I'm really curious to know how many Giant Bomb users have never even played games like Maniac Mansion, Day of The Tentacle, or Fate of Atlantis. Give the age of these titles, I bet it's a huge percentage and that is just so unfortunate.
Never underestimate the amount of poor kids who have to play older, cheaper games and consoles.
I'm Patrick's age and I played Maniac Mansion on the NES in 1995 because we was po'.
Fuckin' A, dude.
The first time I played DOOM Episode 2 and 3 was in 2003. Even when it was released I only ever owned the shareware version.
Hell, I didn't even own an NES until 1995 - right around the time hype started building for the new 3D generation.
Maybe my argument doesn't exist for Maniac Mansion because it was released on the NES, but it's easy to forget just how expensive and often complex PC gaming was back in the day.
In a lot of cases of the past, you'd be considered lucky if your PC games were as simple of a process to play as "install, then launch executable" without doing things like modifying your config.sys or autoexec.bat, or some kind of boot disk process. They certainly might not be complex processes for people with technological aptitudes, but they certainly were barriers to entry.