What was gaming and the internet like in the 2000s?

What was gaming and the internet like in the 2000s? Was it really as kino as people say or are they just nostalgiagayging?

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  1. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    why are you asking this? how old are you?

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      people born in 2006 are allowed to use this website, anon
      it hit me as soon as my little brother got his driver's license

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I kinda regret not being an American I'm a American but living there in the 90's seems to be so much cooler.
      I was always there each year between 1994-2005, and it was amazing to seen all the new stuff before the kids in Europe even knew. I knew pokemon before anybody else did in europe.
      Furthermore, I could play all the forbidden games at my cousin's house in NA, quake doom and so on. I dunno it was a different time you didn't have all the information you have now which made every experience more unique compared to now.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        You reminded me of something: I'm from Germany and in the 2000s, memes were very "new". Germany had their own internet memes but the general public didn't care. Then with 9gag, the first "international" memes starting to garner relevance among kids. OG image macros, rage comics etc.

        Me already being fully fledged /b/tard at this point always had access to the memes as they came "off the presses" and I shit you not, I literally had status at my school for knowing about all the cool memes early. Man I miss this silly war between Ganker/reddit/9gag when Ganker was really upset that the other sites were "stealing their fricking memes!!". Everything was just so much more innocent back then. Squabbling over fricking cartoon drawings.

        Now it's always pysops and shill raids, false flags etc.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I never got into the reddit 9gag war, but yea 2000 meme were better and funny. I guess people were happy, now every person is upset all time.
          I'm German as well, I had NA pokemon cards before anybody in Europe had pokemon cards then like 2-3 months later pokemon blow up in Europe and every kid had the cards, funny times.

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            That's pretty sick. Why were you in NA so often back then?

            • 2 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Cali every year you can't imagine how many games my cousin had thanks to Blockbuster. That shit blew my mind as European Blockbuster had everything, like imagine going there as child you won't ever leave. American don't even know how good they have it sometimes.

            • 2 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Cali every year you can't imagine how many games my cousin had thanks to Blockbuster. That shit blew my mind as European Blockbuster had everything, like imagine going there as child you won't ever leave. American don't even know how good they have it sometimes.

              my oversea family is there.

              Is it true people were happier/more optimistic in general back in the 90s/00s? Why?

              9/11.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >OG image macros

          i love how back in the day, Ganker hated the word meme and autistically demanded we all call them image macros.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Kek yea i remember people being mad about people stealing and mis using rage comic shit

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        It's true, up until the 2010s, America was this wonderland where you got everything earlier (even shot at school ;)). We got internet pretty early at my home (in central Europe) and so I got an idea of how America was always a good deal ahead in terms of technology etc. Nowadays, the gulf has almost closed.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >(even shot at school ;))
          you make it sound funny, but school shooting only appeared in Europe really after the NA ones, pretty much only after Columbine.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >America was this wonderland where you got everything earlier (even shot at school ;)). We got internet pretty early at my home (in central Europe)
          a good portion of america didnt have high speed internet until the late 2000s. I lived in rural new jersey only an hour and a half from NYC and none of the companies around us offered high speed internet until 2007 and it was shit, not even able to play xbox live, it was basically high speed in the sense you could load a 360p youtube video without buffering.

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            I mean sure, I was speaking in general. America is a big fricking place and I know that even nowadays, there are serious differences depending on where you go. It's funny because in my country, you can often get better internet out in the sticks because it was easier for companies to install fiber there. I'm dead center in the 2nd largest city here and I can't get anything better than 40 Mbit/s (unless I go mobile, but that's ass). Rewiring these centuries old townhouses is not something a lot of owners want to do.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        It's amazing how fast information spreads now. I'm from an irrelevant European country and back in the 90s we were always 5 years behind everyone else. We were several seasons behind on television shows and many fads. I remember grunge being huge in 95 but that was a year after Cobain died and grunge was dead by then from what Americans tell me. Yet we were all listening to Smells Like Teen Spirit and my older sibling wore flannel shirts, ripped jeans and combat boots.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I graduated high school in 02 and people then were STILL dressing in Seattle grunge. It wasn't super widespread, but people still did. Hell, a girl I was seeing then wore baggy jeans, faded tees, and a flannel shirt jacket thing.
          His influence long outlasted his death so it's not like you guys were super out of touch or anything.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      nta but i'm almost 24

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Yeah I am 28 pretty much no hope here. Best I have is shitty paintings no I won't post them.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Post them bro

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      That's the 90s larper

  2. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I used to go to a computer cafe and download gba roms to play, mostly gameboy advance games like Golden Sun, Mario & Luigi and Bomberman Tournament.

    Before that it was Snes or Genesis roms

  3. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It was cool beans

  4. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    it was a golden age, as much for the spirit of it as the content. like the way Hollywood's golden age was in the 50s even though most of those films aren't very watchable these days, because that's when Hollywood was most Hollywood. Late 90 / early 00s was the peak cross-section of innocence and innovation in gaming.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I would move it back to include even the mid80s but yeah gaming died 7th gen

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      sorry you're too stupid to experience 50s movies. I can go as far back as late silent films. ALL better than modern crap

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >50s movies
      >Not watchable
      Only if you're brown or an idiot.

  5. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Crowded gamestops and huge midnight release lines everywhere, like a shopping hub with multiple stores would have lines at each one

  6. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I miss when streamers didn't exist. People made their own fun and devs were passionate and innovative. Also the LAN parties and gaming cafes were the best. Gaming was actually more a social activity due to many games having split screen and games having actual fun multiplayer that encouraged it

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      LAN parties are actually still really popular in scandinavia. its for some reason always been alive and well up here.

  7. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I'm happy I got to experience it

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Gaming and the internet in the early 2000s was truly a magical feeling. Sure, nostalgia and that longing for "simpler times" may romanticize that time period a bit, but there is no denying how different things really were.

      A lot of anons already touched on the unique experience and feelings of being there to experience a lot of internet firsts. And since it was time there the game industry was still figuring things out, there were so many experimental, off-the-wall kind of games because developers/publishers were either making stuff they truly thought was fun and unique or were trying to figure out what would stick.

      Forums were also great because they created a community where you were were whoever you wanted to be. Use a throwaway email account, come up with some username that was related to something you liked but still distance from you, and snag a sweet sig . You could still be "you" without being (You), and I think is what truly made the old internet so great. There was a separation between your online world and real world. Your friends who you spoke to were waiting for you in chatrooms, in-game, or waiting to see your posts on the forums. You weren't consistently being bugged about this-or-that because they could only reach you when you were online.

      But since social media exploded and became so normalized, it is almost expected that everything you do online is tied to the real you. And because of that, you have to be far more careful with the things you say and do because you never know what will be tracked back to you or how it will expect your actual life. And because of apps or Discord, anyone can reach you at anytime and in-game chats are dead too because of it.

      It's crazy to me that I grew up during a time where I was told everyone on the internet was a "sicko" who wanted to kidnap me. But then people of my generation grew up to be the ones to post everything about their personal lives (and now their kids' lives) online for everyone to see

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Yeah, the last part is really pertinent. The idea that you have to be tied to all your online accounts fricked everything. That traceability meant everyone is to a certain degree on edge.

        I also feel sorry that kids these day miss out on all the free high quality flash games that came out. It's why I think so many opt for watching streamers.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I 100% agree with everything you said. The blurring of the line between the real and online worlds was a mistake, personally I never stopped practicing the whole 'never post your real name online' advice that I was taught way back in online safety classes at school.

        >you have to be far more careful with the things you say and do because you never know what will be tracked back to you or how it will expect your actual life
        This also goes the other way as well thanks to everyone walking around with internet-connected cameras in their pockets. Anything remotely eccentric that happens in real life gets recorded and plastered all over the internet. Obviously this is much less prominent than the reverse with internet nonsense getting brought into real life, but I think it has definitely had at least some impact on fuelling the rise of "cringe culture" and nobody ever acting sincere about anything.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >all those photoshops tutorials to make cool signatures
      yeah it was kino

  8. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    For MMOs like RuneScape and WoW it was probably the most magical feeling for lack of a better explanation. Social media wasn't the norm so the idea of being online in a world with thousands of others was mind blowing while also being a chat room where you made friends. It really was like a giant social playground where cliques would form and whatnot. Social media becoming what it is today is a big part of why MMOs can't capture the feeling they did in the 2000s.
    As for everything else, it's just nostalgia gayging. It's easier to access any good game offered in the 2000s today than it was back then + they play better.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Also want to add your social status wasn't based on how pretty you are, it was based on your stats and being in full rune armor. People really didn't know how to grind back then or probably just didn't want to.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      To add on the MMO thing: Info wasn't as readily available everywhere and even school myths were sometimes posted to stuff like gamefaqs as legit secrets. Your best bet to find something about an item, profession, class, dungeon etc in WoW was asking other players, now you can just look up the wiki and it'll be explicitly detailed. That's a feeling no videogame will ever have anymore a week after release unless it manages to add content everyday, which is an impossible feat. There was also no Discord and Teamspeak was a bit niche, so people used in-game chats for most things, asking you to make sure they added you as a friend character and such before logging off because they had a great time with you and hope they can play with you again, wondering about where you could be when they see you haven't logged in a few days or weeks.

      Those magical feelings of playing an MMO for the first time and seeing people interact in game, using the in game chat almost exclusively, and soing stuff together, inquiring about the game, seeing those max level c**ts flaunting their status as people would gather around them to beg for gold or just "to be next to the cool guys" will never leave my soul, and those memories will forever be etched as a precious memory, as much of a homosexual I sound while saying that. No game will ever capture the same feeling, but I see this as a "don't cry because it's gone, smile because it happened" kind of thing, and I hope newer generations will develop similar feelings with new modern games and shit.

      There were also less trannies, so you'd get actually excited when you saw someone claiming they were a girl, being all like NO WAY?? Gamer girl...?! Nowadays it's just "yeah okay it's either a troony, roastie or a twitch streamer with an onlyfans, no thanks" kind of feel.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I think MMOs should not allow female characters.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >now you can just look up the wiki and it'll be explicitly detailed. That's a feeling no videogame will ever have anymore a week after release unless it manages to add content everyday, which is an impossible feat.

        >Those magical feelings of playing an MMO for the first time and seeing people interact in game, using the in game chat almost exclusively, and soing stuff together, inquiring about the game,

        I've seen this magic still exist with Mortal Online to this day. The main ingredient though seems to be that it's a niche game. The most information you can be spoonfed is usually when you join a guild and they just want to tell you everything from the people who put in the work to discover something so you can spend your time fighting or whatever instead of experimenting. People also do local in game voice chat which is a cool step up from typing everything like back in the day. But majority of people are in their guild discord while playing across the world of Nave.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        For MMOs like RuneScape and WoW it was probably the most magical feeling for lack of a better explanation. Social media wasn't the norm so the idea of being online in a world with thousands of others was mind blowing while also being a chat room where you made friends. It really was like a giant social playground where cliques would form and whatnot. Social media becoming what it is today is a big part of why MMOs can't capture the feeling they did in the 2000s.
        As for everything else, it's just nostalgia gayging. It's easier to access any good game offered in the 2000s today than it was back then + they play better.

        Keep in mind back in 2007 or so WoW made up over 90% of global internet bandwidth use. That's how small the internet was at the time. Relatively very few people using it compared to today, mostly well off people using it for fun shit like video games.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          <
          >WoW made up over 90% of global internet bandwidth use
          you have to be a terminally online fricking moron to hold a belief this fricking stupid

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >so the idea of being online in a world with thousands of others was mind blowing while also being a chat room where you made friends.
      Not only that but it was the first time for nerds/quirky/hipster people to find a lot of likeminded people. That was a huge luxury back then. Finding people IRL to talk about your wierd tastes wasn't easy when you're limited to your local school and a few friends/ kids from the neighbourhood. But then your parents get internet access and you suddenly find entire forums dedicated to the shit you love.
      There was this clear separation from IRL and deliberately "logging on" to adopt a persona for a forum or game back then.
      t. enjoyer of the Kingdom Hearts forum of my country

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >find a lot of likeminded people.
        It's a huge luxury today.

