But I do remember Lemmings! In the pre–internet days of 1991, it was harder to get the pulse of the international gaming community. A few rare magazines came and went. The Tandy electronic components shop ended its brief run on O'Connell Street. NIHE had only just become the University of Limerick. The old standards like Leisure Suit Larry were getting staid. And then someone passed around a copy of Lemmings. I had played and enjoyed many games before this, but I hadn't understood the term 'gaming addiction' until I played the opening few levels of this idiotic masterpiece.
I won't bore you with the technical details (here) of the game (play) and its history, but I will show you a museum piece that gives me a little thrill: an original 3.5" floppy-disk from 26/9/89 containing the development demo of Lemmings. I thought I'd never live to see artifacts like this brought blinking into the light of day…
If this gives you any kind of a buzz, be SURE to visit the Computer History Museum website, or even the actual building in Mountain View if you're ever in Northern California.