Remember when people used to play games on their PC? When they were simple enough you could explain the concepts to someone who had no knowledge of gaming? (and no, before anyone asks, I’m not talking about World of Warcraft or Counter Strike!) What I’m talking about are flash games. The games on websites you used to go on as a kid during IT without the teacher noticing. The games that you didn’t have to pay a huge amount (or at all) for. One such game that had such humble beginnings is Pop Cap’s casual puzzle game; Peggle.
Naughty Dog are a developer known for making a core trilogy of games in a console generation and moving on with a completely new IP, as seen with Crash Bandicoot and Jak and Daxter, something which was directly on track with the release of The Last of Us after Uncharted 3 in 2011. However, to everyone’s surprise Naughty Dog decided to go back to the well for one more (final?) adventure in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.
Game fans of a certain age will surely remember Lemmings, which was one of the hottest games of the 1990s. Few games have been ported to as many systems and seen as many variants as DMA Design’s Lemmings. And it’s no wonder! There’s just something about trying to solve puzzles with suicidal rodent-like creatures that is incredibly satisfying.
Back in the waning months of 2007 there was much to raise the excitement of your average attentive gaming acolyte, but perhaps nothing was more potent than The Orange Box. Valve’s titanic Half-Life 2 received its second episodic update, an installment alternating between pumping and rending the hearts of the enthralled slaves innocents might call gamers. They bundled it into a package brimming over with viscous value, including as it did the main game, Episode One and the incomparable classic Team Fortress 2. Oh, and a short experimental game called Portal.