That’s a whole lot of computer gaming.
Over the years I have seen a lot in this industry overall as well as my love of computer gaming. I recall doing beta testing for some of the King’s Quest series, typing in code from magazines to play a Star Trek game made up of Xs and Os and working on small circuit boards to do hardware upgrades to Atari and Commodore computers. I remember the first time I ever saw a full color computer display and the joys of the first color printers. I can tell you about the days when we though 300 baud modems where fantastic and the sudden realization of just how much that phone call to the Texas based BBS cost.
I remember gaming when we did not have 3D anything, I also recall when we first started seeing 3D. Back then we had four companies all trying to make the best video cards, now we only have two. I can remember a day when nVidia was telling people SLI was a fad and did not work or when we actually cared about the 2D performance of the card.
I could on with stories of the good old days except looking back they were not “good”. We dealt with an operating system that did nothing more than power on the PC meaning we had to worry about what printer our word processor would support before we bought one. I recall tweaking my “autoexec.bat” file before I played each game to get just the right configuration of low memory to make the game run well. Oh god and who could forget storing everything on floppies and have a program require 4 disks, god forbid one went bad. This was still better than when we stored the programs we typed in on cassette drives ( the same tapes we used for albums).
I look back to those days and the effort we went through to make everything work right and realize that today is heaven by comparison. Oh the users of today do not think that. They complain about the size of programs and minor compatibility issues waiting for patches. We did not know what patches where and even the largest programs of today load faster than just about any program worth loading back then.
Yes I am feeling my age, all of the years are sitting on me hard today as I watch my youngest run around at the tender age of 20. I mean I sat in the backyard tonight with my middle child, best friend and brother enjoying a cigar and a drink.
We posted a couple of items earlier in the week this week and have a number of reviews we are working on for the next few weeks. We have some plans for expanding the show online this fall that you will hear about in the coming weeks and it seems the show gets more stuff to do every day. So with that in mind I took Saturday, my birthday, off. This is all the blog entry you will get today.
I would however like to say a big thank you to all of you reading this or listening to the show this week. This show and blog are here for you and your support over the years has been something I value beyond words. So sit back and relax this week and enjoy our show, I hope. Keep watching the blog, there is a lot more to come, and hopefully many years!