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2012-10-03 02:53:45 PM
Also, there weren't a whole lot of consumers burning CD's in 1998, the drives and CD's were prohibitively expensive for most people, and that was still the era where burned discs wouldn't be compatible with all CD players.
 
2012-10-03 02:53:45 PM
ATDT, biatches!

www.pcmuseum.ca
 
2012-10-03 02:54:20 PM
DAMMIT MOM.

s3-ec.buzzfed.com
 
2012-10-03 02:55:02 PM
Party like it's 1998...

imageshack.us
 
2012-10-03 02:56:14 PM

indylaw: sethen320: indylaw: unlikely: I mean I'm pretty sure 1998 was Ultima 8 territory

That steaming pile of dogshiat came out in 95 or 96. Isometric jump puzzles. Whoever dreamed that up deserves a kiek in der kok.

'98 for me - searching through the public folders of other students on the network looking for cool mp3s or realplayer files of South Park. Saving up money for a DVD player.

The guy who wrote Ultima was friends with my parents. That being said...I've never played any of the games.

Most of them were good. Then Richard Garriott (aka "Lord British"), the creator, sold out to EA and the company started forcing out half-finished drek. Eh, I guess once he made enough money to buy a spot on a Russian space flight he stopped giving a shiat about making good games.


Ultima V is the best tile-based computer RPG I've ever played. VI is a close second. FARK THE HELL out of VIII and VII/2. The first one was pretty fun, too!

Took me 19 years to beat Ultima V. Tough game until you learn how to farm the chests in the castle basement and game the magic keys in Minoc, and even then still tough finding out all that you need.
 
2012-10-03 02:56:19 PM
I was a kid in middle school hanging out on White Wolf's HTML World OF Darkness chatooms. My parents highly regulated it. So I was only on for an hour each day.
 
2012-10-03 02:57:24 PM

bhcompy: [www.20id.org image 850x635]

Stealth Slippers + Sawed Off
Stealth Slippers + Throwing Knives

Still no games with real leg damage.


Urban Terror has bodily damage. Leg damage drastically slows your movement until you bandage yourself.
 
2012-10-03 02:57:44 PM
In 1998 I had a 30 Mbps cable connection that costs $30/mo.

Now I have a 15 Mbps cable connection (same ISP in fact) that costs $60/mo.
 
2012-10-03 02:58:13 PM

Bobbi Wickham: I was a kid in middle school hanging out on White Wolf's HTML World OF Darkness chatooms. My parents highly regulated it. So I was only on for an hour each day.


Damn, now that brings back memories.
 
2012-10-03 02:58:41 PM
I usually did situps and pushups while I waited for sh*t to download back then.
AOL had me in the best shape of my life.

"Paintshop Pro is going to take 18hours to download from this warez site? I'll wait it out and do some crunches."

An hour later, "F*ck this I'm going to skate the parking garages downtown."
 
2012-10-03 03:01:46 PM

Mirrorz: I usually did situps and pushups while I waited for sh*t to download back then.
AOL had me in the best shape of my life.

"Paintshop Pro is going to take 18hours to download from this warez site? I'll wait it out and do some crunches."

An hour later, "F*ck this I'm going to skate the parking garages downtown."


I had ISDN and 5mbit cable back then, I was a mad leech with pixsucker and newsgroups. Oh the porn I could get while I made deals with my high school pals for porn CDs.
 
2012-10-03 03:01:57 PM

khyberkitsune: Thankfully, I knew how to carefully choose my hardware, set my jumpers, and also knew how to properly write my config.sys and autoexec.bat files, and on top of that knew which driver types to not mix, since it caused IRQ or DMA conflicts.

16 years old and knew more than most. Now I'm 30 and most 16 year olds know more than me, except when it comes to that now-obscure stuff.


At any given moment, I may not know where my car keys are, but I will *always* remember the memory addresses and default interrupts for the first four COM ports.
 
