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Essays 29 July 2020, 19:47

author: Przemyslaw Zamecki

The Great and Forgotten Mechanics of Old Games

Changes, changes, changes... New fads for mechanics in video come and go. Some are forgotten, while others return to favor after years of absence. Let's take a look at some of the former, less fortunate ones, taking a nostalgic journey into bygone times.

Infantry units with names

Infantrymen with their own name are a rarity in RTS, which are quite rare nowadays themselves. - The Great and Forgotten Mechanics of Old Games - dokument - 2020-07-29
Infantrymen with their own name are a rarity in RTS, which are quite rare nowadays themselves.

Original War is yet lost, as long as people still play the 2001 game by Altar Interactive. This original RTS made quite a cake with the genre's popularity. A popularity that continued for several years after the premiere of the groundbreaking Command & Conquer. Among other things, the OW was characterized by the fact that each soldier had individual factors that developed as they gained combat experience.

The work of the Czech developers definitely stands out against the background of past and present competition. Although in tactical games, where we command smaller units, such as UFO: Enemy Unknown, naming our troops he who did not have Jack from 2b in the squad, let him throw the floppy disk first was actually a possibility. Admittedly, we've been flying as Tanya in Red Alert for several missions, but this is just an exception to the rule. When it comes to older titles in which our subordinates were not anonymous cannon fodder, we might want to mention... Cannon Fodder. In this unforgettable piece of work by Sensible Software, even the fallen had their cemeteries and tombstones, filling the menu with increasing casualties.

Original War followed the path set by the iconic brand, going back to the roots of Amiga computers. And it did such a great job of it that to this day, it is remembered for precisely that element. But will it ever see a worthy heir? Doubtful, because RTS as a genre has clearly underperformed in recent years.

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L.A. Noire

Original War

Original War

Stronghold

Stronghold

Black & White

Black & White

Portal

Portal

Wolfenstein 3D

Wolfenstein 3D

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Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim

Throne of Darkness

Throne of Darkness

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