Originally Posted by DeeMoNay
I'm 43 and have been gaming on the PC since the days of the IBM 8088. I've seen hundreds of games come and go, few have stayed. Unfortunately, the collective and overall intelligence level of the "average gamer" isn't as high as it once was. I remember having to literally rebuild my systems just to get some obscure driver to work...DOS, IRQs, QEMM386, game patches ad nauseum...
Oh please, get over yourself
Do you think the Dell hired computer scientists to assemble PCs? Any buffoon can build and configure a PC whether it's running Linux, windows or DOS.
If you think that made you intelligent, all it actually did was show that you weren't really that computer literate at all. It's like saying "at school I had to do simultaneous equations but now they have calculators" the maths you did at school was trivial, and there are people 30 years your junior doing far more complicated maths. But no, obviously the world is now much dumber because you didn't have windows 7?
Where do you think windows 7 and F1 2010 come from? Outer space? Or do you think they are developed by pensioners? If only you'd been born before the electric light was invented, you might have been intelligent enough to light a candle, eh?
Installing and running DOS didn't make you more or less intelligent. This is the fallacy of "the trouble with people today"
Writing Dos might have done, but the truth is, PCs running Dos were fiddly, that's all. A good teenage programmer today could probably write his own version of DOS. Just like that same teenage programmer could probably write all the games that ran on an 8088 processor, by himself.
Torvalds showed that with his early versions of Linux (and many teenagers showed that by writing the 8088 games, as well as the zx81 games and so on)
It takes a lot more people (as well as a much more powerful computer) to write today's software, but the people that use software, whether dumb or not, are not much different than they ever were.