Let’s go back in time. Back to when Sierra didn’t need Kickstarter to make games. Back before Eidos was bought up by Square Enix. Hell, back when it was still Squaresoft and Enix. Back to the PC gaming heyday of the ’80s and ’90s, to games you’ve probably never heard of, and several more that you’ve invested more time in than some relationships. The YouTube man known as GameHorder will take you there.
GameHorder’s collection of PC DOS games, most still in their original boxes, is extensive, spanning two bookshelves of four shelves each. Actually, he has his share of new games, too, but very few get to join the classic collection, for fear of their newness contaminating the aura of the classics. And classics there are. Nearly the entire library of old Sierra and Lucas Arts games are there. You’ll see Grim Fandango and the Monkey Island series, and that just has to bring a smile to your face. It is a massive, massive collection – that’s why it takes 30 minutes to go through it all in the video below.
There are some omissions that our collector laments, and some omissions he doesn’t seem to mention. Unless I missed him (I expected him to be with the Doom series), there’s no Duke, and GameHorder is probably not a JRPG fan (even the most mainstream of JRPGs, Final Fantasy, only gets one entry, which I believe was probably VII – granted, only three Final Fantasies ever hit the PC). But, that doesn’t matter in the face of all the Blizzard classics, before Blizzard got bought out by (or merged with, whatever) Activision and they stopped batting a thousand on fan satisfaction, and there’s Morrowind, and – you know, it’s better if you just see it yourself. That’s the only way to do it justice.