Happy 50th Birthday Space Games: A Look at How Far We’ve Come

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8 Responses

  1. Zeraan says:

    How on earth did you fail to mention Master of Orion 2? Most people think that it is THE definition of 4X space games. For the record, I liked the first one better :)

  2. Gunner says:

    Great write-up! Especially for young guys like me that weren't around for most of this. ;)

  3. Christopher Kou says:

    The newly announced Star Citizen by Chris Roberts (of Wing Commander fame) deserves a mention now. Roberts, I think, will single-handedly resurrect this genre, which I miss so much!


    Star Citizen is being publicly funded (like FTL), so it’s on Kickstart and can also be funded directly. If any readers here want to help bring back space sims, go donate like crazy!

    • Brian Rubin says:

      Hello Christopher, and welcome to the blog! I hope this doesn’t sound snide, but I hope that you’ve noticed I’ve mentioned this quite a bit:


      I appreciate the comment though, as I’m only one guy it’s always possible for me to miss stuff. ;)

      • Christopher Kou says:

        Oh, not snide at all! I found this page by google search looking for info on an older space game, so I’m new to the blog. Realized after I posted that you might have mentioned it later. Anyway, I’m subscribed now, so I’ll be getting your updates. Loved this genre as a kid (got started on WC1) and was sad to see it die. Hoping it comes back in full force.

        • Brian Rubin says:

          Okay, whew, good. If there’s one thing I value highly in this world, it’s the awesome people who comment and visit my little blog here. :) Again, welcome, always nice to meet a fan of the genre, and it’s actually been going through something of a resurgence for at least a year now, as there are just so many space games to play its silly. None to the extent and scope of Star Citizen though, but that takes a lot more resources than most of these awesome indie devs have available to them. I try and keep folks apprised of all aspects of the new space game renaissance, so I hope you find some awesome new games to play through this site and others. :)

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