Back in the early 90s, I used to escape the boring reality of my grad-school studies by visiting Emerald City Comics & Cards, just off the University of Oregon campus. I remember the day when, suddenly, there were more people sitting on the ground playing some sort of card game than people reading comics. That game? Magic: The Gathering.
Since 1993, Wizards of the Coast have managed to keep the franchise alive and adapt to the changing world of gaming. Earlier this month they released Magic: The Gathering– Duels of the Planeswalkers via Xbox Live. On June 1, 2010, the game will be available to PC gamers, too! Wizards of the Coast and Valve Corporation have teamed up to provide the core game and first expansion via the Steam platform, for a nice $9.99 price.
If you are interested, you can check out the official press release here. Magic: The Gathering was a true monster in the gaming world– it propelled Wizards of the Coast into the driver seat when it came to gaming. Wizards of the Coast now owns the Dungeons & Dragons franchise, so don’t be surprised if the worlds of D&D and Magic seem to merge together every now and then!