A classic ad from Issue 44 of Computer Gaming World, back in February 1988. I wonder what would happen if we asked about Might and Magic at our local dealer, as the ad suggests. More gems can be found at the CGW Museum.

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Kalah at 2008-01-25 00:52 wrote:
Wow... 94 spells.. 200 monsters...

CloudRiderX at 2008-01-23 21:50 wrote:
Replaying Final Fantasy 7? Good for you!

I couldn't believe it before, but I beat the game to a pulp so many times I really had no desire to play it ever again. Definitely a good game.

Either I'm very fortunate or I was born around the right time, but I am fairly young and I have worked with floppy disks a good deal. I haven't seen different sizes though; I've only seen the 3.5" ones. But I have learned about older computers so I know how they work.

I played M+M 7 a good bit, and I saw almost all of M+M 6, but I never bothered with 8 or 9 because of what I heard about them on the web.

Ryder at 2008-01-23 20:41 wrote:
Sir C, the patches are both 3D0 and fan made. If you go to TELP all the patches are there.

Thanks for the oil and the juice, I'm feeling rather buffed now. Time to visit Camp Kill-U. ;)

Sir Charles at 2008-01-23 16:20 wrote:
Hey Ryder. How's it going. Yeah, yeah. I know...considering the fact that I'm between games right now (actually replaying Final Fantasy 7 currently) I may just cave and give mm9 another go. Have there been patches to fix all the glitches though? And if so, are they fan-made or NWC-made? Oh, one other thing....MM2 ROCKS! *passes out handfulls of power-oil and goofy-juice to the masses* :O)

Muszka at 2008-01-23 02:28 wrote:
Sad but true...
Metallica? Hmm...

To be honest, the first one I saw of the M&M series was the 8th, back in 2001, but never played it through. And I only played the 9th some years later, but I liked it. And somehow, all the M&M was left unplayed, though I have the 6th, 7th, 8th.
I was alway curious of the others and I alays wanted to get them, but I either lacked time, or will to do so.
Yesterday checked the abandonia.com (thanks to Sir Charles), and I got the first three episodes.
I tried them. My first thought was, that they are mazy, but with patience and time it can be enjoying. But I lack both now, so it will wait for now.

Ravenheart87 at 2008-01-22 21:19 wrote:
I would have played more than five minutes, if I had time. But now, I have better things to do, so won't play anything until HeroesVI, M&MX, Fallout3 or something I was working on...XD Perhaps Transport Tycoon. Yeah, OpenTTD rules.
Sometimes I wish I was born earlier than 1987. So many games I missed... So may, I will never play, but would like to. Especially early M&M-s and Bard's Tale... Oh my god, slowly I'm becoming a casual gamer! :(

Ryder at 2008-01-22 21:02 wrote:
Ravenheart87, you're missing out big time. MM2 is the best one of the lot. It's made even better if you play MM1 first because the jump up in quality between the two is immense. It's like going from Darkside to Mandate. Okay, maybe that's a bit extreme, it's like going from Clouds to Darkside. Whilst they are similar, Clouds really is a bad bad game compared to Darkside. Same with 1 and 2.

If I were you I'd try it again (MM2) and give it more time than 5 minutes. I bet you didnt even get the quest to retrieve the goblet. Download the proper version too, dont play it on the emulator.

Signed MM2's equal biggest fan.

Oh yeh, and to the other biggest MM2 fan, Writ of Fate is a good game and can be played through no problems. It's time you gave it another crack.

Ravenheart87 at 2008-01-22 17:49 wrote:
Sad but true...

Sir Charles at 2008-01-22 16:26 wrote:
because mm9 was a bug-fest, had a horible interface and a p*ss-poor storyline. Other than that it was fine. Seriously though, mm9 suffered the same problems as Heroes 4 did. 3do was crumbling financially and the game quality suffered tremendously. Go back and look at the reviews the game got when it came out. It was generally regarded as the worst game to come out that entire year. And from NWC...virtually unheard of. But then again, by that time it wasn't TRULY nwc anymore. Sad.

Ravenheart87 at 2008-01-22 12:04 wrote:
Oops, i meant previous eight episodes.:) IMO the best were World of Xeen, Mandate of Heaven, and For Blood and Honor. Never played with M&MI-II more than five minutes on a C64 emulator.

Ravenheart87 at 2008-01-22 10:45 wrote:
Well, because the previous six episodes were better in too many things. But you're right, M&MIX wasn't THAT bad. It's just like HeroesIV: not that bad, but many of us thought we'll get something different.

Muszka at 2008-01-22 10:02 wrote:
Oh, I liked M&M 9, actually I finished it. Why is everybody disliking it?

Sir Charles at 2008-01-22 05:19 wrote:
If you want to play MM1 then download it and play it. It's considered abandonware now. You can easily download it on abandonia.com (same goes for 2 and 3...and the xeen's if I recall correctly). But to be honest, MM1 has not aged gracefully. Going back and replaying it now is simply not that enjoyable. The improvements they made from 1 to 2 were fairly dramatic. Not visually, but in terms of gameplay and ease of use and storyline. Don't get me wrong, MM1 was a great game...considering what had been done prior to it. But Might and Magic's legacy didn't really start until #2. From there on up...they're all worth replaying (well...maybe not 9...*sigh*)

Sir William S Titan at 2008-01-22 02:30 wrote:
Wish I had played MM1. That would've been nice. Playing through most of 2 was good, but I like starting from the beginning of things, rather than start at a later point.

Muszka at 2008-01-22 01:47 wrote:
Sir Charles: Thanks for the info I just can't see, what's nice in it.

once you live in a place like this long enough you'll see it... :( Please tell me, how much is "long enough"? because as far as I know, we live in the same country.