  9. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Everything stays the same. It’s you that’s grown up.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Indeed

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      defeated moron take

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >zoomer pretends to know what soul is

  10. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It was like these handful of pictures that keep getting posted

  11. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It was a better time

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      i can smell the bo from here through time.
      also wtf are they even doing?

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        My expeirence of lan parties was 10% playing games over lan 20% trying to get the lan to work/troubleshooting /hauling computers and heavy ass monitors to the basement, 10% just bullshitting with the bros, 20% sharing pirated games movies porn, and 40% waiting to play vidya together or just playing games by yourself because no one could agree on one thing or watching tv. Great times especially on the rare occasions when we skip all the other distractions and just played vidya all night

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Bad example. First off, everyone in this picture stinks. Second, that whole setup is hot and uncomfortable to look at. Everyone knows even if you plan on having a laptop lan party (which you shouldn't unless you're doing retro even for the time) you set up a cheap table and chairs at the bare minimum.

  12. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It was still male dominated and pop culture was much more edgy which fed into the games. Gaming then was much more authentic because it was smaller teams, less money to produce, more creative freedom. Gaming culture was more fun because conventions, forums and physical retail still played a big part as the internet was still developing (YouTube launched in 2005)

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Not to mention they were actual games, not walking sims, ots cinematic experiences or virtual theme park rides with progression baked in

  13. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous
  14. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I miss it, bros

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I remember when Blizzard would put up nearly NSFW fan art, they truly were fricking incredible.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        i remember being able to say offensive shit in game and on the forums and not get banned or dogpiled by 5000 reports

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          You had to do some really egregious shit to get banned back in the day. I remember kiting bosses to Stormwind, GM laughed and told me not to do it again and despawned it. You don't even see or get whispers from GM's anymore.

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            i don't play anymore but the last time i spoke to a GM was years ago in Legion and the ticket had a 10+ day wait time and all i got was an automated response with a link to wowhead lmao

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        It was fun

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          What went so wrong?

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            women

            • 2 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              "Women"

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                trannies are part of the problem but women enabled them too

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                early gaming had women but they were few in number and rarely had moronic opinions they could force
                now every company is full of these make-work jobs and useless positions that somehow have decision-making power

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          why did decade of fun games lead to decade of feminist woke troony shit with diversity hires and collapsing console economy that has to give in to F2P mobile gacha shit?

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            people took 'internet is serious business' to heart and those that got trolled are in control of the ban hammer and more

            • 2 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              funny how it was always plebs getting dunked on
              taking it seriously was something so moronic
              i remember when cyber bullying started being talked about and anyone who spent time online who wasn't a total drip thought the idea was hilarious
              i remember the talk of adding a paedophile alert button to msn
              kill joys... why do they do it?!

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            A LOT of normies and women started engaging with the internet for long periods of time around the time the iphone came out.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          kek

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous
      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        i remember people being outraged over obvious furgay fetish pics. like a worgen eating a blue dragon as a burger

        What went so wrong?

        never understood the outrage over this. its literally the same thing as the TOS agreement only written by a homosexual instead of a soulless lawyer

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          because it's a gay moron waving in your face going "uh-uh don't be a bad boy!" to a bunch of 30-40 year olds who just want to act like human beings in a game they like in their free time

  15. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It was great until the influx of newbie wowplayers started ruining it
    Everyone who is nostalgic for wow is forever a bottom of barrel newbie

  16. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Not just gaming and the internet, but the whole world was better.

  17. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Why the frick does no one talk about the death of the internet and how everything devolved into the same four websites making up all internet traffic? Or how Google's search results are terrible and make the search engine unusable. Or how it used to show 50 pages of search results, then went down to 10, and is now just one page that loads more results when you reach the bottom of the page. Or how the internet is just algorithms now that make internet culture and discourse totally unnatural and inorganic.

    Seriously, I've never met anyone irl who has pointed this out

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Why the frick does no one talk about the death of the internet
      because nowadays 99% of internet users weren't around when the internet was actually good.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Seriously, I've never met anyone irl
      It shows

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      All of my friends weren't really internet nerds back then. With 30yos I'm the youngest in my friend group, the oldest being 36 and none of them know much or care about internet culture past very superficial stuff. Sure they always played vidya and were slightly nerdy but none of them spent much time online as in "surfing the web" online.

      But online I know of at least 3 forums that discuss this (almost too) frequently.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        what forums? links to these discussions?

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Seriously, I've never met anyone irl who has pointed this out

      probably cause you only hang out with morons. basically anyone who is a power user or in the biz is deathly aware of this trend.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Why the frick does no one talk about
      All the humans have been drowned by the triple-eternal september.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous
    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      because everyone knows and no one can actually do anything about it

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Literally discuss these exact topics during lunch at work about once a month.

      t. Corp Finance Bro

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      because it's obvious to those who lived it and zoomers cannot conceptualize the real internet even though they instinctively come here for crumbs of it subconsciously.
      I used to load up Megatokyo, browse Something Awful, hit up Fark, check Penny Arcade, swing over to Newgrounds, check out Marble Hornets or something on Youtube, hit up /x/ when it wasn't the dead schizo board for some Art Bell listenan, or maybe a tasty ARG that just hit (while we battle unFiction to be first), hit up unFiction, check out Gamefaqs forums, and tons of other shit I forget while messaging friends on AOL messenger or MySpace.
      I was BUSY online.

      Now, I just say hello to my RL friends on discord and come to this shithole. It's fricking depressing.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Frick that took me back. What was your routine Ganker?

        For me, it was have 6 tabs open for each forum I frequented and respond to any RPs I was in. At least 1 forum was a free forum I "owned" that was more than likely riddled with virus-infected ads. Check Penny Arcade and Crlt Atl + Del then see if VG Cats updated. Browse Ganker, /x/, /f/, and Ganker. Make some edgy edit to my MySpace. Hop onto WoW for a bit until a friend wanted to play Halo 2 or something on XBox Live. Feel "nostalgic" and try to remember my Neopets log in before giving up. Once in while download a F2P MMO or game like MapleStory, FlyFF, Runescape, or Gunz that I would play religiously for like a week. Stay up into the wee hours of the morning browsing YTMND, Newgrounds, or falling down the rabbit hole of some obscure YouTube channel all while chatting with friends in various messengers because there would always be that 1 guy who refused to get off MSN Messenger or wanted to use Skype. All before setting things up to download music or anime while I slept went to school

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >Feel "nostalgic" and try to remember my Neopets log in before giving up
          ahh the good ol days

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Dedicated servers
      You and I never watched cheers, but I am sure you heard that jingle "You wanna go where everybody knows your name". A dedicated server gave you a community, you'd see familiar faces, you could pick out a server that had the right vibe or right maps or right players that made the experience more enjoyable. It wasn't this matchmaking hellhole of throwing you in with randoms, it was more neighborhoodly.
      >Modded games
      Nowadays mods are more associated with singleplayer stuff but back then multiplayer was modded in abundance.
      >Culture wars
      Literally did not exist in the vidyasphere at all. Not an iota of it.

      I hear, albeit online friends, constantly about how shit google is with SEO. The worst thing is the deceptiveness of the shittiness. It's not that you get 100% worthless results, you just get the most soullessly scraped content lifted from other pages, so utterly generic and banal as to be deceptively unhelpful. It's like if you torrented a game and instead of it being a virus it was the game but with shitty frames and poor controls and bad audio.

      the only difference now is that twitter and discord replaced Ganker as the cesspool where funny memes get made. people here are quickly becoming out of touch and REVEL in that fact, because they all want to be crotchety old men.

      the psychoanalysis will stop when i stop being right.

      I like discord for talking with friends, I hate how it's replaced forums. Something I noticed is how fricking hall monitor homosexualry modding communities are due to steam workshop and DMCA. Back in the past unless you stole from a fellow modder nobody gave a shit. Nowadays you get people screeching at you for porting from one game to another.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I haven't discovered new websites in years. I used to follow multiple ones for game news, forum clans, tech etc. Now all my time is just Ganker, plebbit with discord sparkled inbetween because forums don't exist anymore.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      My man, you are getting old. The current state of affairs is all zoomers and gen X know, they're never going to "point out" something that is impossible for them to conceptualize.

  18. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >failed to join server
    >failed to join server
    >failed to join server
    >failed to join server
    >failed to join server
    >server is currently full

  19. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    it was easier to make friends

  20. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I'm 30. I still enjoy gaming a lot. Indie games are better than ever and every 2 years there's at least one big title worth playing. Considering I have much less time to play, that's alright with me.

    The internet is what I truly miss. Forums and instant messaging (ICQ, AIM, IRC) were better than discord and social media. Even Ganker was so much better 10-15 years ago.
    I felt like being part of a community. It had a sweet "us vs the world!" mentatily to it, perfect for angsty 15-19yo me. Altchans weren't just Ganker exports but had distinct cultures and at one point I browsed like 5 different IBs at the same time andall had proper traffic.

    Ganker today is more of a "me vs everyone else" deal. The place is too big and I just can't emphasize with most here anymore. Disenfrachised is the word I think.
    Most people here are so radically different from me in culture and upbringing that they consider me an enemy and something to hate whereas I just had respect for oldgays when I started lurking /b/ in 2008. Even though it's bigger you just feel more alone and it's way more confrontative somehow. The harsh language used to be just silly and played for shock value but I didn't really feel as if people actually hate each other but nowadays everyone really just wants to get an epic BTFO or try to associate you with some enemy camp (left/right/chud/troon/discord raider/pajeet/shill/redditor).
    Sure, OP was always a gay but if there was a truly epic thread, everyone was on board and anons paid respects for cool OC or just good/funny posts in general. IDK, just felt more lighthearted back then. The new politics/culture war shit also makes it seems like everyone has a stick up their ass. Nothing is done "for teh lulz" anymore.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I miss the old internet so much it's unreal

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        if aol chat rooms were recreated today would anyone even use them outside of novelty?

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I don't think so. You can go meet strangers in chat rooms right now but barely anyone does it. Chatting with strangers just for the sake of it was an online novelty but today the idea is probably kinda off putting to most.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Discord is the modern version of it

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >tfw don't remember the german chat website I used in the 90s
        I know it was big, but I don't remember it

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Knuddels?

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            nah, something else.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          spinchat?

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Oh SHIT I used to post in that chat room. It was way better than Neverwinter Nights, which is where the game came from.

        I played a half elf wizard named Gren that was a super ripoff of Raistlin because I was like 12 and thought that shit was mad cool

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        we'll never get to go back to clicking on every "upgrade" and emoji pack and downloading shitty half-baked virus/spambots ever again.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Ganker really WAS better when it upheld the "sekrit clubhouse" mentatily. IDGAF if people think it was cringe, it was genuinely healthy for the community in a way I'm not eloquent to describe. The newbie <-> oldgay hierachy, the "lurk moar!", the visible sage, it all had its place.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        yea

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          You could give modern Ganker 5 years and they wouldn't be able to make a picture like this. Everyone would just b***h and moan about shazampajeets trooning on their slopcelmaxxing redeem shiller.

