First post, by Shreddoc
Let me feast vicariously upon your experiences.
We've all seen the ads. The threads. The excitement.
But what comes after? When you finally have your card? Are you loving it? Is it everything you'd hoped for? What are you doing with it?
Tell me your GUS story. Here's mine (forewarning: 1. not particularly interesting, but if you're bored and want to read something..., and 2. I don't own a GUS) :
It was 1994. I was a student in first year university. In my class was this John Carmack-like character, a unique programming prodigy. The rest of us were total nerds, but him, he was on another level. The rest of us Doomed each other over our modems. He had his whole share house LANned up. The rest of us played in Turbo Pascal. He wrote assembly code at the command line. We had Sound Blasters. He had a Gravis Ultrasound.
You would visit his house, and he would take you into his room and casually/proudly present his computer setup, this speaker-clad behemoth dominating his room with peripherals extending off every side. And would then, unasked, proceed to run a show-n-tell of his Ultrasound at high volume. Running classics of the demo scene, playing some MIDI tunes, and games. It was magical. 1994! The rest of us were like "woaahhh!! <hushed tone> Wavetable!".
I always thought he'd end up as some high-powered coder genius, running the back room. And I probably shouldn't end the story on a downer! But the truth is, after the 90's, the next time I saw his name was a couple of years ago, in the news as party to some kind of crypto weirdness. Can easily imagine how that could happen! All the smarts in the world and even a good heart, but would totally get wrapped up in the micro-technicals and gamesmanship, and lose all social context.
But hey. He had a GUS in 1994, and it's the only one I've ever seen or heard.