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So, The Last of Us has been out for a week now. That’s seven days. Since we got the game as a gift to our dad on Father’s Day, it’s been the most played game in the house the whole week. But because I was busy writing and stifling my coughs from bronchitis and trying not to die at my computer desk, I couldn’t play as much as I would have liked. And because I had the brilliant idea of setting up shop in the lounge where all the gaming gets done, I had a pretty big problem – avoiding spoilers for the game. As a gamer and someone who has looked forward to this particular game for over a year, I absolutely wanted to avoid spoilers at all costs.

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You may remember a company that practically dominated the VGA landscape back when ATi was a smart-mouthed kid and Nvidia was still practically a toddler. 3DFX was a heavy-hitter in the past, smashing performance records year-on-year and introducing some new tech that we still use today. While their memory lives on with Nvidia, it was a company that pretty much kicked ass back in the day, but was let down by mismanagement, terrible planning and not being able to keep up with the rate of development of their competitors.

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So for those of you who were born from 1995 and onwards and never used Windows 95, you won’t remember this. Some of the old folk here do, however, and more hours were spent staring at the screen when it came on than there were playing games, or watching the telly. While Windows 95 didn’t change things as much as Windows 2000 did (and still does, because it has the best network stack Microsoft has ever, or will ever, design), it did bring one thing that brought joy to everyone who followed it’s exploits (and no, it wasn’t the Start button)…

“That’s right, boys and girls, I’m back to blow your minds again!”

The Windows 95 Maze screensaver!

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I have to admit, today’s Oldie But Goodie isn’t something I’m remembering fondly. A lot of people say things like, “those were the good old days” when they’re remembering something that they liked. For the record, I hated and still hate the IDE standard, but I can appreciate that it’s gotten us to where things stand today – those sexy, sexy coloured SATA cables that bend and buckle in every way you command. How did people back then cope with the hassle of the ribbon cable?

I know its ugly, get over it. It was my reality for years!

Firstly, let’s get into why we needed the damn thing in the first place.

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