The world of videogames is a high turnover one, with new tech, stories, and characters constantly coming out. But that doesn't mean that you can't still enjoy the classics.
In response to a post on the series of events that led to the release of one of the first videogames ever Spacewar! almost 50 years ago, commenters began sharing their memories of playing the game — even long after its shiny new competitors had arrived on the scene:
I used to play this as a student in the early 70's. In the late 70's, it became the 1st commercial video game, but people found it too hard (you needed to use 4 buttons!), so it failed, & got replaced by Pong (which I also had played in the early 70's). I mostly played it on Sunday mornings, since no one else was around to use the computer (IBM 1620) for its intended purpose.
The fun thing was changing the settings to make it ridiculous: @ least in the version I played, you could vary the solar radius, inside of which there was no gravity. So I made the solar radius fill the screen (which was an oscilloscope), & the gravity outside huge, so the ships (& torpedoes) just bounced around as if inside a huge rubber balloon.
This was an awesome game - great features and playability. Even after arcades started popping up filled with more 'polished' (e.g. commercial) games, the best arcades had Space Wars. I remember the physics were amazing in that game, my favorite part (other than the hyperspace) was that you could use the gravity well to pick up speed if looped around it just right.
Do you also have old videogames that you still play (or would, if you could) decades after their release? Tell us about them — and what gives them their staying power — in the comments now!