Reply 20 of 27, by zecahue
Anonymous Coward wrote on 2023-02-28, 03:37:
That's just your opinion, it's wrong. Would you not agree that "obsolete" would mean the inability to run most available softwa […]zecahue wrote on 2023-02-28, 02:38:
Mostly 486 became obsolete when Doom came out in 93.
That's just your opinion, it's wrong.
Would you not agree that "obsolete" would mean the inability to run most available software?
By all accounts, DOOM was a pretty enjoyable game on a DX2 with VLB. At best DOOM made the 486 second rate to the Pentium, not obsolete.
Obsolete is something that is surpassed technology by others. In 1992 my 386sx 33 was obsolete facing the Ultima 7, in 93 a 486 non DX2 was obsolete facing the power of a Doom (and even DX2 66 struggle to play levels with a lot of enemies). That was not a reality for a CPU with only one year old before that.
"Opinion" and "wrong" don't stands well in the same sentence, or you are misunderstanding the meaning of this word, or you come from a culture where "opinion" is not a common thing, I don't blame you for that, sorry for the misunderstanding in this case. However, that's not my opinion, it's a fact when I said that a DX2 began the fast-pace race of CPUs because of the clock multiplier, when CPUs clock began to run freely from the BUS speed, and I gave you examples (VLB and higher clock allowed heavier games, a plenty of new multimedia products appeared, new sound cards... etc).
Good to know that you understood now the importance of the DX2 in the history when you say that a DX2 can run Doom : ) that's exactly what I mean. DX2 was very new when Doom came out and it is the bare minimum to play Doom without reduced screen, that's unprecedented in history!
In 1990, mostly people who had important work to do on their PCs had hard drives. Most families still had home computers, if at all.
Back then PC "gamers" were mostly snot nosed kids of white collar workers who probably weren't trusted to touch the PC without supervision...and unless dad liked games, soundcard wasn't happening.
Well, PC was not cheap and many families didn't afford to have or their priorities were just others, fact. But back then was very common also that the only PC at home was inside the kid's bedroom, not because they were snobby white-collar kiddos, but because they (better, WE) were nerds who enjoyed technology more than the rest of the family, and most of the time we priorize that above other things.
A father who worked with a PC at home back in 1990 had probably a very good job (not mine), and I am sorry, but really really sorry if you belong to that kind of authoritarian household that could afford to have a PC but the father monopolized it.