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It took many years for the PC to be seen as anything other than a machine for business, and it wasn’t until the early 90s when it became a serious contender in the games market.

Despite being almost consistently underpowered compared to competing computers during the 80s and early 90s, the backing of (in the early years) IBM and Microsoft ensured a steady stream of video and sound cards to plug the gaps.

The Games

The first game that made non-PC owners sit up and pay attention was the pretty, but rather uninspired, Wing Commander by Chris Roberts. Since then, there has been an explosion in the PC games market, with undisputed classics such as Doom, Command and Conquer and Half-Life debuting on the format. However, for many years the most challenging game on the PC was managing the incessant flow of security updates.

People

Bullfrog Productions

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Bullfrog were the people behind a number of high-profile PC hits, including Theme Park and Dungeon Keeper.

Core Design

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Find out more about Core Design, the British developers behind Rick Dangerous and Tomb Raider.

The Bitmap Brothers

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The Bitmap Brothers converted a number of their Commodore Amiga and Atari ST hits to the PC, and went on to develop ‘Z’, a PC real-time strategy game.

Jeff Minter/Llamasoft

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Jeff Minter released PC versions of Llamatron and Revenge of the Mutant Camels.

Links

RGB Classic Games
A large selection of DOS games that can be played in your browser.

Major events

August 1984
IBM PC AT (the first 286) launched in the US
The price? US$4000 – and that’s not including a monitor and hard disk

Emulators

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