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Discovering The History Of RPGs On PC With Avernum 4

My history with PC gaming is non-existent. I've touched a few, here and there, over the years, but by-and-large, I didn't have any relationships with them. I do remember hearing about different key games as some friends got their hands on them; Diablo, Masters of Orion and Baldur's Gate to name a few. I even tried them, but never developed that relationship with each game. I was strictly a console player over the years.

I started playing Avernum 4 by Spiderweb Software. Wow is it fun. Mind you, I don't have any of the burn-out factor to make me feel like the genre grew old and stale. I don't have any references, not really, or comparisons. I've talked about and added a number of older RPG games to my Steam Wishlist over the months, in anticipation of trying great RPG titles from the history of PC gaming, but have yet to get to any of them.

Really, I'm only, in part, guessing based on graphics and features that Avernum 4 is a throwback RPG. Not one to throw anywhere. I love it. But it must harken back to the glory-days of RPGs

Let's rewind. A4 is not ye-olden-time RPG. It was released on Windows in 2006, which depending on when you were born is either ancient times before men came out of caves or just feels like yesterday. What I mean, and from my understanding, is it followed in the footsteps of notable games from further back in the genre. A4 is also an indie game.

Video Games and 3 Things I Learned Playing Them

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I used to play a ton of video games. Not like “a lot”of video games, I’m talking a shit ton of video games. Most of the times I played RPGs, (role-playing games, or games where you level up your character and otherwise make choices about their “development”) some, but not many, RTS’s (real time strategy, games where everything happens in real time and actions have to be constantly inputted and strategies revised on the fly. Command and Conquer anyone?) and a handful of just action/adventure games.

Note: This post is divided into two sections, first my story regarding video games and then what I learned from them, feel free to skip.

First I want to break some misconceptions about video games and gamers in general. For one they aren’t all fat, nerdy and awkward. In fact some of the coolest, chillest people I know play video games. A lot of them just do it to relax and escape, others just love to pour hours upon hours watching their characters advance. Some are “achievement whores” or gamers that spend all their time chasing numbers. Some are min-maxers, or people who through excel spreadsheets, repetitive testing and brainstorming determine what the “most effective” way to play the game is (something usually the developers only know unless they divulge a lot of information). Regardless in all these sub types I’ve met tons of people who are genuinely cool, laid-back individuals.

In almost all games I’ve played of every genre I’ve met people interested in different facets of the game. Some people like to focus more on the economy of the game and the ways the markets work. Some spend hours trying to make their character perfect, detailing every relevant piece of information and plugging it into various spreadsheets. Some focus almost solely on player-versus-player aspects and spend their time practicing in teams in order to outcompete. There is something for everybody.

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