The One Thing You did Not Know about These Incredible Games Every 90's Kid Grew up Playing!
By Aditi Bhat
Aah, remember those good old days where Sundays were dedicated to playing video games with your friends/cousins? Nothing brings back a flood of memories quite like childhood games! While growing up, these games took you to a world of fantasy and imagination and probably even made your visualization much stronger. You would be surprised to know that a lot of games that were made during the late 1990s and almost the whole of 2000s were written in C++.
Computer games are usually produced using game engines, which are written in programming languages ranging from C to C++. Open GL, Panda 3D, Unreal Engine etc. are some of the most popular game engines that have been written in C++. These game engines are the ones that have helped in shaping so many childhoods! Let’s take a trip down the memory lane and relive a few games that every 90s kid loved playing:
Do you know what gave rise to the Mortal Kombat Series? The creators Ed Boon and John Tobias originally wanted to make an action game featuring Jean Claude van Damme. However, that idea fell through and what was born was Mortal Kombat, a fantasy-horror themed action game.
The game became so popular that a plethora of imitators emerged instantly. Games like Killer Instinct, Kasumi Ninja, Guardians of the Hood etc. either featured a similar fighting format, or had finishing moves that were identical to those in the Mortal Kombat series.
The game was built using Unreal Engine and is considered a cult among IT boot camp training circles everywhere.
The Assassin’s Creed series is a fictionalized history of the world order in which two opposing school of thoughts fight to gain control in a way that concurs with their philosophy. The Assassins want free will in order to further the human race, whereas the opposing Templars want to limit free will in order to guide people into a new era.
This game has achieved cult status among gamers, and during the first 10 years of release it sold over 100 million copies! It is one of the highest selling video games of all times, alongside classics like Need for Speed and Pro Evolution Soccer. If you happen to attend any C++ programming bootcamp, make sure to discuss this game with your boot camp instructor!
When artists Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger created the character of Batman in 1939, even they couldn’t have foreseen the kind of unmatched success this character would enjoy. Comics, movies, games, and merchandize – you name it and there’s Batman everywhere.
It’s a moment of joy when you see your favourite childhood character being turned into a game, and Batman Arkham has been exactly that for all the 90s kids who were small enough to crave for games during the late 2000s, yet big enough to appreciate the design of this game.
Just like the comic books and the movies, Batman Arkham features Batman trying to protect the Gotham City from the eccentric and lunatic Joker. As Batman, you face several challenges and countless smaller goons before a face-off with Joker.
C++ is an extremely powerful tool that has not only helped in creating these memorable games, but also applications like Google Chrome, Firefox, and MS Office among others. The possibilities of developing something unique are countless for a successful C++ programmer.