September 1998: The Premiere Issue

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damelloone

This was the issue that started it all for me! Thanks for the inspiration!(and hundreds of dollars spent on hardware upgrades :])

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damelloone

Funny how things change ( DVD-RAM consumer drives was still in it's infancy stage and expensive whereas now Optical Storage is all but dead). And things stay the same ( AMD is still losing money...Lol! ).

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Insula Gilliganis

This issue is one of a very few that is missing from Google books, which goes up to 2008 (along with several years of special seasonal issues). Thanks for including the ads which, back then, were almost as interesting to view as the articles. Unfortunately, Google books doesn't have any boot issues.

Back in the day, I use to have a sneaking suspicion that the bindings of the boot magazines had a secret message that would only be revealed over time after enough issues had been released (why else would the binding be so different from issue to issue).. but now looking at ckeck's picture (imgur.com/a/VfSXk), I guess the boot editors weren't as clever or mysterious as I had hoped they would have been.

I had a few correspondences with then art editor Kevin Ashburn, mainly about MPC testing the use of different covers of the same issue for subscription and newsstand. Kevin was very nice in his messages.

Too bad there was no MPC podcast back in 1998.. with all the editors that were available, it would have made for a very entertaining listen. Apparently the boot boyz did have some kind of Internet radio thing going on but I never investigated it.. was on dial-up until 2000.

Gordon Ung doesn't sound as cool as Gordon MAH Ung. Wonder if Gordon is so mad and cranky because he is the sole survivor from this issue.

RIP Andrew Sanchez.. his articles were almost always top notch reads.

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wildbill5891

Yeah, I go all the way back to when the mag was called Boot.

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nodster

I have every issue all the way back into the "Boot" days. Fun to look back at them when I get the time.

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jimmthang

That's very impressive. You should get a pic of all the issues you have. We'd love to share the pic!

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ckeck

Here is my collection, fully complete starting from Boot Vol. 1, Issue 1.

Can pull them all out if you want that sort of shot too :)

http://imgur.com/AeeuBaZ

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jimmthang

Yes, ckeck, if you can get a photo of every single issue you have in one shot, that would be amazing!

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ckeck

Will do!

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ApathyCurve

S3, Diamond, Montego... I'd forgotten those names already, even though they were all top-shelf parts in their day. Must be all the heavy drinking I did after I got married for the second time. =P

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drevas

I'll have to go dig the boxes out of the Storeroom, but I'm about 90% sure I still have this issue and in good condition at that. I haven't looked at those Mags in years. I think I'll frame it and put it up next to my Factory Sealed Box Copy of Windows 3.1.

Damn I'm getting old. :)

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maleficarus™

I switched to MPC after PC Accelerator was cancelled. =)

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Eoraptor

who the heck was in charge of scanning this issue? my 2 year old niece could probably do a better job of getting the pages square on the plate or under the camera.

Still, the articles themselves are definitely nostalgia fuel... AGP cards, people whining about when USB will become "a thing" and CD stackers back when CDs were still a thing and DVDs a luxury addon.

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vrmlbasic

I remember AGP and the angst caused by finding out that my motherboards all had gimped AGP speeds, that I was rocking 2 or 4x in an 8x world. AMD's lack of PCIe 3 is bringing back that angst but luckily it isn't bringing back the performance penalty.

Back in "the day", running zillions of expansion cards was common. Today it is rare to see something other than a GPU or 2 in a system, since multi-slot GPUs make it physically cramped and the limited PCIe bandwidth makes expansion difficult.

When I added an AGP card I don't recall having to worry about that halving the speed of my PCI cards... :)

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Eoraptor

Yeah, the expansion card conundrum just occured to me last month when my ancient NForce2 mobo died. I looked at all the expansion cards on it and realized every single one of them was replaced by either a USB port or an on-board solution in modern systems. With boards coming with a half-dozen or more USB 2 and 3 heads (and 3.1 set to debut next year) and a half-dozen or more SATA headers, I don't need interface cards for extra USB or RAID or a spare NIC, and honestly, I know maybe one in ten people using carded sound. Likewise with every board coming with one, or even two, great NICS. If not for people running triple SLI/Xfire, no one would build more than a microATX rig these days I think.

