Originally Posted by GQgeek
I played all the "Quest" games on the Compaq up until KQ4, which was the first sierra game that needed VGA iirc. I can still remember the switch to VGA. It was beautiful. Long after I stopped using it I had intended to hold on to it for posterity's sake, but when our house got cleaned-out by burglars it was gone forever.
Wow that brings back memories of sleeping over at my friend's house sometime in the 80's and staying up all night playing (and solving) Space Quest 2 on his dad's Compaq. The tiny monochrome plasma was so cool! Who would have thought you would be able load and play all these games on a tiny iPhone or PDA in 2008.
The first family computer was an Osbourne my dad got to bring home from work occasionally in like 1980. It kind of looks like a suitcase nuke:
Our first actual "PC" was a PCjr. 128K of RAM, one floppy, no HDD, a cassette extension, 16 colors of eye popping graphics in glorious 160x120 resolution plus enhanced sound capabilities. And a wireless keyboard to boot.
If you didn't boot a DOS floppy the ROM defaulted to a BASIC language environment, which I learned how to use and eventually programmed some primitive graphics and games. I still have my old BASIC programs from 25 years ago and they can still run in a BASIC emulator on my PC.