If you are a computer gamer of a certain age then I have a treat for you. The classic first person shooter game Wolfenstein 3D was released 20 years ago this month. This is the game that started it all, and it is widely credited as being the ancestor or godfather to RPG games as diverse as HalfLife, Portal, and World of Warcraft.

In honor of the anniversary, Bethesda Softworks has released a new version of the game which you can play in your web browser. Well, you’re supposed to be able to play it; it won’t load for me so I think the servers might be struggling under the load.

This is the first game that I recall playing on a modern computer. It was a x486 Packet Bell, so I do smile a little at the thought that it was really powerful at the time. This was an amazing game for the time. It was much more than a shoot-em up; a clever player could sneak up behind the enemy surprise them.  You could also trick the enemy into chasing you, which gave you the chance to shoot them as they come around the corner.

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