering resources and shipping them to their intended destinations. The graphics are good and the sound is even better. You can probably find this game in the bargain bin or you can get it from Amazon using this link.

You compete against other human players or computer players. The neat thing is that you are not removed from interaction with these players. You can buy and sell stock of competing railroad companies and also purchase patents for certain technology upgrades.

I got a feeling this one has a lot of life left in it and will probably be on my machine for many years and install yet to come.

The second game is Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory. This is a free multiplayer first-person shooter video game set during World War II. It was originally planned to be released as a commercial expansion pack to the popular FPS Return to Castle Wolfenstein (also referred to as RTCW) and later as a standalone game. However, due to problems with the single-player aspect, the multiplayer portion was released on May 29, 2003 as a freeware standalone game.

wolfenstein_thumb1The original single player version was not all that great. After waiting several years for an updated version to the original, groundbreaking 1992 version (Wolfenstein 3D), this game was going to sell like hotcakes, and it did! But soon bad press and disenchanted players began ditching the game and sales plummeted. The levels were terrible and there weren’t very many of them. Most players were able to complete the game in a single afternoon. The company shut down production just as the multiplayer version was finished, so the developers decided it was too good to just scrap and finished it on their own.

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