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Top 10 PC Games Of The 1990’s

This era saw the rise of the internet and the world of games along with it. We look at the top ten titles that gamers of the 90’s were obsessed with. Get ready for the ride into 90’s nostalgia!

Number 10 — Star Wars: TIE Fighter – 1994

This awesome space flight simulator can be played for hours on end. Wing Commander is a close tie for this spot but nothing could beat the fun foray into the virtual sky that is TIE Fighters is, you fight for the evil Galactic Empire. The scenario is innovative and engaging and has gameplay to match. Fast paced and exciting, this game could have you battling it out into space for hours.

Number 9 — Civilization – 1991

Designed by Sid Meier’s turn-based strategy game went on to become the most beloved franchises in all of PC gaming, it all started out with the first title. The player takes charge of a small civilization, which you need to build into an empire, all the while competing with other civilizations. You used diplomacy and warfare to forge your way ahead. It is both addictive and fun.

Number 8 — Quake 2 – 1991

The most seminal titles in FPs. You can play as single-player mode or multi-player mode. The multi-player mode was so popular that it went on to become the first official e-sport.

Number 7 — System Shock 2 – 1991

Designed by the acclaimed designer of the modern Bioshock series, this game had a suspenseful story line that had an amazing way to keep you immersed in its world. You play as a lone soldier exploring a starship where something seems eerily wrong. The gameplay combines FPS and RPG elements and a sense of foreboding. All this make the game an excellent precursor to modern RPGs we all love.

Number 6 — Grim Fandango – 1998

Considered by many as the funniest game ever made, Grim Fandango is compared to other titles such as Lucas Arts Monkey Island series. You play as the protagonist, a death travel agent called Manny Calvera, who has to travel throughout the land of the dead hoping to save a few souls. The game includes a cast of extremely wacky characters. The dialogue is clever and witty and the game is full of brain-teasers and puzzles that will challenge your mind. A modern remake of this game is also in the making, so Grim Fandango will enjoy the love of another generation of gamers.

Number 5 — Myst – 1993

This is a puzzle-filled adventure game. You journey through an island called Myst, trying to figure out what is going on; in the process you encounter a ton of puzzles that challenge your skills. Be prepared to spend hours trying to figure out how to get through, this is definitely not an easy game.

Number 4 — Diablo – 1993

An RPG focused on two things, hacking and slashing. It stepped away from turn-based combat; Diablo allows the violence to unfold in real-time. Explore dungeons and defeat monsters, you can pick up the items that spawn randomly, so multiple play-through can be rewarding.

Number 3 — Doom – 1991

Doom was an FPS that came onto the scene as a technical milestone. The gameplay was amazingly fast for that era and had a hyper-violent gameplay. Doom became synonymous with FPS. The FPS games that came later on were often called Doom-clones.

Number 2 — Half-Life – 1998

This proved to be a revolution in FPS gaming. It featured an amazing storyline, told innovatively. It features a remarkable variety of weapons and environments that could be enjoyed for hours and hours.

Number 1 — StarCraft – 1998

The best of any RTS or any other genre in PC games of the 90’s era, StarCraft involved three factions that played independently and were equal in the hands of skilled player. It is a military science fiction RTS. The game makes you play in three different roles. The mission briefings are detailed and the story is incredibly captivating.



10 Controversial Video Games – A History

Video games have been attracting controversy from the very beginning. It obviously started with the joystick, which has its own phallic allusion, I guess. Atari promptly tickled more uproar in 1973, when their Gotcha arcade game displayed the joysticks to resemble nipples. Titillating, we know. Of course, as video games became more commonplace, they also became more graphically capable, enhancing the realism of depictions of violence and nudity. Hence, more upset pundits and parents.


Doom is a perfect example. Players could explode mutants into piles of viscera-laden carcasses, but it wasn’t just the blood and violence that had people protesting. Doom is riddled with satanic imagery, the basic premise being that mutants are invading from the depths of Hell. So while the game isn’t pro-Satan, it is pro-shotgun, which will always ruffle some feathers.

Mortal Kombat

Of course, Mortal Kombat probably instilled an even greater horror, when concerned parents got a look at Kano’s “Heartbreak” fatality move, ripping the still beating heart out of his opponent. The franchise has expanded its fatality repertoire extensively, though. For instance, instead of ripping your opponent apart, friendship fatalities have you building snowmen and playing jump rope. Progress.

