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A Stroll Down Memory Lane: Best 3Dfx Glide Games

By Shawn Knight ยท 90 replies
Dec 15, 2016
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  1. The year was 1998. It was Christmas time and I had just received my very first computer, an AMD K6-2 running at 333MHz. Little did I know, from that day forward, my life would be changed forever. One of the first such changes was my shift in focus from console games to PC gaming. A few months after getting my PC, I added a Diamond Monster II 3D graphics card powered by the 3Dfx Voodoo 2 chipset. It was an absolute screamer and took my gaming experience to a whole new level.

    Having a specialized 3d API was arguably both the highlight and the downfall for 3Dfx. The Glide API combined with Voodoo hardware truly enhanced the gaming experience and during the short few years that Glide reigned supreme, several games based its 3d implementation solely in this proprietary API.

    If you are old enough, odds are you owned a 3Dfx card and played some of these games. Let us take you a trip down memory lane and remember some of the best games ever that used Glide.

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  2. Littleczr

    Littleczr TS Addict Posts: 439   +84

    I was too poor to afford a 3d graphics card. I played more civilization, but great memories none the less.
  3. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,682   +349

    Had a Voodoo 3 and played all of those games at some point or other. Was a great card, although think my next was a Nvidia TNT2 Mach 64 and never saw anything worthwhile from 3DFX after that. Shame as they really were there at the start of decent discrete graphics cards.
    Julio Franco likes this.
  4. You guys forgot about the most important one of them all. The one that made gamers put a 3DFX Voodoo I card in their PCs to begin with.

    GLQuake and GLQuakeWorld. Those games were the driving force for 3DFX!
    captainload, Jim$ter and psycros like this.
  5. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 7,858   +2,810

    I remember playing most of these games on my Pentium 4 90Mhz PC but I just used the built in graphics chip. I never new much about discreet cards those days.
  6. money

    money TS Enthusiast Posts: 45   +6

    Exactly, but it's Unreal that they forgot about - Unreal was the Quake killer.
    Jim$ter likes this.
  7. U must mean Pentium I 90 MHz if I remember correctly. Then came mmx with mmx enabled games like POD
    SantistaUSA and Arris like this.
  8. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,344   +1,475

    Wow I played all of those games back in the day and I am sure they looked more realistic than that :)

    Need for Speed II: Special Edition - OMG look at the graphics, I use to think the cars looked so amazing.

    I think around that time I was using a 16MB Banshee but honestly I can't really recall.
    Lurker101, trgz, Rorshirk and 6 others like this.
  9. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,338   +811

    So many good games.
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  10. avoidz

    avoidz TS Guru Posts: 460   +55

    My first video card upgrade like a lot of users was a TNT2. I kind of miss those early days and all the exciting new hardware we'd see in the magazines of the time. The graphics seemed amazing, and each new game would look better than the last.
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  11. NimbusTLD

    NimbusTLD TS Enthusiast Posts: 56   +24

    Diablo II is hardware accelerated?

    I remember upgrading from a Voodoo1 to a Voodoo2 because of FFVII :) What a difference it made!
  12. I remember going to a more well off family than mine and playing their computer some of these games and (looking back foolishly) thinking "Wow! Graphics won't get better than this."
  13. Oh, and the audible "click" when the card kicked in....snif....they don't make them like they used to...
  14. Kushan

    Kushan TS Rookie

    I hate that I know this, but that screenshot of Tomb Raider 2 is actually from Tomb Raider 1.
    Arris and QuaZulu like this.
  15. Amd K6-2 500Mhz, Voodoo 3 and Rainbow Six, had them then and still do today.
    A gamer since the days of pong, seeing the graphics evolve has been interesting.
    Hope I live long enough to experience the holodeck.
    Thinh I'll go play some Red Storm Rising on my Commodore 64, now that was a game.
    psycros likes this.
  16. Completely forgot about Unreal 1, looked fantastic and was made for 3dfx Glide.
    psycros likes this.
  17. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TS Addict Posts: 609   +109

    Ah, the days of 4mb of video RAM.. Remember being super excited to be able to play Need for Speed II :D
    SantistaUSA likes this.
  18. Dukenukemx

    Dukenukemx TS Member Posts: 71   +16

    Am I the only one who misses Descent games? Pretty sure Descent 3 has Glide support.
  19. I remember the running GLQuake and Tomb Raider after installing my Orchid Righteous 3D 3dfx card and sitting speechless for an afternoon. I think it was the single most significant upgrade to a PC I've performed in 20+ years. I salute the 3DFX team for what they did for the gaming industry; I don't think it's been repeated since.
    psycros likes this.
  20. Omg what a blast down memory lane. Reminds me of weekend long LAN parties playing Tribes, Quake2 and Jedi Knight, with my voodoo and then the banshee.
  21. Unreal was the most incredible graphics I had seen. The water/reflective effect was stunning.
  22. Isn't that a picture from the original Diablo instead of Diablo 2?
  23. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,243   +446

    I miss my Voodoo 2 Black Magic... it definitely changed the world of gaming for me, but I was pretty upset about the lack of 32-bit graphics with Glide. I would fall back to my ASUS TNT 3400 whenever the performance was similar just for the color depth. Tribes is what I really used my Voodoo 2 for. Unreal was great with it as well.
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  24. When I got my first computer I got to play Quake 2 in Software mode only (you know, the ungodly mass of pixels) then I bought a Voodoo 3 3000 PCI and was able to enable Glide

    My jaw seriously drop....I think its the biggest graphic quality jump I've ever seen in the industry of videogames, the only thing that comes close was when we were super used to 2d gaming and I saw the just released Super Mario 64 in a shop, jaw dropped again
  25. I can't believe you don't have Tribes on your list. I went from an ATI 3D Rage II to a Voodoo 3 2000 and wow, what a difference.

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