I may have been the new kid on the block when it came to PC Gaming in 1995, but even as a console gamer, I knew the Ultima series carried some significant clout. The console versions of some of the Ultima games never crossed my path, but I knew that many of the RPGs I was playing had their roots shaped by Ultima.

Around early 1996, I would get my first chance to play an Ultima game, and that initial experience would be that of the latest entrant in the series, Ultima VIII: Pagan. My experience was dreadful. The mouse controls were awful; I had no idea what to do to progress in the game, and I often wandered the world aimlessly. If I wasn’t getting arrested and executed in town for simple mistakes, I was getting my butt kicked by all the combatants in Pagan. I tried very hard to enjoy Pagan. I loved the look of the world of Pagan, the overall dark tones…

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Mike Mertes Mike Mertes (84 Posts)

From the moment he touched an Intellivision controller in 1985, Mike knew that he had experienced something incredible in the world of video games that would shape him for the rest of his life. From that point forward, he would make it his mission to experience video games from every console generation going forward. Eventually, he would become obsessed with magazines that wrote about the games he loved, and it would inspire him to start writing about games himself in 1998 for various local media outlets. Always looking for an opportunity to branch out, Mike eventually coded the foundation of a website that would ultimately morph into Gamer Logic Dot Net, an independent video game site that continues to cover modern and classic video game today. Additional, Mike composes music for indie games under his other alias "Unleaded Logic"