Oh wow, I remember the days leading up to HL and SiN. I have my CGW, PCG
and PC Accelerator
mags to prove it! What a time! All this was new and exciting, back when 3D cards were '3D graphics accelerators
'...ha! I remember getting my Pentium2/400mhz (that replaced my ancient 486DX2/66 that I had been nursing along until then...funny story I've told before but I was actually able to get Quake2 to run on that 486! It was in a window the size of a postage stamp, software rendering (obviously) and at like 2fps, but it ran
! I was so proud!
), 128mb RAM on the legendary Asus 440BX chipset (P2B motherboard - still got the box, but not the board, FL's notorious lightning saw to that...
), a Diamond Stealth S220 (which was a 4mb Rendition-based board, 2D/3D) and a Diamond Monster3D2 (which was, of course, a 3DFX Voodoo2-based board with 8mb of memory and 3D only). Shortly after having it built, I added another Diamond Monster3D2 board (an RMA 'accident' - long story) and I was able to run it in SLI. Kick ass, though my PSU wasn't powerful enough and had intermittent black screens when running heavy-duty 3D-intensive games.
I was actually looking forward more to SiN than HL at the time. I really wasn't that excited about HL at all. SiN was the one I was constantly reading previews for and what not. It sounded and looked awesome. And, really, if you can look past the bugs (especially at release, where some of the game was absolutely broken), SiN was pretty awesome. I loved it and played the hell out of it. The patches certainly helped to bring the game to life too. Sometimes literally as some of the release bugs broke the bosses to where they didn't move AT ALL. One of the few games I've played through all the way multiple times. A forgotten gem, certainly. As for HL, I was able to get a copy free and played it quite a bit and it was amazing, but I just wasn't as into it as SiN for some reason, even though I probably logged more hours in it than SiN. *shrugs* I dunno. Maybe because there were so many
new and different 3D games coming out at the time. I had all I could do being a young father, working 12 hour days and playing games while keeping a girlfriend and social life...
Other games back then that stand out are Total Air War (which was one that really brought my system down to it's knees at times), Grand Prix Legends (one of the only games that took advantage of the Rendition-based Diamond Stealth S220 board more than the 3DFX board, and looked stunning because of it!) and Jedi Knight (Dark Forces 2)...