King, Supercell and EA are destroying gaming


I started my gaming career on Soviet personal computers such as БК-0010 and Радуга. The hardware was rubbish, games were pretty bad and almost non-existent so I spent most of the time playing with the BASIC interpreter. Welcome to the 80s in the USSR!

Then after years of crappy Soviet computers and Z80 clones, I played Dragon’s Lair and Street Fighter on Amiga 500 for the first time. It was magical! It made such an impact on my impressionable mind that I knew then that I was hooked for life.

Eventually the USSR collapsed and I finally had a computer of my own. It was a 386 with a 30Mb HD. I was very lucky as that was the golden age of gaming and every game studio was releasing pure gold: Monkey Island, Warcraft II, X-COM, The Dig, The Horde, The Settlers, Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, Lemmings, Syndicate, Civilization, SimCity, Wolfenstein 3D, Dune … amazing games that set the standard and established their respective genres. Playing those games was a fun and a memorable experience that is still with me 20 years later.

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