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2012-10-03 11:20:08 AM  
4 votes:
Here's what 1998 looked like:

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2012-10-03 09:52:02 AM  
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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!).

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.

As I recall, 1998 was endless LAN games of Quake II if you were lucky and had friends who could LAN with you, and endless games of Phatasmagoria or Doom II, if you were alone/your computer was too slow for Quake. Then Starcraft came out, everyone upgraded their computers, and no one in my dorm went to class for about 2 weeks straight.
2012-10-03 08:01:12 PM  
2 votes:
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I played lots and lots of this.
2012-10-03 03:35:49 PM  
2 votes:

Havokmon: 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.

I'm still sad that OS/2 lost the war with Windows 95/98, which were inferior by any technical comparison. Imagine how things would have been if it had been the other way around!
2012-10-03 02:02:11 PM  
2 votes:
my favorite part was the ubuntu error message....
2012-10-03 01:57:38 PM  
2 votes:
I was probably hitting on Violet the Barmaid before heading out to the killing fields in LORD.
2012-10-03 01:48:08 PM  
2 votes:
Could have been worse. The user could have been using:

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2012-10-03 11:03:52 AM  
2 votes:
that was a bit too close to my actual evenings in 1998 for comfort.
2012-10-03 09:56:11 AM  
2 votes:
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.
2012-10-03 11:26:06 PM  
1 vote:

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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.

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2012-10-03 04:53:55 PM  
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2012-10-03 04:09:58 PM  
1 vote:

LanguageLikeBonsais: Battlezone on [cdn-static.cnet.co.uk image 540x300]

/Still can't figure out how some people were so good at sniping.

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/ex mplayer
2012-10-03 03:44:48 PM  
1 vote:
A bunch of kiddies in my management class think Google became the top search engine because of it's "amazing algorithm." They weren't around in the mid-late 90s when dialup was the standard slow-ass way most of us got online. Because Google's stripped down page didn't have a bunch of links, pics and other crap, it loaded waaaay faster than all the competing search engine pages. Sheer speed was what got us all hooked on Google.
2012-10-03 03:37:16 PM  
1 vote:

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

Good lord, yes. Right up until 2001 or so when I joined the military.
2012-10-03 03:35:35 PM  
1 vote:
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(I still miss that one, wish there were a re-release that runs on non-museum hardware)

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2012-10-03 03:35:23 PM  
1 vote:

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: Agent Sm

Give it enough time and we'll be using highly simplified systems:

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2012-10-03 03:34:45 PM  
1 vote:
aol punters/pinters/email bombs/trojans/pw stealers/
2012-10-03 03:20:57 PM  
1 vote:
I was still playing this in 1998:

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2012-10-03 03:20:18 PM  
1 vote:
Anybody else play this one?

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2012-10-03 03:17:57 PM  
1 vote:
I know it is off by 2 years but....

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2012-10-03 03:14:38 PM  
1 vote:
Police Quest II FTW

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2012-10-03 03:11:01 PM  
1 vote:
1998 had its moments.

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2012-10-03 02:46:58 PM  
1 vote:
Hmmm, 1998... I was too cheap to pay for internet, was willing to put up with crappy NetZero ads to get it for free.
2012-10-03 02:44:23 PM  
1 vote:
Oh, fond memories of 1998. I was playing:

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2012-10-03 02:41:20 PM  
1 vote:
I was 20 and going to community college in Eugene, Oregon. No computer at all so my crappy evenings consisted of me getting stoned and/or drunk at my buddy's house where we all played Golden Eye on his N64.

/RCP90s and Proximity Mines
2012-10-03 02:28:35 PM  
1 vote:
Let's see.... 1998 I think I was playing:

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Slaughter these villagers? Archers, HO!

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You encounter a dragon! You are slain!

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and of course:

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finally I always played this no matter how old:

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Because cutting people down with a chainsaw mounted on the front of your taxi cab never got old.
2012-10-03 02:28:20 PM  
1 vote:
You didn't have cable internet in 1998? lol
2012-10-03 02:24:43 PM  
1 vote:
I miss 1998.

Being 15 years old, it seemed every girl I ran into on AOL was a cheerleader. Man, there must've been a lot of sports teams back then
2012-10-03 02:20:58 PM  
1 vote:
Of course, he missed the real media memory of 1998-99. Zip disk goes 'click', 'click', 'click'. OMGWTFBBQ!!!

Ugh, yea. ZIP disks were always sketchy at best, though I think they got better towards the end.

