With the advent of Spring, I’m getting outside a little more, but I’m still making time for gaming.

I cleared the 10,000 achievement mark this last week for my 360 profile. Not bad for someone who has still not had their Xbox for a year now. What can I say, I actually like trying to get those challenges, and while I’ve only “completed” a few games in terms of total gamer score, my rankings are usually pretty high.

I’m taking some interest in those old Sierra 3D adventure games again: Black Cauldron, King’s Quest, Leisure Suit Larry. Those games (yes, even Larry) were an integral part of my gaming childhood. They sported some of the best graphics on the Apple IIc, and they’re still remarkably well detailed games today.

I think that’s one of the worst offenses of both modern computer gaming and even moreso Activision. I’ve lost a lot of interest in computer gaming these days, as most of it is summarized as MMOs, FPS and cross-ports of console games. Gone are the days of point and click adventures, and even text based games. Obviously, some of the mechanics are a little archaic by today’s standards, but there really were gaming experiences that consoles could never hope to achieve. These days, it’s pretty much all the same thing.

When Activision bought out Blizzard/Vivendi/Sierra, I had hoped that they would keep the games of old alive in some form. If not sequels, then at least compilation packs. Instead, they’ve killed off all of Sierra’s old properties that made them such a gaming force, and took one or two licensed properties. And that’s all they wrote. And who knows if those great old games will see the light of day again?

It’s things like that that make me want classic gaming to be treated like classic film, music, and books. They archive these impactful works of popular media, and yet, gaming hasn’t achieved this mainstream acceptance yet. There needs to be a way to keep these moments in gaming alive, and certainly share them with other generations. It’s surprising how many people think gaming really began back with Nintendo 64 or Playstation 1. It’s easy to understand. While there have been thousands upon thousands of games before that, other than high profile titles, or continuing franchises, they’re swept under the rug.

There needs to be a high-profile organization that actually does archive these important and influental titles, past bloggers and a few websites.

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