Even though I’ll probably never play another one of their games, unless it’s on the iPad or something, it’s worth noting that EA shipped their first batch of 5 games 30 years ago today.
Back in the day (30 years ago today, in fact) I absolutely loved EA’s games. “Hard Hat Mack” was a favorite, a Donkey-Kong clone which featured a construction worker trying to stay away from the OSHA representative (among other enemies). “Archon” was a bit too ponderous for seven-year-old me, as was “M.U.L.E”, at least at first, but I spent days playing “Realm of Impossibility” which was released the next year. But it was “Ultimate Wizard” with its level construction kit and variety of different spells, enemies, and environmental hazards that really captured my imagination. If they re-released that today, I’d still buy it at full price (even with 1984 dollars). “Marble Madness” was another one I spent a lot of time with, even though it made me want to chuck my controller through the screen of our 1084S monitor.
I also really loved how EA disks came packaged in LP record sleeves with bizarre photographs and illustrations on them. Easy to store and lots of room for pictures on them. Anyway, EA was probably my third-favorite Commodore 64 game publisher back in the day, after Epyx and Cosmi (#2 and #1), but they are subjects for subsequent posts.