Electronics Boutique Christmas 1997 Catalog

PC Games

Page 2 - Take No Prisoners. Riven, The Journeyman Project 3, Warlords III

Page 2 - Take No Prisoners. Riven, The Journeyman Project 3, Warlords III

I did not play many PC games in 1997. Possibly none. I was going to college for Computer Science so I was spending plenty of time behind a keyboard and didn't want any easy distractions sitting on my hard drive. I never went back and tried many games of the late 90s either. For example, I've played none of these.


Page 3 - Shadow Warrior, Oddworld, Total Annihilation, Balls of Steel

Page 3 - Shadow Warrior, Oddworld, Total Annihilation, Balls of Steel


Page 4 - Starship Titanic, The Lost World, Star Trek games

Page 4 - Starship Titanic, The Lost World, Star Trek games

I can't remember if it was a real news story or The Onion that "reported" there are more Klingon speakers than Cherokee speakers. It's possible it was an Onion story that happens to be true.


Page 5 - board game games

Page 5 - board game games

I can understand playing board game games on a console because there are multiple controllers and everything. I don't really get them on the PC though unless there's some kind of online play. Since this was 1997 any online play would have been accompanied by screeching modem sounds.


Page 6 - Starfleet Academy, Earth 2140, Fallout, Mario Teaches Typing 2, Carmageddon, Waterworld, Virtual Pool 2

Page 6 - Starfleet Academy, Earth 2140, Fallout, Mario Teaches Typing 2, Carmageddon, Waterworld, Virtual Pool 2

For some reason I always think of Fallout as being a new game. On a side note, enough Star Trek games already.


Page 7 - Redneck Rampage, Atomic Bomberman, Atlantis, Dreams, Dragon Lore II, Byzantine, USCF Chess, Evolution

Page 7 - Redneck Rampage, Atomic Bomberman, Atlantis, Dreams, Dragon Lore II, Byzantine, USCF Chess, Evolution

I predict "Redneck Rampage" will be the name of new show on The "Learning" Channel by 2014.


Page 8 - Magic: The Gathering, Civ II, Addiction Pinball, Dark Earth, Worms 2, 7th Legion, X-Com Apocalypse, Conquer the World, Conquer the Skies

Page 8 - Magic: The Gathering, Civ II, Addiction Pinball, Dark Earth, Worms 2, 7th Legion, X-Com Apocalypse, Conquer the World, Conquer the Skies

I haven't played Civilization II all that much but that map editor sounds like a good time.


Page 9 - Need for Speed II SE, Andretti Racing, FIFA 98, NBA Live 98, NCAA Football 98, Deadlock II, KKND Xtreme, Galapagos

Page 9 - Need for Speed II SE, Andretti Racing, FIFA '98, NBA Live '98, NCAA Football '98, Deadlock II, KKND Xtreme, Galapagos

I believe that is supposed to be Danny Wuerffel on the cover of NCAA Football '98. He was one of the 5,000 quarterbacks that played for the Bears in the 00s.


Page 10 - Towers of Darkness, Quake, Civilization II, Shadow Warrior Shareware Version, Doom Trilogy, Space Bar, Scud, Heat, Chasm the Rift, Obsidian, Rocket Jockey

Page 10 - Towers of Darkness, Quake, Civilization II, Shadow Warrior Shareware Version, Doom Trilogy, Space Bar, Scud, Heat, Chasm the Rift, Obsidian, Rocket Jockey

Sega let the Heat.net domain expire, it now belongs to a heating & cooling company. Also, $49.99 for the shareware version of Shadow Warrior seems a tad steep.


Page 11 - Resident Evil, Tone Rebellion, Sabre Ace, Subspace, Red Alert: The Aftermath, Comand and Conquer: Red Alert Domination Pack, Lands of Lore: Guardians of Destiny, Blade Runner

Page 11 - Resident Evil, Tone Rebellion, Sabre Ace, Subspace, Red Alert: The Aftermath, Comand and Conquer: Red Alert Domination Pack, Lands of Lore: Guardians of Destiny, Blade Runner

I haven't received any good hate mail in a while so let me just say - the plot of that Blade Runner game is such a rip-off of Snatcher it makes me sick. They even blatantly copied the outfit of Gillian Seed.


Page 12 - Tomb Raider II, Joint Strike Fighter, Flight Unlimited II, Incubation, Mass Destruction, AMF Pro Bowl 3D

Page 12 - Tomb Raider II, Joint Strike Fighter, Flight Unlimited II, Incubation, Mass Destruction, AMF Pro Bowl 3D

The thing I remember most about the Tomb Raider games is being annoyed by trying to fit the boxes on the shelves.


Page 13 - MS Cart Precision Racing, Lost World: Chaos Island, Age of Empires, Flight Simulator 98

Page 13 - MS Cart Precision Racing, Lost World: Chaos Island, Age of Empires, Flight Simulator 98

"Real-time strategy game for kids" eh? I doubt mine would have the patience for it.


Page 14 - Virtual Safari, Fin Fin the Real Computer Creature, Search and Rescue, The 5 Worlds of Billy, Sports Illustrated Pro Football 98, Emergency Room Intern

Page 14 - Virtual Safari, Fin Fin the Real Computer Creature, Search and Rescue, The 5 Worlds of Billy, Sports Illustrated Pro Football 98, Emergency Room Intern

Emergency Room Intern sounds either awesome or horrible. Either way I gotta find a copy and try it.


Page 15 - The Curse of Monkey Island, Jedi Knight, Lucas Arts Archives III, Temujin, Men in Black, Drachen Zor

Page 15 - The Curse of Monkey Island, Jedi Knight, Lucas Arts Archives III, Temujin, Men in Black, Drachen Zor

I wish I was smart enough to buy that Lucas Arts Archives III collection back then because it was great bundle.


Page 16 - StarCraft, Lords: The Royal Collection, Lords of Magic, PC Gamer Editors Choice Collection, NASCAR Expansion Pack, SODA Off-Road Racing

Page 16 - StarCraft, Lords: The Royal Collection, Lords of Magic, PC Gamer Editors' Choice Collection, NASCAR Expansion Pack, SODA Off-Road Racing

StarCraft is another one of those games that I always think is newer than it is. I must be confusing it with StarCraft II or something.


Page 17 - The Day the World Broke, Hellfire, On-Line Games, Police Quest SWAT 2

Page 17 - The Day the World Broke, Hellfire, On-Line Games, Police Quest SWAT 2

That On-Line Games collection looks like Sierra just crammed overstocked item in their warehouse into a single box.


Page 18 - HexMaker, Hexen II, Zork Grand Inquisitor, Rayman Gold, Sub Culture

Page 18 - HexMaker, Hexen II, Zork Grand Inquisitor, Rayman Gold, Sub Culture

I wish more companies were cool enough to release official level editors for their games.


Page 19 - Heavy Gear, Quake II, Dark Reign, Fighter Squadron, Netstorm, Mechwarrior 2

Page 19 - Heavy Gear, Quake II, Dark Reign, Fighter Squadron, Netstorm, Mechwarrior 2

I really like the simplicity of the Quake II box art. I have a sealed copy right next to me on my "Doom shelf" that expanded to Quake and Hexen.


Page 20 - Star Warped, X-Fools, P.Y.S.T., Dogz 2, Creatures, Aquazone

Page 20 - Star Warped, X-Fools, P.Y.S.T., Dogz 2, Creatures, Aquazone

"Interactive CD-ROM and online comedy", sounds like a complete disaster.


Page 21 - Jetfighter: Full Burn, Tom Clancy's Politika, Netwar, Panzer General II, Imperialism, Postal, Forced Alliance, Advanced Tactical Missions

Page 21 - Jetfighter: Full Burn, Tom Clancy's Politika, Netwar, Panzer General II, Imperialism, Postal, Forced Alliance, Advanced Tactical Missions

If this whole programming thing I'm doing now doesn't work out maybe I could work as a catalog editor. It took me under five seconds to notice that Advanced Tactical Missions and Imperialism have the same description.


Page 22 - Cabbage Patch Kids, SNL Goes Commercial, Mortal Kombat, Ultimate Bubba Pack, Defiance, Achtung Spitfire

Page 22 - Cabbage Patch Kids, SNL Goes Commercial, Mortal Kombat, Ultimate Bubba Pack, Defiance, Achtung Spitfire

Getting an entire movie on a CD in 1997 meant that thing had to running at 160x120 resolution.


Page 23 - X-Files, Virtual Springfield, Croc, Virtua Fighter 2, Sonic 3D Blast, Daytona USA, NBA Action 98

Page 23 - X-Files, Virtual Springfield, Croc, Virtua Fighter 2, Sonic 3D Blast, Daytona USA, NBA Action '98

Virtual Springfield is a lot of fun but isn't really a game. It's more like Google Street View but in the fictional city of Springfield. Maybe there are missions or something I never found.


Page 24 - East Front, Battleground 8: Prelude to Waterloo, Turok, IF-16, Seven Kingdoms, Liberation Day, G-Police

Page 24 - East Front, Battleground 8: Prelude to Waterloo, Turok, IF-16, Seven Kingdoms, Liberation Day, G-Police

I don't remember anything about Battleground 8: Prelude to Waterloo so I did a little poking around and it doesn't look half bad. It looks wholly complicated though. I doubt I'll ever give it a try but maybe I'll stumble across a cheap copy one day.


Page 25 - Uprising, Heroes of Might and Magic Compendium, Family Game Pack, Armed and Dangerous, The L.E.D. Wars, Zapitalism Deluxe, Twisted Metal 2, JetMoto

Page 25 - Uprising, Heroes of Might and Magic Compendium, Family Game Pack, Armed and Dangerous, The L.E.D. Wars, Zapitalism Deluxe, Twisted Metal 2, JetMoto

Twisted Metal 2 and JetMoto are rip-offs compared to the $20 PlayStation versions.


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