What do you remember the most from the early internet years?

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#1 Posted by warmblur (1082 posts) -

It's amazing how much the internet has change in the last 25 years if your old like me and lived through the 90's it was a amazing time to see the internet take off what are some of your memories of that time?

For me it was all about AOL chatrooms I still remember going on them and getting TOS by a admin for swearing lol. Luckily there was private chatrooms where you could say any crazy shit you wanted pretty much. I also vaguely remember using Napster in the Summer of 1999 for better or worst it really changed the music industry. I remember going to the official Resident Evil 2 website before the game launched. I believe that was my first official website of a game that I ever looked at. I can't believe that was 20 years ago damn!! so what sites or chatrooms do you remember going to?

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#2 Posted by br0kenrabbit (15555 posts) -

I was using BBS systems up until about 94, was too busy with college and shit for the next year but got on the internet proper in 95 via the campus computers. Was online myself at home a few months thereafter.

The first site I was a regular to was theglobe.com, specifically the Atomic Cafe chat room. Was the first internet community I belonged to and spent a few years there before it went bust. I also remember IRC being big. And to move files to a server you had to FTP.

I remember when TEN and WON were big, and then Quakeworld had its own site. Quake introduced me to online deathmatch and user mods. I remember playing Team Fortress when it was just HWGuy, Sniper and Soldier, and The Spy was a select class bug. Ultima Online was a gran experiment that failed quickly. I also remember when CNet was a decent tech site, and TV show.

And back then, you didn't have a social media account, you had a homepage on Angelfire/Geocities, that was filled with random .gifs and always under construction.

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#3 Posted by plageus900 (2548 posts) -

I had Windows 3.1 and used Prodigy to connect to online services.

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#4 Edited by madrocketeer (5878 posts) -

Dial-up modems. Never going to forget that sound they make when connecting.

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#5 Posted by Pixel_Mage (54 posts) -

@plageus900 said:

I had Windows 3.1 and used Prodigy to connect to online services.

I used Prodigy too. Mad Maze was a pretty cool game, but I'm not sure I'd have the patience for it today.

@br0kenrabbit said:
Ultima Online was a gran experiment that failed quickly.

Ultima Online was amazing in its prime. Some of my best memories are from UO. It's not what it used to be, but you know it's still running today, right? How did it fail?

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#6 Edited by br0kenrabbit (15555 posts) -

@pixel_mage said:

Ultima Online was amazing in its prime. Some of my best memories are from UO. It's not what it used to be, but you know it's still running today, right? How did it fail?

They underestimated the dickery of players. I remember spending all day mining and then walking my mule train back to town to smelt the ore, and some asshat cast Gate in front of me. The lag being what it was back in the day with rubber banding and all, I found myself alone with my mule train on a tiny island.

And then I had a shop right behind the Inn in Yew, perfect spot. Was worthless because I couldn't put anything in there as people kept ghosting in and stealing everything. Alas, poor Metal Mart, and all my UO dreams.

I quit within the first 5 months. Yeah, I know it's still going, but that train has long since left the station.

Corp Por! OOOOOooooOooOoOOOOOoo

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#7 Posted by LordLobster (180 posts) -

I remember my parents and aunt downloading songs off of Napster when it came out but I didn't really get to use the internet until around 2006. We didn't get "high speed" (still slow as shit) internet until 2007.

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#8 Posted by thehig1 (7001 posts) -

The internet using the phone line before broadband

So when your parents had to use the phone they would about you to get off the net.

Also the noise of connecting

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#9 Edited by CrunchyMix (20 posts) -

I remember downloading pictures off of BBSs that took 20-30 minutes for a single picture to load. Once in a while you’d find a good game faq and print them out on a dot matrix printer.

I remember getting kicked offline when my parents picked up the phone, usually in the middle of either a game or a Napster / Kazaa download session.

I remember ICQ and all of its sounds playing intermittently in between AOL instant messenger in the background of everything I was doing online.

