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PC gaming is doomed. No, really, it going to cop it any day now. In
fact, it may even have expired by the time you read this introduction.
After all, people have been predicting its demise for 20 years now it
all piracy this, expensive hardware that, niche appeal this,
compatibility problems that. Oh, shuddup. PC gaming isn going anywhere.
The platform infinitely adaptable, it hand in hand with the rise of
casual, ad supported and subscription based games, and it got a back
catalogue several hundred orders of magnitude huger than any other
gaming system. In terms of that incredible back catalogue, the PC
currently undergoing two very important changes that may rescue it from
the impotence of dusty floppy disks and pop up infected abandonware
First, PC gamers values are changing the audience is moving away
from graphics hungry teenagers and into a breed that more prepared to
judge a game on its less superficial merits. In short, a game consisting
of 320x240 pixels, each the size of a baby fist, no longer causes quite
so many people to scoff dismissively at it. Secondly, digital
distribution services notably Valve Steam and the great in the States
While it early days for this, things can only get better. On Steam
alone, the last few months have seen the rediscovery of ancient
treasures such as the earliest Wolfenstein, Unreal, Doom and GTA games.
The past is indeed another country but, when it comes to old PC games,
lately we talking more Isle of Man than North Korea.
If there one undisputed must play from the annals of PC gaming
though, X COM is it. First game UFO: Enemy Unknown remains the best of
the series, but sterling sequel Terror From The Deep can be had for a
few dollars from Steam. Famed for its artful juggling of global
strategizing (building and upgrading bases to track alien invasions, and
research new weapons to defeat astoundingly tense turn based squad
combat and gentle roleplaying, nothing come close to X COM, though many
have tried.It the nexus of all PC gaming, a super smart meeting point of
action, strategy, RPG, management that promised a future of constant
creativity, but instead we saw one that splintered into feature creep
variations on each of those single themes. Only now, with the new surge
of indie gaming exploring places big budget studios fear to tread, are
we seeing a return to the inventiveness of early 1990s PC gaming. Go
remind yourself quite how incredible a time it was.