>the way it used to be played
i wonder just how better the GPU market would be if 3dfx still existed and not lost its shit and gone bankrupt.
>tfw i wish i could have geocities back.
>tfw not even angelfire sites come up on the first few pages of google anymore.
i miss the days when viruses and malware were simple and only wanted to destroy your computer.
At least they were easy to deal with and remove
Basically they lost their shit trying tou kill Nvidia while Nvidia sat back and kek'd.
3dfx's business model was shit also. instead of releasing 1 top shelf card and a few budget cards, they released 1 top shelf card and that was it. meaning if you wanted a 3dfx card, you had to pay a bunch of money, while nvidia had a ton of budget-tier cards for only slightly less performance.
Basically 3dfx put all its eggs in one basket with each release.
I remember when new Pcs and equipment came with a pretty heavy operation manual, and you were required to know shit about computers before you started.
Now it seems they are more powerful, and made for a simple minded users, so it is possible to use tech despite being tech illiterate. That, in my opinion, only made the gap between the average users, and a computer expert much more wider to the point it resembles the grand canyon.
He's using a 56 kbps (kilobits per second) modem but he's getting only 42 kbps on average.
Some dial-up providers offer page-caching services that help a lot and I think it's possible to combine multiple dial-up lines for greater speed. I'm not sure what the max possible speed for dial-up is though.
the max you can connect at is 53.3
this is set by the FCC (in the US, dunno about other countries)
unless the line you are using is in pristine condition, then you might get 56.
but the reason for this is any faster, and you start affecting actual voice communication
Remember when installing video games in DOS, you had to actually select your sound driver and IRQ numbers?
My childhood right here.
>Yes, this in an actual PC game screenshot
oh god my sides
it reminds me of the picture of the street legal 1GHz CPU
someone that has it post it pls
Holy shit... I remember installing Mario with this bad boy :'D
what year exactly did youtube community go to shit? now it's filled to the brim with really fucking edgy kids or kids posting stupid unfunny jokes involving the likes/dislikes or something similar to that, or they're complaining about current youtube. Even /b/ has a better community than modern youtube.
You could combine dialup lines when available, which wasn't common for residential use.
Download managers were vital. When I was in Korea in 1999 Kunsan AB only had dialup in the dorms so dat mean using download managers and hoping you stayed connected. Made downloading Linux .isos a joy...
I still have my first gaymen mag from Feb 1990
i'd say around 2007, right after google bought youtube, and youtube began to serve as the centralized area for all things video.
also, i believe facebook started its meteoric rise around this point, coupled with youtube support, well, you can see the results today.
tfw my dad wanted to throw everything out because I had moved out
>I was a Junior in HS when the dot-com bubble burst.
>i remember nothing of it because no one i knew talked about it nor was it talked about in the school news or channel 1 news.
>i didnt watch mainstream news then.
Kinda pissed that whole cluster fuck passed right under me considering i was taking a marketing class (DECA) and the teacher missed the most perfect opprotunity to cover venture capitalists, stocks, and bubbles.
All of these games are nostalgia to me. Juat packed them down the other day.
Heroes 3: Shadow Of Death was the first game I saw and really wanted in a game store.
Might and Magic VIII was the game that got me collecting.
Heroes 3 mapmaking is something I still do, Heroes 3 was the first burnt game we got, and the first game I played like crazy.
2007 is when everything went to shit. It was right before the economic collapse. Big Bang Theory airs on TV. Facebook, YouTube, iPhone and other garbage. Not only that, but in my own personal life everything went to shit. It was the year I dropped out of high school because of all the bullying. My relationships went to hell and I lost all my friends. I became suicidal and spent a few days at a psychiatric facility. It was the year my Depression kicked in full blown. I consider 2007 to be the start of the dark era of my life. The fact that not only my personal life and mental health went to shit, but technology did as well is just further proof that 2007 was the true turning point. Oh sure, you can find references to things being bad before them. Feminism was around before then and game companies were trying to screw customers earlier than that too. But it was 2007 when these things really skyrocketed and the terribleness of everything increased at a exponential rate.
1: yes. 2007 could be marked as the year the web went batshit insane commercialized
2: harden the fuck up, stop being a pussy. Boo hoo, you got bullied in HS, so did I. I manned the fuck up, told myself only 2 more years of this shit, and made it.
3:/g/ is not your personal therapist
4:the mobile industry IMO, is single handedly raping the web. mobile online only promotes social media.
Oh god yes. Like these babies! Special and Limited Edition. One includes a figure and one has like cloth maps and all this cool stuff!
And these babies are also nostalgic and from my collection
>there will never be another ZONE.com
im honestly surprised no one has even attempted to recreate Gamespy arcade, Heat.net, Zone, or Mplayer.
you would think given the success, and the demand for some easy way of playing old PC games without having to use hamachi or some other arcaic way to connect, someone would have at least emulated it.
I remember when i first inserted this disc into my x2 dvd-rom...
>physical PC games
Shame that Steam has practically just killed that market outright. The one upside though is you will never have to worry about shit like Starforce or SecuROM again.
This game right here was a fucking final boss fight to pirate.
>4:the mobile industry IMO, is single handedly raping the web. mobile online only promotes social media.
