October 15, 1997: Age of Empires released
This year, Age of Empires is officially old enough to drive! This now-prominent and highly successful series of real-time-strategy games by Ensemble Studios and Microsoft, saw first light sixteen years ago. In Age of Empires, players sought to develop and nurture a civilization from primitive stages through more advanced historical ages — Stone, Tool, Bronze, and Iron. It was released at a time when games like Civilization and Warcraft set the stage for online multiplayer games, and it was often compared to the two. It was a fairly large and deep game that offered players the chance to navigate among different campaigns and scenarios revolving around ancient history in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Since its original release, Age of Empires has seen numerous sequels, the latest of which, Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings, was released earlier this year.
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