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I remember the GBA and dial up. MSN was the only browser we had and solitare was awesome on a heavy desktop. Early 2000's
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I remember life before the internet, home computers, color tv, cable, cell phones, blu rays, dvds, cds, vcrs, cassette decks, etc. (it is quite a long list that gets longer every year).

Life was the same as it is now. People found their niche and cliques and tried to figure out life, the universe, and everything and their place in it all.

We all changed with the times. If you dont then you get left behind.

10/20/30 years from now there will be things that people at that time will wonder how life was without them. In other words, get used to knowing that time moves on and the things you know now will be old news in the future.

Posted 12/2/14
Life wasn't worth living back then.
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I didn't really use the internet till I turned 16. I'm 17 now. Also before that I didn't have a phone until I was 13 so hanging out with friends never happened
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Back in my day, libraries had these giant contraptions called "Microfishe" and you researched articles by putting microscopic magazines under what was effectively a giant microscope. Or something like that.
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Life before the internet was great. Pranking people was so much easier. Eaters of the Dead by Michael Chrichton was an easy sell to freak people out. You could make random stuff up to freak out your younger cousins without them immediately fact checking it online.

Stalker Ex's couldn't find you by paying an internet service 5$.

People actually went on trips and learned other languages just for fun. Pen pals were actually interesting because you got to meet people from another country based on random chance instead of meeting them through common interests. People "back in the day" even used their brains to form intelligent opinions more than today also. Maybe it's because they had to do actual research rather than regurgitating something on twitter/facebook. And you can't forget the big one. Human interaction was actually something people looked forward to.

All in all life before the internet was alot more fun and interesting. Then again the internet has done more good than harm I suppose so /shrug.
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GAH!

Days without the internet... They are still fresh in my mind as there was no internet available in the area we moved to when I was 10, so I didn't start actively using the internet until I was 14 or 15.

Those were the dark ages... where I could not take solace in internet communities and drown my sorrows in a vast sea of online entertainment.
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That was a nightmare. Please never mention that again.

Just kidding.

Don't remember much besides my first Gameboy Advance.
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This about sums it up.
http://www.shoeboxblog.com/?p=15314
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I call the days before I had the internet "the dark ages" because I have no proof of what I was like back then. However, I do have a lot of imagery and artefacts from back then which I can use to reconstruct what life was like for me back then.

I know for a fact that I played a lot of PS1 games back then. The first one I ever played was medieval. I actually managed to complete Spyro 2 and 3 back then which would end up being the last games I completed for a long time. Afterwards I moved to the PS2 and the game that started that era off was Grand Theft Auto: Vice City which I completed with the help of my auntie who isn't much older than me. I also played a smeg load of Tony Hawks Underground with my auntie. Gaming made up the vast majority of my free time. Basically all my time when I wasn't at school. I had an original Gameboy at one time but I've since lost every single game I had for it and have no memories at all about which ones I played. I'm sure that I had at least 1 pokemon one though. Another thing that I remember nothing about but I'm sure is one of the biggest parts of the dark ages is the smackdown series of games. I played these every day from the day I got smackdown 2 until the release of SVR 2008 which removed the season mode that offered the game so much replayability - but by that time I had discovered the internet so that's a discussion for another day.

In terms of what I watched on TV I do have a lot of memories. I know that I watched a lot of Dragonball Z and Pokémon but my memory of dragonball Z is so bad that I didn't get nostalgic when watching the opening roughly 14 years later. My pokemon knowledge is slightly better but not by a significant amount. Eyewitness reports say that I knew the name of every courage the cowardly dog episode but I've since forgotten everything right down to what happens in the episode except for some brief memories of aubergines - or eggplants to some. Most of the shows I remember from back then were the standard on cartoon network. Memory also suggests that I watched spongebob. I was also a fan of the WWF before it became the WWE. Unfortunately I didn't have satellite so I couldn't watch it very often. I did have wrestling toys however and played with them a lot. I was a big fan of The Rock and my favourite wrestling move was the Stone Cold Stunner.

I also did a lot of drawing when I was a kid. I'd keep paper underneath my pillow and just draw for hours. Evidence of these drawings suggests that I was very influenced by games. One thing I know for sure is that I've wanted to make games for my entire life. You can see this because many of my drawing were of games that I assumed I'd make one day. Oddly enough I hit the nail right on the head about the time period that I'd be making these games in - with many of them being labelled "PS4" on the box. Games included a 3rd person game known as "boyseverywhere" which consisted of a war between the children of a planet called Dangerworld. The game had 20 levels and had a storyline consisting of a planet that was split into 3 factions - the boys, the girls and those who were neutral. It seems to be heavily influenced by Abe's odyssey and Goldeneye - despite the fact I only played goldeneye twice. This game was reportedly based on a true story. It had a sequel which was based on earth and names "boyseverywhere 100" in reference to it's 100 levels.

Evidence suggests that I was also founder of an organisation which was basically a private army in space run by children under the age of 13. I'm going to keep most of the details secret though. It has it's own symbol and I have my own war standard.
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Iregi wrote:

Life before the internet was great. Pranking people was so much easier. Eaters of the Dead by Michael Chrichton was an easy sell to freak people out. You could make random stuff up to freak out your younger cousins without them immediately fact checking it online.

Stalker Ex's couldn't find you by paying an internet service 5$.

People actually went on trips and learned other languages just for fun. Pen pals were actually interesting because you got to meet people from another country based on random chance instead of meeting them through common interests. People "back in the day" even used their brains to form intelligent opinions more than today also. Maybe it's because they had to do actual research rather than regurgitating something on twitter/facebook. And you can't forget the big one. Human interaction was actually something people looked forward to.

All in all life before the internet was alot more fun and interesting. Then again the internet has done more good than harm I suppose so /shrug.


This.. plus more. I think it will return to this within my lifetime. possibly sooner rather than later. the internet is just turning into last century're tv/radio/newspaper. It just takes time.

anime is a lot easier to come by these days, but the quality is kinda shit.

I miss the world being much much bigger, and, to be honest, I miss mystery. I miss that every detail of your life was instantly referenceable to someone. I wish we tried and experimented rather than curated via bookmarks the exploitations of people who actually do put down the phone/computer occasionally to try something out. (honestly, I do a lot of shit, so it's not so much a complaint about not being able to do it myself, but rather, that I can't share in the doing and experiencing with people. instead we're a world of voyeurs rather than experiencers).

Things were less polarizing. Things took longer and the slower pace gave us a chance to experience nuance and just take our damned time instead of living every moment waiting for and craving the next five moments.

Somehow giving us the world at our fingertips has not settled all our cravings, but exacerbated them and overloaded us at the same time.

I just really kinda miss it.
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disregard this doublepost. CR's going apeshit on me, telling me posts are erroring and not letting me delete. I hate maintenance.
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I remember those days very well. Even though I was born in 95 I never really was able to use the internet at all since I lived in the middle of no where for the longest time. My cousin introduced my family to dial-up one year and I hated it, so for the longest time I didn't think that the internet was worth my time. It wasn't until I moved to suburbs that I found out how awesome the internet was, and from that point on I've never looked at my non-internet connected life. Though I will say life did seem a bit more simple back in those days.
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There was life before the internet? Was I even alive back then?
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sasarahsept wrote:

I remember when I was about 8 and only used the computer to draw on MSPaint... life was simpler then.


yes yes yes!! my very first digital art. seriously, I was 8 too when I did that x)
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