It’s difficult to put ones finger on what is exactly different between PC gaming now and 15 years ago. Aside from the obvious differences common to all platforms; the technology, graphics, sound and hardware etc were older – but there was something more exciting about gaming back then.
It felt like PC gaming was evolving monthly, compared to now when PC gaming is very much dorment thanks to the consoles taking over the world.
Between 1995-1998 we went through 6 different version of Directx, probably a hundred different models of soundblaster and various Voodoo / 3dfx graphics cards. The technology evolved so quickly, you couldn’t keep up.
I photographed some old PC gaming magazines for this article, and uploaded an advert (see photo in the gallery below article) to Reddit for a 1995 Apricot PC, costing £1,349, and the comment below it (while not the most eloquent) sums up the sentiment correctly.
Anyway on with the nostalgia!
Looking back through those magazine, it’s hard to believe how expensive PC games were. So much so, there were separate game charts – budget gaming, cdrom games, and full price titles!
In the mid-90’s we were well into the ropey FMV-based cdrom titles, because, afterall, filling a game with FMV was the only to really fill a CD-ROM back then. . check out this classy title ‘Voyeur’, and what a price. .
Point n’ click adventure games were very popular, too. If only we still saw titles of the same calibre as Full Throttle and Discworld:
Modding was still very popular, even before home internet was the norm. Check out this ‘elvis’ mod for Doom – these came on cover CD’s or floppy discs, depending on which version of the magazine your pocket money would stretch to. .