You know, I've been on the internet for 5 years now. I've noticed a trend that seems to always repeat itself..
Someone who previously had bad products.. Like AMD and their K6 procs. Will bring out an awesome product. Like AMD and their K7 athlons and beyond. At first they'll get cheered on and everyone will be all gun-ho for them. Then after awhile, you'll get the people who will piss and moan. Ohhh, they're a big corporation, ooohh, they're abusing us consumers, ooohhh, this and that.
As for Nvidia, 3DFX was the only true competitor when Nvidia started making good cards. All ATI and Matrox cards from that era are complete shit for 3d. Go ahead, buy those cards and get a 3d accel game from that era and do some compares. Look at where 3DFX was going with their cards. V3 was a pair of V2 cores and some other crap. V4 and V5 weren't much better. No 32bit video. Not many new features of any kind! Yeah, sure, didn't they add FSAA there at the end? That was about it.
ATI didn't bring out their Radeons until more recently. Maybe they will compete with Nvidia. They have alot to prove though, considering that many people, like myself, have and one or another ATI card before with extremely buggy driver support. My ATI AIW 8mb pci pro card would lock up my computer if I captured in anything higher than QCIF, or if I used the 3d functions, etc. I have not seen newer drivers for it in years.
In short, just because 3DFX is dead, doesn't mean Nvidia is a tyrant. Nvidia can't help that they continued to make improvements to their cards while 3DFX was busy living off of the voodoo2.
I'm not going to say much about Intel except for this. Remember when the AMD K6-2 came out with 3DNOW! extensions.. and everyone was slamming them for the bad FPU performance. Remember, however, that games which were (Keyword..) Optimized for 3Dnow! would run at a good pace on those chips? Hrm.. didn't become very popular did it?
What makes Intel think that they will do any better with the same tactic?