In the spirit of Blaugust, I'm reflecting on the games that were important to me throughout the years. One that comes to mind pretty much immediately is Ultima IV.
|If I could get a print of this to frame and hang I would!|
I was almost 11 when this was released, and at the time I was completely beholden to whatever software my dad was purchasing. I don't think I'll ever know what made him pick this up--maybe a favorable review in a Apple magazine at the time? But at some point the game with the fantastical cover above just showed up at the house.
I distinctly remember that we set up our Apple IIc with monochrome monitor in a corner of the basement next to the laundry room door. Looking back, the monitor itself had a tiny viewport but at the time it seemed amazing. And so crisp too compared with the Intellivision and TI-994a that were run off our old TV.
|It ain't easy bein' green|
I did a string search for my character's name, and low and behold "Gregory" appeared in the random string of characters on the disk. Interesting... Oh, and look, these numbers here look like his stats. What happens if I set them to FF? Suddenly all of my characters were maxed and I was crushing everything in site. If I remember correctly I was also able to max out inventory, so things like reagents were never an issue again. Nor was gold.