Player tries to sell a “new” PC that he has never used and that he has had “for some time”, with a 32MB TNT Riva 2 inside that is 25 years old

Player tries to sell a “new” PC that he has never used and that he has had “for some time”, with a 32MB TNT Riva 2 inside that is 25 years old

In an anecdote that has generated a lot of jokes and laughter in the PC community on Reddit, a user shared the offer that a client made him, thinking that he was giving him a piece of equipment with cutting-edge technology. According to what he says in his post, this person had just brought him a personalized PC saying: “It’s brand new, I had it for a while but I never used it,” but he ended up discovering that it was a computer with, for example, a 32MB nVidia TNT Riva 2 , graphics card from 25 years ago.


For younger PC gamers or those who have been users of this platform for decades without being advanced hardware experts, we tell you that the Riva TNT was launched on the market on October 12, 1999, becoming an emblematic graphics card of its time. Built on a 250 nm manufacturing process and based on the NV5 graphics processor, its TNT2 variant offered support for DirectX 6.0, AGP 4X and 32 MB of VRAM. Hardware that stood out in the world of PC gaming in the late 90s, but has obsolete technology for current games.

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Something that is obviously clear is that most, at least, titles today ask in their system requirements to have a GPU with 8GB of VRAM or more, a value extremely far from the 32MB of the nVidia TNT Riva 2. It is for That its current value can be measured in the realm of collecting is made clear by other users, who respond to the post saying: “I am by no means an expert, but does something this old really have value for retro gamers or is it just a nice museum piece?” to which other players respond that precisely, “they are collector’s items. People like to build ‘era-specific’ machines. If you had a ‘new’ 25-year-old gaming PC, yes, it will be worth something.”

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Additionally, many gamers joke that this client’s computer is “A new 25-year-old PC!” or that the subject “just teleported from 1999.” In addition, other veteran hardware experts point out that it doesn’t even have that much value, from a collecting point of view, since “unfortunately, it is a TNT2 M64, a hampered version of the card with a 64-bit memory bus.” .



Finally, someone asks if it is possible to play Crysis on the computer or that they are curious about what games could run on that hardware, to which the creator of the post responds: “Hitman 2 is still installed on the operating system (Windows XP) and runs at about 20 FPS. We are talking about a Pentium E2220 with 512 MB of DDR333 RAM. “Just to state the obvious: I’m talking about the original Hitman 2 from 2002.”



When everyone used the arrow keys to play on PC, a QUAKE player with his WASD combination changed everything

There are certain aspects of a gamer’s life that have become so common and ordinary that we rarely wonder how they became an industry standard. One of them is the WASD key combination to control the characters, whose story takes us to the beginnings of competitive electronic sports and a legendary player named Dennis “Thresh” Fong.

Fong became known in 1993 by winning the Doom tournament sponsored by Microsoft. Over time, he established himself as one of the greatest Doom and Quake players of all time, even earning an entry in the Guinness Book of Records as the “first professional video game player.” In 1996, John Carmack, co-founder of id Software, organized the “Red Annihilation” Quake tournament. The winner would take home a Ferrari 328. Fong competed with the WASD combination and the use of the mouse, securing victory and the coveted prize.


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