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            this was probably just 4/5 posters who made that image tbh
            Ganker is too fast to be fun now

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous
      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >the dumb anonymous peer pressure and gatekeeping from the early 2000s was WAY MORE BETTER AND SVOLVFULL than the gatekeeping of the 2020s

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Yes. Because it was a
          >watch and learn how we do things here
          type gatekeeping and not whatever zoomers attack each other for nowadays.
          These kids can't even agree on what this place is, was or should be because all it matters is that they come out on top in a brainless chain of arguments filled with buzzwords, oneliners and greentext where you just make the opponent sound like and idiot and that goes in circles for like 30 minutes.

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            and learn how we do things here

            you mean fit in and don't stand out? do you have any idea how incredibly sad that sounds: worrying about standing out ANONYMOUSLY, ON THE INTERNET.

            the entire mentality stems from sad kids who got bullied in middle school and were traumatized to the point where they cringe involuntarily when they see anyone standing out.

            • 2 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              I don't know, you seem to be way too far removed from the subject matter. If you think gatekeeping is bad then I'm not trying to convince you otherwise.
              I just know that Ganker was better when it was a smaller, more gatekept community, pretty much like any other place online back then.
              Your arm chair psychoanylsis doesn't change that.

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                the only difference now is that twitter and discord replaced Ganker as the cesspool where funny memes get made. people here are quickly becoming out of touch and REVEL in that fact, because they all want to be crotchety old men.

                the psychoanalysis will stop when i stop being right.

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                you don't sound like you were around back then.
                Comparing modern twitter/discord to old Ganker seems disingenuous.
                Your wierd combatative way of replying is what I meant in my initial post btw.
                I'm not here to fight or win anything. I concede, you win. blah blah. I don't care.

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                not the other guy, but you're an embarrassing moron.
                you're the exact type of homosexual this website used to bully back to tumblr and reddit.

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                i dont ever say this but
                you need to fricking go back.

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                back where lol? these are genuine conclusions i came to after interacting with hundreds of anons both on here and in voip groups.

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                >in voip groups.
                go back

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                lol here it is, pretending to be a loner outcast hermit despite having discord open on your other monitor. you'll probably say
                >discord
                next

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                >projection
                every post you prove yourself to be an outcast that doesnt belong here

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                >its projection to laugh at the one-millionth anon to pretend they don't use voip or discord

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                I use Discord to talk to my high school friends and play games but I have not talked to another human being in the flesh in 7 years.
                If you think that's being social then LOL

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                dont even know what to say to you at this point. if you think this entire website is /LULZ/ and /soc/ users you're too far up your own ass to argue with.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          the 2020s doesn't have gatekeeping you gaywad

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Communities without walls devolve into sprawling slums.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >walls

          there was never a wall to Ganker other than simply not knowing about the place. everything else was just futile peer pressure.

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            I know for a fact that I wasn't the only one who was genuinely nervous before making their first post, let alone thread. The peer pressure was real and it ensured that at least a portion of new people at least tried to fit in which completely achieves the goal of the gatekeeping. And that's (partly) why Ganker was pretty good for it's first 10 years. The other reason is the staff/admin but I am not allowed to talk about details here.

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Yup and channers have no one to blame but themselves for doing things that kept bringing attention to themselves. Kek. Fricking idiots.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        yea

        Watching the Mosaic threads from the Doom/DE days to the shit show they became was a trip. Was a very clean visual indication of how bad the board became over the years.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        There's an extra stage to this image that I hit a few years ago and I'm turning 30 this year.

        Become feral shitposter.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Indie games are better than ever
      I can tell you right now that they are nowhere near as good as they were during the Amiga era. The reason for that is becauss back then everyone, Electronic Arts included, were independents.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I was of course putting it into the timeframe of the mid 2000s since that's what OP was about.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      pouring one out for the oldchan days man, it just ain't the same anymore.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >It had a sweet "us vs the world!" mentatily to it
      >Ganker today is more of a "me vs everyone else" deal.
      Too true. All the people from all the other social media websites just use Ganker to shitpost now, they were never one of us, and one bad apple really can ruin the bunch. Nowadays it's just a bunch of schizo shit and discord raids and unironic twittergays arguing with each other and trying to slide wrongthink.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        touch grass

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Touch grass chud

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        GRASS TOUCH

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        do you even grass?

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        "STOP NOTICING THINGS" replies
        huh... how interesting
        Yeah its undeniable the amount of paid "opinions" and bots on the internet, just for companies and ideas to keep their image
        Its also another of the cancers that plague the current year

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Just touch grass already chud no one is out to get you

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      doing it for the lulz went extinct when people starting stealing shit and selling it as their own. Frick you ManlyTears you midget frick.

  21. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    it was a paradise and a golden age

    perfect amount of technology to live more interesting lives while not being bombarded with it

    games were experimental and creative pieces of art because experienced devs had way more creative freedom thanks to lower budgets

    internet was a beautiful and unchained wild West where everyone could say whatever the frick they wanted and were free to create and talk about their own hobbies and have fun without the fear of moronic normies taking over

  22. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    They took everything from us...

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Man that sucks, even if most of the cheats there were fake it was still fun to see what people came up with

  23. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    https://arch.b4k.co/v/search/image/0KCq0d7WRI30KaFkiK2iqw/type/op/

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      https://arch.b4k.co/v/search/image/0KCq0d7WRI30KaFkiK2iqw/
      Bot thread

      Yes we saw you post it twice

  24. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous
    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >i love having to wait all day to download this mudvayne song!

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        This but unironically

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Pure SOVL

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          craving inconvenience is the act of a fool

  25. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    https://arch.b4k.co/v/search/image/0KCq0d7WRI30KaFkiK2iqw/
    Bot thread

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      homosexual poster

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      https://arch.b4k.co/v/search/image/0KCq0d7WRI30KaFkiK2iqw/type/op/

      Don't care, let me huff some sweet nostalgia.

  26. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Its a little bit of nostalgia, but overall yes, it was better. I recently went back and played a lot of stuff i never got arounf to back then and for the most part they hold up

    But more than anything, it was the sense of magic to it thats sort of gone now. There is no longer a "wow" factor to games any more. Its somewhat of a mindset thing. Part of it was just people not knowing how games worked so rumors would spread instead of shit being datamined the next day. While frustrating at times, it was also exciting and created a sense of wonder. It really felt like you were exploring a new world, like an adventurer. Its not unlike how the old internet was fun because it was the wild west. It was better when it felt like you were exploring a new dimension after school/work.

    But more over, this mindset was also there because it was new and there werent any rules. A lot of stuff was surreal and dreamlike, you saw massive improvements.... the sky was the limit. It was exciting because it was also the time where triple A games were still good and you could just blindly assume that any big name titles were going to be great because they were 90% of the time. It was before the hobby took off and became bogged down with all the shit business practices you see today. And it was just... i dont know man you kinda had to be there. Everyone seemed excited and haply. I cant describe to you what it felt like when I booted up Mario 64 and was waiting for the scene to be over only to realize I WAS IN THE FRICKING GAME ALREADY HOLY SHIT I CAN MOVE ANYWHERE AND DO ANYTHING THIS IS REAL LIFE. Seriously I spent the first 30 minutes just moving around in the court yard because holy shit it was 3D. It was magic.

  27. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It's all gone to shit

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      [...]
      my oversea family is there.
      [...]
      9/11.

      Cool!

      >Why?
      New advancements were interesting
      Government wasn't completely incompetent
      Regular black people weren't Black folk
      Internet was unironically more well behaved, in lieu of less moderation
      Real estate was moderately affordable
      Reporters were still trying to be actual reporters instead of just hired help for the pedo elite

      This. Also less overall blackpilling. Sure, fear always ruled our emotions but zoomers in particular are a hopelessly blackpilled generation.
      The normie zoomers think the world will die of climate change in 30 years, the rightoids believe in 50 conspiracy theories at once that doomed their nations tenfold already and the leftoids think everyone is an opressor/racist + climate change shit.
      On a personal level too. They'e lonely, the dating game is fricked and social media sells them faked, hyper idealised versions of life and then they get sad when their life doesn't measure up. A normal teenaged girl/boy in the 2000s is considered ugly by zoomer standards because they always compare everyone with 10/10 instagram "looksmaxxing" influencers and shit.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >A normal teenaged girl/boy in the 2000s is considered ugly by zoomer standards because they always compare everyone with 10/10 instagram "looksmaxxing" influencers and shit.
        I think that's part of being online 24/7 watching these influencers and not understanding, they have actual lives but only show the best part of it. Also in general people are just more fake nowadays.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Yup, I've come to very similar conclusions. People had their problems in the 90s, but I think the modern internet has done a number on people that we basically can't recover from. Our brains were never ready for it. We just aren't built to deal with stuff like social media. It just turns us into paranoid schizos.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          It would be fine with regulation. The problem is that its the greatest propaganda machine so it gets actively encouraged to be used

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Flat design is such fricking dogshit

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I hate Corporate Memphis so much.

  28. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Is it true people were happier/more optimistic in general back in the 90s/00s? Why?

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Why?
      New advancements were interesting
      Government wasn't completely incompetent
      Regular black people weren't Black folk
      Internet was unironically more well behaved, in lieu of less moderation
      Real estate was moderately affordable
      Reporters were still trying to be actual reporters instead of just hired help for the pedo elite

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Race relations seemed good in the 2000s
        What the frick happened

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >Race relations seemed good in the 2000s
          are you fricking kidding me? or are we just completely writing off middle easterners as a race

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          It was ok for everyone except middle east people because 9/11

          I know its a tired answer but unironically this shit started right after occupy wallstreet. Same with idpol shit. The powers that be got spooked and figured out it was easier to distract people with that shit to destroy each other so that they didnt focus on targeting them. Hell its still like this, but internet and TV culture tries to paint the opposite. Go out and talk to random people while waiting at the grocery store or something, and youll find 90% of them are friendly and just trying to get by. The visceral shit you see on twitter is less than 2% of the population

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I'm from an european monoculture, race relations were good because the other races were a fairy tale you would only see in picture books. You didn't have to even think about it because we were all the same people born in the same neighborhood with the same experiences, basically everyone was each other's old classmate.
          Now when you go out it's smells like a foreign country, you have to fight for your rights, make sure you aren't getting scammed, robbed or raped (reflected in crime statistics).

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I cant speak for anywhere else but yes, in america it was. You have to realize that the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990 and therefore America was uncontested. Therefor it felt like we were invincible. This coincided with technology exploding but it still being in the honeymoon phase where we were just making neat little gizmos and vidya was starting to really hit its stride. The economy was on the upswing and while im not ignorant enough to say racism was "solved", it felt like we hide a good balance on it. Minorities were striving for a better life and not blaming everything on wyte pipol, we were integrating more "tolken" characters into tv shows but they still had good story integrity instead of being preachy shit, etc.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      In the 90s yes. In the 00s Dubya Bush + 9/11 ruined everything and people became paranoid, but more united at the same time.
      Now it's all culture wars and cancelling and alt-right and nu-left. At least we have smartphones and Ganker, we didn't have that back then.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Basically the paranoia of 00s got centered on ourselves in the 10s

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Pretty much. Plus they internalized the Bush Doctrine of "you're either with us or you're a terrorist" and see everything in black and white. Either you support all their causes of the moment or you must be cancelled.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        We also have more immigrants and halfbreeds.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I live in NYC, we've always had immigrants and mutts. 9/11 hit all of us hard, racial animosity disappeared for a good while.

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            blaming 'that new group of people' is such a pleb move

            It's not a "new group". It's a permanent increase that will never go away.

            • 2 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              anon my point is that low brow commoners ALWAYS blame their troubles on the most recent group of newcomers to their community. you've tricked yourself into believing this is some enlightened position by agent provocateurs on this site who want you to do terrorism.

            • 2 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              The USA literally got an advantage because of brain drain, aka getting high value people from other nations to come over here. We have literally always had immigrants coming in. We ourselves are fricking immigrants. Nothing is wrong with it as long as the people vetting in are high value

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                >Nothing is wrong with it as long as the people vetting in are high value
                Too many go in for it to all be high value, it crosses over into wage suppression and if they are high value then you're robbing the home country of the chance to improve

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          blaming 'that new group of people' is such a pleb move

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      End of History
      Mass surveillance was just a meme
      Huge technological advancements every year

      Now we realise all of that was just lies.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Mass surveillance started with 9/11. Digital technology was just starting to blossom, and suddenly people were installing security cameras everywhere. With in a few years the internet would become increasingly monitored, too.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      because the west was the powerhouse after 9/11 people knew the west wasn't unbeatable, the best and this shit goes into peoples head.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Eh, we were still "unbeatable", but it showed we could bleed. I mean frick America is still the strongest super power and its not even close. Which is why people have started working on dividing us ovee dumb idpol shit, its a lot easier to dismantle USA by having them target themselves, because brute flrce isnt going to work. The annual military spending alone is more than the next ten countries combined

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >Eh, we were still "unbeatable",
          >korea
          >vietnam
          >desert storm
          >iraq
          >Afghanistan
          >ukraine

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            how exactly was desert storm considered a defeat?

            • 2 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              gen xers say this about desert storm the same way boomers say it about vietnam and korea

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Anon all those things were before or after the 90s. Also the 2000s ones werent "losses", we fricking obliterated them and forced them into hiding for over a decade. We eventually pulled out, probably because the gas wasnt profitable enough any more, but lets not pretend that the USA wasnt capable of literally vaporizing the country. The USA absolutely shits on every other military force on the planet in nearly every single metric, what holds them back is diplomacy aka not having other countries get as pissy and fricking with the economy. In a total war situation, USA wins unless theyre taking on most of the world all at once.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        9/11 ruined the vibes the late 90s and the start of the new millennium had.

        Frickin' Bush.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          fricking al-qaeda but yeah frick bush too
          it's wild to me how the people who hated bush and company now treat john mccain as some war hero when they used to call him a crybaby

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      No social media to cause anxiety on people 24/7.
      You could actually earn money from working instead of trying to pay rent.
      More IRL social contact and people were less judgmental.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >less judgmental.
        you can't be this delusional

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I'm not. I don't live in america but it used to be way easier to talk to people. Right wing people IRL are unberable and belive every single absurd thing they have seen online and leftists are just as obnoxious and will judge everything you do.
          Can you belive i told i lost my virginity at 17 and a group of people said i was groomed because the woman was 21? I had to endure hell at that party because they said i was a toxic straight guy that couldn't accept abuse...

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >Can you belive i told i lost my virginity at 17 and a group of people said i was groomed because the woman was 21
            That's such an americanised reaction.

            t. lost virginity to 19yo girl

            • 2 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              *when I was 16

            • 2 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Because every shitty 3rd world country tries to copy every moronic thing americans do

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        What? People were more judgmental.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      You could go to stores and break your neck playing demos. New games were constantly releasing every month where every shelf in the area was full of games, even discount games having their own bins where you could get a 5 dollar game at Walmart that was dogshit, but worth it for the night. People sleeping at gamestop waiting for Halo. Maybe if you wanted to cheat, you would buy a full on cheat code book that had game shark codes for thousands of games in it.

      Now if you go to anyplace outside Walmart or Gamestop, no live demos (Vita was killed by having a live demo with borderlands 2 at 15 FPS), barely any physical games. Discount games are hidden away. No books about games, digital only.

      Basically Soviet Union died. This lead to people being forced to look at their own societies to fix them. Then 9/11 happened and over time social media became bigger and bigger with most sites being absorbed into bigger main ones. This prevented people from trying to improve things to do things with the internet.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      The world pretty much died at 9/11, and we live in hell now.

      Imagine the 80's. Being able to afford a car from a very low demand gas station job, as you get prime pussy even if you are a massive social moron. Women are still mentally functioning, people hired you for having a pulse for 20+ years and you got a golden watch, Cinema as a whole is at its prime, and you are literally set for a great future. Japan seems to be able to conquer earth by just the sheer tech advancements, they take the best american aspects and make it even better.
      The 90's comes, arcade culture is at its peak, friendships being formed, weird ass, but good bootleg hentai VHSs. Japanese anime is ridiculously good, even tho it seems like the 80's money print took back to the first gear its still good. There is still a stupid amount of good stuff everywhere.
      The 00's came and everything starts becoming lame. The edge is lost, everything becomes homogenized, corporate, streamlined, and boring. "How do you do fellow kids" mentality starts popping up. There is still fun there, but you just know something is not right. Anime while still good, the quality drop becomes noticeable. Mostly great time, but the shift is undeniable. Money dries up.
      10's come and everything turns into shit. Nerd culture is bastardized, goypolitics become more and more prevalent with faceberg too. Every mouthbreather now has a phone and shares his moronic ideas. Women are insufferable and undesirable, white people are villainized and the world suffers from it. Rainbow homosexuals become standard.
      20's come and there is no return. Monetization up the ass, slop after slop. Movies are unwatchable, comics are in the dumpster, cashgrabs everywhere. Anime is outsourced. Pajeets ruin tech. Everything is dogshit, everyone is sexless and depressed. People rather watch a japanese girl making noises as a .png than interact with a woman which can and will ruin its life. Everyone is brown, borderline moronic and disposable.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >Women are still mentally functioning
        gonna stop you right there moronic incel

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          didn't ask.

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            you are b***hing about living in hell moron when YOU are actually the problem.

            • 2 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Did I stutter? I didn't ask for your opinion, brownie.

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                >that guy who says shit like 'did i stutter?' anonymously online

                you have never said this irl

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                I actually did.

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                I didn't ask for your doom and gloom blogpost either homosexual. Stop being a b***h incel homosexual fricker.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Is it true people were happier/more optimistic in general back in the 90s/00s?
      Yes

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I'm amazed people aren't more aware of this by things like music and films at the time, you can see how much happier people were
        they aren't "factual" due to their nature as fiction, but they are representative of how much less pessimistic people were

        a combination of 9/11, the iphone, and the rise of social media ruined global society as a whole

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      It's one of the many "lost futures". Nobody thought technology would evolve in this diabolical fashion.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        High-resolution porn is a godsend and I will not have it tarnished.

  29. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    FPSs were dogshit starting with halo. that fricking game and call of duty ruined the whole genre for a decade

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      You're right, I'm glad FPSs aren't shit anymore

  30. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The Game

  31. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It's kinda interesting to watch 90's/00's sci-fi shows and seeing all the excitement over the Internet and PDA's. I'm still not sure whether the loss of excitement over it all is due to it becoming the norm or because of the encroaching enshittification of Internet.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      the gradual change made advancements seem less cool but its still insane how powerful phones are and shit like google translate really is amazing.

  32. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    if you were to make your own search engine, what features would you add?

  33. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    What the frick happened to sub cultures among teenagers? Can some zoomers shed some light?
    In the 90s/2000s you had punks, goths, emos, skaters, metalheads, hip hoppers etc. Those people would group together, share a fashion/music style and then just go to concerts/ hang out.
    And they weren't rare. Every school had a sizable amount of those subcultures.
    I don't see this anymore. Is it just because I just don't get to interact with young people anymore or are those subcultures just plain dead nowadays?

    t. former emo kid that lost his virginity to a hot emo chick in 2011

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      cliques really got overhyped by media. in schools, friend groups were usually based around school activities like sports, band or drama club. all the emo kids hung out with the band kids who hung out with some of the sports people who overlapped with the 'hip hop' people.

      i cant imagine its much different now, maybe visibly different.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >cliques really got overhyped by media.
        Maybe in the US but here in Germany it wasn't just a media phenomenon. During break times the school yard had their own "corners" where each of those subcultures gathered. Not saying that EVERYONE got divided up into those but they used to be pretty big and many kids at least dabbled here and there. I remember that gothic was already "old fashioned" and once those left our school there weren't any new goths but the others were still going strong, especially emo kids were booming here around 2007-2013~.

        Then again, club culture/activities weren't really big at the schools I went to. They existed but from consuming US high school shit on TV I assume it's way more elaborate over there.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Emo is goth for late Y and Z.
          Sucks to go to the club and hear My Chemical Romance right after Sisters of Mercy.

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >My Chemical Romance
            So wierd that THIS became the definitive emo band. In my circle BMTH and Parkway Drive were the bands that everyone agreed to be pure emo core. MCR was too soft for our clique.
            And of course we had absolute bangers like We butter the bread with butter.

            • 2 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              I'm not claiming to be an emo expert, they now spin a lot of songs I don't recognize and don't really like, those could be part of them.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Is it just because I just don't get to interact with young people anymore
      yes

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      My theory is that the internet mashed everything together as it took off for normalgay sphere. You see it in fandoms and internet communities as well, different boards on Ganker were pretty distinct back in the day. But the internet has everything and attracted everyone so now everybody is bumping into each other. For teens this must really affect them too, i swear people are going to look back in horror that we let developing children experience unfettered social media feeds. A lot of grown adults cant handle it let alone kids. Its like how we look back now and go "holy shit you just let moms smoke and drink while pregnant?". And similarly the data that showed that social media shit was addictive was suppressed just like how smoke studies were suppressed

  34. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Good games still get made today, and I was old enough in the 90's to remember basically all of it, but going into the Aughts was special. There was an optimism and hope in the world and in the gaming industry in particular. You got to understand we went from shit like Mario World in 1990, to Mario 64 in 96, to things like Shadow of the Colossus and RE 4 in 00. We were super excited to see where this exponential growth would lead and where it would stop.
    The answer to that was "homosexual infiltrate the industry, normalgays eat up microtransations, and here we are today"
    but we didn't know that then

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I was in awe at every big release, Super Mario 64 was mind blowingly good with the analog stick. GTA 3 was the first glimpse of real open world and was fun to just drive into people. It felt like change in gaming was rapid

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Knowing the amount of cool, obscure Japanese games on the Sega Saturn, seeing this list makes me sick to my stomach. frickin hate the American stigma for japanese video games from that time

  35. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Let me guess, you need more?

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Less than 1 meg AND its free? Oh boy!

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        xfire was the shit
        flexing on n00bs on phpbb forums with your signatures showing your 4000hrs in CS was PEAK

  36. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >the game
    NOOO you broke my longest running streak. Last time I lost the game was probably about 3 years ago

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Frick you

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      i just lost the game

  37. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I can still remember installing XP for the first time when I got home from work in the evening, i had a chicken in the oven and the window next to my pc had the blinds drawn so i could watch the sunset at the same time

    ?si=_eZT0w6eXWkB55Hq

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Comfy

  38. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I dumped a few scans from this gaming magazine a few days ago, I think it's appropriate here.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous
      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous
        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous
        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I miss german video games magazines, was such a fun time collecting them.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Are gaming magazines still popular now? I feel like with the internet they'd fall off a lot

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Last time I went to barns and noble, they had some. There are a lot more gun stuff than gaming, and there was only 2-3 still around. One had a demo with it for some indie game that was redeemed with a steam key.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        They are, but full of culture war shit

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I wouldn't say popular but they're not entirely dead either. Magazines in general usually make fresh prints every 4-6 months and are able to profit if more than 50 people were to buy them.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I think magazines in general are less popular and less produced.

        It's cheaper, easier, and faster to publish news and opinions online than printed form. Plus, website are more environmentally friendly which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but sometimes is nice having something physical to hold and read or have to archive.

