Tagged: gamechanger

Happy Birthday, Doom!

Happy Doomsday!

20 years ago today, id Software unleashed Doom, and video gaming has never been the same since. Polygon has a good article on the significance of Doom, while Wired has a great interview with...

Balance of Power - 1985, Chris Crawford & Mindscape

Gamechanger – Balance Of Power

Late 1983 through 1984 were a pivotal time for the computer and video game industry.  The Great Video Game Crash seemed to have no end in sight. Atari, careening towards bankruptcy, was drastically slashing...

Bill Budge, circa 1983.

Gamechanger – Bill Budge

December 31st, 1995, the last of Bill Watterson‘s Calvin & Hobbes cartoon strips ran, ending a 10-year run of brilliance and influence over a new-generation of cartoonists.  Watterson left the industry he didn’t really...

"Spy vs. Spy", by First Star Software.

Gamechanger – Spy vs. Spy

Antonio Prohias was the most celebrated cartoonist in Cuba, winner of multiple awards, and especially known for his biting political cartoons.  In 1959, Fidel Castro honored Prohias personally, but, but by 1960, Castro had,...

Ballblazer, 1985 - LucasArts Entertainment

Gamechanger – Ballblazer

In 1984, George Lucas expanded his empire, and the Lucasfilm Games brand launched by releasing two games.  Rescue on Fractalus! was a first-person flight-rescue simulation, similar to Choplifter.  It certainly was a fun game,...

Star League Baseball splashscreen, AtariMania

Gamechanger – Star League Baseball

In 1983, a small software company in Santa Barbara, California, Gamestar, Inc., released a groundbreaking new baseball game – Star League Baseball.  The game itself was still simple.  Two teams, still no leagues or...

M.U.L.E. mini-LP box - Ozark Softscape and Electronic Arts, 1983.

Gamechanger – M.U.L.E.

In 1983, Electronic Arts shipped a critically important game, and an extremely worthy Geekometry Gamechangers launch title.  Although, at the time, no one knew how important it would become. Developed by Ozark Softscape and designed...