Originally Posted by PostalTwinkie
Originally Posted by RagingCain
As for Microsoft and DirectX going away; nope, I don't care what your "underground" sources say. Direct X is a cow for Microsoft, and in many of their products.
I owned a Voodoo card after I owned a few other cards, and wasn't pleased with their performance. Then 3DFX dropped a card that had amazing performance, and an APi to go with it! Of course I purchased it! Why do we purchase new hardware? For better performance.
About 3DFX dumping millions into developers.....
You must mean like what Microsoft did to get the bloated and iterative Direct X picked up? What Nvidia does on a yearly basis with TWIMTBP titles? Like AMD does with their Gaming Evolved? Like what every company in this industry does? You mean that?
Your point is?
Also, awesome listing a few companies that where in technology, its a bit of a stretch to say Glide or another APi caused them to fail. Instead of, ya know, their mismanagement or inability to make advances in technology.
If all you want to do is list companies that existed, and then shutdown, in the technology world. You are going to need an ENTIRE forum to do that on......
correlation =/= causation.
So you ignored most of everything I wrote.
You bought a 3DFX for performance upgrade because an artificial barrier for 3D Acceleration placed in games by 3DFX. Congratulations for supporting that. Performance and features you probably could of gotten from using a wrapper on your old card.
Whether DirectX lives or dies, it is time we re-invent it, as the performance gains going forward can only be marginal unless it is fundamentally changed and or hardware continues exponentially brute forcing through it. Like we have been doing. I have no idea why you continually worship the idea of 3DFX despite obvious wrong doing, and demonized Microsoft at the time, was approached by a conglomerate of GPU vendors to create a abstract hardware agnostic API.
I already explained the Gaming Evolved and TWIMTB in the post above. Go read back about that.
Microsoft were not the only ones wanting DirectX. Everyone BUT 3DFX wanted it, as it broke their monopoly. They even refused to support it with Voodoo3.
Was Glide the cause and downfall of the industry? Probably not single handedly, but only someone ignoring the facts would disregard the impact it had. We have DirectX, a more advanced consumer based OpenGL and a few other APIs, to fight their monopoly. But it's been 20 years. Time for an overhaul.
I am done though with the discussion. Anyone worth listening to would have listened to my points, and people still ill-informed arguing with me, aren't people I need to waste my time on.Edited by RagingCain - 11/5/13 at 10:58am