Grand Theft Auto

When the very title of a game series describes a felony, the moral compass is obviously pointing south. Running over random pedestrians, picking up hookers, murdering said hookers, doing drugs, knocking off banks, killing kingpins – GTA has become the gold standard of upsetting people. Its recent installments have been further deplored as misogynistic, and its first person mode as disturbingly realistic.


Besides GTA, Rockstar has been known to publish controversial games. In Manhunt, you execute victims in some very sinister ways. The game’s sequel Manhunt II received considerable criticism, notably from US Senators and anti-video game talking heads. ESRB ended up forcing out the scoring system that rewarded extra-brutal deaths so the game could get an M rating. The PC version still has it, though.


Ironically, the real controversy behind Hatred was that is was removed from Steam’s Greenlight in the first place. Gabe Newell brought it back up, along with a personal apology. The game is a typical genocide-heavy shooter, where players can use victims as human shields.


Like Hatred, Postal is another isometric, genocide-shooter, the title referring to the phrase “going postal.” There’s absolutely no plot, so there’s no use in finding justification to the horrific violence. Besides its challenging themes, the game hasn’t received strong reviews because of its flawed gameplay. Raciness doesn’t cover up shoddiness, apparently.

Duke Nukem 3D

Along with Doom, Duke Nukem 3D was one of the games reportedly played by the shooters involved in the infamous Columbine High School massacre in 1999. The games gratuitous violence, which oftentimes involved pornographic and misogynistic themes, attracted a lot of negative attention. One particular level, where players were encourage to murder a woman to get a special weapon, were censored in the version sold by big retailers, like Wal-Mart.

JFK: Reloaded

JFK: Reloaded is a historical simulation game that places players in the shoes of famed assassin Lee Harvey Oswald during the killing of President John F. Kennedy. While the creators of the game espouse it to be educational, Ted Kennedy denounced it as “despicable.”


Another game that definitely glorifies being an assassin, the Hitman series has been much more popular. Agent 47, a cloned assassin-for-hire, obviously has no ethical lens, as he garrotes, strangles, shoots and stabs his way to his target.

Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider has never been a very controversial game series. After all, it features a strong female protagonist (well endowed, yes, but hey). The 2013 reboot got some flak, however, when it featured a scene where Lara Croft must fight off a sexual assault and kill another person for the first time. The themes are pretty heavy for a Tomb Raider game, and so was considered out of place by fans.
Many games, even popular ones, have been banned in various countries due to respective laws against violence, sexual themes or political messages.

RAGE: An In-Depth Review Of Id’s 2011 FPS

There are plenty of video games that jump into the post-apocalyptic setting, placing players in worlds of abandoned cities and crazed cannibals. Whether it’s gliding off sand-laden cliffs in the Magnum Opus of Mad Max or loading up a customized plasma rifle in Fallout 4, 2015 seems to be yet another year where gamers are getting more to enjoy from the wastelands.

Rage was a premier shooter that introduced many elements of post-apocalyptic action that we see today. Sadly, many gamers don’t remember the game. Despite the numerous awards and hype surrounding the game’s technical achievements, it received lackluster reviews, and likely faded behind the shadow of other colossal apocalyptic franchises, like Borderlands and Fallout.

Released in October of 2011, Rage was developer id Software’s final project before commencing work on Doom 4. It was marketed to be the premier graphic-lovers’ FPS of 2011, utilizing the id Tech 5’s then-premier graphical capabilities to offer a world of stunning detail. Even today, Rage looks brilliant, particularly when running at its highest settings. However, in retrospect, it’s obvious the game wasn’t optimized to its full potential, as today’s mid-line PC rigs tend to have plenty of headroom left over even when the game is running on all cylinders.

A Very Meh Storyline

Rage might as well have been criticized for everything else that didn’t have to do with its ambitious graphics. For instance, Rage’s storyline – set in a post-apocalyptic 2135 Earth that had been ravaged by an asteroid (arbitrarily titled 99942 Apophis) – basically contains every possible cliché you would expect from this type of narrative setting.

The world is controlled by a ruthless, savage totalitarian authority. Their name? The Authority. You play as “Ark Survivor,” who awakes in this brave new world after over a century spent in cryogenic sleep. Attacked by the Ghost Clan bandits, Dan Hagar’s character saves the protagonist. Voiced by actor John Goodman, Hagar informs us of the struggling, disparate world left in the wake of the asteroid’s cataclysm.

