3D Accelerated Games List (Proprietary APIs - No 3DFX/Direct3D)

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Re: 3D Accelerated Games List (Proprietary APIs - No 3DFX/Direct3D)

Postby Putas » 2019-2-14 @ 13:55

Sub Culture supports zounds of cards like Mystique via Direct3D.
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Re: 3D Accelerated Games List (Proprietary APIs - No 3DFX/Direct3D)

Postby evoportals » 2019-2-15 @ 19:48

Please add TempleOS. It has 3d games built into it. Everything was written by a mad man who committed suicide. No joke.
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Re: 3D Accelerated Games List (Proprietary APIs - No 3DFX/Direct3D)

Postby Ozzuneoj » 2019-2-16 @ 03:24

evoportals wrote:Please add TempleOS. It has 3d games built into it. Everything was written by a mad man who committed suicide. No joke.

Were the games 3d accelerated?
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Re: 3D Accelerated Games List (Proprietary APIs - No 3DFX/Direct3D)

Postby shiva2004 » 2019-2-17 @ 23:16

Ozzuneoj wrote:
evoportals wrote:Please add TempleOS. It has 3d games built into it. Everything was written by a mad man who committed suicide. No joke.

Were the games 3d accelerated?


No, they're not. Using a 3D API is not the same as being hardware accelerated.
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Re: 3D Accelerated Games List (Proprietary APIs - No 3DFX/Direct3D)

Postby Ozzuneoj » 2019-2-18 @ 00:21

shiva2004 wrote:
Ozzuneoj wrote:
evoportals wrote:Please add TempleOS. It has 3d games built into it. Everything was written by a mad man who committed suicide. No joke.

Were the games 3d accelerated?


No, they're not. Using a 3D API is not the same as being hardware accelerated.


The title of the thread is "3D Accelerated Games List"


From the first post of this thread:

This is a list of accelerated games for all early 3D accelerators, EXCEPT 3DFX and Direct3D!


Any game that is not 3D accelerated wouldn't belong in this thread.

Maybe a thread should be made that specifically discusses software rendered game engines and APIs? I honestly couldn't even begin to guess what (or how many) APIs were used for the various software rendered games of the 80s and 90s.
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Re: 3D Accelerated Games List (Proprietary APIs - No 3DFX/Direct3D)

Postby gdjacobs » 2019-2-18 @ 18:24

evoportals wrote:Please add TempleOS. It has 3d games built into it. Everything was written by a mad man who committed suicide. No joke.


The story is actually very fascinating and very sad. He (Terry Davis) had a very debilitating case of schizophrenia (he underwent treatment several times but it didn't take), so in the end his life revolved around building TempleOS and listening to entropy sources for new revelation. The scope of work he was able to complete is pretty impressive and gives an indication of how strong a developer he was.

Still, not really something this thread was intended for, although maybe worth it's own separate entry.
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Re: 3D Accelerated Games List (Proprietary APIs - No 3DFX/Direct3D)

Postby Ligend » 2019-2-26 @ 22:39

vetz wrote:[*]FX Fighter - Bundled game.
[*]Tank Commander - Bundled game.
Both these discs look identical to the retail ones on Mobygames, but they are special OEM versions. PM me with proof of ownership of the card and I can help you out.


Unfortunately, I cannot PM you, but I also have a Tasmania 3D. Would it be possible to help me out with the bundled games so I could test my card?
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Re: 3D Accelerated Games List (Proprietary APIs - No 3DFX/Direct3D)

Postby Ligend » 2019-3-03 @ 19:59

Big thanks to vezt and RaVeN-05 for sending me private messages, but I'm unable to reply. Maybe because I'm a newbie here and it takes time or need more forum posts to be a full member, don't know.

Anyway, here's the brief story how I got a mint condition Paradise Tasmania 3D.
As a vintage video card collector, mainly focusing on the dawn of PC 3D graphics, I'm constantly scanning local auction pages and retro gaming Facebook groups for items to add to my collection. In mid-February, a member of such a FB group uploaded dozens of pictures about ISA/PCI cards and started an auction. Most of the cards were basically e-waste, like ISA network adapters, modems, or S3 Trio/Virge-like noname VGAs, but there were two 3dfx cards and an ET6000. For the second look I spotted a strange card with "Tasmania 3D" title on it, and I knew I need to get that pack. Maybe I was just lucky, or no one else identified this card, but won the auction at the end with a surprisingly low bid. The package has arrived a few days later with this beauty. Only managed to check that the card can be seen by the PC and TAS-CHECK.EXE confirms correct installation.

Now I need to fully test the card, so looking for the original game bundles.

Here are some pictures
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Paradise Tasmania3D front

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Paradise Tasmania3D back

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It's working!
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Re: 3D Accelerated Games List (Proprietary APIs - No 3DFX/Direct3D)

Postby Ozzuneoj » 2019-3-04 @ 00:50

Wow, that's a super rare card! Nice find!

When things like that turn up I have to wonder how the makers of these early 3D cards thought it'd be even remotely worth the R&D and manufacturing costs they put into the products that are almost non-existent these days. They can't have sold very many of them. I know, hindsight... but... come on. If they made a product that only had the support of two bundled games at release, how did it even make it to market?
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Re: 3D Accelerated Games List (Proprietary APIs - No 3DFX/Direct3D)

Postby RaVeN-05 » 2019-3-04 @ 09:59

"Wow, that's a super rare card! Nice find!" Agree 100% , i wanted to say the same. Preserve it!!! and i guess you will of course =)))

I started to collect videocards too when i first discovered this topic in early 2017 i guess, so its young =) and i must say getting this card and Creative 3D Blaster VLB , Creative 3D Blaster PCI, Nvidia NV1 is real pain, because of rarity or it cost so high for average Ukrainian like me, its whole capital (pile of money, buying one i going bankrupt) hehe.

On other side i love enhanced games, and combining in one PC several accelerators is cool idea, some where here vetz mentioned that.
You can use Randition Verite(or better Creative 3D Blaster PCI) + Voodoo2 + PowerVR + Paradise Tasmania 3D. (additionaly i use Aureal Vortex2 too for sound or Sound Blaster 16 for dos better compatibility)

Second, i heard from one system administrator there is "KVM Station" (or i misheard it) a station which allow to remotely connect to PC in hardware way, so its able to use BIOS settings , DOS, use keyboard and mouse in way like it connected in reality, use COM and LPT ports. So i think good idea to open it for PCem developers so they reverse engineer it to make emulation.

Anyway going more and more to future we more and more lose that rare old hardware =(. And no functionality no wrappers , no emulators, a big thanks to dgVoodoo and nGlide for 3dfx wrapping, Barracuda for glrage (ATI 3D Rage Wrapper) on Tomb Raider 1 it makes a whole visual revolution for that game =0, it also works for Wipeout and Assault Rigs, big Thanks to PCem developers for Voodoo emulation (Staticaly linked games works fast) and S3 Virge emulation (S3D API) i have two S3 Virge cards (they can be found really easy) and finally got them to work XD. And thanks to Tuxality, hope he still working on PowerVR emulation/wrapping.

Sorry many said here is Offtopic , but i really glad for you, you get that rarity, don't know why, but i feel some happiness XD
A Big big thanks to vetz =)
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