2012-10-03 03:02:34 PM
I rented quite a bit of porn back then. Yes, you read that right kids...I rented it. As in paid money to see it. We had these things called "video stores" in those days. If you wanted to watch porn, this is what you had to do:

1. Go to a video store
2. Casually walk into the adult section (usually behind a curtain or french doors)
3. Mill around with all the other perverts and select your videos. This involved physically picking them up and touching them...knowing full well that they likely had remnants of of someone else's jizz on them (because I highly doubt the video clerks ever bothered to wipe them down).
4. Go stand in line with the regular video customers while holding your porn (not a big deal if you only got one video. But if you were like me and rented three on average...it could get unbearably awkward).
**Bonus: sometimes the video clerk would be a cute college girl who could barely hide her contempt for you and your ilk.
5. Get home, prioritize which videos you were going to watch first, settle into a comfy chair, get your tissues, and commence to spanking.
**Extra Bonus: If you rented VHS...often times the tracking would be horrible and you'd get a crappy picture. If you rented DVD...the disc might be scratched and it simply wouldn't load.

Sure, there was porn on the internet. But the best stuff cost money, and the free stuff gave you viruses or took forever.

tl;dr - you kids don't know how good you have it

/my lawn...get off it
 
2012-10-03 03:02:39 PM
1998 was one of the years I was a young traveling consultant on a big project with a nearly unlimited budget. This was when we were building the support infrastructure for the Iridium satellite phones.

Think $300,000,000 budget NOT counting the satellites.

I remember using dial-up to connect to my ISP in the US from Australia. And Holland. And all over the US. Expensed it without a second thought.

We spent St. Patrick's Day in Sydney for that project. I literally do not remember anything that happened after breakfast. We started drinking - at the client's insistence mind you - at 7:00AM at our "team breakfast".

At night we'd play the mini-bar game. Our project manager would randomly pick someone's room and we'd go there and empty the mini-bar. Then he'd approve it on the expense report. It was something like $400 a shot.

Oh, and when we did work I wrote somewhere along the lines of 200,000 lines of pascal-ish code using DOS text editors:

PROCEDURE ExportSalesLeads (VAL parent:WINDOW) IS
VARIABLES
ParamRec : ParamRecord;
ACTIONS
IF DlgBox(parent,'SLEXP.DFC[EXP_PARAMS]',$Nullhandler{ParamRec},ParamRec) > 0 THEN
SQLSelectInto('SELECT COUNT(*) FROM DEMOGRAPHICS WHERE ENTRY_DATE=' & SQLFormat(ParamRec.export_date),Paramrec.$SQLColumn_1);
DlgBox( $DeskTop, 'SLEXP.DFC[PROCESSING]',SLEXP_Event{Paramrec}, ParamRec);
END;
END;


/csb
 
2012-10-03 03:04:25 PM

whistleridge: ... Also, no one wanted anything to do with any Apple product back then, because 1) they were heinously overpriced and 2) they sucked balls for doing anything worthwhile...


It's comforting to know some things never change.
 
2012-10-03 03:04:36 PM

DannyJunior: I was busy teaching myself HTML from the big orange book and building my sweet "WELCOME TO MY WORLD!" homepage on Geocities. I had a busy background, animated GIFs, embedded .wav files...and curiously, no real content. It was awesome. Then I learned how to use PSP and made my own mouseovers in javascript. That was when my web design skillz really peaked. Seriously, they have not improved since.


You've described my experience almost to the letter, heh. I still haven't improved but nobody at the job where I'm a graphic / web designer seems to have noticed. Muahahah!

My old site was on Angelfire though. Wonder what happened to it.
 
2012-10-03 03:04:46 PM

WienerButt: In 1998 I was in some weird space chatroom and actually met a girl who lived the next town over (fairly rare to randomly find people, let alone cute girls from your town on AOL



Really?  I remember finding AOL chat to be the easiest to find local people.  Maybe I'm mis-remembering.  I thought they had local rooms or something.
 
Anyway, I do remember me writing a script in IRC to locate everyone from local college domains and other obviously local domains (*.chicago.ix.netcom.com or whatever).  That worked wonders at getting dates.
 