        I'm curious as to what gaming magazines even report on now. I can't think of any games that have come out with big "secrets" or cheatcodes to share to sell copies. Industry news moves and changes so quickly that everything will be outdated before the issue is even printed. And E3 is dead. Why would I pay for a magazine to read about a Nintendo Direct or State of Play from a month ago that I watched and already had interviews published online for?

        Getting exclusive demos or something about be nice, but frick, demos are rarely even a thing anymore. Which is another thing that has died with the old internet. Remember watching G4 TechTV's live E3 coverage and during a Microsoft coverage they would say "and you can download the demo RIGHT NOW!" and sure enough the demo was just loaded onto XBox Live?

        That doesn't happen anymore because companies believe people will be fully satisfied with just replaying the same, single level over and over again instead of buying the full game. I think the VGAs tries to capture that feeling but most of the time it's announcements of paid DLC being available for you to buy RIGHT NOW! 🙂

  39. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Im gonna be honest, the thing I miss most is having friends...

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >have not really talked to my best friend in forever
      >does only shit with his gf now
      >remember all the lan parties we had together

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      My buddy and I were just talking about this the other day while we were out fishing. Apparently it's not actually that common for people to still have a real friend circle anymore? My home circle (~8 guys, all friends since middle/high school) are all still tight, we see each other and give each other updates relatively often.

      Apparently most people just don't have that? Is that true?

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I have a group of around 10 friends that still hang out from school and most people say it's wild that we are still friends.
        Most people leave school and nevwr interact with each other again and maybe get new friends at work, only to never talk to them when they change jobs, from what i have been told at least.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I dropped all my friends from highschool, and I'm alone in my office kek

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Im in the UK and all any adult friends seem to do is drink, they don't actually go do any activities. Which is fine I suppose except I don't drink because of my job

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        most of my friends were only friends because we had shared interests, we didn't really care about each other as people and that's fine when you're 15 and play counter-strike all day but not so much when you're 35 and have real problems you need to talk about or take care of
        the rest of them are busy with life and families and i went off the deep end so i barely talk to them

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      God I miss having bros to hangout with

  40. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    You will never play a cod lobby like qe had. You will never know how cool communities would form from randkm servers in online gaming. We won't ever play a MMO and feel the sense of discovery ever again.
    Call me a nostalgia gay but internet legit peaked in 2000s.

  41. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    only >100 IQ white people used the internet back then
    it was much much better

  42. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I joined late into the golden age, pretty much ass-end of millenial generation. Thankfully my cousin gave us his hand-me-down SNES. Grew up with SNES, GBC, GBA, Cube, and PC games. Some games stunk, but the few that you had you tried to get the most out of.

    They were fun games. DKC 1-3, Yoshi tetris, Yoshi's Island, Mario All-Stars, Pokems (yes i had gen 1-3), Harry Potter gbc games, Frogger, Dragon Warrior Monsters, Gex, Megaman Zero 1-4, Metroid Zero Mission and Fusion, Godzilla games, Fire Emblems, some random Frankenstein monsters derivative game I played a lot, Metroid Prime 1-2, more godzilla, Fire Emblem, TLoZ WW/TP, Pokemon coliseums 1-2, Smash, James Bond games, Chibi-Robo, etc. Still played Runescape and flash games and Coolmathgames and shit like that at school.

    Now it's all minecraft and fortnite, fnaf, and softcore porn streaming on twitch. Apex, Overwatch, PUBG, CSGO. The passion has been fading for a long time. Minecraft is the oldest, strongest contender still. The rest are derivative works or sequels. And people do NOT play one game until satisfaction and move on, it's always a fomo jump or quitting once they hit a wall rather than restarting (sometimes a month or two or 6 later) or pushing through as we did when we were younger.

  43. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    nostalgiagays are already cringe but seeing you 20 somethings already talking like grandpa Simpson is next level.

    Literally every age group thinks their childhood was better, you are too young to already be this pessimistic about the current time. Probably brainrotted by /misc/tard conspiracies so you are constantly thinking da joos are going to take your stove away or some moronic shit.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >you are too young to already be this pessimistic about the current time.

      the internet definitely 'matures' people quicker simply because you can digitally experience a lifetime of things in an afternoon

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      You didn't even read the thread, we already identified /misc/tier doomerisms to be a modern thing.
      And when talking about the internet, 20 years ARE more or less the entire things lifetime and it did change rapidly. Your shit is all moronic.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Literally every age group thinks their childhood was better
      True, but as long as it can be proven it will be a fact and not just feelings.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Literally every age group thinks their childhood was better
      Nah.
      Everybody can agree that 90s kids have the best childhood
      >Grow up with the offline world, playing in the playground and touching grass as a toddler
      >Grow up with the beginning of technology, listening to discman, having a PC, having a console, having a phone
      >Grow up with the evolution of technology, MSDOS -> Windows, 2D games->3D games, offline -> online, handphone->smartphone
      How can any other generation beat that?

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Literally every age group thinks their childhood was better, you are too young to already be this pessimistic about the current time. Probably brainrotted by /misc/tard conspiracies so you are constantly thinking da joos are going to take your stove away or some moronic shit.
      nah, we weren't forced to stay at home for 3 years, so mine was certainly better.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Probably brainrotted by /misc/tard conspiracies so you are constantly thinking da joos are going to take your stove away or some moronic shit
      Yeah bro, inflation, racial divide and pedo island are just conspiracies

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >Anon mentions conspiracies
        >post three examples that are clearly documented and not conspiracies
        >think that's a counter

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        the frick does inflation have to do with /misc/tard conspiracies?

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          morons think the Green New Deal is a conspiracy tier thing to bring up despite it being piecemealed out to get passed when trying to pass it as one full package didn't work.

          These policies are predominantly why the price of logistics like transport are rising and with it the price of literally everything else at a near historically unprecedented pace.

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Ok, now we're talking conspiracies. But you can't just say inflation and declare that a conspiracy theory. The conspiracy theory is that is what you just described, i.e. seeking a singular cause and blaming it on a particular group that acts secretly.

            • 2 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              >Carbon tax
              >Gas tax
              >per mile vehicle usage tax pending on state
              >incentivize 0/low emissions in a corporate/enterprise setting with taxpayer money
              >punish emissions with taxes
              >tax for producing small combustible engines
              >extra consumer fees for buying them

              So tiresome.

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                I'm not denying that things like the Green New Deal increase the costs of logisitcs, especially while they still rely on fossil fuels. All I'm saying is this isn't the only factor or the biggest. Inflation was so high (it's been coming down) because multiple factors fricked us. And people don't really push these policies covertly, they do it out in the open and it's no conspiracy. In America in particular, it's quite normal that people will attach a policy to something else to get it through. This isn't unique to these environmental policies. In Europe, parties actively campaign with these policies and openly push them.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >"Poltards did it"
      >Grow up right before 9/11
      >No social media dynamics
      >News still told the news with higher relative accuracy- no social media dynamics
      >no cancel culture
      >no forced diversity
      >no fake and gay pushes of unconditional acceptance for the gay or else
      >no idpol that had mainstream traction other than "America frick yeah"
      >"poltards did it"

      You don't know what was lost because you didn't exist then.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >no cancel culture

        this hasn't been a thing for years.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Helldivers 2 was just hit by a wave of moronation, of all things. You can't be upset about the PSN thing without some gay bandwagoning on about some CM none of us have ever heard of nor care about.

          ok /misc/tard

          Zoom zoom

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >nobody has tried to do a cordinated take down on some person they dont like just for the sake of it for years
          Lmfao

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        ok /misc/tard

  44. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I would kill every single person on this board with my bare hands to go back for a single day.

  45. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    people used to talk a lot in multiplayer games, there would be whole communities formed around servers where people met because people had fun chatting to each other, now voice chat is only used for tryhard tactical planning or trolling

    the internet as a whole was much more nerdy, much less censored, and much less about cults of personality forming around opinions
    twitter and the iphone completely broke the internet and anyone who was like 8 or younger probably has no idea and thinks it was always a hellscape of morons screaming at each other, but that all only started existing with social media and the internet becoming accessible to people who used to say they "aren't good with computers"; now any 50 year old boomer or 10 year old zoomer can open their iphone, open twitter, type out some moronic opinionated horseshit with no basis in reality and get upvoted by a bunch of other morons (the boomers upvote the boomer opinion, the zoomers upvote the zoomer opinion), which then makes the post visible to everyone and then people are constantly subjected to this ongoing "culture war"
    the internet was better when the only "social media" options were forums and IRC, because they were small islands of communities that got along and so everyone was happy in their little community, modern social media trying to be everywhere all at once and be visible to EVERYONE whether they want to see it or not, which causes anger and friction
    it's the same for here, modern Ganker would never fricking believe that Gankers biggest enemies used to be somethingawful and gaia online, which was better compared to the CONSTANT twitter threads and discord raids that we get now, because they were just rivalries rather than each side trying to get the other permanently shut down like twittergays are trying to do

    tl;dr version: segregation of communities was actually beneficial to online discourse, the consolidation of the internet brought friction where there was little before

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >now any 50 year old boomer or 10 year old zoomer can open their iphone, open twitter, type out some moronic opinionated horseshit with no basis in reality and get upvoted by a bunch of other morons
      you forgot about the chads and stacy's who think computers and books are for virgin nerds, but will happily spend all day on their mini-computer (phone) browsing social media and think that's normal and fine as they upvote and comment on the latest kim kardashian or e-thot instagram post in the hope that the celebrity/e-celeb will pay attention to them

  46. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    how would (You) bring soul back into the internet?

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Ban everyone under the age of 20 except for productivity/educational sites.
      Ban South America, Africa, India, Middle East.
      Ban all Mac users.
      Ban all social media.

      That'd be a start, I reckon.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      You would need to create some kind of paralell realm that can't be acessed by smartphones and then somehow populate it with a demographic of nerdy white guys from first world countries in their late teens - early 40s and a few "femcel before femcels were a thing" girls.

      tl;dr: impossible. it was a zeitgeist governed by too many hard factors that just changed over time.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Destroy every social media servers in existence and also destroy all smartphone devices.

  47. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >be me
    >last day of school before the summer holidays
    >get to choose to do various activities for the end of the year
    >kayaking, visiting the zoo, rock climbing, etc
    >me, my friends and about 5 other guys just decided to stay in a computer lab instead
    >one kid brought in his gamecube
    >teacher lets us hook it up to the projector
    >spend the last two days of school having Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros Melee and Jedi Outcast tournaments
    You don't know what you've got till its gone

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      How funny, we brought in a PS2 and hooked it up to a projector end of the year. Played some KOF in school. Magical

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      that better have been a kindergarten, tendie. Real men (9th graders) bring in Xboxes and play Halo.

  48. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >hiding shitty pvp browser game links inside of forum signatures
    >xXxpwnZ0rxXx bit you for 0.5L of blood!
    Kino of the highest order

  49. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    why not create a new era of internet culture instead of lamenting the past? How hard could it be?

  50. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Any >30 cool kids here?
    How are you holding up?
    I constantly find myself immersing in nostalgia and thinking back about the good old days.
    Maybe it's just escapism from the present and the future, but I can't stop doing that.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      35 here. I have a drinking problem and am depressed despite having a very decent life that other people would probably kill for. I'm not much into nostalgia, just occasionally. I just can't find any lasting happiness.

  51. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Games felt like a completely different world you could explore, same goes to the internet, today, with very few exceptions, it all feels sterile and derivative from each other.

    >Was it really as kino as people say or are they just nostalgiagayging?
    Nostalgia is a factor, but from the early 90s to mid 2000s, technology grew at a pace never seen before and possibilities felt endless, but at the same time, information wasn't so convenient we had to find tons of shit on our own, making each weird website, secret level, bug or glitch feels special.

