For a series built around the deconstruction of Aryan bodies, it’s taken a long time for players to take the hint that Wolfenstein’s ubermensch William Blazkowicz is Jewish. That hesitation betrays our definitions of Jewish identity as old-fashioned, and also reflects that the few prominent Jewish characters in games play into and reinforce stereotypes. While Blazkowicz is the most high profile character to break the…
2 years ago
3 years ago
Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. I've been trying to remember whether I had some sense when I first played Wolfenstein 3D that I really, truly was playing the future of videogames. It did seem landmark, but back then, age 12 or 13, every new game seemed landmark to…
8 years ago
Good heavens, Saturday was the 20th anniversary of Wolfenstein 3D. That makes us all older than the oldest oak tree. The classic robo-Nazi-shooting FPS is credited with having made the first-person shooter a thing that people knew existed, and if you've played it recently, you'll know it's still brilliant. You haven't played it recently? Oh, well now you can.
12 years ago
It's Wolfenstein 3D's 16th birthday. Happy birthday Wolfenstein 3D! Now you can have sex with the other games. Despite being an id game, it was published by Apogee, now 3D Realms, and they've taken it upon themselves to celebrate this momentous age.