1995 The Best & Worst/Multimedia | EW.com


1995 The Best & Worst/Multimedia

Best Resolution Sony and Philips in one camp, Time Warner and Toshiba in the other, agreed on a standard for the upcoming digital videodisc (DVD), thus avoiding another Beta-vs.-VHS-style war.

Most Onomatopoetic Videogame Titles Astal, Jixxa, Maabus, Pataank, Tekken, and Vay

Hottest Computers

Apple PowerBook 5300 Series, some early models of which reportedly burst into flames.

Best Videogame Villainess Queen Pulsating, Bloated, Festering, Sweaty, Pus-Filled, Malformed Slug-for-a-Butt (Earthworm Jim Special Edition)

Most Absurd Scare The Great Cyberporn Panic. Elected officials who wouldn’t know a home page from a Senate page try to pass sweeping censorship legislation, while a deeply flawed white paper on Net smut fans the flames.

Biggest Rollout With support from a slew of celebs and the Rolling Stones’ ”Start Me Up,” Microsoft sold 7 million copies of Windows 95 in two months, making it the fastest-selling software ever.

Most Unfortunate Coincidence Considering all the folks who’ve had trouble installing Windows 95, does Microsoft appreciate the irony in the ”Start Me Up” line ”You make a grown man cry”?

Biggest Letdown Michael Jackson’s ”simulchat.” Glitches aside, this ultra-hyped event on Prodigy, America Online, CompuServe, MTV, and the Net resembled one big, puffy press conference. Biggest Time Waster The Big Button (http//b61548.student. cwru.edu/button.htm) Subtitled Or, How Do You Keep an Idiot Entertained for Hours on the Net?, this page offers virtually nothing but is generating a cult of impressive proportions.