Granted, there is a certain aura about a monochrome monitor, but I still prefer my
SVGA. Text based games, i.e. Zork, etc. are great. I am a total Infocom junkie. But
I still love my graphics, too. The CGA card gave the PC 640x200 res with 16 colors.
With the introduction of EGA in 1984, computer games were more possible (and enjoyable)
than CGA. EGA supported up to 640x350 res in 16 colors. The main advantage of
EGA was the palatte of 64 colors to select from. With 64K, the card cost $524.
In 1987, VGA's introduction made possible advanced graphics, Windows and an
entirely new realm of computing. VGA offered 256 simultaneous colors at a resolution
of 320x200, and 16 colors at 640x480. The colors displayed have six bits of depth for
each primary color, giving a palette of 262,144 different colors to select from. Now
that we have our SVGA monitors in a res of 1024x768 and 16.7 million colors, most
people think of early text and CGA games and say "Yecch!" But I would like to
encourage everyone to play at least one Infocom game in their life...they're more
Although the Atari
debuted in the 1970s, it was marketed as the "video game system of the 1980s" so
here it is. The Atari, to me, personifies the eighties. Think about it for a
second... Growing up, Atari was the stuph! You were cool as beans if you had an
Atari. All your friends who didn't have one were jealous. The Atari was
a tangible sign of financial success.
The Nintendo was the Atari of the late eighties. Atari was
declining at this point, when Sega and Nintendo developed their own systems and
preceded to eat Atari's lunch. The Nintendo was an 8 bit processor, compared to
the 4 bit Atari. It was capable of better graphics, better sound, and more
interactivity with devices such as the Power Pad. The Nintendo has continued to
evolve into today's Ultra 64.
This is by no means an all-inclusive list. It leaves out inventions like the laser
printer, the CD-ROM drive, the modem and the LAN. For a list in exhaustive detail,
try Ken Polsson,
whose site I found to be of the utmost usefulness in compiling this list.
Thanks to Corey for his input. Unauthorized reproduction of this
article is strictly prohibited. Logos used without permission. Sorry!
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