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I remember dad had MSN and there was dial-up (lolololololol dial-up). Mostly I played my cd-rom games, mine sweeper, solitaire, and club penguin until middle school; when we got a different internet provider and I played Runescape after school and rediscovered anime.
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ive had a computer since early 2000s and i remember always going onto yahoo chat rooms and pretending i was 16 and not a fucking 9 year old lol. but before i basically played with my sailor moon dolls and ran around the fields that surrounded my house, as i lived out in the middle of nowhere.

i also had the game The Neverhood and i have yet to find someone who also played this amazing and weird game!
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The Attitude Era was the bomb back then, if you're a wrestling fan.

Stone Cold Steve Austin couldn't do anything wrong.

Raised hell. Middle finger salutation on the authorities.
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OyasumiPanda wrote:

ive had a computer since early 2000s and i remember always going onto yahoo chat rooms and pretending i was 16 and not a fucking 9 year old lol. but before i basically played with my sailor moon dolls and ran around the fields that surrounded my house, as i lived out in the middle of nowhere.

i also had the game The Neverhood and i have yet to find someone who also played this amazing and weird game!


I was 18, it was MSN chat, and I got invited to meet up with married women 7-10 years older than me for "extracurricular activities"..... >.>

I soon moved on to other types of chat.
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Yeah, I used to watch TV and go outside and I loved playing outside. Playgrounds , parks and swimming pools were paradise to me as a kid. I only discovered YouTube at the age of 10? 11? I was born 1996 and I saw the computer as my parents work thingy. Although when I was 8 I would visit cartoonnetwork.com and play Teen Titans Battle Blitz.

Good times.

Then anime happened.
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Before the Internet I remember making cable filters out of nails and copper wire to de-scramble skinimax. Man, porn was so much more rewarding when you had to work for it....even if it was just static filled softcore tinted in primary colors with garbled audio.
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serifsansserif wrote:


OyasumiPanda wrote:

ive had a computer since early 2000s and i remember always going onto yahoo chat rooms and pretending i was 16 and not a fucking 9 year old lol. but before i basically played with my sailor moon dolls and ran around the fields that surrounded my house, as i lived out in the middle of nowhere.

i also had the game The Neverhood and i have yet to find someone who also played this amazing and weird game!


I was 18, it was MSN chat, and I got invited to meet up with married women 7-10 years older than me for "extracurricular activities"..... >.>

I soon moved on to other types of chat.


yeah someone kept offering to "fly me out" to meet him and he was like 57 or so and kept telling me about his wife and his money and i nope'd the fuck out of that chat room for awhile.
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i remember life without the internet,life was more simpler as a kid,for example i had to go out and try to play with other kids outside.you also had to used your imagination more for everything while now people avoid each other and tend to do everything online.the internet changed my life in that since i am disabled and cant drive now i can order pizza or play/talk online with people all over the world...negative side is that i have become a hikki because of it
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life was slow
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i don't remember, I was too young.
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I remember playing with paint and messing with the screensavers and what not. Other than that i would play outside or play nintendo, there wasn't really anything else to do
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i remember being a kid and standing around magazine racks and reading lots of different magazines to keep up with movies, tv shows and video games. i had a subscription to Wizard for ages...then one day in 2003 i finally realized i was getting all the same information for free on the internet and i canceled my sub.
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I remember something posted on the wall of my high school computer science class:

"To err is human
To really screw things up takes a machine"

Ha. The comments regarding the days before the internet being "Dark Ages" just lack perspective IMO.


GnosticBishop wrote:

I may be the oldest here.

I remember the first TV show I ever saw was Howdy Doody.

I will let you nerds google that and guess my age.

Show respect kiddies. javascript:void(0)

Regards
DL


Internet use (and heavy multitasking in general) kills attention span and alters the brain in a bad way.
http://psychminds.com/is-the-internet-destroying-our-attentions-span/

It sure has killed mine. I can't even sit through a book anymore. I used to read a lot of stuff at the local library when I was young. Now it's just a constant stream of craptastic "internet journalism".

Before the internet there used to be local dial-up BBSes (bet you could count the number of people on this board who had used those things with the fingers on one hand) where people live close to each other and actually meet each other in real life.

Another question would be "How many people have used a rotary phone" or "how many people have programmed a VCR?"


perrandy wrote:

i remember life without the internet,life was more simpler as a kid,for example i had to go out and try to play with other kids outside.you also had to used your imagination more for everything while now people avoid each other and tend to do everything online.the internet changed my life in that since i am disabled and cant drive now i can order pizza or play/talk online with people all over the world...negative side is that i have become a hikki because of it


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Posted 12/3/14
it was playstation all day. I grew up memorizing the combos in Tekken, street fighter, and the curl of mario's mustache.
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I didn't think life was slow. You just found other things to do. You played with friends, outside, or made the "Speak 'n' Say" say all sorts of fun words, then blame it on the machine when your parents caught you.

good times.

I think, regardless of the era, kids always found some thing to amuse themselves. I don't recall ever really being bored for that long. I usually would read, play with my toys or just go outside.
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