Twiggys [was: Re: ka... ching!]

Chuck Guzis cclist at
Sat Oct 8 16:17:34 CDT 2016

On 10/08/2016 09:46 AM, js at wrote:

> I think the people who complain about "Altairs just sitting on
> desks" might be doing so for at least one reason being because a
> particular purpose seems to violate the original spirit, intent, and
> purpose behind the creation.  I hear that a lot eg. "it's a shame
> it's just sitting there, not being used."
> It's when other purposes come in, and begin to make this hobby
> purpose more difficult to engage in and "unobtainium", that the
> hobbyists lament.  If there were enough for everyone, then there'd be
> no complaining.

I have to confess to a certain amount of bemusement when I witness the
phenomenon of game-obsession with early PCs.  With the exception of
"home" systems, such as Commodore and perhaps Apple and the like, I knew
very few people who *purchased* a PC for game playing.  Did people play
games on PCs?  Sure--but that was rarely the reason that anyone ponied
up for a 1970s or 80s multiple-kilobuck system.  Mind you, this was
around the time that one could purchase a Porsche 914 for little more
than $3000.

Most of the people I knew purchased a PC to do business applications
(AR, AP, GL, inventory, payroll or word processing) or worked with
spreadsheets.   Yet, very little of this is ever discussed on fora such
as the Vintage Computer Federation site.

Indeed, I think it's safe to speculate that the bulk of Intel Inboard
cards were sold to those running Lotus 1-2-3.

After we're all gone, what will future generations think of us? That we
developed new hardware and software solely to play games?



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