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Jeff Vogel hates Ultima IV
Editorial - posted by DarkUnderlord on Sat 25 September 2010, 19:06:59Tags: Jeff Vogel
On his blog Jeff Vogel writes: The Ugly Truth About Classic Games. They Are Terrible. Quoting for great justice:
But it isn't playable now. The controls make no sense. The dialogue is bland. All of the little UI tricks that make RPGs accessible (tooltips, in-game maps, pathfinding) were not yet invented. And, and this is really important, everything that Ultima IV introduced everyone has done far better. Ultima IV had an epic quest and morality woven into the game, which was amazing at the time. But everyone does those things way better now.
I like looking back to the past. Nostalgia. History. And there are some old designs that really should be modernized. (Archon. M.U.L.E.) But, hey, classic gaming back in the day? Pong? The Atari 2600? Man, I was there. It's better now. Wherez mah Halo?
Everyone does epic quests and morality better now. Like Fable, where you can fart on people's heads. They certainly didn't have that in Ultima. Jeff was inspired by this article.