I remember going into an AOL chat room that was dedicated to people who thought the Force was real and that they could use it in some small ways randomly.

I remember how hard it was to find decent versions of songs to download, putting together the perfect mix CD and then burning it several times before I got one that didn’t skip in my discman.

Mostly I remember the internet when it was really the wild Wild West and not something that was mostly controlled by a handful of huge companies to a large degree. Those were the days.

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#10 Edited by mrbojangles25 (42324 posts) -

@madrocketeer said:

Dial-up modems. Never going to forget that sound they make when connecting.

Same.

Loading Video...

Followed by "You've got mail"

*Oh yeah and my first naked lady picture. I think it was Pamela Anderson. Took about 5 minutes to download, then we printed it out on my friends high-tech color printer. It was one of the printers where you had to tear the sheets apart individually and they had those holey tabs on the left and right side you also had to tear off.

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#11 Posted by Pixel_Mage (54 posts) -
@br0kenrabbit said:
@pixel_mage said:

Ultima Online was amazing in its prime. Some of my best memories are from UO. It's not what it used to be, but you know it's still running today, right? How did it fail?

They underestimated the dickery of players. I remember spending all day mining and then walking my mule train back to town to smelt the ore, and some asshat cast Gate in front of me. The lag being what it was back in the day with rubber banding and all, I found myself alone with my mule train on a tiny island.

And then I had a shop right behind the Inn in Yew, perfect spot. Was worthless because I couldn't put anything in there as people kept ghosting in and stealing everything. Alas, poor Metal Mart, and all my UO dreams.

I quit within the first 5 months. Yeah, I know it's still going, but that train has long since left the station.

Corp Por! OOOOOooooOooOoOOOOOoo

Sounds like UO, alright. I have a billion similar stories I could tell, but it's things like that that made successes that much more rewarding. To actually have those successes, you needed friends and guilds to travel with. Safety in numbers, and all that. I made a ton of awesome friends in that game that I miss dearly. Definitely some of the best times of my life. They completely ruined it once they added the non-PvP areas, though. All the danger was suddenly gone, and most of the 'magic' of the game went with it.

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#12 Edited by jun_aka_pekto (24496 posts) -

Prior to 1996, the early Internet (not BBS or other modem online services) I knew were mostly newsgroups and accessed only via campus computers.

Not much to see with the early HTML web sites because it was mostly academia and text. If I wanted the fun stuff like system wars, download pr0n, or participate in forum gossip, I logged into a BBS and there were lots of them.

Instead of one big Web, there were little islands of online stuff.

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#13 Posted by br0kenrabbit (15555 posts) -

@pixel_mage said:

Sounds like UO, alright. I have a billion similar stories I could tell, but it's things like that that made successes that much more rewarding. To actually have those successes, you needed friends and guilds to travel with. Safety in numbers, and all that. I made a ton of awesome friends in that game that I miss dearly. Definitely some of the best times of my life. They completely ruined it once they added the non-PvP areas, though. All the danger was suddenly gone, and most of the 'magic' of the game went with it.

On the subject of UO, are you familiar with Imanewbie?

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#14 Posted by sakaiXx (4158 posts) -

Ares Galaxy.... For research purposes of course

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#15 Posted by Byshop (19148 posts) -

@br0kenrabbit said:

I was using BBS systems up until about 94, was too busy with college and shit for the next year but got on the internet proper in 95 via the campus computers. Was online myself at home a few months thereafter.

The first site I was a regular to was theglobe.com, specifically the Atomic Cafe chat room. Was the first internet community I belonged to and spent a few years there before it went bust. I also remember IRC being big. And to move files to a server you had to FTP.

I remember when TEN and WON were big, and then Quakeworld had its own site. Quake introduced me to online deathmatch and user mods. I remember playing Team Fortress when it was just HWGuy, Sniper and Soldier, and The Spy was a select class bug. Ultima Online was a gran experiment that failed quickly. I also remember when CNet was a decent tech site, and TV show.

