Back in the 1990s, the PC games industry was full of space combat sims like Wing Commander, cyberpunk RTS titles like Syndicate, and the pretty, witty LucasArts point-and-click adventures.
Then they all just… disappeared. People didn't want to play them, publishers decided, and soon enough store shelves filled with endless military FPS games rendered in shades of brown and grey.
But now, those long-dead game genres are returning – with the help of crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter. Veteran developers are ditching the big game publishers and returning to the games that made them who they are today. And gamers the world over are pitching in to help revive their favourite classics.