How extremely true is that... I'm fairly young, born in '91, but I remember a bit of the PSTN era and a more pure internet in general. I guess me living in a backward ass country where everything seems to come with a delay was a factor in that too.
The biggest mindfuck for me is the fact that people who spent time online back then were sometimes considered creeps, outcasts by the mainstream population, yet nowadays it's considered totally cool to waste time on fb, twitter and other networks just because the concept of 'socializing' is thrown around.
does anyone know where one might acquire old PC mags?
>people who spent time online back then were sometimes considered creeps, outcasts by the mainstream population
this happens with nearly all geek/nerd things
>arcades in the 80s
>gaymen in the 90s
>computers in the late 90s
>internet mid 2000s
i think the only thing that is still considered socially awkward is DnD, and even that is starting to make its turn toward mainstream with the new rulesets.
Nice. I've got mine from a collection set, so it didn't come with a box
>Shame that Steam has practically just killed that market outright.
I guess that's the only legitimate downside of Steam. As a kid I didn't get to buy games in those big boxes, cause I started late, with a PS1 and got my first pc years later, but I specifically remember seeing the games at store walls or in reviews of magazines and fantasizing about playing them, what games they were etc based on the cover or 1-2 screenshots. It was a shit back then. I remember though, that physical cases got smaller even before steam got big. I guess part of that was due to a bigger market, which meant higher demand and publishers had to cut costs. I guess in a few years music albums will be a thing of the past and will replace present vinyl. That will be funny.
Only that now, "geek" is considered cool and even a style, even if most people follow a distorted definition of it. Apart from that, is programming really considered so lame in current time? Back in the early days, I guess it did, but now I don't really think it does.
Probably my most memorable processor/pc upgrade this; the heat sink came with two 60mm fans; it was so loud and vibrated so badly you can only imagine.
It was also when that earthquake hit Japan and ram prices exploded; 128mb cost £130.
Was the friggin' days though, none of this bios overclocking nonsense... This was crazy ass butt clenching jumper settings on the motherboard madness
My friend of African descent.
saw this thread and knew i had something for it. did some rummaging in an old box and found this..
my work laptop from 2003. got the thing in 2001, used it for work until 2005, then kept it and it finally died in 2011. i dont care what people say about compaq, mine lasted forever. also, so did the altec lansing speakers.
Some badly-written programs which use CPU cycles for timing don't function as intended when using a processor with a higher than expected clcok rate. The turbo button toggles a lower cycle rate, so such legacy programs can be used.
If i was in middle school, girl in pink & black would be my waifu.
We had those in intermediate school. I remember on the last day of class, someone brought in some maze shooter game, and they plugged a speaker into the cassette port for sound. The concept of that blew my mind.
Dead lithium batteries that are impossible to replace, or software updates. Now that Apple can remotely disable any iDevice, want to bet what happens when they release a new OS that won't run on your old and busted iPhone 5?
it doesn't have a huge lobby for games though, just seperate rooms.
>that one alpha kid with the mullet who gets the seat every time and chooses what software the crew loads up
you know he smashed that pussy raw when his boy hit the chronic too hard
>Had a toy spaceship
>Held that in front of the monitor while this screensaver was going
>Best 5 hours of my childhood ever, even after all the neglect and bullying
Any of y'all remember these? Not regular computers, but pure word processor computers? My family had one.
I can remember many purpose built PCs. Even up until "recently" when my grandmother gave me a computer that ONLY had a web browser, and really couldn't do anything else. I didn't really ever try to fool with it to make it do more. I am pretty sure it was a Compaq from about 8 or 9 years ago.
Why would /a/ be so hyped? Those are 3D girls.
This happened to me with a lot of shit that I should be knowledgeable about/was of age when it happened. It sucks being in the camp with youngfags on some shit because I didn't pay attention to any of it at the time.
It's like the opposite of those fags that say "I grew up poor and didn't have new things, so I know what VHS and NES are like!"
This is litteraly the best thread on /g/ i've ever seen. These are the threads I always thought I would encounter on /g/, not shill posts, muhblephonethreads or new tech shit.
Thank you based anons.
>can easily stream Christmas movies and music thanks to mom's Chromecast
>grandma can skype my cousin who lives in Australia on her laptop
>young cousins happily play minecraft instead of running around everywhere and getting in the way while we're cooking
>autistic neckbeard from /g/ bursts in
>"Y-Y-YOU PEOPLE HAVE ZERO B-BUSINESS BEING AROUND THEM COMPUTERS!"
Forgot to add:
>grandfather used to be an electriction installing business computers in the 60s and 70s
>has had computers at home since late 70s
>introduced me to gaming
>taught me to program
Yea it is! I can't remember how the fuck these could be so good to play at!
>used a Zire 31 PDA all the time in school
>other kids would get in trouble for playing a Game Boy, while no one stopped me from using this to play games
In retrospect, the teachers probably felt sorry for me.
nice piece of history right here
That's 33 girls you can get to show their boobs on the AOL chatrooms. That's 33 noobs you can frag in a second in Doom. That's 33 emails you can send to President Clinton asking him to shove his sax up his ass on live tv in a minute.