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    Doom 19th Best Tech Product of All Time


    Fredrik

    PC World has published a list of "The 50 Best Tech Products of All Time" in which Doom, "which launched the first-person-shooter genre into the stratosphere", made position #19. Doom placed second among three games in the list, behind Tetris but ahead of World of Warcraft. As of 2007, PC World's preference for Tetris over Doom is widely regarded as controversial by some Swedish gamers. Fortunately, you can remedy this injustice by voting for Doom in the reader poll.

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    Graf Zahl said:

    Where's the C64?


    Yeah! without the C64, Timbaland wouldn't have made his latest hit by stealin' beetz!

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    as long as we're ahead of that stupid MMO i don't care. at least our 13-year hobby is validated.

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    FourOhFour said:

    Doom's actually leading that poll. By a fair margin. Be proud, doomworld, be proud.

    Nope, Red Hat Linux is #1 with almost twice as many votes. Good work nonetheless!

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    Why is WoW a revolutionary tech product? MUDs came out decades before WoW and were immensly popular, considering the amount of computer users with modems back then.

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    A list that's missing the C64 or at least the SID chip but includes some really obscure platforms seems kind of invalid, at least in the hardware department.

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    The only mention C64 gets is when mentioning the Apple II, which is described as a computer "for people who wanted a machine that actually did something", while the C64 and TRS-80 were "mere toys".

    I take offense to that. I've never felt more productive than I did with the C64-- writing essays, printing large graphic banners for science projects, and writing small programs that did my math homework for me.

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    Bucket said:

    The only mention C64 gets is when mentioning the Apple II, which is described as a computer "for people who wanted a machine that actually did something", while the C64 and TRS-80 were "mere toys".



    If they want to list products with a significant impact they have totally disqualified themselves with that remark.

    For me the Apple II is merely an obscure footnote in computer history (after all, how many people had one?) but I fondly remember the times when I learned to program on my C64. For me personally there is no question what would have been #1 in that list. (No, it's not Doom... ;))

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    The availability of pornography on the internet should fit into that list somehow, with specific mention.

    Therefor the list is invalid.

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    Psycho Siggi said:

    The availability of pornography on the internet should fit into that list somehow, with specific mention.

    Therefor the list is invalid.


    Indeed, it should go under #1.

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    Graf Zahl said:

    For me the Apple II is merely an obscure footnote in computer history (after all, how many people had one?)

    It was the first computer I ever owned, thank you very much! Not to mention my dad apparently made thousands by getting Apple II's with minor problems, fixing them up and reselling them. Too bad he wasted the money on a rather expensive and oversized photocopier (I think it was a photocopier, I have no clue wtf it was) that he only used once.

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    In my time, we had early Windows 3.1 machines. Before then, Macs and Apple IIs. We never got to experience C64 over here.

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    Graf Zahl said:

    For me the Apple II is merely an obscure footnote in computer history (after all, how many people had one?)

    I'm going to take a wild guess and say that Apple II's were much more prevalent in the US than in Europe. Apple II's were in practically every US school, which is (I think) the only time I've used one.

    I have to agree that the list is garbage. The description for the Voodoo3 alone makes my head hurt (and of course the Voodoo is far more important than the V3 ever was). How the hell is an Iomega ZipDrive considered to be one of the best products ever? Spybot?? Northgate OmniKey Ultra??? Hey guys, there's this other loud, indestructable keyboard called an IBM Model M that more than 5 people have actually heard of.

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    david_a said:

    I'm going to take a wild guess and say that Apple II's were much more prevalent in the US than in Europe. Apple II's were in practically every US school, which is (I think) the only time I've used one.


    I'd guess you are correct. Although they were available here one could hardly call them popular.


    I have to agree that the list is garbage. The description for the Voodoo3 alone makes my head hurt (and of course the Voodoo is far more important than the V3 ever was).


    I fully agree. The V1 was revolutionary but when the V3 came out other cards with less limitations were already available.

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    i'm going to assume that where the apple IIe was prevalant in america, various brands of the MSX were prevalant in europe and asia.

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