what about all those "other" x86 chipmakers? i remember upgrading an old pentium 75Mhz to an IDT Winchip 180Mhz. it was kind of cool for there to be more than two possible chip makers, even if they were all intel designs.
Gainward I don't know why they pulled out of the United States but there cards were top notch there golden sample was so sweet a chip that was overclockable with a warranty and you knew you where getting top tier stuff
Damned, I miss adventure games!! Ok, I know it's not a company, but those games were awesome and i miss them! I remember spending days playing Monkey Island, Indiana Jone, Full Throttle, Heart of China, Dig...wtf happened to Lucas Arts, Sierra and all those other companies????
Probably Commodore. I was an Amiga user until about 1998. The Amiga is still "kind of" alive (Amiga OS 4.1 was released in September 2008), but it's not the same as it was owning an Amiga in the mid 90's.
3dfx would be a close second. I've owned a Voodoo1, Voodoo3 and Voodoo5 before moving on to Nvidia and then ATI. Good times.
As mentioned Commodore and more especially the Amiga, followed by Sierra Online Pre Sell out days. Ken & Roberta made some cool games back in the day. Also as mentioned 3DFX, but if the Amiga was still around then 3dfx might not be as missed...
Commodore, 3dfx, Byte Magazine, "a Real Comdex". I too owned almost all the 3dfx cards, every Commodore from the Vic 20 to the Amiga 4000. Miss the kind of reporting and coverage Byte magazine used to do - perhaps there is just nothing like that left going on...
Big boring companies, doing the slow "evolutionary" waddle for the share holders. Not much left, everybody is making "toasters" now (and not the Video kind either!)
Showing my age a bit, but I miss Digital Equipment Corp. The PDP-11 is the bast 16-bit processor ever made, or so say I. The Alpha would be the fastest ship on the market if it kept up with modern chip manufacturing tech.
3DFX without a doubt would be at the top of the list.I only had one 3DFX graphics card a Voodoo 3 2000 PCI card but the games and simulations with that card had 3 dimensional graphics that ATI and NVidia could not quite replicate with 3DFX's glide.Sure they could use Open glide but it wasn't quite the same.