The life cycle of a game isn’t easy to predict. Some start strong and burn out quickly, others endure for years before slowly fading away. Some crash and burn on day one while others are kept alive by players, modders, and community creators long after they might have otherwise slipped away.
A few games, however, have lived on for decades, kept alive not just by passionate fans but by developers who have never thrown in the towel or dusted off their hands and said “done.” These games have, against all odds, managed to withstand the test of time. They’re still being worked on after 20 and even 30 years, and all of them have had updates in 2018. We’ve focused on games from the 80s and 90s with interesting histories, but this is hardly a complete list (shout out to Everquest, Dark Age of Camelot, and plenty of other games from 1999-2001 that are still running).
Here are the oldest PC games that are still being maintained today.