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Is it me or are computers boring these days?

Posted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 5:38 pm
by hedgehog
During the 80s and early 90s I loved messing about with computers. There seemed to be new innovations around every corner and various companies were constantly pushing the boundries.

Now days everything seems boring and turgid. Computing just seems so bland and all we ever seem to get are rehashed versions of what's gone before.

Is it just me? Have I become a Victor Meldrew of the retro computing scene?

What do others think? Any modern computing developments that get your juices flowing like they would back in the 80s/90s?

Tks.

Posted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 5:49 pm
by paranoid marvin
bring back rubber keyboards!

Posted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 5:57 pm
by video-gamer-girl
I like any old generation of computing, its in my blood. and its my dads fault ever since the 1st home computer existed.

poor man has no choice but to live, breath and fix and build the buggers. it brings in the bread and keeps the roof over the head

Posted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 6:29 pm
by woody.cool
I find nowadays, with computing, software seems more buggy than it used to.
The attitude of "don't worry about that bug, we'll fix it in an update from the web" seems to be the one that modern software developers take.

Modern software seems very bloated too. I remember getting my Amiga 500+ with Amiga Workbench 2.0 which booted from floppy - the ENTIRE OPERATING SYSTE< fitted on an 880K flopy - that's what I call impressive!!!

Posted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 6:41 pm
by Antiriad2097
Those agreeing with this thread will enjoy The Retrobits Podcast.

Yes, modern computers are dull. They're also easier to use and much more compatible. I'm not sure I'd want to go bak to the days of 20 different systems and the game you want not being on yours.

Posted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 6:42 pm
by woody.cool
Antiriad2097 wrote:Those agreeing with this thread will enjoy The Retrobits Podcast.
I'll grab that now I think!
Antiriad2097 wrote:Yes, modern computers are dull. They're also easier to use and much more compatible. I'm not sure I'd want to go bak to the days of 20 different systems and the game you want not being on yours.
That's one part of modern computing I'm glad about ....... and for the rest of the software that isn't compatible, thank god there's such thing as emulation!

Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 4:34 am
by psj3809
I think its quite boring APART from the Wii which has been great to follow as its been a huge hit and made games very different.

BUT i stopped at the PS2 and havent had an X-Box 360, Wii or any other latest console.

Why ? Just not enough time. I really enjoy playing retro games (Can have a quick blast for a few mins on a gadget) as i dont have as much free time as i used to.

To me a lot of the latest games are the same as old games, but obviously better graphics/sound etc which i dont care for so much. All about gameplay for me and still many of the old games have that in huge amounts

Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 4:36 am
by Antiriad2097
psj3809 wrote:I think its quite boring APART from the Wii which has been great to follow as its been a huge hit and made games very different.

BUT i stopped at the PS2 and havent had an X-Box 360, Wii or any other latest console.
Er, what's this got to do with computers? ;)

Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 5:12 am
by psj3809
Duh ! My fault for not reading it through properly and assuming he meant computers/consoles/games kinda thing

Doh !!! Lesson learnt !

Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 6:18 am
by Sureshot
Well, for the PC anyway it's definitely more boring in the sense that you don't have to play the 'get your game/program to run' game before you actually manage to play what you were intending. Despite this, I'll take compatability any day :P

I think the wow-factor probably has a lot to do with PCs seeming more boring than they used to be. I remember the first time I used the Internet in around '95 and was absolutely blown away at the thought of just sending an e-mail or using a search engine. Then when I discovered online gaming, well, that was just something else. And, as the PC was always the pioneer in innovation (and still is today, to some extent), you were always at the forefront of technical progression and the evolution of 3D which was really exciting.

So yes, in this sense computers aren't as interesting as they used to be, but it's most likely due in-part to leaps in technology now being much less obvious than they were during the 80s and 90s, while technology itself is taken much more for granted at the same time.

Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 7:13 am
by psj3809
I think its great the prices of decent computers has come right down, i remember having to switch every 6 months to keep up with the latest games, from a 66 mhz to a 166, to a 300mhz then to a 600 mhz etc

I did upgrade my computer last year but before that it could still play the latest games for quite a few years. Its like you dont have to upgrade all the time anymore, games havent caught up with the systems.

Even when you do upgrade its pretty cheap.

DVD writers are of course amazing, i loved Baldurs Gate back in the day but swapping cd's all the time was annoying.

Creating your own home made dvds etc. Chips may go faster and faster but i'm quite content with my PC

My big love is mobile PC's, really enjoy seeing all the Ultra Mobile PC's come out and see them getting more and more powerful. A few years ago you could never dream about playing Half Life on a mobile PC etc

Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 8:11 am
by Sega2006
I think PC's are boring now because they've just become another typical household appliance just like a washing machine whereas before the PC or Computer was a thing of luxury and thought of as one of peoples most prized possesions.

Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 3:48 pm
by sscott
I hate the fact that my PC boots quickly and efficiently each and every time/auto updates and is compatible with 99% of software, how I can flawlessly emulate a variety of systems. Just me I suppose.
Oh, here's a tip for avoiding operating system crashes, stop f***ing around with system settings and don't download dodgy porn emails ordodgy bit torrent sites. Hope this helps. :wink:

Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 5:02 pm
by ToxieDogg
woody.cool wrote:I find nowadays, with computing, software seems more buggy than it used to.
The attitude of "don't worry about that bug, we'll fix it in an update from the web" seems to be the one that modern software developers take.
*cough* Microsoft *cough* :wink: :wink:

Posted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 3:15 am
by psj3809
I know XP was buggy for ages but i must admit the last year or two everything (touch wood) seems fine on my PC.

The only crash i've had is a hard drive failing (and me nearly losing tons !) but i havent had the blue screen of death for agesssssssssss now. Used to be quite common but never have it anymore.