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A Stroll Down Memory Lane: Best 3Dfx Glide Games

By Shawn Knight ยท 132 replies
Jan 10, 2019
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  1. Littleczr

    Littleczr TS Guru Posts: 441   +92

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

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,696   +427

    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.
    ShagnWagn and Julio Franco like this.
  3. 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!
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    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.
  5. money

    money TS Enthusiast Posts: 61   +14

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

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,996   +2,456

    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.
    ShagnWagn, EClyde, Lurker101 and 8 others like this.
  8. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 3,442   +1,909

    So many good games.
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  9. avoidz

    avoidz TS Guru Posts: 460   +59

    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.
    Reehahs, ShagnWagn, SalaSSin and 3 others like this.
  10. NimbusTLD

    NimbusTLD TS Booster Posts: 99   +80

    Diablo II is hardware accelerated?

    I remember upgrading from a Voodoo1 to a Voodoo2 because of FFVII :) What a difference it made!
    madboyv1, Reehahs and bolski like this.
  11. 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."
  12. Oh, and the audible "click" when the card kicked in....snif....they don't make them like they used to...
    EClyde likes this.
  13. Kushan

    Kushan TS Rookie

    I hate that I know this, but that screenshot of Tomb Raider 2 is actually from Tomb Raider 1.
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  14. 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.
    SantistaUSA and psycros like this.
  15. Completely forgot about Unreal 1, looked fantastic and was made for 3dfx Glide.
    bolski, Peter Farkas and psycros like this.
  16. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TS Addict Posts: 603   +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.
  17. Dukenukemx

    Dukenukemx TS Member Posts: 71   +17

    Am I the only one who misses Descent games? Pretty sure Descent 3 has Glide support.
    Veiran likes this.
  18. 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.
    EClyde and psycros like this.
  19. 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.
  20. Unreal was the most incredible graphics I had seen. The water/reflective effect was stunning.
    bolski likes this.
  21. Isn't that a picture from the original Diablo instead of Diablo 2?
  22. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,281   +527

    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.
    Julio Franco likes this.
  23. 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
  24. 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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