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samduhman

Am I the only one that noticed the tons of content to read vs today's Maximumpc? Today we have big pictures to look at OOOOooooooo.

Just an observation on how hard the crew worked back then compared to now.

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Benjo

Looking at my bookshelf, the first few issues gradually got thinner until it was down to its current form in May 1999. The old boot magazines were just as thin before it became Maximum PC though.

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vrmlbasic

I wish I had all of these on a bookshelf. Sadly most are boxed. :(

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ckeck

Like this? :)

http://imgur.com/AeeuBaZ

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vrmlbasic

Yes ;)

That's pretty cool.

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Benjo

I still have this issue along with every issue until I let my subscription expire on June 2009. (half of my 2008 issues and all my 2009 issues are still sealed in their original plastic bags!) The bundled CDs was my source for game demos, freeware, and other content back in the 28.8k dialup modem days.

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drevas

That is awesome, too bad you let your Subscription lapse. I've collected every issue of Game Informer since it started, I'm doing my best to get every one of them until Game Informer expires...or I do, which ever comes first!

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Omegasupreme80

How about the first issue of the old boot magazine? (Which I used to have but is now lost to the ages)

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ckeck

This one right here? It's taken a LONG time but I finally have a complete collection again from inception through about 2003 or so.

Several copies of this one. Maybe I'll open it up one day and scan it in.

http://imgur.com/AeeuBaZ

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Benjo

My oldest copy of boot is from March 1997 (Vol.2 No.3) bundled with the bootDISK 7. I wish I discovered that magazine sooner!

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Nick J

Yo, Benjo, if you're interested in making a few bucks, I have been searching in vain for boot's 1997 Dream Machine build. Maximum PC has posted the full articles from the '96 build and the '98, but I'm looking for '97. I posted in the forums in the 'PC Building Lab' section asking if anyone has that issue. If you have it, could you possibly find that issue and scan in (or even taking high resolution photographs would do [as long as I can read everything]) all of the pages for the Dream Machine article (including the cover, and anything else related the the Dream Machine)? I will pay you for your trouble via PayPal if possible. If I remember correctly, they claimed to have used a 300 MHZ Pentium II, but it was really an over clocked 266. I know because I built a similar machine back then based off that article, eventually tore it all down for parts, and would love to see it all again to possibly rebuild it. Again, if you have a forum account, hit up my topic in the PC Building Lab section, or PM me there and we can set something up. Thanks in advance!

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ckeck

Is this what you're looking for? Saw your comment as I was about to hit the sack. If so I'll try to get better pics, or time permitting, _carefully_ scan it in.

http://imgur.com/a/VfSXk

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vrmlbasic

Wow. The primo video card of the day was only $159.

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Nick J

Yeah, ckeck, you are the man! I don't know if you have a forum account here, but if you could take better pictures so I can read the text, PM me on the forums (username Nick J, yes, with a space) with a PayPal address and I can send you some cash for your efforts. If you don't have a forum account or no PayPal, hm, then if you have any other ideas, let me know how I could go about paying you. Thanks a lot in advance, really appreciate it.

*EDIT* Actually, I didn't realize those pics were that detailed, they are *almost* fine as is, there are just a couple of lighting glares where the text is obscured a little and also a little hard to read where the pages curl into the spine. If it's possible, could you do that again, but maybe from a different angle? PM me on the forums if possible and I'll still send you a thank you.

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ckeck

Tried another round on the camera...hard to get the lighting right with these semi-glossy pages. This should do to satisfy anyone who just wants to read these pages, but I will try to get around to actually scanning these soon in higher resolution.

