90’s PC Gaming Appreciation Thread: Boot Disks to 3dfx Voodoo cards
This thread is to unite all of us that have had the joy of gaming on a PC in 90’s. This decade was great for console games for sure, but being on the other side, the PC side, was something special. To elimintae the risk of making a wall of text covering an entire decade. Here are some blurbs to get us stated. So lets discuss everything from boot disks to 3dfx.
Before Direct X was hatched, starting a game from a boot disk was almost required, especially if it was a Lucas Arts game. You wanted joystick/CD-ROM support, or extra memory. This is what needed to be loaded before hand. Here is a good example of what was needed to create a boot disk.
There were several version of MS DOS, Microsoft Disk Operating System, but the best seemed to be 6.22.
Windows 95 was a huge upgrade from Windows for Workgroups 3.11 which added plug-n-play, 32-bit architecture and longer filenames.
Popular Internet Service Providers:
Providing us with blazing speeds ranging from 14.4 to 56k
Riva TNT 2
3dfx Voodoo 1, 2
ATI 3D Rage
Computer Gaming Magazines:
Computer Gaming World
PC Power Play
Online gaming Services:
Gamespy/ Gamespy Arcade
Popular Video Game Sites:
3D Files .com
Scary’s Shuga Shack
The Stomping Grounds
How can we forget the glorious PC boxes as well as it’s contents on some games?
I actually owned a pair of these when released. Saw the display at Computer City showing Mechwarrior 2 and had to have them. Worst $600 I ever spent.
Using a stereoscopic display and a system that tracked head movement, people willing to don the glasses and accompanying glove could experience virtual reality at home – assuming that “reality” was a mass of large polygons moving at a molasses-slow frame rate.
The glasses’ two 0.7-inch LCD screens produced a resolution of around 320 x 200, which, when released in 1995, was enough to make the EF 2000 flight simulator slightly more exciting.
Ways to play these older games.
https://www.youtube.com/user/phreakindee"]Lazy Game Reviews
https://www.youtube.com/user/philscomputerlab/videos"]Phils Computer Lab
https://www.youtube.com/user/adric22/videos"]The 8-bit Guy
https://www.youtube.com/user/robivy64"]The obsolete Geek
Balgorg’s Youtube Videos showing the History of First Person Shooters
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aipGP5oAuWQ&list=PLE6D63CBBEEF1DFA1&index=1"]Vol 1 1974-1988
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uXZxDzqHIo&list=PLE6D63CBBEEF1DFA1&index=2"]Vol 2 1988-1992
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6x9FkbLwO0s&list=PLE6D63CBBEEF1DFA1&index=3"]Vol 3 1992-1994
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GL-1MqhkEM&list=PLE6D63CBBEEF1DFA1&index=4"]Vol 4 1994
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUBSqt4OlFc&list=PLE6D63CBBEEF1DFA1&index=5"]Vol 5 1995
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvvuD3N5344&list=PLE6D63CBBEEF1DFA1&index=6"]Vol 6 1995-1996
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9VlfGb9yfc&list=PLE6D63CBBEEF1DFA1&index=7"]Vol 7 1996
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=caDgDr-Hc9c&list=PLE6D63CBBEEF1DFA1&index=8"]Vol 8 1996-1997
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoGG6-837dk&list=PLE6D63CBBEEF1DFA1&index=9"]Vol 9 1997
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GR7seFuQs8E&list=PLE6D63CBBEEF1DFA1&index=10"]Vol 10 1997-1998
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lm5brBOJH5g&list=PLE6D63CBBEEF1DFA1&index=11"]Vol 11 1998
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWZIHF3ZGP4&list=PLE6D63CBBEEF1DFA1&index=12"]Vol 12 1998-1999
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yijoe5tpzz8&list=PLE6D63CBBEEF1DFA1&index=13"]Vol 13 1999
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGPbzJc92Qg&list=PLE6D63CBBEEF1DFA1&index=14"]Vol 14 1999
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFZJi7SgIvA&list=PLE6D63CBBEEF1DFA1&index=15"]Vol 15 1999-2000