Those of us who lived through the time without meaning—otherwise known as the mid-1990s—understand the definition of "tease." Game
publishers of the day were suddenly and mysteriously quite capable of pumping out visually decadent, ridiculously immersive "3D" graphics—yet few gamers could take advantage. You either dumped a bunch of dough on one of those newfangled "3D
video cards," in which case you likely bought a product that didn't work as expected (can you say "proprietary"?), or you were stuck, salivating, with
Paleozoic non-accelerated gear.
The mid-’90s were a precursor to a revolution in graphics and gaming alike, and at the center was the video
card, in the midst of its coming-of-age party. Let's take a walk down memory lane.