2012-10-03 03:04:59 PM

khyberkitsune: bhcompy: [www.20id.org image 850x635]

Stealth Slippers + Sawed Off
Stealth Slippers + Throwing Knives

Still no games with real leg damage.

Urban Terror has bodily damage. Leg damage drastically slows your movement until you bandage yourself.


UT kind of is the successor to AQ2, but do people even play it anymore? I mean, that was original Unreal Tourny engine..
 
2012-10-03 03:06:20 PM

xanadian: 1998 was when I was discharged from the military under DADT.

I WIN


No doubt. Were you an asker or a teller?
 
2012-10-03 03:06:25 PM
Battlezone on cdn-static.cnet.co.uk

/Still can't figure out how some people were so good at sniping.
 
2012-10-03 03:08:09 PM

khyberkitsune: stuhayes2010: [s3-ec.buzzfed.com image 625x400]

This most definately did not happen in 1998

I guess you never had the displeasure of using the first edition of Windows 98 or Windows 95 (which was in widespread use at that time.)

Thankfully, I knew how to carefully choose my hardware, set my jumpers, and also knew how to properly write my config.sys and autoexec.bat files, and on top of that knew which driver types to not mix, since it caused IRQ or DMA conflicts.

16 years old and knew more than most. Now I'm 30 and most 16 year olds know more than me, except when it comes to that now-obscure stuff.


I remember building my first computer. I was 14. It was a 200 mhz Pentium MMX. I had a Matrox Millenium with the supplemental Matrox M2 card. That thing screamed for its day. I think it was also the first time I used DIMM sticks. The jumper settings were insane. A few months ago I had the displeasure of taking an Alienware machine apart and replacing a graphics card and was dumbfounded by the insane wiring inside one of those pieces of garbage.
 
2012-10-03 03:09:52 PM
Not one mention of Myst or Riven in this thread? Really?
 
2012-10-03 03:10:21 PM
Ah, Half Life 1. Brought my computer to a screeching halt.
 
2012-10-03 03:10:33 PM

DeathByGeekSquad: It's funny reading 'articles' written by someone who clearly wasn't around/involved at the time.

/Simuntronics was consuming my life in '97-98


I actually went back and poked around Gemstone 3 and Dragon Realms a year ago, nostalgia is a powerful force.
 
2012-10-03 03:11:01 PM
1998 had its moments.

www.xblafans.com
 
2012-10-03 03:11:23 PM
images1.wikia.nocookie.net

i'm your silicon
 
2012-10-03 03:11:24 PM

unlikely: Was anyone still playing Oregon Trail in 1998?


Better question is who isn't playing Oregon Trail today.
 
2012-10-03 03:11:25 PM

bhcompy: [www.20id.org image 850x635]

Stealth Slippers + Sawed Off
Stealth Slippers + Throwing Knives

Still no games with real leg damage.


I know you are probably just referring to FPS, but in Die By the Sword you could chop off a leg and the person would hop around on one leg and sometimes fall down when they tried to jump.

t2.gstatic.com

/Ya hit like a kobold!
 
2012-10-03 03:12:18 PM

Mr_Fabulous: Not one mention of Myst or Riven in this thread? Really?


Myst and Riven were boring.

There. They got mentioned.
 
2012-10-03 03:12:59 PM

I Browse: I rented quite a bit of porn back then. Yes, you read that right kids...I rented it. As in paid money to see it. We had these things called "video stores" in those days. If you wanted to watch porn, this is what you had to do:

1. Go to a video store
2. Casually walk into the adult section (usually behind a curtain or french doors)
3. Mill around with all the other perverts and select your videos. This involved physically picking them up and touching them...knowing full well that they likely had remnants of of someone else's jizz on them (because I highly doubt the video clerks ever bothered to wipe them down).
4. Go stand in line with the regular video customers while holding your porn (not a big deal if you only got one video. But if you were like me and rented three on average...it could get unbearably awkward).
**Bonus: sometimes the video clerk would be a cute college girl who could barely hide her contempt for you and your ilk.
5. Get home, prioritize which videos you were going to watch first, settle into a comfy chair, get your tissues, and commence to spanking.
**Extra Bonus: If you rented VHS...often times the tracking would be horrible and you'd get a crappy picture. If you rented DVD...the disc might be scratched and it simply wouldn't load.