And back then, you didn't have a social media account, you had a homepage on Angelfire/Geocities, that was filled with random .gifs and always under construction.

I was on the Ultima Online beta. That's how old I am. :P

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The crap that Richard Garriot talks about in this video? I was literally playing the game when all this went down and I remember it. A few things that also happened during the beta he didn't mention was that they tried to do a real economy, but within a few weeks of every beta reset about 5% of players would own 99% of the wealth in the game and even the NPCs would be broke.

Also, BBSes.

-Byshop

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#16 Edited by br0kenrabbit (15555 posts) -

@Byshop said:

I was on the Ultima Online beta. That's how old I am. :P

The crap that Richard Garriot talks about in this video? I was literally playing the game when all this went down and I remember it. A few things that also happened during the beta he didn't mention was that they tried to do a real economy, but within a few weeks of every beta reset about 5% of players would own 99% of the wealth in the game and even the NPCs would be broke.

Also, BBSes.

-Byshop

Yeah I played Beta, briefly, too. Some great ideas crippled by execution. Maybe someday someone will do UO-style right.

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#17 Posted by Byshop (19148 posts) -

@br0kenrabbit said:
@Byshop said:

I was on the Ultima Online beta. That's how old I am. :P

The crap that Richard Garriot talks about in this video? I was literally playing the game when all this went down and I remember it. A few things that also happened during the beta he didn't mention was that they tried to do a real economy, but within a few weeks of every beta reset about 5% of players would own 99% of the wealth in the game and even the NPCs would be broke.

Also, BBSes.

-Byshop

Yeah I played Beta, too. Some great ideas crippled by execution. Maybe someday someone will duo UO-style right.

Hahahaha, we're old. :)

Eve does a real economy, but they actually have an economist working for them to make sure it all works. UO underestimated how hard it was to do a lot of this stuff.

I remember with the ecology there was a FAQ with the beta that explained how it worked in broad strokes. One of the FAQ questions was "can we hunt animals to extinction", and the answer was "no, the art department would murder the programming team if all their hard work was for nothing due to the effort of a few overzealous players". Oh how little did they know...

I remember a bug where birds were murdering players. Feathers were used in fletching for arrows, but there was a bug where a bird stat was set to something like 90 for damage instead of 09, so when you attacked a bird it would murder your ass. I also remember there was an ecology bug where carnivores would fail to recognize corpses as food. Animals were categorized in terms of "bites" where small creatures like birds represented one bite. Carnivores would eat something that wasn't a threat to them but represented a meal, so a dragon would bother hunting a bird. Due to the bug, carnivores would hunt but couldn't eat after they killed a smaller animal, so they'd still be hungry. Eventually they'd start to starve, which meant they'd attack anything. This includes players in town, who would in turn call the guards to kill them for free pelts/meat. The beta was just as much fun for where it succeeded as where it failed.

-Byshop

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#18 Edited by br0kenrabbit (15555 posts) -

@Byshop said:

Hahahaha, we're old. :)

Eve does a real economy, but they actually have an economist working for them to make sure it all works. UO underestimated how hard it was to do a lot of this stuff.

I remember with the ecology there was a FAQ with the beta that explained how it worked in broad strokes. One of the FAQ questions was "can we hunt animals to extinction", and the answer was "no, the art department would murder the programming team if all their hard work was for nothing due to the effort of a few overzealous players". Oh how little did they know...

I remember a bug where birds were murdering players. Feathers were used in fletching for arrows, but there was a bug where a bird stat was set to something like 90 for damage instead of 09, so when you attacked a bird it would murder your ass. I also remember there was an ecology bug where carnivores would fail to recognize corpses as food. Animals were categorized in terms of "bites" where small creatures like birds represented one bite. Carnivores would eat something that wasn't a threat to them but represented a meal, so a dragon would bother hunting a bird. Due to the bug, carnivores would hunt but couldn't eat after they killed a smaller animal, so they'd still be hungry. Eventually they'd start to starve, which meant they'd attack anything. This includes players in town, who would in turn call the guards to kill them for free pelts/meat. The beta was just as much fun for where it succeeded as where it failed.

