I ran across this while I was working on upcoming Month in Review posts. If I have a block of time I will sometimes knock out a couple of those long in advance. Well, I’ll knock out the part I can do ahead of time, the looking back sections covering a year, five years, and ten years ago on the blog. That is the most important part of each month’s review post, at least to me.
The review section is primarily about what I was posting back in the day. However, I have started adding in addition information for context of the time, usually in the form of launches or closures. Those will sometimes fall further back in time, being 15, 20, or more years ago.
As I was tracking something down that came up in 2003 for a “15 years ago” entry I ended up on a website that has an archive of issues of Computer Gaming World in .pdf format.
I started digging through the site, scanning various years. Computer Gaming World, which later became Games for Windows Magazine, stopped publishing back in 2008, having run for 27 year. During its run it covered a lot of computer gaming history.
You can find the archive at http://www.cgwmuseum.org/ . Or you could find it there. At some point between Thursday night and Saturday the site went down. When I went back to continue looking I was greeted with error messages about the site having gone missing.
The transitory nature of the internet is one of its major frustrations. Things change or disappear and data goes missing.
Unless, of course, the Internet Archive is backing the site up.
Fortunately I was able to find everything that went missing backed up and waiting for me and I was able to return to this gem from October 2003.
Just for openers there is a preview of World of Warcraft from more than a year before its launch.
There is also the CGW review of Star Wars Galaxies, something which will annoy the purists I am sure.
And while those are worth the price of admission, there are just so many little things in the issue that are interesting to see. There are, of course, the ads. So many great ads.
For SOE fans there are ads for the EverQuest Evolution, a roll-up pack of EverQuest expansions, the EverQuest Lost Dungeons of Norrath expansion featuring the all new “dungeon crawl” experience, and Lords of EverQuest, the Norrath based RTS.
There are many other things worth seeing. Half-Life 2 was the top pre-order. (And EverQuest Evolved was on the top releases.)
And then there is the Pipeline section that has a list of upcoming releases with planned launch dates. Included on that list:
- EverQuest II – Q4 2003
- Total Annihilation 2 – Q4 2003
- World of Warcraft – Feb 2004
- The Matrix Online – Q4 2004
- GuildWars – Q4 2004
Anyway, if you have time to roll though video game nostalgia, you could find worse places to wallow.
Addendum: If you go back a month, to September 2003, you can find their EVE Online review. They liked the music and space graphics, but the UI… it sums up like this: