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Sunday, 17 January 2021

Game Gallery: Pentium III

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In 1998, I worked at a branch of Special Reserve, a UK mail-order company selling computer games and parts that is all but lost to history now. Anyone who had a PC or Amiga in the '90s will know the name, however, as they advertised in every popular computer magazine. It was my first full-time job after leaving school at 17, and mostly involved working the till. They also sold pre-built PCs, and I did get involved in repairing some of the customer's computers when they were brought in. Mostly, I enjoyed 'testing' the new PCs at they came in, with the Pentium II at the top of its game and some really exciting games coming out. One game I particularly enjoyed at this time was Motorhead.

After I left that job (read: was fired), I got a job in London and decided at some point to purchase a brand new PC to replace my ailing 486DX4 system. I can't remember exactly what the spec was, but I think it was a Pentium III 733MHz, and probably had an nVidia TNT2 graphics card. It's also the machine I purchased a Radeon 8500 for, so that I could play newer games. It came bundled with a decent selection of games, including Rollcage and Alien Versus Predator (which was terrifying).

This is a selection of the games I played in this era. It is anything but comprehensive, and there are some absolutely glaring omissions, such as Command & Conquer, Star Trek and System Shock 2 (I have never played System Shock)

All screenshots originate from Moby Games, and each game is linked in the caption.

Aliens Versus Predator (1999)
American McGee's Alice (2000)
Baldur's Gate (2000)
Black & White (2001)
Carmageddon: TDR 2000 (2000)
Civilization III (2001)
Colin McRae Rally 2.0 (2000)
Deus Ex (2000)
Driver (1999)
Forsaken (2000)
Grand Prix 3 (2000)
Grand Prix 4 (2002)
Grand Theft Auto: London 1969 (1999)
Grand Theft Auto 2 (1999)
Grand Theft Auto III (2002)
Half Life (2001)
Hitman: Codename 47 (2000)
Kingpin: Life of Crime (2002)
Rally Championship (1999)
Max Payne (2001)
MDK (1997)
Motorhead (1998)
Need For Speed III: Hot Pursuit (1998)
Quake III: Arena (1999)
Rollcage (1999)
Rollcage: Stage II (2000)
Sega GT (2000)
Sports Car GT (2000)
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003 (2002)
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six (1998)

TOCA 2: Touring Car Challenge (1999)

X-Wing Alliance (1999)
X-Wing Collector Series (1998)
Unreal (1998)
Unreal Tournament (1999)