Dawn of the Internet: A Showcase

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  1. Kung-Fu Yoshi

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    That was horrendous, that site. It even had a pop-up for something, but Google Chrome on my grandma's laptop blocked it. At least there wasn't any ads, probably because it would've cluttered the clutter. Didn't even go past the homepage, besides the ''NEW LOCATION'' link.

    Might be newer than 2001 though. The magazines in the pictures don't look that old. But, it's a good late 90s-early 00s site imitation (I hope) at least.

    Does anyone still visit the Best of the Web site? (post #19)
     
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    [MENTION=58550]Kung-Fu Yoshi[/MENTION]: The website doesn't appear as blocked on my computer. It looks a bit like another website that used to exist, Havenworks.
     
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    I meant to say the browser blocked the pop-up on Yvette's site, not the site itself.

    I looked at Havenworks.com through the Web Archive. It was a 2010 version, but it was even more cluttered than Yvette's, and more outdated. It was also more cluttered than the February 2001 version.
     
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    I didn't see any pop-ups on Yvette's site on my computer.
     
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    Oh yeah. I visited the site again. There were no pop-ups, but Google Chrome said something about a plug-in being blocked. I don't know why there were plug-ins in the site. Sorry for misleading you, [MENTION=51596]RandomMe[/MENTION].
     
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    What the—! That's all I can say, that was hideous. "Psychological Thriller creaking Gate !!" is what makes me suspicious. The random terrible pictures interrupted by what appears to be a 90s fax machine are setting off some alarms.

    Uh no, not that I'm aware of.
     
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    The No No Site by Pikachu Rameriaz (represented by a photo of a guitarist with a superimposed Pikachu head) has a bunch tips for becoming a teen delinquent including:

    -Growing Marijuana
    -Shoplifting
    -Crafting bongs out of soda bottles
    -Running away from home

    If you get caught don't come back to him, the site is for "entertainment reasons only." "How to Steal" is my favorite due to its abundance of typos. The whole site is riddled with spelling errors and laughable advice. The page on how to grow weed is an exception, likely because the author just stole the info from somewhere else. There are links to his other pages, but they're all down.

    http://www.angelfire.com/zine/nono/
     
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    Here's a hardcore, anti-McDonalds protest site. McSpotlight is a pretty informative resource. News articles, talking points, and interviews all gathered in one place. Actually, compared to most of the stuff we find, this one is really good. Only things going against it are the shrill, radical tone and the lack of more recent material. The site was already slowing to a trickle before it just dropped dead at the end of 2003.

    M c S P O T L I G H T
     
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    http://www.charlesmartinet.com/

    Charles Martinet's website hasn't been updated since the Nintendo 64 era. You can get a feel for what voice acting was like in the late 90s to early 00s, listen to voice samples, watch sample videos, and check out vintage Mario Kart 64 jpegs complete with artifacting.

     
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    This was spotlighted by Something Awful a couple of days ago, but the Amazing Flygun website is still up and unchanged since '03. The product sells itself as the new fly swatter for our enlightened internet age. It claims to turn pest removal into a fun pastime. Its basically a spring loaded plastic gun that shoots a mini-swatter at winged insects.

    There's a FAQ explaining the product and a VERY long page of fly trivia that seems to be there to remind potential customers that flies are super gross and must be disposed of in the most convoluted, labor intensive way possible. They say its the perfect gift for the men in your life and Summer's right around the corner so...check it out?

    Kill Flies with The Amazing Flygun
     
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    The official website of The Legend of Calamity Jane, last updated 1998. In English and French, as it was a USA-France co-production. As seen on the latest Rebeltaxi video on lost cartoons.
     
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    IcyBrian's RPG website is still up and more relevant for this thread, his pages on Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross are still around as they were in 2002. The highlight is the "Points to Ponder" Page which is a long, bulleted list of every shower thought anyone has ever had about Chrono Trigger.

    There are also poll results. Surprising no one, Magus managed win both coolest villain and favorite party member.

