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2012-10-03 05:11:42 PM  

bhcompy: 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..


classic. played for =LL=.
 
2012-10-03 05:11:52 PM  
What a crappy evening in 1998 looked like, by somebody who obviously was not there.
 
2012-10-03 05:20:05 PM  

Mad_Radhu: PallMall: [img.izismile.com image 470x600]

Tandy's MOST.POWERFUL.COMPUTER.EVAR! 

1989 is when things were bad in the computing world. (Note the: Monitor and Mouse not included)

The really sad part is that this was also around $8500 in 1989:

[cdn.hondanews.com image 500x326]

The last laptop I bough cost me $250, and it was pretty decently outfitted (a Sandy bridge based Celeron, 15.6" screen, 4 GB of RAM, and a 320 GB hard drive). It boggles my mind that people used to buy a computer that cost as much as a new car and was hopelessly outdated within 5 years.


Well, I cannot think of a personal computer that cost $8500 any time, much less in 1989. but in the early days, if you wanted a computer, you paid what you had to pay, since everything was shiny new and the computer companies had to recoup R&D costs. My first computer was a TRS-80 and a friend and I went halfs on it. We paid about $800 in 1977 dollars. My next computer was an Apple IIe. It cost $3200 (but $400 less than the Compaq portable). But I used it for nearly 10 years. Next it was an IBM PS2 for $2800, which I used for seven years. Then a Gateway for $1400 and it was a POS that lasted maybe three years. At work, I had a Sun SPARCStation 10, which costs us $22,000, but ran for 15 years. Also a Silicon Graphics Indigo, which cost $45,000, which may still be running for all I know. After the Gateway disappointment, I bought a Sun 150 workstation for $1300. The power supply just died on in a few months ago after 10 years of continuous uptime. Next a iMac, which I've been using now for three years without a single problem (also up continuously). My wife's iMac is five years old, up continuously and has never had a problem. And finally a 17" Macbook Pro for $2700, which I've been using for two years without a single issue.
 
2012-10-03 05:23:33 PM  
I remember 1998 fondly for a lot of reasons. First of all I got my A-Level in 1998 and wasn't drafted due to being short-sighted. Yai One! Therefore I had much time for friend, which led to RPGing sessions without end and LAN sessions without end, railgunning your best friend into the head. Yai Two!
Another really impressive game of 1998 was I-War, a game that was worth its money for the intro alone and a very cool and I think unique space flight feeling.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I-War_%28Independence_War%29

And since I was earning good money I could afford a Sony Vaio C1 at the price of a decent second hand car. Yai Three!

http://renaissancechambara.jp/2012/04/28/throwback-gadget-sony-vaio-p c g-c1-series/

This was one of the best investments of my early life, because this machine has worked without any hiccups (except for a degrading battery) for ten years until I replaced it by piece of crap called Dell XPS 1330 in 2008.

There was of course more, but the theme of this thread is technical, so I'll stick with that. 1998 - my favourite year of the 90ies!
 
2012-10-03 05:41:35 PM  

Vegan Meat Popsicle: / I had ISDN, biatches


I had DSL, on of the very first installs, so I had 1Mb and a static IP. If you were still on dialup AOL, your ass was poor as shiat.
 
2012-10-03 06:11:25 PM  
We didn't get Internet until 2001. What the hell did I do for fun before then?

In 1998 I was a dorky fifth/sixth grader. I read a shiat ton of books as my entertainment (and was summarily ostracized for being a bookworm).
 
2012-10-03 06:15:57 PM  
1998 was my annus horribilus, and I wouldn't have had it any other way.

/second year uni
 
2012-10-03 06:23:36 PM  
What 1998 may have looked like...

i.imgur.com
 
2012-10-03 06:27:20 PM  
Elastomania thread?
 
2012-10-03 06:33:11 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-10-03 06:47:11 PM  
1998 had a bunch of good ages. Fallout II came out that fall for instance. A year later these gems:

upload.wikimedia.org

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-10-03 06:54:44 PM  
My ICQ is 7 digits, only it's linked to a now defunct Juno email and I can't get it to resend me my password. Argh...
 
