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A time before internet

I was talking to some people about the possibilities with Internet and got an amazing comment: “What, so you mean there was no internet when you were a kid?”. At first I felt very old, but then I smiled at the remark.

I grew up with color TV, VHS players and vinyl records, but the internet was a thing undreamed of (except for the dormant form of Arpanet). I remember playing the game Elite around 1990 and thinking to myself, what if you could link several computers together in multiplayer mode against other players? But I envisioned using physical cables between a few home computers, not a global network of linked servers.

In 1991 I read about the upcoming game Tantalus, which according to the preview would allow up to 16 players to link with serial cables regardless of computer type. But I don’t think it ever hit the shelves.

20 years later this and more was suddenly a reality in the MMORPG “Eve” (Elite on steroids), but by that time I wasn’t interested in that sort of game anymore. Oh, the irony…

What will we think in twenty years time when we look back at 2011? “Oh really, did you use iPhones and laptops back then? That’s really stone age stuff, dude!”

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2 comments

  • avatar
    mmm
    02 May, 2011

    It’s a bit scary that we feel old already, or perhaps that’s kinda cool really. Things are happening fast, and even though we were on the edge some 20 years ago, we did not use technology in the same way the mass-market does I guess.

  • avatar
    02 May, 2011

    Being edge seems to be a lot different these days. It’s not enough to code a fast routine in two hours anymore, since it has to involve more testing, work on different platforms and contain a lot of content to be even remotely interesting.
    But then again, with libraries such as JQuery or WebGL it is easier than ever before to create impressive stuff in a few seconds. So just roll up your sleeves and start coding! :)

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