ThunderTitan at 2008-01-21 18:52 wrote:
Punch cards is what the entire IT branch is based on... 0101011001001 is just a new way of saying hole/nothole.

Sir Charles at 2008-01-21 16:39 wrote:
Punch cards were a way to enter data (or save it) before there were magnetic tapes/discs. Here's a decent example of one....http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Punch-card-5081.jpg

ThunderTitan at 2008-01-21 10:21 wrote:
I just can't see, what's nice in it.

once you live in a place like this long enough you'll see it... :(

Muszka at 2008-01-21 06:42 wrote:
i've actually seen punch cards... What the heck is that? it's nice living in a place where upgrading only happens when something is kaput... I just can't see, what's nice in it.

Sir Charles at 2008-01-20 01:36 wrote:
*laughs* I forgot about those. Yep, I've seen those too. :O)

ThunderTitan at 2008-01-19 19:55 wrote:
Suckers... i've actually seen punch cards... it's nice living in a place where upgrading only happens when something is kaput... to "save" money that you won't get to keep if you don't spend it in time anyhow.

winterfate at 2008-01-19 18:52 wrote:
Do you recognize 8" floppy?

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Not me...:(

I think that's already a brainbraker question for the younglings.

Indeed it is...but as time passes, the older disk formats are going to fall deeper and deeper into the dark recesses of history.

I say 10 years, because by then 9 year-olds will be 19 (my age) and I can almost guarantee that no one right now under about 13 knows what a 5 1/4" floppy is (those things were really floppy :)).

Hopefully the Startup disk was in a safeplace...

It was, but you can imagine my dad's reaction (let's say it wasn't very pretty :)).

Sir Charles at 2008-01-19 17:12 wrote:
@ Humakt

Actually, I remember the original huge tape drives. My father worked for the US government (defense dept) for years and he was one of the leads on the team that worked on the second computer ever (after the Eniac (sp?)). I recall going to work with him and walking into this huge room that was loud as h*ll (not to mention hot as the sun) and all it contained were machines of tape-drives. That whole room held as much data as a digital watch does today. :O) He even showed me the inside of them and seeing all those vacuum tubes looked totally sci-fi at the time. *grin*

Sir Charles at 2008-01-19 17:07 wrote:
Quote from Muszaka "Anyway I would try this game, just to see the begining...
Any idea how can one get something like this?
I've always been fascinated by history..."

Actually, you can usually still find copies of the Limited Edition of Might and Magic 6 (Mandate of Heaven) out there on the bargain bin shelves. That version has ALL the previous M&M games included on it. They're designed for Win95 use (although they need a bit of tweaking to play correctly) but they do work on XP as well.
Grey Pilgrim at 2008-01-19 16:39 wrote:
The only reason I keep my Apple IIe is to play classic 5 1/4" games like the original "Wizardry" and Ultima games, and some SSI war games (sigh). Used 8" floppies at my place of work, but never in my home system. Those were the days (I think (smile))...

Humakt at 2008-01-19 08:22 wrote:
Heck, I still even have my copy in the 5 1/4" floppy discs. Of course I have nothing to play it on. :O) I'm not even sure that today's gamers would even recognize one of those old floppy's if they saw them. *grin*


Do you recognize 8" floppy? I found such from wikipedia along with other pretty unknown floppy formats.

Only 5 1/4 floppy I have left is (original) Test Drive 2 which I got from my father. No drive to play it though, but at least the packaging is nice.

Muszka at 2008-01-19 08:04 wrote:
@Angelspit: You should repost this ten years from now...just to see how many young'uns fail to recognize the 5 1/4" floppy disks. :devious:
I think that's already a brainbraker question for the younglings.
(Heck, the format died out when I was 6, IIRC. I still remember deleting the config.sys file on my dad's computer...:devious: Hopefully the Startup disk was in a safeplace...

Anyway I would try this game, just to see the begining...
Any idea how can one get something like this?
I've always been fascinated by history...

winterfate at 2008-01-19 06:08 wrote:
Dang! For the Commodore 64? :loll:

My dad got one of those when I was 3...I didn't even know how to use it. :baby:

Not to mention, the article was written up the month of my birth. :D

@Angelspit: You should repost this ten years from now...just to see how many young'uns fail to recognize the 5 1/4" floppy disks. :devious:

(Heck, the format died out when I was 6, IIRC. I still remember deleting the config.sys file on my dad's computer...:devious:)

Ok...enough ranting for now. ;)

Ryder at 2008-01-19 05:57 wrote:
Those graphics look better than the version I've got. It's got more colours.

LindaG at 2008-01-19 01:54 wrote:
What a great game that was. The beginning of an era. :)

Sir Charles at 2008-01-18 23:18 wrote:
LOL. Great ad. Heck, I still even have my copy in the 5 1/4" floppy discs. Of course I have nothing to play it on. :O) I'm not even sure that today's gamers would even recognize one of those old floppy's if they saw them. *grin*

And make fun of it all you want...this was cutting edge stuff back then. Not to mention...fun as h*ll!

Wulfstan8182 at 2008-01-18 22:46 wrote:
nice ad. and nice 3D too :P

Kareeah Indaga at 2008-01-18 19:35 wrote:
Ooo...

I like it.

I have nothing else constructive to add. :D

Marcus333 at 2008-01-18 19:08 wrote:
That's a really good ad - very effective!

rdeford at 2008-01-18 15:53 wrote:
Hummmm... I never played Might and Magic, just HOMM. This ad makes me wonder what I was missing!

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