I have no idea if this has ever been posted here before, but yesterday I discovered the website for The Digital Antiquarian:
It’s a website that basically chronicles the history of early PC gaming and the companies and games they made that left an impact (for good or bad) on the industry. Yesterday, I read a whole series of articles about Sierra-On-Line, the history of King’s Quest, and Quest for Glory, and then read some articles about the creation of the Wing Commander franchise and its impact on narrative storytelling in games, and today I’m reading about Will Wright and the creation of Sim City.
“After working on the idea for about six months, Wright brought a very primitive SimCity to Brøderbund, who were intrigued enough to sign him to a contract. But over the next year or so of work a disturbing trend manifested. Each time Wright would bring the latest version to Brøderbund, they’d nod approvingly as he showed all the latest features, only to ask, gently but persistently, a question Wright learned to loathe: when would he be making an actual game out of the simulation? You know, something with a winning state, perhaps with a computer opponent to play against?”
If you’re even at all interested in the history of PC gaming, you should check out this site. It’s amazing.