I am not gamer, nor have I ever claimed to be. I am not a guru on what’s new and trendy in the gaming industry. However, I just so happen to be friends with some pretty game savvy folks who are always willing to keep me abreast of the new gaming trends. A buddy of mine and I were having a conversation about the old games we used to play back in our Baltimore City public school days. A personal favorite of mine and a cult classic was Dope Wars.
According to Wikipedia, Drug Wars was created by John E. Dell back in 1984. Dope Wars was a more popular rendition of the game upgraded by Ben Webb. Michael Swain built upon it for its release on graphing calculators. I was lucky enough to play it on my TI-83 (graphing calculator) in class where I would learn nothing math related…or so I thought. The game actually taught me the value of profit! The key is to buy drugs for a low amount of money and sell them for much higher across the boroughs. BOOM!
It’s very possible that I was drawn to the game due to my love of hip hop culture. When I was coming up, the rappers I listened to were also drug dealers. I wanted to be a rapper so naturally I wanted to sell drugs. Thanks to Dope Wars I could do it legally. I don’t rhyme anymore, but I still listen to hip hop. The rappers now days don’t inspire me to do anything, let alone sell drugs. Nevertheless…I am now a high scoring drug dealer moving that dope on my smart device. Salute to Oliver Dupont for his app version of Dope Wars. I think he did a really good job with his adaptation. If you want to get hooked on it again, check out his version on Google Play here https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fr.odupont.android.dopewars&hl=en