Thursday, May 9, 2019

The Surprising Origins of Absurd Gaming Hardware

Articles like this are...packed with revisionist history...are just terrible. Those of us that were / are in the modding and overclocking community paved the way for companies to *ahem* borrow our best ideas; water cooling, blow holes, and overclocking, in an effort to win over the casuals that wanted to be in the cool kid's club but didn't want to put in the work. This reads like a Dell commercial. 😔

These new laptops and towers were festooned in colorful plastic, with accent lights and aggressively alien designs. Up until that point, the only real and consistent outlier in PCs was Apple. No one was making a Windows-based computer that looked like what Alienware was producing. It quickly became the inspiration for PC makers who wanted to tap into the gamer market, and even today, its designs inspire other PC makers.