Wolfenstein 3D, one of the most important and memorable PC games of all time, was released in 1992. That’s 20 years since it changed the way many of us thought about video games, video game violence, and totally insane boss fights. It might not have been the earliest first-person perspective game, nor was it the first FPS game, and some people would probably say Doom had a greater impact, but the effect of Wolf3D on gaming, and culture, cannot be denied.In celebration of the game’s 20th anniversary, which happened this past Saturday, Bethesda Software has made the full game free-to-play on its site. (Bethesda Software’s parent company, Zenimax, acquired iD Software, the developer of Wolfenstein 3D, in 2009.) That means all three episode are available to play, right now, in your browser.In addition to making the game free-to-play on its site and Facebook, Wolfenstein 3D Classic Platinum for iOS will be free to download today as well. It’s available through iTunes.I was able to spend some time playing the game and, not surprisingly, I had a good time. It’s a little bit clunky with the framerate feelings quite slow compared to what we’re used to these days, but most of that has to do with how old the game was designed. After all, it was made available 20 years ago, and it shipped on four 3.5-inch floppy disks. Let’s put it this way — the game’s minimum requirement was a 286 processor. Age-related issues aside, it’s Wolfenstein 3D, in all its glory. It’s bloody, not at all safe for work, and quite difficult, but it’s a foundational video game experience.Pro tip: Z is strafe.Play it at Bethsoft or Facebook.
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