-Byshop

Eve is a whole 'nother level. I tried it for a while, but man, you have to be COMMITTED to that game and pretty much nothing else. I can't do that.

My favorite thing about UO is that I could be a simple miner/blacksmith/carpenter and still progress and make money. I remember Richard Garriot posted to a...forum, newsgroup?...one time "It's not about baking bread" and the general response was "Yeah, it is about baking bread."

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#19 Posted by Pixel_Mage (54 posts) -

@br0kenrabbit said:

On the subject of UO, are you familiar with Imanewbie?

That sounded familiar before I clicked your link. I didn't really follow him, but I do remember seeing some of his adventures at some point. Fun times.

@Byshop said:

I remember with the ecology there was a FAQ with the beta that explained how it worked in broad strokes. One of the FAQ questions was "can we hunt animals to extinction", and the answer was "no, the art department would murder the programming team if all their hard work was for nothing due to the effort of a few overzealous players". Oh how little did they know...

I've read about that. Unfortunately, I didn't start playing until early 1999. Still, I had some of the best times of my life until Trammel ruined it.

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#20 Posted by Horgen (118713 posts) -

Well... Old enough to remember this...

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#21 Posted by uninspiredcup (29109 posts) -

Pop ups. Lots and lots of pop-ups.

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#22 Edited by mother_farter (16676 posts) -

Unlimited AOL trial discs in the mail and at your local Blockbuster. They were giving those things out like candy lol. I remember using a Dial up network called Juno once too... downloading music, anime, and whatever else from the Kazaa program. Ah man, the good ol' days.

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#23 Posted by AFBrat77 (26633 posts) -

America Online and chat rooms, 56k modems (and that grating sound!), the Golden Age of PC gaming (1997-2000 inclusive, Diablo, Quake, Starcraft among early games), the blue screen of death from Windows '95, and the wild west of porn where you would hit a normal link to adult porn in a thread and unfortunately it would link to pages and pages of child porn (that happened one time, the person had labeled the link "the best porn of all time"). Apparently they got reported fast because that link got taken off within a day or 2. Got my first PC Christmas 1996.

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#24 Edited by Jag85 (12408 posts) -

Emulators. After discovering REDACTEDin 1997, I used the internet at my school library to download SNES ROMs.

I then moved on to downloading anime in 1999. And then got into chat rooms shortly afterwards.

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#25 Edited by warmblur (1082 posts) -

@AFBrat77 said:

America Online and chat rooms, 56k modems (and that grating sound!), the Golden Age of PC gaming (1997-2000 inclusive, Diablo, Quake, Starcraft among early games), the blue screen of death from Windows '95, and the wild west of porn where you would hit a normal link to adult porn in a thread and unfortunately it would link to pages and pages of child porn (that happened one time, the person had labeled the link "the best porn of all time"). Apparently they got reported fast because that link got taken off within a day or 2. Got my first PC Christmas 1996.

Holy shit!!! that's crazy and scary like you said very wild west like back then very experimental. It was like going in the woods and not knowing what you where going to find.

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#26 Posted by Byshop (19148 posts) -

@Jag85 said:

Emulators. After discovering REDACTEDin 1997, I used the internet at my school library to download SNES ROMs.

I then moved on to downloading anime in 1999. And then got into chat rooms shortly afterwards.

Sorry, in spite of GameSpot's articles being somewhat inconsistent on the topic of emulation discussion, you can't name specific emulators in the forums as that falls under the "instructing how to emulate" rules. If anyone wants to look them up, though, it's easy enough.

@br0kenrabbit said:

Eve is a whole 'nother level. I tried it for a while, but man, you have to be COMMITTED to that game and pretty much nothing else. I can't do that.

My favorite thing about UO is that I could be a simple miner/blacksmith/carpenter and still progress and make money. I remember Richard Garriot posted to a...forum, newsgroup?...one time "It's not about baking bread" and the general response was "Yeah, it is about baking bread."

