February 11, 2005

online gaming nostalgia

Looking at one of the newest online game craze, which happens to be somewhat of a fantasy sport, made me think of the first online war-game I played: Modem Wars, by Dan Bunten. It was a two-player game where one person called the other with a 1200 baud modem to play a hybrid warfare/football game called "Sport of War". It carried many of the elements of today's Real-Time Strategy games like Warcraft 3 and Command & Conquer. You can download the documentation to Modem Wars along with a copy of the game for DOS. It's only 116k :-)

What's more interesting is the story around the creator of the game. The greatest selling computer game of all time is Will Wright's "The Sims". He dedicated it to Dani Bunten. Dan was the creator of M.U.L.E., and Seven Cities of Gold, both forrunners of Sid Meier's Civilization (which Dani claims she was going to write, but Sid got to it first). In the early 1990's, after the failure of his second marriage, he had a sex change and bacame Dani Bunten. (See the gallery at Dani's memorial page). Dani is considered one of the greatest game designers of all time. She died in 1998 from lung cancer. I highly suggest you read those links on above (especially the Salon article) if you are interested in computer games , and game history.

Posted by stu at February 11, 2005 08:17 AM