If anyone has requests from other issues, just let me know.

http://imgur.com/a/Ue1dH

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ckeck

Yeah, you can zoom in and make it readable, but I just snapped these real quick (and not in the best lighting). I'll get better pics soon with my Canon instead of the iPhone and not under such intense light.

I have a forum account and it should be under the same name (ckeck). Been a while since I logged in but I'll check in later.

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John Pombrio

I have read every Maximum PC that has ever been published. You are my gods. I learned about overclocking from you and every New PC I build usually is an exact duplicate of your best of the best list.

Now if you guys can just stay in print, heh. It's inevitable that you will go digital sometime soon but I am hoping!

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TommM

That was a fun blast from the past. Love the ads and the Letters to the Editor.

"Why is AOL so slow?" :D

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vrmlbasic

I actually still have this edition of the magazine. I'm pretty sure that it is fairly mint too.

I find it funny to think back to how multi-processor setups were simultaneously coveted and shunned back then and how multicore is the standard today.

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tom_m

Yeah, even $250 tablet PCs have four cores these days -- passively cooled. Technology is amazing.

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devin3627

i am done with all the horrible shit today. fallout 3 and recycled textures, everywhere you go, SAME f**king sprites!!! same level textures. xbox 360 sucks. so does blu-ray disc format. we are arent beating off to blu-ray and its 2014! they came out in 2006! steve jobs said blu-ray is a bag of hurt, even microsoft opted out with the xbox 360. not a profitable deal, especially for halo 5. two discs were cheaper than one blu-ray.

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vrmlbasic

The price we pay when companies focus on building games for consoles that only have 256 MB of VRAM and have to expect to store everything else on slow optical drives.

It's not just the graphics, the small levels with little detail (eg:few NPCs, lots of doors that don't open) break immersion. There were levels in Deus Ex that were more expansive and immersive than any in Deus Ex: Human Revolution. With fan-made HD packs, both DX:IW and DX had better textures than DX:HR, despite the massive age gap.

Thankfully today bluray seems to be dirt cheap.

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Dorito Bandit

Damn! Was that Gordon's elementary school picture? YIKES!
Just kidding. I know that was his kindergarten picture. :P

All kidding aside, we have certainly came a long way since 1998. RAM is STILL outrageously high, however, we do get a lot more for the money these days.

Of course, 20 years from now, we'll look back on today's tech and laugh at it, too.

Thanks for posting.

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TorvaldsTumme

I'm in my mid-20s, so I was like.. 9 years old in 1998.

So for me, this pdf is less a nostalgia trip and more hilarity. I was reading gaming magazines a few years later but it was all about consoles. I owned the first PS1 and bought tons of games for it. PC gaming wasn't really that big back then, at least for those of us who lived in smaller towns with a sub-50000 population, in large part because internet access was terrible and offline play on consoles was much better if you were young.

PCs had serious roleplaying games etc, but when you were 8, that wasn't really valid.

Looking through the paper, one of the funniest things are the ads. Yet for all their simplicity, you see the same recurring themes all throughout the ads that you see today.

What is *absolutely crazy*, however is your budget guide at page 50. The "budget PC" costs over 2100 dollars(including a monitor).
And when counting inflation, that cost rises even more.

So maybe this is why consoles were crushing PC's ass for such a long time: cost. This isn't true anymore, of course, but still...wow.

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vrmlbasic

The time when consoles were devices designed to make gaming as easy and direct as possible. The time when consoles had local multiplayer.

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The Mac

did you notice that icam webcam for $2000? talk about tech advancement...wow..

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The Mac

T. Liam Macdonald?

hahahaha....

I dont even remember Thomas going by T. Liam.

Unfortunately, i missed the first year of MPC (and its predicessor - Boot), as i was originally a Windows Magazine subscriber, and was auto-converted to MPC in 1999 when they axed the paper mag.