Eve succeeded in a few areas where UO tried and failed, specifically everything related to a real economy. Just like the ecology, a bunch of computer programmers assumed that all you had to do was make money finite and you're good to go. Eve had the benefit of significantly larger scale to accommodate the player base, whereas the maps in UO were significantly more finite which is one of the reasons the resources were so constrained, both natural and economic. Eve took that significantly more seriously and actually hired an economist in 2007.

@mother_farter said:

Unlimited AOL trial discs in the mail and at your local Blockbuster. They were giving those things out like candy lol. I remember using a Dial up network called Juno once too... downloading music, anime, and whatever else from the Kazaa program. Ah man, the good ol' days.

Yes to all that. Surprisingly, AOL is actually still a thing and their users still number in the millions, believe it or not. They've got over 4 million accounts and their active user list is estimated to be over 2 million. There are still a lot of people out there rocking dialup internet.

-Byshop

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#27 Posted by Ovirew (8392 posts) -

Some of my oldest Internet memories were websites made by people on Lycos' Angelfire, Yahoo!, Excite and Metacrawler being some of the biggest search engines, and everything taking a really long time to load and pictures being really low-res.

I remember in the late 90's a friend of mine got me to make an account on Youruleschool. It was a General Mills-run website, and had you in this digital school finding fruit roll-ups and things and adding them to your locker. I remember Hamster Dance. The web world was so much different back then, it's really improved a lot. I was really big into The Adventures of Tintin, and went online trying to learn more about the comic series as a kid.

I visited the Nickelodeon Website and Fox Kids website, since I grew up with a lot of great 90's cartoons. Around 2000 or so I was visiting this website and followed the release of the Gameboy Advance and many of its games for the first few years. I never participated in the community in any capacity at that point.

I got Cartoon Network, and when Cartoon Orbit came out I was big into that for a while. You made up a name from pre-selected words - Mine was "May Draw Mouse 5", I remember that specifically - and chose a toon world based off of a Hanna-Barbera or CN-themed cartoon for your background. Then you would collect some sort of currency to spend on buying "C-Toons" from the online store. Each C-Toon was a static image of a character from a show on the network at some point, and the market had a limited quantity of each one, which made people excited to try to get certain ones they really wanted. Then you'd display it on your page, and trade and sell ones you didn't want to keep. Eventually some were released with special animations or features, and some C-Toons were re-released as 2nd-edition, 3rd-edition versions and so-on. You couldn't talk to other players, only select pre-made phrases to say to them. I stopped visiting well before a lot of the later features were added, but did get to enter some promo codes for exclusive toons.

In 2002 I became a web-head for reals. I was visiting the FUNiMation website and saw that I couldn't make an account until I had my next birthday. My birthday came and went, and I made my account. I happened upon the chatroom, and then the forums. I didn't know what message boards were before that point, and became hooked for several months. I eventually was encouraged to download MSN, AIM, YIM, ICQ, Trillian, and pretty much every other major chat program under the sun.

One of my fondest times on the Internet was when I joined Bolt.com. It was like social media before social media was a thing, and it was more for fellow web-heads and fans of various things to get together and chat and talk about stuff than anything. I really liked how you earned these badges for completing certain tasks. I even got one for purchasing Advance Wars 2 and taking part in some promotion the website was doing. It was a really great website, but fell apart sometime in the early 2000's.

By Easter 2003, a friend of mine from FUNi introduced me to Runescape. We're talking the old-school, back-in-the-day Runescape. I loved it. Not much long after that a friend of mine introduced me to Gaia Online, and we spent so much time clicking for gold and buying new stuff for our characters. We also visited Neopets sometimes. Throughout the years I tried to get a bunch of other games to work on my PC, such as Mu Online, Nexus TK and Ragnarok Online, but most of the time it either didn't work real well or not at all. At some point I discovered ROMs were a thing, and found RPG Maker 2000. I spent some time downloading music on a filesharing program. I wanted to play FF11 online, but couldn't.