Sure, there was porn on the internet. But the best stuff cost money, and the free stuff gave you viruses or took forever.

tl;dr - you kids don't know how good you have it

/my lawn...get off it



Yep, totally!  However, I was lucky to have an adult video store with a huge selection.
 
The only thing that felt awkward is when you rented a few videos, and then returned them like 4 hours later.
 
"Ok, I'm done with these, thanks!"
 
2012-10-03 03:13:21 PM
Back in 2001 I was at a wargaming convention and participating in a WWII game. The scenario was the U.S. attacking a series of German pillboxes. I noticed that all of the pillboxes were built on circular bases. I also noticed that some of the other terrain features were similarly mounted on circular bases. This was just a little bit odd as square or rectangular bases is the norm. After the game I asked the guy running the game about it. He picked up one of the pillboxes and showed me the bottom of the base. It was an old AOL free trial CD. He had collected them from all of his friends over the years and used them as free bases.

================================================================

Also, I remember getting one of their trial CDs and it was offering something like 2,000 free hours over a 90-day period. I thought this excessively high and did the math and you would have to be on the internet for 22+ hours a day to use up all those free hours.
 
2012-10-03 03:13:23 PM
Also... the day I figured out how to right-click the grenade launcher in Unreal and bank-lob the grenades off of walls to kill Skarjs around corners without being seen... that as one of the proudest days of my life.
 
2012-10-03 03:13:54 PM

downstairs: WienerButt: In 1998 I was in some weird space chatroom and actually met a girl who lived the next town over (fairly rare to randomly find people, let alone cute girls from your town on AOL


Really?  I remember finding AOL chat to be the easiest to find local people.  Maybe I'm mis-remembering.  I thought they had local rooms or something.
 
Anyway, I do remember me writing a script in IRC to locate everyone from local college domains and other obviously local domains (*.chicago.ix.netcom.com or whatever).  That worked wonders at getting dates.


Right. They did have local rooms however this was random and it turned out to be a girl my age and a bike ride away. That was the rarity.

Funny because I remember you could search AOL profiles and that's how I met my first girlfriend. She said my profile was funny and she lived in my town. This was years before dating sites took off.
 
2012-10-03 03:14:38 PM
Police Quest II FTW

t0.gstatic.com
 
2012-10-03 03:15:46 PM

WienerButt: downstairs: WienerButt: In 1998 I was in some weird space chatroom and actually met a girl who lived the next town over (fairly rare to randomly find people, let alone cute girls from your town on AOL


Really?  I remember finding AOL chat to be the easiest to find local people.  Maybe I'm mis-remembering.  I thought they had local rooms or something.
 
Anyway, I do remember me writing a script in IRC to locate everyone from local college domains and other obviously local domains (*.chicago.ix.netcom.com or whatever).  That worked wonders at getting dates.

Right. They did have local rooms however this was random and it turned out to be a girl my age and a bike ride away. That was the rarity.

Funny because I remember you could search AOL profiles and that's how I met my first girlfriend. She said my profile was funny and she lived in my town. This was years before dating sites took off.


Yeah, and I remember it was awkward to explain to people in real life that you met someone on the internet.  Kinda came off creepy. 
 
 
2012-10-03 03:17:57 PM
I know it is off by 2 years but....

www.nobodygoeshere.com
 
2012-10-03 03:20:18 PM
Anybody else play this one?

www.glidos.net
 
2012-10-03 03:20:57 PM
I was still playing this in 1998:

www.ohgizmo.com
 
2012-10-03 03:21:16 PM
BRB, my ICQ icon is flashing. UH-OH!

CSS: my husband and I met via ICQ in 2000. 7th wedding anniversary is in 2 weeks!
 
2012-10-03 03:22:14 PM

xanadian: 1998 was when I was discharged from the military under DADT.

I WIN


You weren't in the Navy on the Cape St. George, were you?
 
