Why do I always arive late to the party? This was posted aeons ago....
And why does Alex not get a ton of standing ovations for this superb article?
I also consider Dune 1 as one of the most influential computergames from the 20th Century. Its also THE game I re-played the most, by a huge margin in fact. On PC it is in my Top 10 at least and I have played a LOT of computergames in my time.
I first played it when I was 13 (3 months after the official release). At that time I already watched the Movie it is based on about 10 times already. People's opinion are divided on the quality of the movie but this is one of the very few instances I liked the movie much much more than the book it was based on. The Movie was released when I was four years old. I would gladly pay a wheelbarrow full of money just to watch it in a decent cinema how it was supposed to be viewed.
I have beaten it the first time about 1-2 years later when I finally got my own Amiga.
I have replayed it about every other year since then probably, and I think I know the location of about 66% of all the Sietches/Forts to the exact pixel on the world map by heart...so exploration times are an excercise in long-term-memory-recalling ;-P
I finished it the last time around christmas last year. The next time I'll try to play it on a Amiga Emulator on my Nexus 7...maybe it will be an masochistic excercise in futile aggrevated battles with the non-touch-friendly UI but come on....Dune mobile? It's like having the cake and eating it too...while commuting ;-P
Anyways again; a very good write-up!
More of that please. Next in-depth article "Transarctica" (Arctic Baron for the un-initiated)
A proto-Deep Forest for the sandstorm, if you'll permit my flowery languidness, Picq and Ulrich's delightful and wistful electro-operatic arrangement did for Dune what Paul Ruskay did for Homeworld.
Quoted for poetry and truth! ;-P