    Also, this gem from the FAQ:

    Q: Can you find Schala after she disappears?
    A: Nope. Face it, the game has been out for a few years now. Nobody's found her because she's not able to be found. That's what fanfics are for!

    http://www.icybrian.com/games/chronotrigger/
     
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    I've been looking for old websites and posting them to my own webpage for about a year now. Here's my page: https://websitering.neocities.org/

    Random ones I especially like:

    http://fly.hiwaay.net/~lkseitz/cvg/PacmanFever/ Used to go to this site in high school; glad it's still up.
    http://www.geocities.ws/retrogamer.geo/back.htm An archived Geocities site, about classic games
    http://www.irtc.org/ A defunct Ray-Tracing competition. Lots of cool early 2000's/late 90's CGI.
    https://web.archive.org/web/19991013061925/http://7search.com:80/ An early version of 7Search, which shut down last year.
    www.oocities.org/capecanaveral/lab/8803/fcometcr.htm Archived Geocities page about the 1st jet airliner.
    http://stopmotionworks.com/ Resources for stop motion animators.
     
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    I was searching Google Groups for a Pac-Man related group, and I discovered this old conversation: https://groups.googl...man/_3SL8iLybtg



    "wivax!dyer



    4/13/82

    At the risk of starting a long controversy (or maybe it's been mentioned
    before, I dunno) I'd like to ask what other people think about ATARI's
    policy of prosecuting individuals or firms that sell software games which
    resemble their products. We are not dealing with software piracy, in the
    strict sense. Rather, their intent, if I understand it (and I am very willing
    to be corrected on this) is to suppress the distribution of "look-alike"
    games which are completely "original" pieces of software, sharing no code
    with the ATARI version, but, of course, share a similar appearance or
    conception.
    I bring this up to this news group, since "pacman" is now completely
    "owned" by ATARI in the US. Where do we stand? I have to admit that
    I was really flabbergasted when I read ATARI's announcements in major
    newspapers of their intentions, and I don't feel very sympathetic.
    It's very much a Goliath vs David thing. Can you imagine what furor
    there would be if AT&T tried to carry out a similar policy towards
    "UNIX-like" systems? How can they do this? Is there any precedent
    for their behavior?



    watmath!bstempleton

    4/17/82

    I have been told that Atari's attempts to fight copiers have involved
    copyrighting the screen image, as well as the pictures of the monsters
    and the pacman. In this way if somebody has a pacman program that draws
    something like a pacman maze or a creature that looks like a pacman, they
    say - Hey, he stole our copyrighted design of a screen. This is quite
    valid.
    Protecting an idea is another study. The mechanism for that is the patent, and
    such things are almost never given for software.



    hplabs!hansen

    4/19/82

    ...copyrighting the screen image doesn't seem fair. I have worked
    for some time in the typesetting industry, where the copyright laws
    gave very little protection from copies of typeface designs. It turns
    out that the typeface design itself was not 'copyrightable,' only the
    name of the typeface design. Consequently, other companies would
    copy the typeface design and give it a different name. We couldn't
    touch them. Any attempt by Atari to circumvent that ruling without
    asking for revision of the copyright laws should be bound to failure.
    As to expecting any revision, many of you may recall that many major
    changes to the copyright laws were made a few years ago. The issue
    above was under consideration, but was rejected (the company I
    was working for was lobbying for a change at the time)."




    Now here's another response, which was somehow cut off from the other responses: https://groups.googl...man/KoX7BrNAo2A




    "cbosgd!mark



    4/18/82

    Actually, in March 1981, the U.S. Supreme court held
    that virtually all software and firmware inventions
    are patentable (!) Also, algorithms can be patented."







    And another one, which mentions K.C. Munchin specifically: https://groups.googl...man/KlnxIB2HL5s



    " we13!kik

    4/16/82

    I want to add my feelings to a subject brought up a couple of days ago
    about ATARI's attitude toward ODYSSEY's K.C. Munchkins cartridge. It's
    true that ATARI bought the American rights to "homevideo" versions of
    pacman, but as was pointed out, ODYSSEY doesn't call their game Pacman
    and the game is slightly different. As an ODYSSEY II owner, I have a
    slightly biased view of the subject. Even so, I think that after
    ATARI saw how successful K.C. Munchkins was, they got a little scared.
    I know I would be if I were in their shoes. After playing both versions
    of the game, I can say that the ODYSSEY version is a whole lot more fun
    to play. Maybe the scoring, etc, is not the same as Pacman but it was
    never intended to be. I am sure it helped to sell many ODYSSEY II games
    while it was available. It's just a shame that something couldn't be
    resolved without bring the judicial system into it, but that seems to
    be standard operating practice anymore. Too bad...

    Kit Kimes
    !lime!we13!kik"
     

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