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HERETIC

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Heretic was released on December 23, 1994 by GT Interactive. The game was developed by Raven Software. Heretic is first person shooter. The player must first fight through the undead hordes infesting the location where the elders performed their ritual. At its end is the gateway to Hell’s Maw, guarded by the Iron Liches. After …

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INTEL PENTIUM RECALL

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In the face of the FDIV defect now well publicised, Intel has offered to replace the processors. On affected models, the Intel Processor Frequency ID Utility checks for the presence of this bug. Given Intel has sold a lot of defective processors this could potentially cost the company a major amount of money.

DESCENT

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Descent was released on December 17, 1994 by Interplay. The game was developed by Parallax Software. Descent is a first person shooter. Descent is a highly advanced first person shooter boasting six degrees of freedom. One of the few games in its class to allow the player full freedom in moving up and down, left and …

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NETSCAPE

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 The first beta release versions of the browser was released in 1994 and known as Mosaic and then Mosaic Netscape until a legal challenge from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (makers of NCSA Mosaic, which many of Netscape’s founders had spent time developing), led to the name change to Netscape Navigator. The company’s name also changed from …

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IOMEGA ZIP DRIVE

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The IOmega Zip drive was released circa Q4 1994. The Zip drive originally was shipped as a SCSI device but it had a firmware problem that caused the drive to malfunction. The Zip disk with 100 megabytes of capacity was very attractive at a time when most computers were equipped with 200-500MB hard disks. The …

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INTEL FDIV BUG

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CNN reported that the Intel Pentium 60 and Pentium 66 both a flaw with the FDIV instruction. 4,195,834 / 3,145,727 = 1.333820449136241002 The defective CPU makes a mistake: 4,195,834 / 3,145,727 = 1.333739068902037589 The values highlighted in red are incorrect. In the device manager the CPU properties shows: “The numeric processor in this computer can …

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DOOM II: HELL ON EARTH

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Doom II: Hell on Earth  was released October 10, 1994 by GT Interactive. Doom2 was developed by id Software. Doom 2 is a first person shooter. Immediately following the events in Doom, the player once again takes the role of the anonymous space marine who has proven too tough for Hell to contain. After being …

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WIN32S

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Win32s is an API for Windows 3.1 and 3.11 which allows 32-bit programs to call 16-bit hardware devices. The idea was using a n API so that a driver could map the calls into the device and then pass the results back. Basically Wind32s is a set of DLL libraries with a VxD driver. The …

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SYSTEM SHOCK

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System Shock was released on September 24, 1994 by Origin Systems. The game was developed by Looking Glass Technologies. System Shock is a first person action role-playing game. System Shock’s 3D engine, physics simulation and complex gameplay have been cited as both innovative and influential. Looking Glass sought to make System Shock as immersive as possible …

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WING

WinG is an API designed to provide faster graphics for Windows 3.1 systems. Microsoft positioned it as a way for game developers to use Windows to build games. WinG, while interesting, was still fundamentally based on drawing bitmaps in memory and outputting frames after the drawing was done. However, Windows NT 3.5 and Windows 95 …

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