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Old 09-22-2011, 01:43 PM   #4341
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Ignore elesjaun. He only knows how to bash Apple.
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You all just played video games? No mention of Empire (deluxe), Command HQ or other strategy games? No wonder you all have such short attention spans.
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i play starcraft2 'erday.
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Old 09-22-2011, 02:04 PM   #4344
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I meant on the old x86 machines. I played Empire on a C64.
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You all just played video games? No mention of Empire (deluxe), Command HQ or other strategy games? No wonder you all have such short attention spans.
What's that, Panzer General? Real life isn't divided into hexagonal tiles?
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Old 09-22-2011, 02:25 PM   #4346
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Descent used to push the limits of my parents' Acer.

Oh my god! The playset!!! What happened to those? I had the two above. Every one I had was the scene of countless battles.

Some of the other playsets I had:







and my three favs:







two or three of these were before my time so I got them from secondhand from the kids up the street
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Old 09-22-2011, 02:31 PM   #4347
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I was referring to desktops with no wiring, in a much more compact package, much like the ASUS EeeBox thing. Make a desktop built much like a cell phone, and with standard wireless keyboard and mouse,
I hate to keep coming back to this, but you're still talking about things that already exist today.

Apple was probably the first one to market with a completely box-free, wire-free general purpose desktop computer:




But they're not the only ones. Sony's entry into the market supports 3d and also functions as a regular television:




Even the "budget" manufacturers are in the game today:




No boxes, no wires. I mean, that's what you're talking about, right? They've got 'em at Best Buy.



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have a cell phone powerful enough to simply work as the muscle for a home setup, monitor, speakers, keyboard and mouse, all wirelessly, all with instant connection with proximity of the cell device.
I have no doubt that this is just around the corner. The only thing we're lacking at the moment is a sufficiently high-bandwidth wireless connection for the video. Bluetooth takes care of the rest.

This is child's play, literally. When was the last time you saw a videogame controller with a wire on it? My six year old niece has never lived in a world where you have to be physically tethered to a box with wires. (And she kicks everyone's *** at Wii Tennis.)


Of course, there are some practical minimum standards for how far down you can take things like the screen size and the user interface before it becomes unusable. It's quite likely that "computers" 10 years from now will have become segregated into even more distinct classes than they are now. Actually, it's started happening already. For casual use (social media, email, web browsing, and even gaming to some extent) I would posit that things like smartphones and tablets have already become the dominant expression for anyone under 20 years of age. They'll obviously continue to want a physical keyboard and a large display for things like writing term papers, but that's likely the extent of it.

On the other hand, you've got professionals who probably will never embrace this technology. If you're an office worker who creates spreadsheets all day, or an engineer who designs mechanical parts with AutoCAD / Solidworks, or a video editor who works with film and television, you're probably not going to want to deviate from the box-on-a-desk form factor. You don't really need portability, and there's really no substitute for mechanical buttons and a large display in terms of user ergonomics for prolonged operation. In 2040, the accounting department is still going to have something that looks a hell of a lot like a 1970's vintage PC sitting on its desks.




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I can just remember feeling on top of the world in 95 playing Flight Simulator, the thought that I would be able to play games 10 times as big and graphically intensive on a portable device that fits in my pocket, only 15 years down the road would have blown my mind. Just as technology 15 years from now will probably blow my mind.
Same as I felt in '80 or '81 when I first played with an Atari 2600. Or in the late 80's when I first used an Amiga 500. Or in 1992 when Wolfenstein 3D (which was not even a 3d game in the sense of using polygons) came out.

But under the lid, there's nothing going on there which the hacker crowd at MIT wasn't doing back in the early 60's on their PDP. It's just faster, cheaper, smaller, and with more of it.





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Old 09-22-2011, 02:33 PM   #4348
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I meant on the old x86 machines. I played Empire on a C64.
I played adventure games on my 386. Gold Rush, Black Cauldren, Police Quest, Heros Quest, Quest for Glory, Space Quest. First computer games I owned.

Strategy wasnt ever my thing, strategy games were so boring to me, but I often played Civilzation which was sorta like Empire. I played a lot of war flying games like A-10 Tank Killer. Then wolfenstien and doom came out, kinda ruined games.
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I hate to keep coming back to this, but you're still talking about things that already exist today.
I think NA6C-Guy is just angling for Microsoft to build a computer store in his house to destroy of his preconceived notions of what's available in the new computer market.
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Did I hear someone say...playsets? And no one brought up THIS???
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I think NA6C-Guy is just angling for Microsoft to build a computer store in his house to destroy of his preconceived notions of what's available in the new computer market.
In all honesty, Im tired of those commercials. Especially the one where they show the all-in-one to the white woman and shes all like "wheres the tower" and ****. Welcome to 1998. Enjoy your iMac clone.
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i used to have some line of toys where they were like part machine part plant maybe? i rember having the "bad guy" one that had like a big circular saw wheel in the front.

that **** was badass.
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Old 09-22-2011, 02:57 PM   #4353
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i remember now!

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Did I hear someone say...playsets? And no one brought up THIS???
slightly before my time but I do remember my friend's older brother having one
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what a great commercial, gotta love the soundtrack
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I dont even remember that one.

One of my favs that gets no love today:

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oh so transformers?
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lol no, Macross. Two different concepts. Well, unless you count what Transformers was taken from, in which case they did have drivers. But once you start digging it all gets so mixed up and messy. Oh, Microman.
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can we talk about how awesome the megaman soundtrack was?





oh no, im crying again. so awesome. i need to reinstall my emulator.
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Oh man. The original Mega Man games are such classics! Modern works of art. I miss my NES. I kick myself for selling it.


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