    I miss it dearly.

  52. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Zoomers are truly miserable creatures who live off opinions force fed to them by every manner of streamer manufactured consent possible

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      zoomer literally got 3 years stolen from them there not even real humans.

  53. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Reminder the videogame industry is still perfectly capable of making all these great games, but they consciously choose not to, and they actively do it spite you for explicitly political reasons.

  54. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    what made social media in the 2000s superior to social media today?

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I mean it was more reasonable overall. There was no algorithm that filled your timeline with stupid click- and ragebait. It was just you and your frens/contacts. So in that sense, it was still more about actual interaction rather than engagement. It was more like a forum.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        is there any reason why that can't exist today? sounds comfy as hell

        t. born in 2003

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Engagement activates monkey brain and drives revenue. You would have to sacrifice both and I don't see that happening for social media anymore. What you can do is seek out oldschool discussion forums for interests you have. Communities still form there and it's a lot like back in the early 2000s, though of course it depends on the forum.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          it does exist, you just dont know about it.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Companies want to squeeze every bit of profit they can from social media, so no we can't.
          They will use algorithims to make you stay more time and steal your data and there is nothing you can do about it.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Algorithm-free social media does exist today, the problem is no one uses it. Off the top of my head there's Vero, which is like a mix of Twitter and Instagram, and Pixelfed, which an Instagram clone with no ads or algorithms that lets you create your own servers.
          But again, there's no point in even giving these a try because they're ghost towns. Good luck telling all your friends and family to install an Instagram knockoff just to interact with you.

  55. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Yes. Now eat shit for killing it Black person zoomer cattle.

  56. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous
    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >2007 being used as the cutoff year for the first graph

      I don't think it's a coincidence that it's the same year that the iphone launched
      the damage that one device has done to society is immeasurable

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous
        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I always love "duh iPhone ruined the Internet" shit as if the Internet wasn't already being used by literally everyone in western world by 2007. By the early 2000s every fricking American school child was learning to use the Internet in their schools computer lab, every single home had a desktop computer with Internet access and anyone with a social life had a fricking myspace page. The insinuation that normies got Internet access because of the iPhone is some straight revisionist history that some dumb nostalgia Black person came up with to validate his moronic opinion on why everything is shit.

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Owning an iphone was the cool and trendy thing,you had to buy one and the internet came with it as a bonus. Before you had to buy a computer to get online, and that was for nerds and too expensive to justify.

            • 2 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              >that was for nerds and too expensive to justify.
              That is demonstrably false, just about every household in the United States had a computer of some kind with Internet access by 2007 the iPhone didn't open the floodgates. Its as dumb as insinuating that in the 2000s only nerds were gaming as if every fricking frat house didn't have an Xbox with a copy of Halo 2.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        It did in the west but the wave of third worlders flooding the internet happened around 2015.
        Man, I remember when CSGO and DOTA wasn't filled with 50% russians every games. Ugh.

  57. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Who here remembers TheFrickSociety?

    >Hysterectomy fun time
    >RocketBlack person
    >Puppy photos hope contest
    >The Line
    >Puppy Whirl
    >Write a horror story contest
    >site gets shut down when owner writes a bomb threat

  58. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Was it really as kino as people say or are they just nostalgiagayging?
    It was even better.

  59. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Playing battlefront 2 on PS2 was fun as shit

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Another command post for the republic!

  60. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It was an era where everything goes. You could say what you want, do what you want without being banned and having your money stolen.

    Today's society and gaming environment blows.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >You could say what you want, do what you want without being banned and having your money stolen.

      ok but thats completely incorrect

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >You now remember the nappy headed hoes incident

  61. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >xbox: cool kid just having fun
    >playstation: toddler who doesnt even know how to play
    >nintendo: autist
    How accurate is this?

  62. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >All this talk about losing friends to play games with
    Do you guys not reach out to people you lost contact with? I have several friends that hit me up when they're in town. All HS friends from 20 years ago. Do you guys not go out of your way to meet new people? It's hard in your 30's yes, but not impossible.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      A lot of people just don't wanna talk as much. Idk it's weird. There was this whole phase where people wanted to be "better" than always online people but I don't see how being asocial and not replying to messages from your friends is the "high ground"

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I'm in the same situation as you. We just recently celebrated our friendship anniversary of 20 years with my group of like 10 frens. Sure, we don't see each other as often because we're in different places, some of them have kids and that eats time, but we still get together several times per year and it's always great. Other people my age and younger, they just don't fricking have any friends man. People of my generation mostly just start ignoring their friends once they find a long-term partner. Completely moronic. And younger people, i.e. Gen Z, is just terminally online and can't into RL interactions anymore. I dated a 20 year old when I was 29 and all the "friends" she had were so superficial it made me feel uncomfortable to watch their interactions, and she constantly complained about it feeling off too.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >Gen Z, is just terminally online and can't into RL interactions
        I work with kids and can attest to this. The amount of face to face interactions I've seen be awkward between them is insane. Perfectly normal kids too. But they can't seem to talk on the phone, start conversations, or keep a conversation going. It's like they have no clue what to ask or talk about.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Just like that south park episode, everything is lame and gay now. Both figuratively and literally.
      You would need to compensate me with money to play WoW now with the same exact people as I knew back then. Growing up hurt a lot of people, and those who managed to be somehow happy are mostly in a permanent kidult state eating cereal for breakfast and smoking weed.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Bro like half of the people on this site have AVPD

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I only have 3 good friends irl and still talk to every now and then. Most of my "friends" were complete manipulative, selfish, ego-driven buttholes that didnt give a shit about me as long as they get what they wanted in the end. Thanks to them and among other things that happened throughout my life, i now have a bleak outlook on alot of things and my mind is completely warped.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Nothing to really say, and I burned some bridges with some people from high school due to some stuff that happened online that spread to irl later on, and I lost access to other accounts I used to own. I don't really have a desire to talk with most people from high school and I don't really care what they are doing now.

  63. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    ...

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Just like that, hundreds of games lost multiplayer. Imagine if Steamworks just shut down the same way.

  64. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Imagine an internet that wasn't made with profit in mind.
    Where every website was covered in superfluous buttons etched with detail, packed full of information and steeped in passion.
    No government meddling, still untouched by coprorate shittery and safe from mass consumption by a mentally moronic public that would only use it incorrectly.
    A gaming industry where "competitive gaming" meant meeting up at a local game store and doing split-screen for a grand prize of like $25 and a case of Dr. Pepper with the Tomb Raider logo on it. No microtransactions, no live service, dedicated servers of 16-32 players, colorful games, and new ideas.

    Around 2015, I thought I was just nostalgiagayging, but it's been almost 10 years since then, and let me assure you, no, it wasn't just rose tinted glasses, the internet and gaming has actually just been completely fricking ruined.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Around 2015, I thought I was just nostalgiagayging, but it's been almost 10 years since then, and let me assure you, no, it wasn't just rose tinted glasses, the internet and gaming has actually just been completely fricking ruined.
      Internet between 2001-2007 was the renaissance, people would refer it as the wild west, but that short period was the aftermath when the .com bubble popped and corporate interest tanked in value. With XP around the corner, dial-up getting phased out, and corpos licking their wounds from the crash made that period unique, until smart phones happened. When smartphones became more streamlined in 2008 after the release of the first iphone, that's when a lot of corpos that survived the .com bubble came crawling out from the shadows and thus google/amazon/netflix becoming million/billion/trillionaire companies. You knew it was over when google was going around trying to hoard as many websites under its name. People used to make fun of people playing games on their smart phones, and now you have a bigger majority of smart phone players shouting out any dissenters as they go back to their heavily monetized "gameplay".

  65. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Finally getting xbox live on 360 and playing CoD2, Gears and Halo all night long with strangers from all over and everyone had headsets cause they came with the console. It was a stroke of genius including those. It's what the PS3 truly lacked. Their online was free but that one thing, not including a headset, meant the social element just wasn't there out of the box and they couldn't undo that mistake. That 360 era was camelot and kino it was everything

  66. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I WANT THE FUTURE I WAS PROMISED

  67. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >2023 was 6 months ago

  68. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    they weren't actually better, my life conditions were.
    before 2000 i was a teenager with all the spare time in the world, i spent my days playing games with friends or d&d.
    so yes, it's basically nostalgiagayging not for the games but for life itself

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      You are a moronic Black person zoomer or a spic

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        what's a spic?
        could you please speak an actual language?

  69. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I miss the older days of Ganker.
    The days where people just wanted to have fun and you only truly got insulted for being a dumbass and a thread about a topic is filled with people who like that topic.
    Now it's just an excess of shitposting. Certain topics are almost impossible to discuss because a handful of sad homosexuals who endlessly regurgitate the same shit constantly.

  70. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I miss coming across quirky little sites

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I liked watching the xp windows media player visuals

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      have a cool site from my cool site bookmark folder
      https://everynoise.com/engenremap.html

  71. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    You never illegally burned CDs, did you anon?

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      my dad showed me how to do it. He was deep into the warez scene and sold burned movies/games to his workmates.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I burned tons and so did my best friend's dad who taught me how. He always had the lastest game and would burn discs for me so I could play too. As a kid with a decent family PC and zero money it was a godsend.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      that was my brother's room not that messy, but he did download everything made own cd cases with covers and everything like that image

  72. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It's much better today because in 2000s I didn't actually have access to all the 2000s games released in every region, available for free, now I do. It's better now
    The Internet went to shit but you don't need me to tell you that

  73. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous
  74. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I think that girl in the middle would have more fun with making my penis go sploosh.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      probably not since you've never actually used it on anyone and most girls do not enjoy quickshot incompetence

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I hope she reads this

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          how mad are you right now? Butt blasted? Rectally ravaged? Anally annihilated?

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            [...]
            >when the insult stings so bad you samegay on cooldown
            LOL

            When she reads this one she will definitely have sex with you bros

            • 2 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              incel post, only place left for you to go is troonsville

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                >he'll keep responding forever to prove how non mad he is
                Next post

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                >s...stop..mm.making...f..fun...o..of..m..me
                LOL welcome to an imageboard tourist homosexual

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                keep em cummin, next

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                >s...stop..mm.making...f..fun...o..of..m..me
                LOL welcome to an imageboard tourist homosexual

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Nope, doesn't count, I won the argument.
                Feels good

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                >s...stop..mm.making...f..fun...o..of..m..me
                LOL welcome to an imageboard tourist homosexual

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                >he starts spamming the same post
                Sweet taste of Internet victory

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                >s...stop..mm.making...f..fun...o..of..m..me
                LOL welcome to an imageboard tourist homosexual

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Sounds like you're talking from experience.
        Anything you wanna share with the class?

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I hope she reads this

          >when the insult stings so bad you samegay on cooldown
          LOL

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    Anonymous

    Growing up and even still today at 36 I do buy into the every generation thinks theirs was better than the next, BUT I do have to say growing up through the 90's/00's and actively being a part of that boom and the amazing future they promised us to end up with this shit?? No, it is factually true the 90s/00's period was better than it is today for all media/life. The accessibility is no doubt awesome these days but now everyone has choice paralysis and no real meaningful connection to anything because you have everything. I thank god I was born in 88 and had 3 older brothers so I got to experience everything possible of the true heyday of the world

  78. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Sweet taste of Internet victory

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      see

      it's the sad truth. The internet got browned and here we are.

  79. 2 weeks ago
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  81. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Was it really as kino as people say or are they just nostalgiagayging?

    you are your own evidence of how much better it was.

