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What game did you buy your first video card for?



  • DavisFlightDavisFlight Talahasee, FLPosts: 2,556Member Common

    Dark Age of Camelot. Worth it.


    Then again for Oblivion. Not worth it. What an utter disappointment. What a piece of trash game. How could the company that made Morrowind screw up so badly?

  • ForgefeuForgefeu MetzPosts: 105Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by nsignific
    Quake 1, the first 3D hardware accelerated game. I bought a Monster 3D (voodoo 1 chip).


    Ditto ;)

    And i remember it as the most impressive hardware update i ever did , back then upgrading a vidéocard was like leaving stoneage =)

  • ET3DET3D Posts: 260Member Uncommon

    I think I bought my first 3D accelerator just because I wanted to have one. More correctly it was a decelerator, the ViRGE DX. Most games use software rendering, so it wasn't that needed, but I was impressed by the bilinear filtering in Tomb Raider.

    The was one game I did buy a card for, and that was Unreal. I found a cheap Matrox m3D, a PowerVR based card, which was a bit crappy compared to the Voodoo, but also cheaper and supported by Unreal. I spent hours looking at the tower flyby in Unreal using all the graphics cards I had.

  • wilqwilq warszawaPosts: 144Member
    I bought mine first for Dark Forces 2
  • CaldrinCaldrin CwmbranPosts: 4,505Member Uncommon

    I belive the game was Sim City 2000, it would not run on the card i had in my PC as it needed a VGA card with 512k of ram i think wow i cant remember that was back in 94 or somthing.. well before proper 3d cards..


    I can always remember buying Sim City 2000 getting home, installnig it in DOS then only to get a message No VGA card detected... i weas gutted :( but i eventually saved up for a basic VGA card and got the game working.. and it was awesome :)


    First card with 3d acceleration was a Matrox mystique and i think i probally got that for on of the Dark Forces games... not long after i got a vodoo card for it as well..



    I did have a c64 before i has a proper IMB based PC but im not counting the C64 for this :)

  • ThrennieThrennie LeedsPosts: 107Member

    Yep I can remember. It was to play a graphical text based adventure game called Scapeghost in VGA, so I was upgrading from CGA at the time.

    Just checked and apparently this was back in 1989 as I bought the game on release. I'd built up a system and used the cheapest possible graphics card at the time with the idea of upgrading once I'd saved up enough for this more advanced display adaptor.

  • ArakaziArakazi OxfordPosts: 911Member Uncommon
    Voodoo Banshe for EQ. Didn't last long though and had to go out and buy another computer not so long afterwards.
  • CorthalaCorthala LagosPosts: 283Member Uncommon

    Riva 98/99



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  • boenboyboenboy ParisPosts: 5Member
    Age of Conan. I actually didnt buy just a new vc but a whole new pc for that game :p
  • fenistilfenistil GliwicePosts: 3,005Member
    Originally posted by Corthala
    Riva 98/99

    Heh my first video card with 3d acceleration was riva tnt 2 m64

  • just1opinionjust1opinion Kansas City, MOPosts: 4,641Member Uncommon


    I had decent video cards in my computers for playing the games I was playing prior to EQ2, but when EQ2 came out I had to buy a new computer, including a new gfx card.  Yes, the game was worth it to me.

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  • tomato_kwantomato_kwan calgary, ABPosts: 44Member


    Any game I played prior didn't REQUIRE a video card.

  • darkhalf357xdarkhalf357x Brooklyn, NYPosts: 1,186Member Uncommon

    Easy for me.  GTX570M for SWTOR.  First PC game I played.

    Consoles for 30 years prior to that.

  • DerrialDerrial Hillsborough, NJPosts: 250Member

    Bought a Riva 128 video card for Quake 2.

  • RaysheRayshe London, ONPosts: 1,278Member Uncommon
    Unreal Tourny, I played that game to death... and beyond.

    Because i can.
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  • TofkeTofke GeelPosts: 266Member Uncommon
    S3 Virge but can't say I bought it for one particular game... Played loads of games back then already.
  • XarnthalXarnthal Landenberg, PAPosts: 130Member
    Originally posted by mmoguy43
    It probably doesn't completely depend on your age but could be when you started to take gaming more seriously. Can you even think that far back? I had a flashback to when I was a novice to computer upgrades but very much into PC games. I believe it was Lego Island that forced me into buying a *gasp* graphics accellerator card in order to play the game. image

    3DFX Voodoo 2 for my Quake 2 addiction.


  • HealthyGamerHealthyGamer Joplin, MOPosts: 25Member



    I also remember having to get my first Cable Internet service because players would kick me from game for having the dreaded 'Red Bar'.  I was so happy the first time I saw green Starcraft latency bars.

  • ReklawReklaw Am.Posts: 6,495Member Uncommon

    While I have been with pc gaming for allot of years before Medal of Honor ( the original from "99) is what made me build my first actuall gaming pc. Not counting the "HOMECOMPUTER (MSX/Commodore/Amiga/Atari)" which I had before that, and most of the consoles till the ps2.

    I am not really recalling what video card I used but think for a few years I bought ATI cards, think if I am not mistaken that Farcry 1 was the game that made me switch to NVidia and since never been using another brand then NVIDIA/Asus cards (currently 580GTX)


  • Creslin321Creslin321 Baltimore, MDPosts: 5,359Member
    Half life 1!

    Are you team Azeroth, team Tyria, or team Jacob?

  • PyndaPynda Posts: 836Member Uncommon

    Seeing the Matrox Millenium mentioned a couple of times has rung a bell. But I'd guess there was another before that.

    I also remember my Nvidia Ti4200 64mb fondly. Bought for playing Asheron's Call. I got the 64mb version (vs. the 128mb) after reading an authoritative article in Tom's Hardware explaining exactly why no more than 64mb of video memory would ever be required on a video card. Then or in the future. That author was obviously a prescient genius.

  • MMOGamer71MMOGamer71 Pittsburgh, PAPosts: 1,930Member Uncommon

    1st computer didn't have a video card.  Packard Bell 386N+ back in 1991 time frame.

  • ReizlaReizla 3,879Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by solarine
    Here's another thing, though: Back in the early 90s, the purchase that showed that you were "serious" about PC gaming was not the video card (didn't need it, really). It was actually the sound card. I remember buying my first true sound card back in the very early 90s. It was either a Sound Blaster 1.5 or a 2.0.  The traps in Prince of Persia sounded wicked with that! :)

    ...very true indeed... Instead of the PC speaker or AdLib, you could get a hell of a lot better sound when buying Creative. My 1st soundcard was an AWE16, next AWE32 and after that the SoundBlaster Live 5.1. The last one I still have and is in my son's PC now. And as always, I'm still with SB, having thier last years top-model in my system. Though soundcards (and chips in general) have gone through a lot of changes and on-board sound is pretty good these days, there's still nothing better than a good creative card ;-)

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  • iamrtaiamrta your momsPosts: 164Member Uncommon

    gosh...first pc i built strictly because of gaming...probably my rage 128 and age of empires. 

    still have that card in my attic :)

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