2012-10-03 06:55:04 PM  

electronsexparty: We didn't get Internet until 2001. What the hell did I do for fun before then?

In 1998 I was a dorky fifth/sixth grader. I read a shiat ton of books as my entertainment (and was summarily ostracized for being a bookworm).


ytrewq.com
 
2012-10-03 07:22:20 PM  
Didn't have a computer .Spent a lot of time raving.Doing lots of drugs ,lots of booze and lots chicks .

/Guess that's why I got fired from two jobs that year.
//Damn it was a great year .
///The year I met my ex wife .
 
2012-10-03 07:25:53 PM  

sid244: Anybody else play this one?


Yay! Descent!
 
2012-10-03 07:28:50 PM  
Everyone talking about AIM vs ICQ... who had both and used Trillian?

For PC non-MMOs I don't remember exactly which were when, but around that time I liked Warlords I & II (I never got into any of the later ones), Global Conquest, all the Id games (even Heretic), all the Civs (maybe just I & II back then?), all three Eye of the Beholders, a couple gold box games (never got into those much either), Perfect General I & II, and still liked the Infocom games even if they were a few years old and all or mostly (Journey) text-based: Zorks of course, Planetfall, Stationfall, Spellbreaker, Enchanter, Sorcerer, Moonmist, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Leather Goddesses of Phobos, Seastalker...
 
2012-10-03 07:29:35 PM  
1998 was actually a pretty good year for me. It was my senior year in HS, and I had many successes including deans list my first semester at FSU. It went downhill from there.
 
2012-10-03 07:37:57 PM  

PC LOAD LETTER: Vegan Meat Popsicle: [www.blogcdn.com image 850x542]

/ I had ISDN, biatches

I had bonded ISDN.


Same here, I was one of the l33t ones ;) I was tearing apart computers when I was 10 years old starting with the original IBM PC 8086 and one of my first games I remember that I loved was Ultima (on 5.25 floppies w/ the cloth map!)

/Yes I'm a female nerd extreme!
 
2012-10-03 07:45:58 PM  

biyaaatci: ATDT, biatches!


That's actually pre-ATDT. My first modem was similar except you actually plugged the phone line into it. You would dial the number, listen on the handset for carrier then flip the switch to "originate" or "answer" depending on which side of the call you were on.

I still remember the glee when I got my first AT command capable modem. "Wow! It dials the number BY ITSELF!!" (Around mid-1985, 1200 baud I think, talking to BBSes via an Apple II+ with a Super Serial card.) I meticulously saved the threads from those days using the capture command and have several floppies full of them, which I believe I converted to disk images on the PC with Apple Disk Transfer. I'll have to look 'em up sometime and see if there was anything interesting.
 
2012-10-03 07:49:14 PM  
www.blujay.com

Wow!! Actually found a PICTURE of my first modem! Rocker switch was used to go between Answer, Off and Originate.

300 baud, baby!
 
2012-10-03 07:59:58 PM  

destrip: I still remember the glee when I got my first AT command capable modem. "Wow! It dials the number BY ITSELF!!" (Around mid-1985, 1200 baud I think, talking to BBSes via an Apple II+ with a Super Serial card.) I meticulously saved the threads from those days using the capture command and have several floppies full of them, which I believe I converted to disk images on the PC with Apple Disk Transfer. I'll have to look 'em up sometime and see if there was anything interesting.


This thread is full of win. I got my first modem, a 14.4, with paper route money. Christmas tips, specifically. $70 at Wal-Mart.
 
2012-10-03 08:01:12 PM  
www.gamershell.com

I played lots and lots of this.
 
2012-10-03 08:02:37 PM  

sid244: Anybody else play this one?

[www.glidos.net image 850x658]


Holy memories....
 
2012-10-03 08:05:39 PM  

Genju: Because cutting people down with a chainsaw mounted on the front of your taxi cab never got old.