  82. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous
  83. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    In the 90s, it was quite literally like the Wild West. People could just make websites for anything and it was cheap. There used to be a system in place for fansites called a "webring". The webring would be a consolidated linking of sites that all shared a same interest. So say something like a Sonic webring (which did exist) would link you to a Sonic Shrine with pictures, the next link in the webring would bring you to a Sonic fanfic website, so on and so on.
    Gaming was very much a minor cultural thing, you had to be in the know but if you knew, you could spot a gamer anywhere. Renting was a big part of the culture, where major chains or mom & pop shops could rent out games (despite legal protests by Nintendo, seriously look it up). It was common to rent a game and see a save file by some guy you've never heard of but was able to see their personality depending on their save.

    In the 2000s it exploded, and became hugely popular. As the kids in the 90s grew up and now had the money to buy whatever game they wanted. There was also a push for more mature games as the kids now teens wanted to be seen as adults, which is why Gen 7 was the "Brown & Bloom" Gen. We plateaued completely at Gen 8 as far as visual tech advancements, so there's no real jumps in hardware like in the 90s & 00s. All they can do now is refinements.

    Emulation in the 00s was interesting. A lot of people played emulators for the first time by burning a CD-R of an emulator with roms to play on a Dreamcast. PCs were still expensive so it was easier to play NES & SNES games on a Dreamcast. Nowadays your phone can do it.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >There used to be a system in place for fansites called a "webring". The webring would be a consolidated linking of sites that all shared a same interest. So say something like a Sonic webring (which did exist) would link you to a Sonic Shrine with pictures, the next link in the webring would bring you to a Sonic fanfic website, so on and so on.
      You basically summarized modern day curated content

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        pretty much, but it was managed by different individuals. With a consolidated effort to maintain individually but still linking to the other.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >People could just make websites for anything and it was cheap.
      it was cheap and profitable. I remember my friends and I all had our own websites and vowed to click on each others advertisements every day so we would all make money

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      best post I've seen on Ganker so far, I normally only see this on /vr/ (the quality not the subject matter)

      >People could just make websites for anything and it was cheap.
      it was cheap and profitable. I remember my friends and I all had our own websites and vowed to click on each others advertisements every day so we would all make money

      Oh so that's why there was a major bubble

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      2000s was the Wild West. 90s was a naked desert with nothing interesting about it

  84. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous
  85. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    How come no one likes zoomers and they decide to stick and shit up places anyways, homie that's crazy.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      it's the same how roaches can't comprehend our hatred toward them either; too stupid

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Idk but I'm happy when gen Alpha is old enough to post here. Zoomers are so miserable but gen A seems to be happy.
      >skibidi 😀

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Wait until some glowie from Ganker starts spamming another series of wojak but with Alphas instead of Zoomers and then Alphas will suddenly be the internet's public enemy number 1.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        People love children until they're old enough to have autonomy

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          yeah nobody ever seems to consider that babies become adults and eventually old people with all the aches, pains and losses that go with it

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Zooms believe they'll be forever 20.
      Oh my fricking God I can't wait to see you people in your 30's loaded with health problems, your young look fading, completely depending on the state's goodwill, on your own when you can't even boil water.

  86. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous
  87. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Maybe it’s because I was still a kid back then but internet felt more lighthearted back then.
    People actually used to discuss video games, nowadays the back-to-back combo punch of GamerGate and Trump getting elected in 2016 have ruined discourses on the internet. You must pick a side or you're a Nazi chud or deranged troony leftist. If you truly refuse to you’re a spineless centrist, hated by both sides. You MUST fight the culture war.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >You must pick a side or you're a Nazi chud or deranged troony leftist. If you truly refuse to you’re a spineless centrist, hated by both sides. You MUST fight the culture war.
      Gets fricking exhausting, bro.
      Hate Black folk, hate illegals, like legal Mexicans, believe in border security and police, but also think police shouldn't have carte blanche to do whatever the frick they want, don't like most leftist policy but won't vote for the actual idiot diaper shitter Trump.
      You literally cannot win and there is no room for nuance in anything. Everyone is a fricking directionbrain.

      • 2 weeks ago
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        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          maybe somewhat true, but /misc/ is not a normalgay board anymore. It's 50% bots, 25% Jeet pro russians, and chinese astroturfers, all pretending to be American , and 25% dumb as frick morons.

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            its so fricking funny when chinks roleplay as black people and post interracial shit.

  88. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Where did all the namegays go?

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      DonkeyKong when he wasn't streaming at VidyaVidya made his own comic, I haven't kept up with it since.

      I miss watching his Christmas special streams, they were the shit.

  89. 2 weeks ago
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  92. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Games had more soul and were an optimistic novel experience. Lgbt gay shit in game was rare, and the female game models were hot

  93. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I don't wanna be old...

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      It's ok to be old, the problem more in lies of what do you do about it? Are you just going to slunk into the old man habits or are you still going to enjoy the things you like and explore and discover new things? All that is up to you.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        the problem is I want to do lots of things but I'm powerless to do anything. my life is already over at just 24

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      it wouldn't be so bad if my body wasn't decaying rapidly
      i wish i could still play diablo 2 for 15 hours straight

  94. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    What was considered a 6/10 get it on sale game in 2000 to 2010 was more creative and fun than 90% of 10/10 AAA garbage released for the 8th and 9th gen consoles.

  95. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Ok someone please explain why in these thread (not this one though) people often talk about malls as if they don't exist anymore?
    Like, malls are still right there. You can go and browse and eat and stuff just like 30-40 years ago.
    What do they MEAN?

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      social interaction, same thing with old MMOs

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Depends where you live but mall culture died hard in the US. There were once over 100k malls, now there's only several hundred.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        If so many malls died... where do you go shopping?

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I can't tell if this is a troll or not

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Depends where you live. There is no mall anywhere near me that isn't a decaying empty husk.

            This was SIX years ago and it was that dead, in the middle of a major American city.
            Pic related is this year. It's getting turned into some gay offices or something.

            Ok, we have to clear something up then.
            Does "mall" mean something specific to you guys? To me it's just a big building with a huge supermarket like wallmart and a bunch of other fashion stores and one area with lots of food places together (often with a cinema, ice ring or arcade next to it).

            • 2 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              I live in SoCal so a lot of malls were built "open air", so no, it's not a big building to me although we had those too.
              The rest is correct though; a shitload of stores, a couple big box stores like Sears or JCPenny, an arcade, and a food court. Those are pretty much dead where I live.

              That is not to say shopping is dead. Pic related is a few blocks away, with boutique stores and shit and it's always packed.
              There's also an outlet strip near the border filled with outlet stores and that place is a zoo.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Depends where you live. There is no mall anywhere near me that isn't a decaying empty husk.

      This was SIX years ago and it was that dead, in the middle of a major American city.
      Pic related is this year. It's getting turned into some gay offices or something.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      we have busy malls around my place, but also a few dead ones. none are abandoned yet, though
      >drive to las vegas
      >want to go to huge outlet mall mid-way
      >it's completely abandoned
      we used to go there as kids all the time

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I live in SoCal so a lot of malls were built "open air", so no, it's not a big building to me although we had those too.
        The rest is correct though; a shitload of stores, a couple big box stores like Sears or JCPenny, an arcade, and a food court. Those are pretty much dead where I live.

        That is not to say shopping is dead. Pic related is a few blocks away, with boutique stores and shit and it's always packed.
        There's also an outlet strip near the border filled with outlet stores and that place is a zoo.

        Ok I see, so you really just had a frickton of these but when they went out of style they left noticeable ghost towns.
        In europe I guess we never had that many to notice them disappear. And most of them were in big cities or next to them so it's still where we go to buy stuff cuz it's the most convenient.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Oh yeah, there were a shit ton. They were the primary way for Americans to shop as well as social hubs. I'm old enough to remember practically growing up at my local mall, in the theater and arcade and Suncoast video where they sold anime in the 90s that was too expensive for me to buy.

          That channel I linked explores old abandoned and dying malls if you find it interesting at all. They had some crazy ass big ones in the Midwest.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Yeah, super center malls are a dying breed in the US. There are 'strip malls' on the other hand, but they aren't doing too good either. Three in my area got completely flattened after every business on a strip had to shut down due to the covid lock downs.

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            I love how generic these always look. I would not be shocked if I found this was a block away from my home.

  96. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It was just a couple of years ago

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Greetings from Kazakhstan

  97. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >go to IRL pokemon events
    >gamestops and toys r us
    >japan too
    >at a toys r us downloading my event pokemon
    >soft reset for right nature
    >little girl comes and stands right next to me
    >she's like 10-12
    >starts talking about pokemon
    >talk pokemon back to her
    >help her connect to store wifi and get pokemon
    >"hehe ur never too old for pokeyman!"
    >tell her YUP
    >her dad comes
    >oh, no, he saw me talking to his little girl
    >pulls out his own DS and we all talk pokemon
    it was so great, but whe was wrong because i dropped that shit after OR/AS. before that, my sister popped in a demo disc on my PS2 that came from a magazine and it erased my whole memory card. sony got word of this and gave us a frew game

  98. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Zoomers will never understand

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      NTHGHTHDGDCRTDTRK

  99. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous
    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >2010-2011
      I fricking hated that one because of that stupid one line of pixels sticking out on the right of the volume knob, it always made me think it was at 99% or something.

  100. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous
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    Anonymous
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    Anonymous
  103. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    i miss people being genuine
    i miss making friends just from existing and having the same hobby as someone else

  104. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    shareware and demo CDs

  105. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >zommers will never experience the joy of witnessing kino E3

  106. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Shopping centers here in the UK are fricking depressing. At least half the shops are always closed down and there is just this weird depressing air about them nowadays

  107. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The entire world was far better in the 90s and early 00s than it is now. The world now is just a soulless husk of what it once was.

    For a food analogy, just look at McDonald's. Go to any McDonald's now, and it's just a soulless box, maybe with some electronic screens to order on. Back in the 90s and even I think into the early 00s, when you went into McDonald's it actually looked kinda like a kid's clubhouse. The playplaces were fricking huge, and if a kid was having a birthday party, there would sometimes even be people dressed up as Ronald McDonald or the Hamburglar or something out in the playplace area. That's basically an analogy for what the entire world was like back then vs now.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      The sad truth is that McDonald's was ultimately correct to lean away from modeling their entire business / marketing / look around kids. It was novel at the time, but they knew it wouldn't last.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Mcdonalds doesn't cater to children anymore, this is an assault on traditional family values.
      actual manchild lmao

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Great, now I'm nostalgic for mcdonalds

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        That tree definitely killed a kid

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous
          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            He's seen some shit.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        SOUL

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I just miss it when they had all the regional items and one-offs. Frozen yogurt, snowcones, hot dogs, the like.

  108. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    all i remember from the early 2000's was css and gmod zombie mods. some jail break as well. you zoomers really did miss out on some kino though.

  109. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It was interesting the 2000 was when the TV started to lose quality even if for many it was their beloved childhood
    The internet however it was the wild west while being a magical place where you connected with unknown people that desired nothing but fun out of curiosity or malice, you could find ANYTHING as there was no law regulating it, also it was VERY slow, images took a shitton of time to load, and getting anything was a gamble since most didn't knew the basics of files, yet viruses were for fun too, not to get money, with themes and different ways to mess with you
    Games were at its strongest the generations just after the Snes are still the best, with the most amount of games and all designed to be good, to get sales by impressing the players

    While we gain some commodities as time passes we also lose too much that is why everyone is so reluctant to let go of those times and why they are seen as better despite the inferior technology available

  110. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    As far as when gaming peaked, it’s debatable. The fall-off, however? PS3/Xbox 360/Wii utterly and totally destroyed the niche beyond repair and recognition. In regards to internet, the exact same except replace the console generation with Facebook and iPhone.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >PS3/Xbox 360/Wii utterly and totally destroyed the niche beyond repair and recognition.
      For me, it's the release of the WiiU that cemented the downfall of gaming. Maybe it started in PS3, but I think WiiU was the turning point.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Why the WiiU? Yes, it was a massive piece of shit console but it flopped and therefore failed to influence the industry in any way.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I mean, you just said that the WiiU flopped, so that would probably be part of the reason. It just seemed to me like with the release of the WiiU, games generally stopped being good, whereas there are several PS3 and Wii games that are good.

