In the 90s, before everything was networked, you had to buy a Network Interface Card as an expansion card for your PC. One brand came with a bundled game where you piloted a space ship and fought other people on your shiny new network.

Can anyone remember the NIC and/or the game?

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    Mind to add what kind of PC? IBM, or Mac or something else? Also, what exactly you call a NIC in this case? Last but not least what country the sale took place/was originated, maybe naming the shop/seller?
    – Raffzahn
    Commented Feb 12, 2021 at 12:31
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    The NIC was probably an NE1000/NE2000 that Novell produced. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NE1000 Commented Feb 12, 2021 at 15:29
  • Sorry, I thought PC would cover it. I meant a IBM PC clone
    – thrutch
    Commented Feb 13, 2021 at 10:12
  • @KevinWhite spot on the money! It was the NE2000 I remember
    – thrutch
    Commented Feb 13, 2021 at 10:13

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The description of space combat over a network also matches NetWars, which was bundled with Novell DOS and Personal Netware.

  • Playing games, at work, "testing the network" Halcyon days :)
    – thrutch
    Commented Feb 13, 2021 at 10:16
  • Yes, Descent was bundled with the 3Dfx Voodoo. Commented Feb 13, 2021 at 15:11

asteroids? Was it spacecraft that you could spin, accelerate, slow down, and shoot, while asteroids were approaching?

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