Hello, I recently got on a nostalgia kick where I want to replay my all-time favorite computer RPG's in order, because I thought that might be fun. All the games on my list are important to me because they represent life stages - career milestones, relationships, popular music, tv, and movies, memories of youth.
I think it would be fun to read other people's lists, too. I Googled original release dates of my personally important games and arranged them into a timeline. For simplicity's sake, I have not included expansion packs.
- Dark Wizard, Sega CD, 1994. This was the grandaddy of them all for me. It was the game that got me hooked on gaming, at age 29.
- Heroes of Might and Magic, August 31, 1995. I needed a place to go after Dark Wizard. HoMM I was the most similar game I could find.
- Heroes of Might and Magic 2, October 1, 1996.
- Might and Magic 6, April 30, 1998. This was just like playing tabletop D&D with my high school buddies. Boy, was I ever hooked on gaming now.
- Baldur's Gate, December 21, 1998. (This date really makes it more of a 1999 release.) The reason we're all here on this forum, and the reason Beamdog exists.
- Might and Magic 7, January 2, 1999. I can't remember if I played this first or BG. I likely would have been more interested in playing this one first, since I was so addicted to MM6 already.
- Heroes of Might and Magic 3, February 28, 1999. Considered the zenith of the 3DO series of Might and Magic games.
- Might and Magic 8, March 7, 2000. The beginning of the end for 3DO.
- Icewind Dale, June 29, 2000
- Baldur's Gate 2, September 21, 2000.
- Neverwinter Nights, June 18, 2002.
- Divine Divinity, August 2, 2002. My first aRPG, and the beginning of an addiction to a new sub-genre of RPG. I had missed Diablo already.
- Sacred, May 19, 2004. Now I was *really* addicted to Diablo clones, even though I still didn't know what that was.
- Titan Quest, June 26, 2006.
- Neverwinter Nights 2, October 31, 2006. The beginning of feeling disappointed with newer releases, and feeling like games were losing something.
- Sacred 2, November 11, 2008. Released with massive stability issues. The first game that got me to buy a new computer just to play that game. Once I finally got it to work, I think I've spent more time in this game than any other as far as total hours played, even BG. The Sacred 2 gameworld is massive and huge, bigger than any other game I've ever seen.
By 2008, I had established a habit of rotating these older games, and only occasionally giving newer games a try, usually to come back to these same old ones. Beamdog was still four years away. When Beamdog launched BG:EE, that reinforced my habit of continually revisiting older games again and again.
I'd love to read some other people's gaming timelines.