First post, by antrad
I never had a Nvidia GPU and few weeks ago I got my hands on an old computer with a "fabulous" GT 610. I started going through old Nvidia tech demos on their website that I previously couldn't run on my ATI/AMD GPUs.
Today I noticed all Nvidia's tech demos with female characters are removed from the official Nvidia website; Dusk, Dawn, Nalu, Luna, Adrianne, Medusa and A New Dawn are all gone. I last accessed the website on September 22nd when those were still there, so this removal happened during the last week.
Luckily Internet Archive has stored the official Nvidia webpage with the demos and they can still be downloaded there:
It is obvious they are very specific about what is being removed or "canceled" how they call it these days. I think old Matrox, Ati, Nvidia and even Futuremark benchmarks and demoscene are a very unique technological art form showing both the evolution of computer graphics hardware and programming and should stay accessible to public. For millennia other art forms have been depicting women and those are not being removed from museums and public spaces...yet. Even ignoring the artistic aspects of them, they have a very important practical value today, like how our member here Dege uses DirectX and Glide based demos to test his dgVoodoo.
This was an unnecessary move and it still blows my mind how the world has changed so rapidly. A New Dawn has been released with pride just 7 years ago to showcase the latest advancements in consumer graphics hardware and software and now it has been canceled by the same company. And if you want to start a discussion about it on Nvidia's reddit page they will delete your topic.