1996 was an interesting year in the history of gaming. DOS was still the king of PC gaming while Microsoft was pushing Windows 95 compatibility (anyone remember the “Game Reboot to MS-DOS” shortcut?). Cartridges were singing their swan song with the N64, Sony was yelling that we were “not ready” for their (technically inferior) Playstation, and Sega…. Poor, poor Sega.
Sony Playstation was starting to rule but Sega and Nintendo would not go down without a fight… well one of them did…
Source: 1996 Video game ads
Oh, there we were. We happy, frustrated few. We, the denizens of a pixel-driven history plagued by tirelessly trying and retrying various IRQ settings to get the sound and video to work properly because our hardware came with no such documentation. We, the DOS gaming generation.
“A-bomb prepping. A-bomb launch detected.”
Reflecting on things I take for granted, things which are an everyday part of how I play videogames today, I think of what used to constitute that for me.
Source: DOStant Memories | Rock, Paper, Shotgun