Happy Birthday, Wolfenstein

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Yes, other games came before it, but that's just nitpicking: for 99% of gamers, the first-person shooter genre kicked off with Wolfenstein 3D, which turned 16 yesterday. Happy birthday! Having played through the original only a few months ago, it's funny how, sixteen years on, I still had more fun with Wolfenstein than I do with most modern FPS games. Maybe that says something about the pure, arcade pleasures of the game. Or (more likely) it says something about the appeal of mowing down a mechanised Hitler with a chaingun while stuffing your face with plates of bbq chicken.
[via Wired]


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Not only that, but I also want to thank you for training me to be the cold blooded, mindless killer that you trained me to be. Although I have yet to harm anyone quite so gravely, I am told my Jack Thompson that I am a ticking timebomb because of all the hours I spent training on your murder simulator. He would know these things because he is a lawyer who was nearly dis barred completely for being nothing more than a retarded asshat. How can someone like that be wrong??