Oh man, Quarantine! If you installed the CD-ROM version of the game, it came with a few music tracks beginning at track 3. You could also pop in any other music CD and it would play that -- but only starting from track 3.

I had several CDs that I only knew from track 3 onward because they were excellent background for that game: Gang of Four's "Entertainment!", Soundgarden's "Louder Than Love", Mystery Machine's "Glazed". I had also just bought each of these, so it would be another couple years before I heard the deadly-excellent opening track on Louder Than Love.
 
2012-10-03 08:22:18 PM  
Goldeneye was my life back then.

Pistols and License to Kill.
 
2012-10-03 08:38:03 PM  

PallMall: [img.izismile.com image 470x600]

Tandy's MOST.POWERFUL.COMPUTER.EVAR! 

1989 is when things were bad in the computing world. (Note the: Monitor and Mouse not included)


I paid a lot for my Apple II GS, but not that much. That's actually a pretty fast processor for the time.

/ $3500 maybe?
 
2012-10-03 08:40:24 PM  

ConConHead: 1998. Hrm... Duke Nukem 3d deathmatches in the computer lab at school, playing lots of online text-based Mu*s and chatting online... OOH, and lots of Civ and Sim City.


Civ and Sim City here, too. Every day. Every flipping day.
 
2012-10-03 09:03:24 PM  
I think I spent most of my time playing Wolfenstein 3D and Doom 2.
 
2012-10-03 09:37:01 PM  
Spending every waking hour playing Goldeneye.
 
2012-10-03 09:48:26 PM  

freewill: This thread is full of win. I got my first modem, a 14.4, with paper route money. Christmas tips, specifically. $70 at Wal-Mart.


That's what I get for being an early adopter - I think my first four modems (300, 2400, 9600 and 14,400 baud) were about $300 each. Of course, everything was crazy-expensive back then. A combo card for my Apple IIe that gave me 80-column display capability and an additional 64 kB of RAM was about $300, and I think I spent that much upgrading my Intel 8086-based AT&T 6300 from 128 kB of RAM to 640 kB.
 
2012-10-03 09:48:46 PM  

JackieRabbit: Well, I cannot think of a personal computer that cost $8500 any time, much less in 1989. but in the early days, if you wanted a computer, you paid what you had to pay, since everything was shiny new and the computer companies had to recoup R&D costs.


That depends how early. In 1982 you could buy a 48K Spectrum for £175. The price dropped not long afterwards. In 1989 you could spend thousands on a high-end DOS based PC, but I can't see why anyone would unless they absolutely needed to run DOS based software.

The rest of us could manage quite well, better really, with an Amiga or Atari ST for a small fraction of that cost.

Also, the games looked and sounded better on the Amiga (and the ST) then. (pops)
 
2012-10-03 10:56:16 PM  

sariq: PallMall: [img.izismile.com image 470x600]

Tandy's MOST.POWERFUL.COMPUTER.EVAR!

1989 is when things were bad in the computing world. (Note the: Monitor and Mouse not included)

I paid a lot for my Apple II GS, but not that much. That's actually a pretty fast processor for the time.

/ $3500 maybe?


I feel ya. I remember the 1571 Disk Drive for my Commodore 64 needed a head alignment... $475! The damn drive was near $700!! The 1541 was $400, so f**k the 1571 and its extra speed or sleek case.

Remember when dot-matrix printers were $350+? You can buy a printer (with ink AND THE CABLE!!) for $30-$40 now all day long!
 
2012-10-03 11:09:31 PM  

This text is now purple: TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: whistleridge: Actually, Kazaa didn't exist then (or if it did, no one I knew was aware of it. I mean, Napster hadn't even come out yet!).

There was *some* sort of music P2P going on, because I distinctly remember downloading music in my dorm room using some interface like that, fall semester of 97.

Anonymous ftp, and I think audiogalaxy was around.

\I still miss audiogalaxy.


I remember using scour.net before Napster and I think that was '98 but I'm not sure.
 