2012-10-03 03:24:18 PM
I was struggling to learn how to fly a hot air balloon. I was doing a lot of community theater. I had been working twenty years at my present job. I hung out at the old Fire Dog Bar in Bay St. Louis, which was destroyed by Katrina.

God, how depressing.
 
2012-10-03 03:25:05 PM

DeathByGeekSquad: It's funny reading 'articles' written by someone who clearly wasn't around/involved at the time.

/Simuntronics was consuming my life in '97-98


Lots of gemstone 3 on aol for years for me.
 
2012-10-03 03:25:36 PM
in my town, ICQ was all the rage, hardly anyone used AIM, I used to have my ICQ # committed to memory, wish I could log back in just to see what stupid shiat I had in my profile in 8th grade. I still have all the specific sounds embedded in my brain (even beyond the uh-oh every time you got a message)

there were some html websites that you could download mp3's from back then, I also remember spending 5-6 hours downloading the hannukah song by adam sandler in .wav format

I was still learning the fine details of accessing and removing evidence of surfing for porn, my extreme difficulty was that my families computer was in my parents room, this lead to some rather exciting fap times, oh shiat why is mom home from the grocery store 10 minutes early?

oh and in my mind me and my friends were real l33t haxorz, and by this I mean using netbus and getting dumb girls to install the patch files so you could open and close their CD drive magically. I also remember breaking into people's hotmail accounts in 1998...one of their password recovery questions was: what is your favorite color? ....brilliant

also cheating at diablo

that pretty much sums up 1998 for me
 
2012-10-03 03:26:14 PM

Bobbi Wickham: I was a kid in middle school hanging out on White Wolf's HTML World OF Darkness chatooms. My parents highly regulated it. So I was only on for an hour each day.


!! I had been there a few years by the time you got there, youngun. :D
 
2012-10-03 03:28:01 PM
1998! Was playing Descent over the Internet via Kali/2 on OS/2 Warp!
Why OS/2? You couldn't multitask DOS apps in any other OS. I could leave IRC up in the background, and if I got bored, just put the game in a window and chat with my buddies. Not the 'full screen window' crap that DOS apps did in Win95. In OS/2 if the game was 320x200, you can be damn sure OS/2 will put it in a 320x200 window on your desktop.

good times.

Havok - Kali serial #144 - out.
 
2012-10-03 03:28:29 PM

downstairs:

Yep, totally!  However, I was lucky to have an adult video store with a huge selection.
 
The only thing that felt awkward is when you rented a few videos, and then returned them like 4 hours later.
 
"Ok, I'm done with these, thanks!"



Been there, bro. Been there. In those cases, I always used the video drop-off slot if they had one.

/damn video clerks...and their judgmental stares
 
2012-10-03 03:28:40 PM
Old news, I saw this on Gopher last week and posted the UUEs on alt.binaries.humor.

Wait, that was 1988, via Compuserve.
 
2012-10-03 03:29:45 PM

Johnnyflash: 1998, I think I had cable internet, I bought a Gateway system for $1500.


1998 was the year I moved to South Dakota to work at Gateway 2000 as a computer programmer. There's a chance I was in the catwalks watching the assembly line as your computer was built.


Also, $1500 wasn't getting you much of a machine in 1998... even the P2 Celerons started around $2k.
 
2012-10-03 03:30:29 PM

ManRay: 1998...In retrospect it was a good time for me. I was 25, and although I make more money now my living expenses were at historical lows. I had no GF or other responsibilities so most of my paycheck went towards wine, women, and song. It was pretty awesome now that I look back on it.


Damn. Sounds about right. I was making about 1/3 of what I do now, surviving solely on beer, weed and pizza and partying every freaking night. Running through new girls once every couple of weeks. Copious drugs and boobs constantly. Sometimes, I miss those days.

And Civilization ruled. I played the hell out of that.
 
2012-10-03 03:33:38 PM

sid244: Anybody else play this one?

[www.glidos.net image 850x658]


Still playing it. :)

Descent as First-Person Shooter
 
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