The 1986 retina screen: the WY-700 video card/screen gave the PC a 1280×800 resolution, and a text-mode of 160 columns by 50 lines. It had a built-in 16×16 font (download), and you could even use your own custom fonts. The high-res modes only supported greyscale, but who needs colours anyway?
16 Horribly Boring Games That Will Keep You On The Edge Of Your Chair V2 by Michael Barash/Pureshadow (2002)
[Boring.zzt] – Title screen
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Includes fantastic games like Passage Pass:
And my favorite, Shark Aquarium:
So this is a joke, of course, but I do love Shark Aquarium. The details are so scant, and the sharks are basically just grey lines, but it still has more of a sense of place than it’s probably meant to.