  111. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The old internet is never coming back...

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Spoony movie when?

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >lordkat troons out
        >angryjoe worked for Geoff Keighley in the last years of E3.
        Maybe by a 3rd miarcle, spoony's brother will be the one to finally finish the spoon movie for him.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >lordkat troons out
          >its true
          kek spoony won, I always get a good laugh out of lolkats spoony rant

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            I mean if winning is becoming a basedboy screaming at Trump on Twitter and losing your house, girlfriend, and your dog dying... Sure.

            I think the only person who "won" from Channel Awesome is the Nostalgia Critic.

            • 2 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              >losing your house, girlfriend, and your dog dying
              yet he still has his penis

            • 2 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              >"won" from Channel Awesome is the Nostalgia Critic.
              Loopa is more insane than spoony, and she was the one that got him kicked off too before she decided to wage a cancel culture war against the entirety of CA. She spent years harassing Brad's mother because Brad refused to turn on Doug over petty internet drama. So by proxy, this is another spoony win.

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            bye felicia!

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >He had a chance man!
            >A chance with Notch!

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >gets his whole site blacklisted by screaming like a moronic manchild

  112. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    full of porn, people casually using slurs up to and including the N Word and random nonsense websites made by people who never took an UX class in they're lives

  113. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Going to the rental store and grabbing a game you knew nothing about besides the box art was pure soul. Discovering emulators/ROM sites was magical. Going to Best Buy and seeing a $150 GPU with insane 3D rendered boxart that advertised it could run Half-Life 2 was kino.

  114. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Pirated Age of Empires 2
    >MS Zone
    >custom rpg maps
    It's go time!

  115. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Handhelds (PSP and DS) are amazing, designed to last, and games with wireless features unlocking things, no DLC or microtransations.

  116. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >What was gaming and the internet like in the 2000s?
    .

  117. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Spoony had it all...

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      2024 will be his year just you wait

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Why didn't spoony reciprocate?
      He could've moved to Japan with her and had a kino life

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >these are hot women according to millennials
      grim.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I think they're all pretty cute.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Don't care
        Wood

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Based Marzgurl enjoyer.

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Of course

            • 2 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Where are those high res photos from?

  118. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    our dopamine receptors weren't burned by 4k porn accessible everywhere as soon as your parents gave you a smartphone, a smartphone allowing you to waste hours scrolling on applications designed to keep you there for the longest time, not because of their quality in itself as a good video game could be but just made to make you stay like a zombie via algorithms designed with psychologists, not everyone had a camera in their pocket capable of filming, sharing and broadcasting something instantly, you could say/do something stupid or something funny without being afraid of losing your job because the video of you in your underwear shouting "Black person" was leaked
    There was no dating app that would inflate women's egos, make a fat dwarf believe that she is one of the most desired women in the world, you could find accommodation with your job paid at minimum wage and even make money, there was no esg score, you didn't have social networks showing you everything that's happening in the world to the point where you see at least one murder video by day, there were no ads coming to your home through the TV, now you receive notifications from them
    there was no struggle artificially designed to distract us from the class struggle (occupied wall street) like the rights of troony to touch kids, of Black folk to burn down cities....
    it's was a better time yes
    because of the lower capacity of our machines, video games could not do photorealism, the important thing was the gameplay, you should not wait 5 years to have the sequel to your game
    seriously, look at the states rockstar

  119. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    less bad than now =/= good

  120. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    2009 fricked over any chance of 00s nostalgia ever happening and why the decade had to be split into parts

    imagine the 90s being forgettable, if, hypothetically, 1996 was a terrible year

  121. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I'm a 2002, I'm 22 and I'm still mad as hell that those cute girl I saw when I was young don't exist anymore

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I'm 1999 and don't miss them. I now have a thing for 19th century to 1920s women

  122. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Lindsay Ellis still deserves a Bobmob style beat down

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >moviebob supports eugenics
      >goes around curb stomping subhumans who eat less mcdonalds than he does

  123. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I was born in '96. The 2000's were awesome I remember playing demos in blockbuster and Walmart from 2001-2008. Every Friday night my mommy would take me to rent a game for my gamecube, ps1, and PS2 and everytime it would feel like an adventure, I didn't care about sex or anything, this was all before dating apps and black poll

    None the game were political. Jak and daxter and Melee were just games designed to be awesome and badass and be fun, so good that you didn't even need online gaming.

    I started fricking around with the internet during 2006. Everything was slow unless you had money. If you wanted to watch anime online then you'd have to prepare for a long wait and spend your time messaging in the get chats while your video buffered.

    I miss forum culture the most they were so communal and you'd run into the same people, now everything has been funneled into homosexual soulless reddit.

    It's not just nostalgia, this was all before the vaccines, reddit, trannie movement, dating apps, 2012 prophecy, covid pandemic, George floyd. It was all so removed from that shit. Almost feels like a dream. Back then there was still optimism and hope, like the we are building towards some awesome sci fi shit and that possibilities were always growing I relate more to millineals because I experienced life before 2008 and I know what is now gone and I feel sorry for zoomers because guys CANNOT even begin to conceptualize those soulful times just as I cannot conceptualize life in the 80's and 90's, so zoomers just seethe and say nostalgia gayging. It's probably how Adam and eve felt trying to explain to their kids what eden was like or the aryan survivors of atlantis and hyborea explaining to mutt tribals what their empire was like to live in. You just won't get it.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >None the game were political
      >Jak and Daxter
      >a game series with an eco-environmentalist message and neo-fascist governments
      >"not political"

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I'm really glad that picture is just AI

  124. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Zoomers. Every generation goes through the "back in my day" shit, it's not that things were better, you were just ignorant children. There are people who have been saying "games suck now" since before you were born

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      difference is that zoomers have nothing to look back to. the 90s were good. the 00s were "less bad"

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Every generation goes through the "back in my day" shit, it's not that things were better, you were just ignorant children.
      Yeah no the stats show you're wrong and people were happier during a specific time period.
      If "nostaligia glasses" is a term, one needs to be established for when people like you try to gaslight others remembering a actually superior past era into thinking it's just nostalgia when it's not.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        this fricking graph does not correlate with quality of life. post-9/11 is NOT better than the 80s.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Zoomer era is objectively worse
      >covid Vaccines
      >pandemic
      >troony movement
      >Dating apps
      >Smart phones
      >porn addiction epidemic due to Smart phones
      >ramen noodle haircuts

      Being a zoomer SUCKS

  125. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I wish I could've seen the world before 9/11, or even better, the world before the world wars

  126. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The internet was just better
    Text role-play was still quite big and the people online weren't turbospergs programmed by Twitter to have ten second attention spans and create as much conflict as humanly possible

    I miss it so fricking much people actually talked to each other and socialized normally, they were actual outcasts and the internet was still novel enough to filter most normals
    Now it's just normal to be terminally online so every other butthole you meet online has a fricking hole in their head
    I miss it so bad
    I don't hate zoomers but holy frick you guys aren't even 1/10th as comfy as the old days and old people

  127. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >boomers get shit on
    >millenials get shit on
    >zoomers get shit on
    How did gen x escape public ridicule?

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      gen x culture didn't last long. 60s to 80s are seen as for boomers, late 90s to 2010s are seen as for millennials, so gen x really only had the early 90s

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      By being silent gen 2.0.

  128. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    If you really weren't around for it then just think of it like this: imagine the internet existing as something with little to no corporate presence, accessible only through a desktop computer which itself was only available to the middle class or better, and was only really useable during your free, leisure time at home. People used to make content for free without attaching their name to it simply for the joy of making and sharing it. We used to laugh at people taking the internet too seriously. It was a better time.

  129. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It was pretty cool in the absence of instant availability of everything. Really dumb, shitty homemade games were attractive back then, so I would spend breaks in school playing Geroge Bush Whitehouse shootdown or whatever it was called, and instead of memes where you just reuse an existing image or joke to apply it to your own, internet-memes were cooler, like an entire musical about Osama Bin Laden animated in flash.

    No one ever got any way with blocking or banning each other back then either. You just heard something you disliked and said "FRICK OFF" and everyone would laugh at you, or at your way, and vice versa.

    The first time I experienced being banned over writing an opinion on the internet in 2013 or whenever I was actually pretty shocked. I think I just wrote something like "haha, guess the new racing game isn't a win for PlayStation fans" on a board that had a "no console war" policy, apparentlty, and no questions asked, I couldn't participate anymore.

    Similarly, on Discord you just have trannies everywhere saying disgusting shit and getting furious when you point it out, to the point of bullying white guys out of the platform.

    Internet today feels like the schoolyard did in 9th grade to me. Just an overall oppressive and limiting way to express yourself. You have to think twice about everything you do. It wasn't like that back then.

  130. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >internet was barely populated with no social media
    >heaps of video games being released unlike nowadays where it takes half a decade to a decade for a mediocre game to release
    >could call someone a homosexual without being permabenned
    >awesome LAN parties where u got a frickload of media from other people

    It was awesome. I remember playing QuakeWorld TF on new year's eve 1999. Shit was so cash.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >I got to say racial slurs without being put on a timeout
      >this is what the alt-right considers quality of life

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        you used to be able to post online without shit like this piss poor attempt at concern trolling, too.
        Just low effort, terrible, and awful. Simply embarrassing.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          yeah trolling used to be a art

          of video games being released unlike nowadays where it takes half a decade to a decade for a mediocre game to release
          There are still heaps of games being released. You only play AAA slop.

          >There are still heaps of mediocre indie games being released

          FTFY
          The point is there was heaps of quality AAA games being released. A zoomer wouldn't understand.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >homosexual
          >racial slur

          apply yourself election tourist

          of video games being released unlike nowadays where it takes half a decade to a decade for a mediocre game to release
          There are still heaps of games being released. You only play AAA slop.

          yeah trolling used to be a art

          [...]
          >There are still heaps of mediocre indie games being released

          FTFY
          The point is there was heaps of quality AAA games being released. A zoomer wouldn't understand.

          I will also add it was slow
          painfully slow
          so many hours and days just getting annoyed at shit waiting for it to load or download

          >50s movies
          >Not watchable
          Only if you're brown or an idiot.

          why haven't you've killed yourselves then?

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            go be moronic somewhere else

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            why didn't your prostitute mother abort like all the other cum blasts she took to the throat, Black person?

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >homosexual
        >racial slur

        apply yourself election tourist

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      of video games being released unlike nowadays where it takes half a decade to a decade for a mediocre game to release
      There are still heaps of games being released. You only play AAA slop.

  131. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Internet was very different
    Much more exploratory, visiting many many websites that link to many many more websites
    Everything now is condensed onto 5 websites like youtube etc

    Gaming was more magical
    The leaps were bigger. Like the leap from ps1 to PS2 was fricking huge
    The leap from ps4 to PS5 is a non existent nothing

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I will also add it was slow
      painfully slow
      so many hours and days just getting annoyed at shit waiting for it to load or download

  132. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous
  133. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous
  134. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >and of course, the fricking moron is a mass replying idiot homosexual
    >post makes no sense with regard to what the quoted post says
    BOT OR IDIOT, you be the judge

  135. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It was amazing. I feel bad for zoomers who have grown up on nothing buy mediocrity.

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