Microshaft Winblows 98

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Microshaft Winblows 98
Developer(s) Parroty Interactive
Release date(s) January 5, 1998
Mode(s) Single-player

Microshaft Winblows 98 is a video game developed and released by Parroty Interactive. It parodies the then-popular Windows 98 operating system, as well as Microsoft and Windows' creator, Bill Gates.[1][2] It touches on several scandals of the time which Microsoft was involved in.


When started, the game presents a bootsplash much like the one on the Windows 9x operating systems before presenting the user with a desktop from which various "applications" can be launched; these include spoofs of computer games (such as Doom), Microsoft software (such as Internet Explorer), and even sometimes popular fads of the time (such as a "Billagotchi" that parodies Tamagotchi and Microsoft head Bill Gates[3][4]). The game also has a storyline, where the player starts out as a tech support employee and must work his or her way up to a meeting with Microsoft CEO Bill Gates.


The game is notable for having negative reception, with Richard Cobbett of PC Gamer describing it as being "not really a game, although it has a few of them in it, but more of an interactive comedy CD-ROM", although even the parody sketches are "stuck mining geek humour" which Cobbett felt "smacks of non-technical people desperately trying to write jokes in what may as well be a foreign language".[5]