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WINDOWS NT 3.1

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Windows NT 3.1 was released on July 27, 1993. This was the first commercial release as earlier versions we still being developed internally at Microsoft. Microsoft ended support for Windows 3.1 on December 31, 2000. Windows NT 3.1 sold for $495. Unlike Windows 3.1 which was widely used by consumers and businesses, Windows NT was …

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THE ALL-TIME BEST FIRST PERSON SHOOTERS

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There is no question that the first person shooter has the leading game category for many many years. Shooters go back long before we began with a smaller top 10 list. Half Life 2 Quake 3 Arena Halo: Combat Evolved Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Call of Duty (2003) Halo 2 for Windows Vista …

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WINDOWS 3.1

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Windows 3.1 was released on April 6, 1992. Windows was available in 1.2MB floppies as well as 1.44MB floppy disks. We had the 1.44MB floppy disk set which took quite some time to install with many disk swaps. The biggest feature was the new TrueType that Microsoft had developed to counter the growing ruckus over …

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ALL TIME TOP SELLING PC GAMES

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First person shooters continue to be a dominant class of PC game. Still many other types of games have been phenomenal successes for their developers. Strategy games are less demanding on systems and many such games are also sold. RANK TITLE RELEASED 1 Deus Ex 2000 2 World of Warcraft 2005 3 Elder Scrolls IV: …

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EARLY WINDOWS GAMES

With the oldest versions of Windows, Reversi was the original game bundled up until Windows 3.0 was released. The game is similar to Othello. Windows 3.0 included a second game, solitaire. At this time DOS games continued to be dominant. Windows 3.1 replaced Reversi with Minesweeper. There was much clamor over the dropping of the …

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GAMING PERIODICALS

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Starting in the 1970s, several magazines were launched to coincide with the arrival of the first personal computers. Many magazines developed large scale circulation. Some exceeded 100,000 subscribers or more. Once the internet grew, magazines moved online or perished. The rise of the internet saw the vast majority of print magazines fail. Here is the …

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OVERCLOCKING YOUR CPU

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Overclocking the CPU historically was found with computer chess enthusiasts who were strong drivers of CPU performance. Modern gaming motherboards now ship with a sophisticated BIOS or UEFI that provides enthusiasts with complete control over the CPU and RAM settings. AMD Overdrive and the Intel Desktop Control Center can be used in Windows to adjust …

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GRAPHICS DEVICE INTERFACE

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Video cards all have to fulfill some basic functionality to be able to boot DOS etc. Worse they also have to have a small BIOS to contain the bit mask for the characters on the DOS VGA display. By using a separate ROM on the video card make it possible to use different models. The …

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EARLY CABINET TYPE ARCADE GAMES

Back in the 1970s before the PC came to the market. Games were built in dedicated cabinets for the coin-op arcade. Many games earned more than 1 billion quarters. By 1981, arcade video games were an $8 billion industry. Asteroids (1979) Breakout (1976) Defender (1981) Donkey Kong (1981) Frogger (1981) Galaga (1981) Galaxian (1979) Mappy …

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CP/M GAMES

In 1974, Dr. Gary A. Kildall, while working for Intel, created CP/M as the first operating system for the new microprocessor. CP/M based machines helped propel personal computers in the 1970s. Machines were much less expensive than mainframe based solutions. Intel 8080 Intel 8085 Zilog Z80 The early 8-bit processors topped out at 64KB of memory. …

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