Back before BitTorrent or LimeWire or Kazaa or Napster or FTP or before the Internet for that matter, existed the Bulletin Board System (BBS). If you wanted porn or pirated software this is where you would go. The best BBS’s were private and you had to “know a guy” who “knows a guy” in order to get access.
But if you could get access, OH BOY, the goodies you would find. No crappy shareware like you would find on the public BBS’s, no, only genuine full copies of the newest games.
Unfortunately, with a 2400 bps modem and a single phone line shared between the whole family, there is only so much you could download. Luckily, after about 9 PM, I was allowed to take over the phone line and then the downloading would commence.
Ahhhh, good times. I remember a game like Doom, sitting at around 5 MB would take over 5 hours to download. Can you imagine that?
Anyway, times were good while they lasted, but by around 1995 most everyone was moving to the Internet. I believe BBS’s peaked around 1996 and died off quickly after that. I’m just glad I was around to see it.
Hello Steam or Valve or whoever, I just wanted to say thank you. I used to be a software pirate. No, I didn’t actually crack and upload games, no I was too lazy for that. I just downloaded already cracked games instead of buying them. I did that for years I’m afraid. Even games that you created like Half-Life and Portal I’m sad to say. If it makes you feel any better, I own both of those games now. Actually, I own the entire Half-Life collection, plus Left 4 Dead 1 & 2 and Portal 1 & 2.
It’s all thanks to Steam!
Honestly, though, I don’t just buy from you guys. I sometimes buy from Gamefly and Amazon, but those games are often on Steam anyway, so we’re all good. I really just buy from whoever is cheapest. Come on, I may no longer download pirated software, but I’m still a cheapskate. Hey, I’m just being honest. If I couldn’t get my games from you guys at 75% off, I would probably still be downloading pirated games. I think we can both agree that at least this way, somebody gets paid. Amiright?
Anyway, thanks again. You keep selling stuff crazy cheap and I’ll keep buying it.
ComputerAbuser – former obtainer of illegally copied stuffs
Well I guess I was wrong in assuming that Netflix would do their best in order to get Stargate back up on their system. It’s been over 2 months and still nothing.
It’s been so long that I can’t even remember what episode I’m on.
If it doesn’t show up soon, I will probably have to just go and download the entire series and then nobody gets paid. That’s not cool.