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Video Games Day

Video Games Day

Video Games Day

PC, PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo – whatever your platform of choice, most of us love a bit of gaming. Games have come a long way over the years, and as Video Games Day was on the 12th September let us celebrate all our favourite titles from past and present.

We’re going to take a look back at some of the classics that have made gaming history, carving the way for the future of the industry, or just showed us a really good time.

Lemmings (1991)

Who didn’t love this game, seriously? Lemmings put you in charge of an endless parade of tiny blue and green individuals in need of some direction. Guide them through/over/under obstacles until they reach the exit. There are several different versions you play here, including Lemmings 2- The Tribes, and Lemmings 3D.

Wolfenstein 3D (1992)

Wolfenstein 3D paved the way for the modern first-person shooter, one of the most popular game genres there is. It pioneered 3D graphics, and spawned many imitations and gaming tropes. It allowed us to shoot Nazis, which is always fun. The modern sequel, Wolfenstein: The New Order is also excellent, with a new one out this year. Fancy reliving the ‘92 version? Play the game here!

Tomb Raider (1996)

One of the most iconic characters in gaming history, and a favourite of many a young gamer (for obvious reasons), Lara Croft has gone through many redesigns over the years. An increase in polygons has led to a more… natural look for Lara in recent titles, but she’s still smashing priceless historic artefacts like a pro.

Resident Evil (1996)

Fun fact: Resident Evil is known as Bio Hazard in its home country of Japan, which is where the title for the latest game, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, comes from. So presumably it’s called Bio Hazard 7: Resident Evil in Japan? A virtual reality version of Resident Evil 7 is currently in the works, which is probably going to need to come with a health warning and extra-absorbent underwear.

Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun (1999)

This is actually a sequel to the original Command & Conquer, one of the most iconic strategy series of all time. Tiberian Sun improved the graphics and moved the action further to the future, where you build up your base, train some units, and send them out to take down your enemy. Simple, fun, and addictive. 

The Sims (2000)

Step 1. Build a pool. Step 2. Send your sims for a swim. Step 3. Remove the ladder. Step 4. Laugh manically as the people you created swim for all eternity. Or stick them in a room and take away the door - so many bizarre control options! This ground-breaking game let us indulge our strangest impulses and interior design styles, and is still going strong today!

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