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Tech stuff [Jan. 24th, 2005|12:57 pm]
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Robert Cringely, possibly the sharpest tech industry observer, has made some very interesting predictions about the why of the Mac Mini. Is Jobs setting up a grandstanding play?

Also, the other day, I stumbled onto a web site for a favorite game of mine, Dungeon Master. It was released in 1987 (I had it on the IIgs) and it won just about every award that existed. It basically created the first-person dungeon crawl genre (later seen in a bunch of SSI products, Bards Tale, Might&Magic, etc.). The game itself stands out as one of my favorites because it was extremely well-crafted, something too-rarely seen.

Turns out there are still a lot of fans of the game! In fact, there's a Windows and Linux port as well as over a dozen clones. Check out the encyclopedia site for more info, background, and game details. Pretty good for a game that's over 15 years old!

[User Picture]From: waterotter
2005-01-24 01:40 pm (UTC)
Alternate Reality came out in 1985.;)
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[User Picture]From: ysengrin
2005-01-24 02:14 pm (UTC)
I fondly remember both Dungeon Master and </i>Chaos Strikes Back</i> on the Atari ST :)
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[User Picture]From: waterotter
2005-01-24 02:20 pm (UTC)
See, I geek out all over Alternate Reality because of what they accomplished on limited computing power. AR: Dungeon, for example, had a 3D mip-mapped 360 degree engine LONG before Wolfenstein 3D was imagined. The designer had even worked out a way to make an AR MMORPG on Atari 8-bit with 400 baud modems. Too bad that never got out of the design stage.:)
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[User Picture]From: dakhun
2005-01-24 02:02 pm (UTC)
I dunno. Downloading movies would only be very good for those who got the DVD burner upgrade when they bought their Mac Mini (otherwise it is a bit of a waste, since then you can't keep the movie). And the great success of iTunes is attributable to the fact that they didn't require any proprietary hardware.
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[User Picture]From: genhusky
2005-01-24 02:20 pm (UTC)
I remember Dungeon Master. Course I found it a bit later than '87. I haven't played it in decades it seems, but probably on 1. I'll have to check out that website and see what I can see. It would be cool to give it a go once again. I thought it was cool!
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[User Picture]From: beoweasel
2005-01-24 03:26 pm (UTC)
oh man, I remember Dungeon Master! I loved that game! It was the first game I ever played...and what got me hooked on RPGs to boot. I think I was 5 at the time, I barely remember it
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[User Picture]From: rubbertexcooper
2005-01-24 09:56 pm (UTC)
I remember when it was revealed at the MacWorld Expo keynote speech there was little applause at first. I think everyone must have been thinking what I was "Oh crud, is this gonna turn out the way of the G4 Power Cube?" But after he talked about the basics and such, for a computer that small and one you can add your own stuff to, its not that bad. Good price tag for a Mac as well. Plus I think that OSX Tiger's new features is gonna make up for alot of it. People really seemed to love the new widgets.
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[User Picture]From: loranskunky
2005-01-24 10:33 pm (UTC)
I want a MacMini. I love my iBook and would love to have a desktop Mac again next to my 3D PC.
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