Fighting mutants, bandits, and yes, The Authority, you join the hopelessly vanilla ragtag band of rebels, The Resistance, in an attempt to infiltrate the bad guys’ main base and set off a plan to save the world.

The meager originality of Rage’s storyline was undoubtedly saved by its competent action, as would be expected from a developer best known for the most influential first person shooter of all time, Doom. However, some aspects of the run-and-gunning tend to be run-of-the-mill, as well. While the variety of weapons is enjoyable, including boomerang-like “wingsticks” and crossbows, players may be disappointed by the sheer lack of more creative, exotic options, which you would justifiably expect from a far-future setting.

First Person Gunplay


It’s disappointing that a game has you using the same rifle, pistol, heavy-gun strategy from beginning to end, though the game does try to make a save for itself by offering an interesting crafting system, which allows you to progressively upgrade your weapons’ capabilities and ammo quality as you move along. Players also get sentry gun turrets to place, though these feel more like exploits than strategic advantages, given that they are sometimes disappointingly effective and relatively cheap to spam for any tough encounter.

Perhaps the best aspect of its combat is the variety of enemies, which feature varying styles of AI that feel authentic and dynamic. Playing through Rage, I couldn’t help but think id thought of this IP like a jam session before recording the big album (Doom 4). Grotesque mutants look eerily similar to some of Doom’s boss-esque encounters, while the level of AI detail is certainly a precursor to the diversity of dreadful encounters you’ll have in Doom 4, as well.

Driving through the Wastelands

Perhaps the most novel aspect of Rage is the fact that it is essentially a driving game mixed with a fast-paced first person shooter, not exactly the type of formula you’d expect from id, though they do manage to pull it off very well. Gliding through the desolate tracks of wasteland, your car feels more like a wild weapon ala Burnout than some stately auto of a Road Warrior Gran Turismo.

In fact, playing Rage in 2015 feels much like playing Mad Max in 2015, in that they feel nearly identical. You even get the option to upgrade your car, winning customizing rewards by completing various racing events, something that you’ll find yourself doing quite a lot with the Magnum Opus in Mad Max, as well. It’s clear that Mad Max pulled a lot of its ideas directly from Rage. Racing through the wastelands, enemy vehicles will sometimes attack you, something that is a common occurrence playing through Mad Max, too.

Final Verdict


Overall, there may have not been a whole lot of depth to Rage to make a game very memorable to players. Despite the fact that id’s developers tried to create the illusion of depth, whether through sprinkling crafting recipes and other RPG-from-concentrate elements throughout the world or complicating the experience with inventory systems, looting and ammo types, it’s obvious that id weren’t able to make all these elements, while obviously competent, gel into a memorable, lasting experience for gamers.

Rage is the type of game that is certainly worth the playthrough, though, especially if you’re feeling a little impatient for Fallout 4. But at $19.99 on Steam, you’d probably be better off picking the game up on Steam once it goes on sale. You really shouldn’t be spending more than $4.99 on this game, given its age and the lack of replay value.

Rage is still an interesting game to play, though. For anyone that’s a diehard fan of id’s illustrious shooter IP Doom, Rage feels like the cousin you never talked to very much at those family reunions. Sure, you may have not talked to them enough, but once you muster up the will to do so, you won’t have a very interesting conversation, anyway.


Id Software shows off their new Doom game

Doom is finally getting its reboot this spring, as a new game trailer got unveiled at this year’s E3, which you can check out right here. Now that those hellish creatures are finally returning from the depths, you’ll have an updated arsenal to play with, including a chainsaw and plasma guns. Expect lots of blood and viscera.
Doom does have a release date, roughly speaking. According to Bethesda, Doom will be available on the PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One sometime in spring of next year. It’s been a while since fans got a taste of what id Software’s been cooking for the new Doom game. Bethesda did offer beta access to the game for those who pre-ordered Wolfenstein: The New Order, but that was over a y

The Story Of Doom

Ever played Call of Duty, Dishonored or Skyrim? You’ve probably heard of these popular first-person style games. Before Doom, the words “first person shooter” didn’t even exist.
Doom was a revolutionary game. It had immersive 3D graphics, multiplayer gaming, and even enabled gamers to make their own modifications (hence the beginning of the “modding” culture).
Doom even innovated how games are marketed. The nascent internet was brimming with rumors, hype and leaked Alpha copies before the game came out. Originally a piece of shareware, Doom invaded corporate offices all around the country, still selling a million copies, and launched the Doom franchise.


For all its impact, Doom obviously held the brunt of witch hunts against violent video game