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All the hype and excitement of looking forward to Diablo III has made me look back fondly at my early teen years and what was in my humble opinion the greatest few years gaming has ever seen or ever will see.

Check this list out..

Duke Nukem 3d, Jan 1996 http://www.gamespot.com/duke-nukem-3d/platform/pc/
Quake, June 1996 http://www.gamespot.com/quake/
Diablo, November 1996 http://www.gamespot.com/diablo/
Quake II, November 1997 http://www.gamespot.com/quake-ii/
Unreal, April 1998 http://www.gamespot.com/unreal/platform/pc/
Star Craft, April 1998 http://www.gamespot.com/starcraft/
Descent Freespace, May 1998 http://www.gamespot.com/descent-freespace-the-great-war/
Half Life, October 1998 http://www.gamespot.com/half-life/
Descent Freespace II, September 1999 http://www.gamespot.com/freespace-2/
Unreal Tournament, November 1999 http://www.gamespot.com/unreal-tournament/
Diablo II, June 2000 http://www.gamespot.com/diablo-ii/
Deus Ex, June 2000 http://www.gamespot.com/deus-ex/

Just look at that list. In 4 years we had 12 games that will be known until the end of freaking time. 12 games that every single gamer on the face of the planet has heard about. Honestly there are even a few more that I left out but could have put in there.

I DARE anyone to find me 4 years of gaming (pref PC gaming) that can come remotely close to touching those 4 years. Try, you will fail
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You've got a good point there. Unreal Tournament made me late for school on multiple occasions.

You forgot Quake III December 2. 1999.
 

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Oh damn how could I have forgotten Quake III lol ?!
 

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Happens to the best of us. I was going to mention Soldier of Fortune, but it didn't seem to catch on like the games you listed. I still love it though
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Quake 2 DM was amazing.. But HL was perfection. Remember the enemy AI? Remember playing Half Life DM on a 56k modem at 15-20 FPS?? Boy did it take patience to play back in the day.. Now these console kiddies can't deal with a slight modification to BF3 or getting disconnected from a server.. Back then you could still own a DM or Rocket Arena match with a 200 ping and a graphics card stressed to the max.. That was what true PC gaming was about, not this new instant grat/ console mentality.

One game that gets no recognition was SHOGO- one of my favorite games of all time... I would also add No One Lives Forever to that list.

Monolith was vastly under rated as a game developer.. They could never get their netcode right which really hurt their long term viability on the the above mentioned games,
 

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You forgot Everquest. It set the standard that the entire mmo industry would follow.

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i could add:

MDK
Drakan order of the flame
max payne

and i know they were psx ports, but i really loved old tomb raider games from 1 to 5
 

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mmm... i played every single one of those, and then some...

Counter Strike definitely needs to be on there... when did the first Half Life game come out, late 90s?

man i'm getting old...
 

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To this day, the most fun I've ever had gaming was cs 1.6 scrimming with 4 other friends. So many laughs, amazing moments, just general fun. Nothing even comes close.
 

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Happens to the best of us. I was going to mention Soldier of Fortune, but it didn't seem to catch on like the games you listed. I still love it though
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Definitely worthy of being on the list IMO.
Was one of my absolute favorite shooters back then; first time I blew off a limb with a shotgun I knew they had something good going on
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Kingpin was good too, lots of violence and a Cypress Hill soundtrack lol
 

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Ultima Online
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I don't disagree with you on a 4 yr period, but I'd like to challenge you with...
Dune 2 -1992
Wolf 3D - 1992
Mortal Combat - 1992
SimCity 2000 - 1993
Doom - 1993
 

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I don't disagree with you on a 4 yr period, but I'd like to challenge you with...
Dune 2 -1992
Wolf 3D - 1992
Mortal Combat - 1992
SimCity 2000 - 1993
Doom - 1993
I remember when you had to stand in line to play Killer Instinct (1994) at the arcade.
 

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Command & Conquer 1 and 2
Red Alert 1
Project IGI 1
Emperor Battle For Dune
Need For Speed 1.2.3.4 and 6
The Legacy Of Kain Blood Omen 1 and Soul Reaver 1 and 2
Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix
Empire Earth 1
 

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Jedi Knight came out in 1997. Easily my #1 Star Wars game. and X-Wing Alliance came out in 1999, definitely an awesome space sim Id put up there with Freespace. And dude, Red Alert came out in 1996...easily the best RTS of all time. Great era though, 96-2000. Ah and Rainbow Six and Rogue Spear were top notch as well. Geez too many games to count that I spent so many hours on!
 
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