Wolfenstein 3-D celebrates 20 years of first person shooter carnage …
It was the world’s first First Person Shooter game, and really, what could be more fun than gunning down Nazi’s in 16 colors? Doing it online … and for FREE!
It’s called Wolfenstein 3-D, and I can’t tell you how many hours I wiled away on my 386 and 486 computers, shooting Nazi’s and their mean German shepherds while searching Hitler’s underground bunker for treasure. That’s the basic concept of the game which is celebrating it’s twentieth anniversary.
Course, it’s a far cry from the realistic FPS games of today, where you can put on a force feedback vest to simulate a bullet hit and use your wireless controller, embedded into a rifle stock to amp up the realism. And then there’s the HD Graphics, and THX Sound, and 70″ HD screens. That’s modern warfare (quite literally). But in 1992, the state of the art was a 16 color XGA screen graphics and midi sound effects which gave an 8 bit experience that we only today with such games as Minecraft.
Boy was it fun. And it still is, as to celebrate it’s 20th birthday, the publishers of Bethesda Software have put a flash version of the game online that you can play for free and get that 3D Wolfenstein experience for yourself! So what are you waiting for? Go kill some Nazi’s!