To continue my rant about ignorant (mostly US, sorry, I had to get that in ) Nintendo Fanboys I've decided to do a couple of old games from the time Nintendo were single handedly saving the gaming industry. The first game Little Computer People can be found here: http://betweenlifeandgames.com/forum/gaming-group2/game-reviews-forum7/msgs-bonus-retro-game-of-the-week-little-computer-people-thread90.0/#postid-1777
This game, part 2 of my rant, is called Everyone's A Wally.
It was released in 1985 for the Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64. Anybody heard of the C64? It was this computer that was released in 1982 so obviously failed because the NES saved gaming. But wait a minute, it didn't fail! It sold 17 million units and is still the best-selling single personal computer model of all time.
OK, nobody is going to say the graphics were superb, but remember back then games were just a few kb's in size, and this game had better things than graphics in it's locker.
It was the first arcade adventure game to feature multiple playable characters - a revolutionary feature at the time! You take control of Wally but can switch to different characters to do different jobs, as and when required. The idea of the game is to get each character to do a days work. Characters not being controlled by the player wander randomly around the map controlled by extremely simple AI - another feature that, at the time, had never been seen before.
The game is quite hard, and I'm sure not many modern gamers will fancy playing this because of the way it looks. It's by no means the greatest game I've ever played and I rate it 5/10, and that's being generous because of it's age. But I put this game up because of what it brought to the industry in terms of innovation. They probably stole the ideas from Nintendo though right fanboys? It amazes me when people say stuff like "Z targeting changed gaming forever - OoT is the GREATEST!!!" Personally, I think AI is much more influential.
Anyway, check out a piece of gaming history.