It doesn’t matter if it’s not related to video games, although the chances of it being a wanderer or a cheat code could be pretty high. Have you been looking for lyrics, music videos, or RuneScape? Free games, god mode, or Pokemon? Or is it just too embarrassing to admit?
Remember the first thing you searched for on the web?
These are our answers, plus some of the Our forum.
James Davenport: What but https://www.goosebumps.com?
The way I am an annoying twitch about Dark Souls today, I was an annoying twinge about Goosebumps when I was 10. I was obsessed with these books, so the day our local library got in touch online, I ran down the street to the computer lab in the back room, and I checked in. I remember a weak animated logo, some kinda spooky middle melody playing in the background, and maybe a monster backed by old ties. “More information”, “About the author”, etc. It might have been less extravagant actually, but at the time, it was amazing, and all I really did was a look in the page. Here’s the thing I love, on my computer, kind of.
Graeme Meredith: It might have been something like the official Nintendo or Sega websites, like the idea of not having to wait for the monthly magazines to arrive with News and disclosure It was an astonishing revelation. Looking at these sites now, they’re delightfully cute, and memories come back to fill in surveys and write in forums, thinking Nintendo actually made two points about what my 13-year-old brain thought.
But I definitely miss that quieter internet time … who isn’t? Web areas that welcome you with fun designs and graphics that pop up like a more over-prepared PowerPoint. Nostalgia is in my heart but the internet was better at the time; When companies don’t really know how to use them, and you’re lucky enough to maintain the connection for more than 25 minutes at a time, that gives you a golden opportunity to actually go and do something else for a while.
Wes Fenlon: My first online memory is watching my father go online on the family’s second computer – I’m sure it was 386. I remember Netscape Navigator, and he disabled pictures in the browser so the pages load reasonably quickly. Yahoo! And Lycos and AltaVista – He might have used any of them for research. But what is the first thing I searched for? It’s impossible to remember, but early on I loved the experience of discovering websites not with actual searches, but through Hey ho! Directories. You can search on a topic, subtopics, and find all kinds of awesome websites listed there with just one click. I’m sure that’s how I found out Happy puppyWhere I go to read about games. Most importantly, download a shareware program. Hope we got back to your browsing method that wasn’t driven by current search algorithms, honestly.
Tyler Wilde: I have no idea, but it might have been about WarCraft 2, The X-Files (I had a fan site at one point) or aliens and UFOs in general. You are really into superstar things. I remember once I printed like a 200-page document about gray, and I think my dad was probably mad that I used all that paper and ink. (There’s also a good chance I spelled the word “sex” or “moron.”)
Chris Livingston: So … was I the only one who immediately searched for nudity? Huh. okay then.
I don’t remember the year, but I think it was somewhere in the mid to late 1990s. I think I’ve heard of something called a “gopher” that will allow you to search for things, even though I might have mistakenly remembered. Anyway, I wrote the word “tits” and told a gopher to go find some for me. He is finally back with a picture of The Beatles’ John Lennon wearing his shirt.
It was the first in a long, long streak of ways the internet has frustrated me.
Stephen Messner: I don’t remember exactly, but I’m 90% sure it’s got to do something with Yoshi. When I was in elementary school I was in a very exclusive club called Yoshi Gang and we were very passionate about Yoshi’s traditions. We were each assigned a color, White Yoshi.
I vaguely remember the first time we got online and my dad showed me how to use it, and I’m sure I searched for something on Yoshis.
We also used to have a notebook where you could write down the websites you found because at the time we had no idea how (or even if you could) bookmark the sites. Websites were also scarce, so you don’t want to lose a good site.
Judy MacGregor: I have a clear memory of someone showing me how to use Yahoo in 1997 and asking if I have a favorite TV show or book to search for. I said Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and of course there were a bunch of pages about it. The Hitchhiker’s Guide is similar to the Internet in some way, it’s a searchable database of information that could be dangerously outdated by the time you read it.
Sarfan: I’m not sure to be honest, but two things come to my mind. The first thing was a patch for Starcraft 1 which added new features to the Map Editor. Without them there was no option to force the units to use a certain special ability. I dealt with the editor at the time by creating new maps and I missed this feature a lot, because it was such an essential thing when it came to creating custom story scenes.
The second thing was probably the CD Projekt website. Not everyone knows, but in the early 2000s, CD Projekt was a domestic distribution company that introduced and placed many games on the Polish market. Their website was a good source for news of newly released games in my country. Besides, you can find a lot of additional files that were related to the games they distributed. These were the reasons I searched for this site during one of my first Internet contacts.
Brian Borough: The 1990s were a decade of enthusiasm for software, so in 1997 it was likely something to be a shareware, something else, conquering or red alert.
DXCHASE: Napster skins, Limewire, AIM, WMP … in general the sites I can download music / movies / games from for free.
Bevangver: Not sure what was the first thing, but one of the first websites I could remember when saving its URL was only to look for cheats.
I don’t think I finished a game without cheating until I was in my early teens and it took many more years before I stopped using cheating almost entirely.
Main: Seriously, I have no idea what was the first thing I looked for. I remember being on “dialup” when the web came up. America Online! There is a good chance that one of the first things I looked for was patches released for different games. There was no auto-correction at the time (at least I don’t remember it).
Zloth: Jeez, who knows? Maybe I was using Archie or Veronica to track down some Apogee beta. I think there were some apps to find multiple BBS boards for files, but that wasn’t even the internet.