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Which is the oldest game you still play?

oldest game: You can think of your favorite video games as perennials that you return to whenever the mood strikes or as a personal ritual once a year or so. Is one of them older than the other? I’m currently playing Pool of Radiance, a D&D RPG from 1988 that I keep restarting in an attempt to achieve the proper balance of elf fighter/thief and elven fighter/mages for my party.

Deputy Guides Editor, Lauren Aitken says this about her role: For New Year’s Eve, we celebrate with a coop game of Halo 2. This is something I’ve done over the past six years. Also included in this list are Oblivion, XCOM 2, and The Witcher 3. Something for every gamer’s taste here, which is always welcome.

This is a question for senior editor Wes Fenlon. I’ll admit it: back in 1996, when Quake was brand new, I didn’t play it. Even when it was new in 2006 and 2016, I never played it. For the first time in 2020, I delved into it thoroughly, and damn did it hold up nicely. For the past few years, I’ve kept it running on my computer and returned to playing new games every few months. I’ve already played the two original expansions, and I’m looking forward to MachineGames’ anniversary episode from last year(which opens in a new tab).

When I’m ready for more, I’ll probably play The Forgotten Sepulcher later this year (opens in a new tab). Unlike Jody, who has had Pool of Radiance running on his computer for more than a decade, I doubt I’ll ever uninstall Quake from this SSD.

Features Producer Chris Livingston has a question for you. I still play The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion every now and then, but it’s really because I’m testing out new mods. Once I’m done with the mod I’m testing, I tend to linger around for a little longer. It’s a little dated in terms of appearance, but it’s a wonderful place to return to after spending 400 hours in it all those years ago.

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I’ll play an older game from time to time, but the only ones I return to frequently are RE4 and the Roller Coaster Tycoon titles. All of these games, however, have seen fresh iterations since their initial releases. The most recent is RE4 HD, which was released in 2014.

Although I’ve returned to Torchlight 2 on two newer PCs, I’m now playing a modded version because the standard game becomes predictable after a time.

If memory serves, Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 broke my mouse (or the mouse died during gameplay, making it difficult to exit the game because the game is all run by the usage of the mouse).

It’s time for Brian Boru to speak. Remasters are permitted? It’s possible that I’ll play the Command and Conquer remaster of the 1995-97 games and expansions every year from now on. If not, then Command & Conquer Generals Zero Hour from 2003 is the earliest game I’ve set up on my computer. Civ4 and the original Crysis duo are two other ’00s staples.

Hearthstone is a 2014 game, according to Alm. As far back as I can remember, I’ve been playing that one.

Which is the oldest game you still play?

Friends: Lotro is now available to play online. Bree and Shire are places I return to at least once a year. Maybe I’ll take a look around the dwelling area to see if there are any interesting decorations, or I might try out one of the race tracks. I took my nephew on a voyage to a strange world the last time I played it. We never made it to that land, but we had a lot of fun running around and aggravating everything we came across. It’s a wonderful place to explore. Bree, me, and my horse:

Ryzengang: My guess is Oblivion and Dawn of War: Dark Crusade, both of which were released in 2006. I used to play Dark Crusade a lot, both alone and with a friend when I had the physical version of the game. It’s still a favorite of mine, plus it runs on a toaster, so I can play it on my laptop whenever I want. The game I have the fondest memories of from Bethesda is Oblivion. It may be a bit of a stretch to answer this question, however, considering I don’t revisit it very often.

While I have emulators and arcade 1ups ready to go, the oldest game I play/install on my PC is the original Doom and other original games like it (Quake, Serious Sam, Hexen, etc.)

mainer: With every passing year, I am adding to my vast collection of classic video games by playing more of them than I am buying new. If I wish to play them, they’re considerably easier to install because many of them are repurchases of older “boxed” versions in digital form. These games are among of my favorites, but I haven’t played any of them in over 10 years (but I can if I choose to do so). In addition, I have a small number of favorites that I return to again and time again.

To answer your specific question, it would be very dependent on whether you’re open to receiving remasters or upgraded editions as a result of your request. It’d be Baldur’s Gate 1 (originally released in 1998), but I’m actually playing the improved edition from 2013, which was released in 2013. The game is the same, but with improved visuals and a slew of other tweaks.

In that case, Half-Life 2 would be the oldest game that I keep installed and play on occasion (2002). I’ve never experienced something quite like it in any other video game, regardless of genre. HL2 was ahead of its time in terms of innovation.

Playing ancient games isn’t a habit of mine. Currently, I’d say some of my favorite old-school arcade games are the oldest in my collection. In the past, I built an arcade cabinet from a decent kit and installed a Raspberry Pi with RetroPie installed on it. It can play a number of older arcade games. However, I don’t use it as much as I’d like to.

Frag Maniac: When it comes to remasters, I recently finished Mafia Definitive Edition, which is technically a remake. When I got to the most difficult mode, it was a bit of a letdown, bringing back memories of the original but with nicer visuals. In the remake, the adversaries aren’t nearly as difficult to defeat, and you can’t be killed as easily as you could in the original. As a result, I never had the same level of anxiety I did during the original game when I was afraid of dying or running out of ammunition. It just didn’t have the same level of immersion as its predecessor.

Even while I play many older first-person shooters on a regular basis (such as Half-Life, Duke Nukem 3d, Unreal Tournament, and Quake), my favorite is the original Doom. No matter what mods and user content have been created over the years, it’s still a fantastic game in its original form. It’s a cult favorite for a good cause.

Johny: On my raspberry pi, I still enjoy playing old-school video games. Zelda: A Link to the Past was completed this afternoon on the SNES by my friend and fellow gamer. But Doom 2’s community wads are the only game I play consistently. When I play for an hour or two on the weekends, the modding community’s creations keep me entertained and inspired.

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