If you've ever played a D&D video game, you likely owe it all to one company - SSI. Here's how a golden box made a name for cRPGs.
D&D and video games are an inseparable pair. Truly. Neither would be what they are today without the other. Whether it's D&D's influence that helped shape early video games--and not just early RPGs, but providing some of the most taken-for-granted, elemental particles of a video game, like boss fights--or how later video games would refine some of D&D's crude concepts and make them imminently more playable, it's undeniable how much the two mediums have grown together.
And if you've ever played a cRPG, you owe quite a bit to one company. SSI, makers of the famous "gold box" games helped put D&D in the homes of more and more gamers--even if they did ultimately contribute to the demise of TSR. But for now, let's take a look at how one company took D&D into the digital age.
Now, we've talked before about how D&D inspired some of the earliest video games--games that went on to be wildly successful in their own rights, like the Ultima series. But these games used D&D as a sort of loose inspiration, meaning that TSR was left out of a huge slice of the market. In the heyday of the early 80s, big names like Origin Systems (creators of Ultima) and Sierra Entertainment (of Kings and Space Quest fame) were the go...