These Video Games
Are 20 Years Old Now
By Matthew Arcilla
While we might consider video games one of the younger art forms, a baby next to film and television, they’ve been around for decades. That means some of the fondest memories we have are of videogames that are now old enough to drink. Here are just eight of them.
Wing Commander: Prophecy
In the mid-90s, the Wing Commander name was considered a powerhouse brand. Famed for fusing storytelling with action at a time when they were considered mutually exclusive, this series spawned multiple novels and a critically panned movie. Prophecy is the fifth and possibly final installment. That is unless you count 2007’s Wing Commander: Arena on Xbox Live Arcade. We don’t.
PaRappa the Rapper
Possibly one of the most smile inducing games on this list, this PlayStation classic is an iconic title from the golden age of rhythm games. PaRappa the Rappa asks you to help a rhyme loving dog kid rap through various stages as he tries to win the heart of a flower-like girl named Sunny Funny. While it seems pretty basic now in a post-Rock Band world, true masters kick of freestyling for massive points.
Age of Empires
Most old school real time strategy games from our youth went for tactical action and visceral explosions. Age of Empires took the Discovery Channel flavor of Sid Meier’s Civilization and fused it with the real-time action of a game like Warcraft. Age of Empires was a revelation, showing that an RTS game could be just as much about culture, technology and religion as they are about conquest.
In the dark ages of the nineties, Western roleplaying games focused on swords, sorcery and such, Fallout broke ground with its unique premise. Set within a post-nuclear California wasteland beset by mutants, giant scorpions and perpetual radiation, Fallout was ominous, evocative and created a cult fan base that persisted even throughout the dark long years between 1998’s Fallout 2 and 2007’s Fallout 3.