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    hey there im doing a task at college about the history of computers etc. could you tell me some computers from the 1990 that ran games. plz

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    Commodore 64 was still alive back in the early nineties, towards the end of it's life, but if you want to get into PC gaming (PC as in what IBM clones have become known as), you'll might want to research games from the 386/486 era. Also google abandonware; you'll get a million sites that freely distribute games in which the pubisher has perished or are technically illegal but no one gives a crap.

    also, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaming_PC#History
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    Check out www.old-computers.com. Their museum section is rather good.

    You can view computers by the year they were released.

    Example for 1990 and 1991:
    http://www.old-computers.com/museum/...sp?st=1&y=1990
    http://www.old-computers.com/museum/...sp?st=1&y=1991

    And you can bet most of these machines ran games!

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    I'd say gaming computers in the (early) 1990's mostly were Commodore Amiga, Atari ST, IBM PC compatibles and some Apple Macintosh. Surely most systems had one or a few games available, but from my horizon no other computer had a gaming impact by then, unlike in the mid-80's when there were plenty of computer games for almost every computer.

    Of course I don't mention concurrent video games like the Super Nintendo, Sega Megadrive/Genesis and so on, because you explicitely said computers and it is what this site is all about anyway.

    Edit: Perhaps I should add the Sharp X68000 in the above list, although it is an internal Japanese affair. The 8-bit systems though were rapidly becoming obsolete and by 1993 almost not a single commercial game was released for those with the possible exception of NES, which again is no computer...
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    Spacewar! found its success on the pdp-8, making it the earliest example of a true computer game.
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    "Spacewar! found its success on the pdp-8, making it the earliest example of a true computer game."

    <trebek>Ooh..Good answer, but we're going to have to buzz you as wrong since the question was stated "some computers from the 1990"..</trebek>

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    And he didn't answer in the form of a question

    Either way, he's looking for gaming computers not computer games. You were so close, yet so far. Plus I don't think a mini counts as a gaming rig :P

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    But people at a LAN gaming event would get mighty impressed if you haul in a computer in the size of a PDP-8. At least until you start your mobile diesel engine to generate the electricty you need...
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    Quote Originally Posted by barythrin View Post
    "Spacewar! found its success on the pdp-8, making it the earliest example of a true computer game."

    <trebek>Ooh..Good answer, but we're going to have to buzz you as wrong since the question was stated "some computers from the 1990"..</trebek>

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