I remember most of the people I met online in the early 2000's, but some I remember better than others. I still talk to one friend I met back in 2002, around the time I became an Internet addict. I think a big difference between now and then is that a lot of the people on the net back then were follow web-heads, and since the mid-late 2000's the Internet has become much more mainstream and accessible since what you can do on it has improved drastically.

Sorry for the trip down memory lane. I'm sure a lot of people could remember stuff from the 90's before I really used the Internet much.

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#28 Posted by comp_atkins (35342 posts) -
@plageus900 said:

I had Windows 3.1 and used Prodigy to connect to online services.

i had prodigy for DOS way back when. i still remember my prodigy login and a few games they had.

my friend had a better pc that ran windows so we'd spent time in the chat rooms being assholes as you would expect from teenage boys. at the time prodigy would basically mail you any number of free floppys with a trial account and like 10 hours of free access so if the chat hosts banned us from a room, we'd just fire up a new account.

also remember being on the bbs systems and trying to download content from certain alt.binaries.... it was a bizarre process. since you couldn't upload binary files they file had to be encoded to ascii and posted that way, then you had to download it as ascii, sometimes in multiple parts, and use a program to stitch it back together and decode it back to binary. strange but it generally worked.

icq was big when i started college but aim started to take over at that point. i also ran a hotline server in college to share simpsons episodes and trade movies which was fun.

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#29 Posted by AJStyles (240 posts) -

I miss Totse.

It was ahead of its time.

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#30 Edited by AFBrat77 (26633 posts) -

@warmblur:

That's a great analogy! Pretty much how it was, I don't think that dark Web stuff was underground yet.

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#31 Posted by CrimsonBrute (25228 posts) -
@madrocketeer said:

Dial-up modems. Never going to forget that sound they make when connecting.

Oh man. I just had terrible flashbacks of that.

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#32 Posted by Master_Live (19197 posts) -

Basically imagine being around 10 years and your computer illiterate (that phrase sounds way too harsh) parents handing you a $1000 desktop and telling you: "here you go, you try it". I still get a little emotional.

And I remember non-vaguely accessing Napster and it has been a never ending story.

Like others have said: Yahoo, AOL, Windows 95, Latin Chat. Being totally paranoid of your parents picking up the phone at 3:00am.

The good old days.

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#33 Posted by Speeny (584 posts) -

I can’t comment much on this because I was born in 96 and was really only playing PC games back on Windows 98 during the early 2000’s. Lol

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#34 Posted by theone86 (22301 posts) -

I remember dial-up, but my parents didn't really let me surf that much (not that I would have known where to go before search engines). I remember using AIM, but mostly just to chat with my school friends. I think I used Limewire more than Napster, and thinking that the feds were going to arrest me. In reality, it wasn't much different from when I used to tape songs off the radio.

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#35 Posted by Byshop (19148 posts) -
@speeny said:

I can’t comment much on this because I was born in 96 and was really only playing PC games back on Windows 98 during the early 2000’s. Lol

I graduated High School the year you were born...

-Byshop

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#36 Edited by jun_aka_pekto (24496 posts) -

My fellow Amigans were the worst forumers back in the BBS days. Every post they made in system wars (no, not this one) were toxic and filled with venom. They kinda hastened my departure from the platform.

They didn't seem to realize the platform was being superseded from all sides.

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#37 Posted by Byshop (19148 posts) -
@jun_aka_pekto said:

My fellow Amigans were the worst forumers back in the BBS days. Every post they made in system wars (no, not this one) were toxic and filled with venom. They kinda hastened my departure from the platform.

I used to get into SW-type arguments when I was in single digits between me with my IBM PCjr and my friend who had a C64.

"I've got 128k of RAM instead of 64k!"

"My speaker can do more than one tone at once!"

"Your tape drive takes 30 minutes to load a game!"

"I have more than 4 color graphics!"

"I do too!"

