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Vintage Games by Matt Barton, Bill Loguidice

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DUNE II: THE BUILDING OF A DYNASTY (1992): SPICING UP STRATEGY IN REAL TIME

Westwood Studios’ Dune II: The Building of a Dynasty1 (1992; Commodore Amiga, PC, RISC OS, Sega Genesis) is widely regarded as the first modern real-time strategy (RTS) game. Although certainly not the first, it was highly successful and influential, inspiring later games that eventually became one of the major genres of the industry. Later hits such as Warcraft and Command & Conquer can trace their ancestry back to Dune II, which is still enjoyable to play—even more than a decade after its initial release.

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Dune II’s gameplay is instantly recognizable by anyone familiar ...

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