2012-10-03 11:12:16 PM  

Mugato: 1998 for me was losing my virginity to a bisexual stripper, having a high paying job in software engineering and our biggest national problem was our President getting a blowjob. It all went down from there.


What was his name?

/I hope I was the first...
 
2012-10-03 11:26:06 PM  

thisispete: [www.gamershell.com image 800x600]

I played lots and lots of this.


Oh, that brings back memories. Loved Civ 2. I'd come home from studying after thinking about playing it all day, only to find my MOTHER playing it on my computer! She'd always fight with another country, and the first thing she'd say to me was "Hey, they started it!"

Oh, and I forgot to mention one more game that was still pwning the scene in 1998 (even though it was released in 1997) Whoever owned this and didn't play the hell out of it was either lying or a moron.

images2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2012-10-03 11:38:29 PM  

rkallister: thisispete: [www.gamershell.com image 800x600]

I played lots and lots of this.

Oh, that brings back memories. Loved Civ 2. I'd come home from studying after thinking about playing it all day, only to find my MOTHER playing it on my computer! She'd always fight with another country, and the first thing she'd say to me was "Hey, they started it!"

Oh, and I forgot to mention one more game that was still pwning the scene in 1998 (even though it was released in 1997) Whoever owned this and didn't play the hell out of it was either lying or a moron.

[images2.wikia.nocookie.net image 850x637]



Well its 2012 and I'm playing Ff7 today.
 
2012-10-03 11:38:31 PM  
In 1998 I worked at a business that may as well have been a cash printing machine. It was run by an alleged (although he admitted it in the papers) former drug smuggler who figured out he was actually a technical genius and did some data things that had really never been commercialized before. He was also a visionary. He made tons of money. I was paid well.

And I was 33 and was banging a 21 year old.

I knew the relationship wouldn't last too long but hell, I had money, a hot young chick who just loved to party and fark, and not a lot to worry about.

I did not have any crappy nights in 1998.

/subsequent years, however, had crap-o-plenty lol
 
2012-10-03 11:51:59 PM  
I got into my first car accident - and the only one I've ever caused (black ice) in 98 or 99.

I told this to one coworker yesterday and preemptively said "shut up" to another who unconsciously had a quizzical look on his face, because he was 5 or 6 then. Good times, damn precocious 18 year olds.

Also, dial up, had mp3s, 56k was so much faster omg yeah I don't think cable was even an option yet where we were.
 
2012-10-04 12:37:32 AM  

Zeno-25: UberDave: Here's what 1998 looked like:

[s9.postimage.org image 425x353] 



Red Alert 2 didn't come out until 2000. This is what 1998 looked like on my computer:

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 540x322]

one year later:

[i.imgur.com image 700x525]


Big ups to you Westwood folks - played the hell out of those games.
 
2012-10-04 12:50:45 AM  

destrip: biyaaatci: ATDT, biatches!

That's actually pre-ATDT. My first modem was similar except you actually plugged the phone line into it. You would dial the number, listen on the handset for carrier then flip the switch to "originate" or "answer" depending on which side of the call you were on.

I still remember the glee when I got my first AT command capable modem. "Wow! It dials the number BY ITSELF!!" (Around mid-1985, 1200 baud I think, talking to BBSes via an Apple II+ with a Super Serial card.) I meticulously saved the threads from those days using the capture command and have several floppies full of them, which I believe I converted to disk images on the PC with Apple Disk Transfer. I'll have to look 'em up sometime and see if there was anything interesting.


Yeah, I know it. I couldn't find a picture of the acoustic coupler I used with my VIC-20, and I will be damned if I could remember what I had to do to dial into the BBS.
 
2012-10-04 01:29:04 AM  
We didn't have a computer in '98. I was a sophomore in high school and I...let me think... I read a lot. My evenings consisted of *flip*...*flip*...*flip*. Well, that and I lost my virginity that year, but no one knew because kids didn't post that shiat to facebook or take pictures or any of that dumb shiat.
 
