I'm a sucker for reminiscence and nostalgia, so I thought I'd make this topic too, along with my forum one. We got our first computer in late 1999 from a friend who had just got a new one. The one he gave us was an IBM Aptiva running Windows 95. I still remember how, whenever it started up, the "Aptiva Guide" program ran automatically. That MIDI music is so nostalgic, I can remember it so well. I wonder if the MIDI was preserved and is available on the Internet somewhere? Also, with the impending year 2000, there was all that crazy Y2K stuff going around. I actually wasn't all that interested in the computer at first (oh the irony!), until I realized all you could do with it. I remember some old games I used to play on it, like Dogz and Strategy Games of the World. That same friend, later on, gave us World's Largest Collection of Windows Software, which kept me busy for awhile (loved making levels in Watch Out, Willi!, which was based on the classic Boulder Dash, I believe). There was also a dungeon RPG called Local Area Dungeon, which I really liked, but it was old-school and very hardcore, so I gave up before long. Then there was the text adventure game Colossal Cave. I didn't get very far in that... I did get through a cave, though, and entered a "beautiful valley" where a bird was singing. For no reason at all, I entered "kill bird" and the game returned "The little birdie is now dead. " One time my nephew was staying over, and we stayed up very late trying out all the games in World's Largest Collection. Other silly programs I used as a kid were Creative Writer and Crayola Print Factory. My dad was really into... PGA Tour Championship Golf, I believe it was called. Don't remember if it was any particular iteration of a series. I got a laptop of my own in 2002, which I only just recently stopped using in favor of a newer one that was given to us. My early days on the Internet We got the Internet a little while after getting the computer. Our ISP was ifriendly, and that was frustrating because a lot of sites were blocked; the most standout one for me was a Dragon Quest fan site, which I had visited before, and suddenly found it blocked for "adult content" (you know, the series' lovely sense of humor), so that was annoying. My nephew came over once and found his AngelFire site blocked, too. On that note, I could never visit any Geocities sites; they just wouldn't work (I forget the error that came up). We switched ISPs at one point, and things got better after that. I remember my nephew loved the site "The Shadowlands," which had a lot of information on paranormal phenomena as well as cryptids (Bigfoot, the Jersey Devil, and so on). The site had some nice eerie music, as well. Some early sites I visited included the Mega Man Archives, the Mega Man Homepage, and the Odyssey of Hyrule (I became obsessed with the section on the "Z-Files," early production screenshots that depicted areas not in the final Ocarina of Time; I literally scoured the Internet and collected hundreds of such images). I also loved to collect MIDI files from various games, even ones I hadn't played. I LOVE the old theme song for the Zelda Headquarters, "Destiny" I believe it's called ("copyright TK, '96" was attached to it) When I began work on my game in 2006, I really didn't use the Internet so much anymore. But now that I've gone commercial, I'm a little more familiar with it again. Hope this didn't bore you. Does anyone else have any amusing and/or personal stories they'd like to share?