"Only with PCjr specific titles! You can't even run EGA 16 color!"

etc, etc.

As an adult I've always had access to all systems so I had no taste for such silliness.

-Byshop

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#38 Posted by Speeny (584 posts) -

@Byshop: Hahaha, well, at least you got to experience some great times in the 90's.

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#39 Edited by Byshop (19148 posts) -

@speeny said:

@Byshop: Hahaha, well, at least you got to experience some great times in the 90's.

I was a kid in the 80s. :)

-Byshop

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#40 Posted by comp_atkins (35342 posts) -
@Byshop said:
@jun_aka_pekto said:

My fellow Amigans were the worst forumers back in the BBS days. Every post they made in system wars (no, not this one) were toxic and filled with venom. They kinda hastened my departure from the platform.

I used to get into SW-type arguments when I was in single digits between me with my IBM PCjr and my friend who had a C64.

"I've got 128k of RAM instead of 64k!"

"My speaker can do more than one tone at once!"

"Your tape drive takes 30 minutes to load a game!"

"I have more than 4 color graphics!"

"I do too!"

"Only with PCjr specific titles! You can't even run EGA 16 color!"

etc, etc.

As an adult I've always had access to all systems so I had no taste for such silliness.

-Byshop

cyan and magenta. they go together right? right?

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#41 Posted by ArchoNils2 (10200 posts) -

Waiting until it's 7pm and then asking my parents if they were expecting a call or want to phone before connecting to the internet ... for free (after 7pm)

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#42 Posted by N64DD (11163 posts) -

@br0kenrabbit said:

I was using BBS systems up until about 94, was too busy with college and shit for the next year but got on the internet proper in 95 via the campus computers. Was online myself at home a few months thereafter.

The first site I was a regular to was theglobe.com, specifically the Atomic Cafe chat room. Was the first internet community I belonged to and spent a few years there before it went bust. I also remember IRC being big. And to move files to a server you had to FTP.

I remember when TEN and WON were big, and then Quakeworld had its own site. Quake introduced me to online deathmatch and user mods. I remember playing Team Fortress when it was just HWGuy, Sniper and Soldier, and The Spy was a select class bug. Ultima Online was a gran experiment that failed quickly. I also remember when CNet was a decent tech site, and TV show.

And back then, you didn't have a social media account, you had a homepage on Angelfire/Geocities, that was filled with random .gifs and always under construction.

Using aol Master token system to invoke pw resets to get whatever user names we wanted. Laggers, and doing 1 IM punts by using their html hybrid. Was fun stuff.

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#43 Posted by Byshop (19148 posts) -

@comp_atkins said:
@Byshop said:
@jun_aka_pekto said:

My fellow Amigans were the worst forumers back in the BBS days. Every post they made in system wars (no, not this one) were toxic and filled with venom. They kinda hastened my departure from the platform.

I used to get into SW-type arguments when I was in single digits between me with my IBM PCjr and my friend who had a C64.

"I've got 128k of RAM instead of 64k!"

"My speaker can do more than one tone at once!"

"Your tape drive takes 30 minutes to load a game!"

"I have more than 4 color graphics!"

"I do too!"

"Only with PCjr specific titles! You can't even run EGA 16 color!"

etc, etc.

As an adult I've always had access to all systems so I had no taste for such silliness.

-Byshop

cyan and magenta. they go together right? right?

Yeah, I call bullshit on CGA being four color when two of the "colors" where black and white. :P

-Byshop

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#44 Posted by HEATHEN75 (489 posts) -

Those were my partying days. Didn't care about the internet back then.

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#45 Posted by PimpHand_Gamer (2803 posts) -

ZDTV. That's the channel that got me interested in computers, internet and computer games. I remember when they would show Unreal running and you could see far out into the horizon unlike N64 or PS1 where they put a wall of fog or darkness in the near distance. It looked so amazing I just had to have it. Never looked at consoles the same since although before that, I remember drooling over pics of Amiga games in gaming mags but most of the common ones just focused on consoles.