90's PC Gaming Appreciation Thread: Boot Disks to 3dfx Voodoo cards

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.

CD Windows

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

Soundcard manufactuers:
Aureal Semiconductor
Creative Labs

Computer Companies:
Hewlett Packard
Packard Bell



Video Cards:
Riva TNT 2
3dfx Voodoo 1, 2
Voodoo 2,000/3000
Voodoo Rush/Banshee
ATI 3D Rage
S3 Virge
Rendition Verite
Nvidia NV3
S3 Savage

Computer Gaming Magazines:
PC Accelerator
PC Gamer
Computer Gaming World
PC Power Play
PC Zone

Online gaming Services:

Gamespy/ Gamespy Arcade

Popular Video Game Sites:

Voodoo Extreme
Blues News
3D Files .com
Planet Quake
Scary’s Shuga Shack
Slipgate Central
PC Gamer
Anand’s Hardware
Operation 3.D.F.X
The Stomping Grounds

Windows Games:

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.
Obvious Links


http://www.vgamuseum.info"]VGA Museum

Youtube Channels

https://www.youtube.com/user/phreakindee"]Lazy Game Reviews
https://www.youtube.com/user/philscomputerlab/videos"]Phils Computer Lab
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73-S9qCBH4Q"]DOS Nostalgia
https://www.youtube.com/user/adric22/videos"]The 8-bit Guy
https://www.youtube.com/user/robivy64"]The obsolete Geek
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7qPftDWPw9XuExpSgfkmJQ"]Nostalgia Nerd

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


I just bought Half Life, still need to play it!

I absolutely love this thread (Avatar quote!!). Classic PC Adventure games continue to be my favourite genre, and one I can’t wait to introduce to my little one when she’s a bit older.

I had a lot of Big Box games back in the day, sadly they have all disappeared over the years. I think between 1993 and 2000, I didn’t miss a single issue of PC Gamer. I still remember how X-Com: UFO Defense topped their “Best games of all time” list over and over and over again. Truly a classic game.

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I loved Star Wars Dark Forces and Duke Nukem 3D as well.

Dark Forces is the first place I ever heard one of the “Classic” scream sound effects: jump off any tall ledge. Works really well in any level where you can fall into space. That sound effect shows up all the time, but will forever be the “Dark Forces” scream to me.

I loved both of those games and red to make levels for Duke3D. Wish I still had them around somewhere.

There we go. Old PC games are cool.

I want to go back.

I do really miss PC game boxes. Both the oversized ones and the more reasonable ones that took over around 2001 or so. For whatever reason, every time I buy one of XSEED’s Falcom releases, I kinda wish it had a fancy box. Just feels wrong without it.

I hated how big the boxes were, and it sucked how quickly expensive hardware became obsolete, but I love '90s PC gaming. Deus Ex is still my favourite game of all time (close enough to the '90s), Planescape: Torment is my top RPG, Unreal Tournament is my most played online multiplayer game, and it was the golden age for point and click adventures.

I agree! it was tough trying to keep up with the hardware, but damn it was fun.


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I’ve got a special place in my heart for 90s pc gaming. UT99 :slight_smile:

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LinusTechTips made a video about 3dfx’s SLI rigs. It was ridiculous when he was rattling off the specs of that machine.

Well done on this thread. My personal gaming timeline went from SNES to PC and playstation 1. I didn’t have a N64 or gamecube.

I pirated a ton of games, to tell the truth. I’ve been looking to buy some of those games, starting with the wipeout series. I loved that series on PC, but now I’m buying the console versions.

Anyone remember Interstate 76? I loved it.

Lazy Game Reviews is a great youtube for this thread. He tests old gear all the time.

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Yeah I mention Lazy game Reviews in the Youtube section. And Interstate 76 was amazing for the time. Played a ton of multiplayer and loved the soundtrack. Never played the sequel, never had any interest.

Interstate 76 is a game I really, really wish I could’ve played in its day. There was no way in hell it was going to run on my computer (which was a Compaq Presario CDS972… don’t ask me how I remember that.) While I never had the game, I did have Time Commando, which included a trailer on the CD-ROM… and I watched the shit out of that.

When I finally had a computer that was up to snuff, I tried the I76 Nitro Pack demo briefly and… eh, it was too late.

90’s PC gaming :heart_eyes:. Going from the SNES to this was mindblowing and i skipped the N64 completely as a result. Didn’t get a PS1 until '99.

My family’s first computer was a Pentium MMX 166 mhz and i think we got it in '96 or so along with a 56k modem and internetz. Later that year i got my first 3D accelerator, the Orchid Righteous 3D. I have so many fond memories staying up late playing Quake, Mechwarrior 2, Unreal, Duke3D, Blood etc. all while chatting on ICQ. I still remember my ICQ UIN, lol.


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Heroes II and III are the best strategy games ever made, and I’ll fight you to the death if you disagree.

I want a wifi232, but it’s always sold out :frowning:

He’s saying he’ll make more at a later date, and announce it on twitter. I don’t want to check twitter every day :frowning: