TheAbandonwareGuy wrote on 2022-01-30, 01:26:
Its because retro PC gaming is trying to go mainstream and the hipsters are coming in. The hobby is going to get flooded with pe […]
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TrashPanda wrote on 2022-01-30, 01:01:
Big OOF, looks like Voodoo5 5500 has taken another price jump now over ~1200 AUD or about ~800USD 🙁
Pets V4 4500, dont you die little buddy.
Its because retro PC gaming is trying to go mainstream and the hipsters are coming in. The hobby is going to get flooded with people with pockets so deep @Artex will look like a peasant. Same bullshit is happening with CRT TVs and the same bullshit happened with retro gaming quite a while ago now. Voodoo3 3000s are basically as expensive as 5500s were 2 years ago now. I'm glad the 3000 another VOGONS user gave me some years ago is still chugging along nicely.
This is why I'm notoriously elitist and gatekeepy with my hobbies. At this point with the types of chumps joining this hobby, if I were to die some horrific unforeseen death tomorrow, I just want my shit thrown into a river unless a museum or someone from my shortlist of individuals who actually are in the hobby for the right reasons takes it. I don't want it falling into the hands of some snobby college kid who just wants to look cool. I was doing this shit years before it was cool. Like you can't have a cheap hobby anymore. It seems like everytime I switch to a new cheap hobby prices start going up soon after.
Anywho, I've been bored lately and slightly motivated get some of the more esoteric items on my want list before they get noticed by the above mentioned deep pockets people so I've picked up both an Intel i740 and a 3DLabs Permedia 2. I will be curious to see how these cards perform. I also need to invest in a Super Socket 7 ATX board at some point, since I would like to have something more approriate than a slow P3 to test these early 3D cards on.
Not all of us like it just because its cool , I grew up in the 90s and experienced early 3D with a matrox mystique but missed out on the dos gaming period , the only interactions I had were a few games that required going into dos mode to play them. So I always kind of had a fascination for the period and wondered what it was all about.
I really got into this hobby around 2008-2009 ish way back before it was cool , later i watched alot of lgr and actually went around grabbing old computers on the side of the road and building old pc rigs back when you could easily get a stack of sound blaster 16s from them.
So I guess you could call me a pseudo hipster , but its not like I'm into it for street cred , hell back then people looked at me like a weirdo for being into this old crap stuff ,but now everyone wants a slice because they see the dollar signs which equals status.
I do genuinely like the hardware which I find fascinating and the history , defunct companies like 3dfx , gravis , tseng labs, media vision , matrox , S3 etc and I like mucking about with it because its an experience you don't get anymore , the mt32 showing you little messages , the installers , some of which are very sophisticated like in broken sword or command and conquer , setting up sound devices before you play etc. Plus alot of those old games are genuinely good and have intresting mechanics or good level design or music which merits at least trying them out , and its easier to do that with period correct hardware.
And believe me I would really prefer it if this hobby was still niche and parts cost nothing like a decade ago so I could muck about with my hardware without a care in the world about things going bad , but its not like I set the prices , so I've had no choice but to shell out occasionally if there's something I want.