The predecessor to ZIP disks were Syquest drives. They were fairly reliable if you took care with everything. I had one on my Amiga at one time. it was a cartridge hard drive with the platter in the enclosed cartridge, 5.25".
2012-10-03 02:09:50 PM  
1 vote:

2012-10-03 02:08:48 PM  
1 vote:
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
2012-10-03 01:59:52 PM  
1 vote:
Ah 98...I had dual-ISDN at my apartment (128kbits total) in Silicon Valley and I think a T1 at work. The cablemodem service @home was just getting going and was not widely deployed. DSL was starting to make an impact. LAN parties still abounded at that point. Thanks to posters above for reminding what games were hot at the time, I certainly played a lot of Diablo I and Half Life was just amazing at the time.

I'm with the other commentors, I don't think Kazaa was there yet but Napster may? have been around. It's all fuzzy now.

I had an account at Netcom (was one of their very early users in the early 90s, good old Bob Reiger's ISP) which was a basic unix shell account. Though I had probably moved to BEST internet by then, where some friends worked. Did plenty of usenet, IRC and web stuff.

No one who knew any better had AOL, though in 1986 I did have a QuantumLink account before moving to local BBS's. QM was a predecessor for AOL made for Commodore users, and AOL was started as a PC/Apple version by the same company, Quantum Computer Services in Vienna Virginia. This was long before their spectacular rise and fall as the always pilloried bottom-end semi-walled-garden ISP for grandmas. 

Most of the jokes featured in the link were experienced many years before, being bumped off dialup by call waiting or someone picking up the phone. And of course Oregon Trail is very anachronistic for 1998, as we were playing it in 1982 on TRS-80s (Trash-80!) and Apple II's in the classroom.
2012-10-03 01:57:30 PM  
1 vote:
I think X-Wing vs Tie fighter and Rainbow Six were my go-to games in '98. And, I wasn't too far off in ditching AOL when I got DSL in Jan '99. Pron was gotten via automated newsgroup downloads and every morning I'd have a new batch waiting. But, the SCSI error in burning CDs really hits home, can't tell you how many $20 coasters I made
2012-10-03 01:57:29 PM  
1 vote:
Would it be that hard to write an article like this about stuff that people actually used in 1998? Apparently.
2012-10-03 01:56:04 PM  
1 vote:

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This was eating my life back then

no it wasn't. diablo 2 wasn't released until 2000. diablo came out in '96 though so you were probably playing that.
2012-10-03 01:55:55 PM  
1 vote:
In 1998, token ring looked like it might work.
2012-10-03 01:54:16 PM  
1 vote:

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/ I had ISDN, biatches

I had bonded ISDN.
2012-10-03 01:53:05 PM  
1 vote:
My eBay account is from 1998.

I remember buying a Sony VAIO 505 and one of those little Canon portable printers in '98.

Had either DSL or Cable internet by then. Had a cell phone through Houston Cellular.

1998 really wasn't that bad.. everything was taking off toward 1999/2000 iBubble.

As for 1991, well.. THAT is something else entirely.
2012-10-03 01:51:29 PM  
1 vote:

Agent Smiths Laugh: Could have been worse. The user could have been using:

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Oddly, that's not much worse than the crappy skeuomorphism Apple's inexplicably been putting into their app designs lately.
2012-10-03 01:51:19 PM  
1 vote:
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/ I had ISDN, biatches
2012-10-03 01:45:57 PM  
1 vote:
Went off the rails a bit at the music downloading part. In '98 he'd have been using Napster, and Linkin Park wasn't around to suck yet.
2012-10-03 01:42:50 PM  
1 vote:

dahmers love zombie: 1998. My first cable modem. Which, incidentally, downloaded at a faster speed than this FARKING SUPPOSEDLY 4G PHONE AAGGHH...

You have access to the sum total of all human knowledge literally in the palm of your hand, and you can access it from virtually anywhere on the planet, day or night, and you're complaining that it's not fast enough for you? Jesus Christ! You're living in Star Trek and you don't even have to say "Computer..." before every command! It's goddamn amazing!
2012-10-03 11:07:01 AM  
1 vote:
Let see, I was doing the Satanic goth thing. I was in the Church of Satan AOL chatroom and IRC channel. Netscape was cool. Civ2 was great. High school sucked. A pornographic picture took a bit to load, but we had the Starr Report.
2012-10-03 09:59:19 AM  
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This was eating my life back then
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