2012-10-04 02:51:53 AM  
Oh yeah well in 1998 I was running a box with windows 3.1. I used to use the middle school computer lab to find heavy metal .mid files. My friend was absolutely convinced that the one I had of My Own Summer by The Deftones was a song from Duke Nukem 2. That wasn't too far of a stretch considering Megadeth did Duke3d. I think that was around the time I found Leisure Suit Larry III in a box of old 5.25"s my uncle gave us. Holy crap I was jealous of the games I played at my friends houses, but at least I had Kings Quest with boobies.
 
2012-10-04 03:21:35 AM  
I was actually a thirteen year-old girl.

Had been into MUDing/MUSHing for a few years by that time. (Pern, mostly. Because I'm a girl.)

Had moved from Geocities to building websites professionally.

Livejournal. (Then diaryland.) ICQ. Lied about my age and did a lot of have-a-seat-over-here stuff with other guys that I met mostly through MMOs.
 
2012-10-04 07:18:00 AM  

BuckTurgidson: (I still miss that one, wish there were a re-release that runs on non-museum hardware)


Dos Box works for Tie Fighter at least.
 
2012-10-04 10:49:01 AM  
dirtyhippiegirl: I was actually a thirteen year-old girl.

Had been into MUDing/MUSHing for a few years by that time. (Pern, mostly. Because I'm a girl.)

Had moved from Geocities to building websites professionally.

Livejournal. (Then diaryland.) ICQ. Lied about my age and did a lot of have-a-seat-over-here stuff with other guys that I met mostly through MMOs.


You sound like a dirty girl, :). So I had to click to see if you had a pic, :(. No pic but your in my town, assuming it's KS that is. I think your the first farker I've seen in OP.
 
2012-10-04 12:07:28 PM  
www.awesomehq.com
 
2012-10-04 12:17:52 PM  
As others have pointed out, TFA was one anachronism after another -- which suggests the article was written by one of those annoying young teens that lately bizarrely try to pretend they remember the '90s or even '80s.

No, you don't have fond memories of blowing on 8-bit cartridges "back in the day"; stop saying shiat like that. Wtf is up with this kind of bullshiat nostalgia? I don't recall people in my generation pretending to remember living through Nixon's presidency.
 
2012-10-04 07:06:39 PM  

Isildur: As others have pointed out, TFA was one anachronism after another -- which suggests the article was written by one of those annoying young teens that lately bizarrely try to pretend they remember the '90s or even '80s.

No, you don't have fond memories of blowing on 8-bit cartridges "back in the day"; stop saying shiat like that. Wtf is up with this kind of bullshiat nostalgia? I don't recall people in my generation pretending to remember living through Nixon's presidency.


You can always tell them apart because while they might pretend to remember the blowing of 8-bit cartridges, they don't remember wiggling them side to side in the old NES loading bay, or just barely putting the cart in far enough to lower it into place, nearly ripping off the front of the cart. Oh the things we did to get rid of the solid black, green, artifact-ridden, or reset-looping screens.
 
2012-10-04 07:43:24 PM  

Genju: Isildur: As others have pointed out, TFA was one anachronism after another -- which suggests the article was written by one of those annoying young teens that lately bizarrely try to pretend they remember the '90s or even '80s.

No, you don't have fond memories of blowing on 8-bit cartridges "back in the day"; stop saying shiat like that. Wtf is up with this kind of bullshiat nostalgia? I don't recall people in my generation pretending to remember living through Nixon's presidency.

You can always tell them apart because while they might pretend to remember the blowing of 8-bit cartridges, they don't remember wiggling them side to side in the old NES loading bay, or just barely putting the cart in far enough to lower it into place, nearly ripping off the front of the cart. Oh the things we did to get rid of the solid black, green, artifact-ridden, or reset-looping screens.



I actually tended to avoid blowing, because early on, someone told me breath moisture could gradually mess up the contacts yet more. I didn't own an NES of my own, though; my first (and only) console was an SNES. (I played NES and Genesis a lot at summer camp and friends' homes, however.)
 
2012-10-06 12:31:57 AM  
Was anyone worth talking to in 1998 on AOL?
 
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