In 1996 I encountered a game on sale called Creatures.
And my addiction was born.
It was an experiment in AI. You breed norns, taught them to eat, listen to you and to communicate. They had to fight grendels.
In Creatures 2, Ettins were introduced. As were color genes, and more mutations. Then came creatures 3.
Once upon a time, I lived on alt.games.creatures. I experimented with breeds and Grendel torture. I found easter eggs. Laughed and shared my cobs. I bought new breeds, got holiday packs, and stared at the brain in the vat. In 2006, after an ettin wolfling run, I closed shop.
Last week I found out a Creatures 4 may be coming. I reinstalled C3 and docking station. Ah memories.