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About efaardvark

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    Space Camp Staff

Anime

  • Favourite Anime
    Lots. Off the top of my head (and in no particular order)...

    Ghost in the Shell
    プラネテス (ΠΛΑΝΗΤΕΣ)
    Any "real" science fiction actually
    Angel Beats!
    Clannad: After Story
    Your Lie In April
    Pet Girl of Sakurasou
    境界の彼方
    しんせかいより
    Spice and Wolf
    ことうらさん
    FLCL (original)
    Any Miyazaki/Ghibli
  • Favourite Genres
    Comedy
    Fantasy
    Mystery
    Romance
    Sci-Fi
    Slice of Life
    Space Opera
    Rom-Com
  • Favourite Character Type
    Kuudere

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    Someplace between Santa Monica and Sedna.
  • Occupation
    Data systems engineer
  • Interests
    reading (SF), electronics, science, engineering, space, computer programming
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  • Favorite Video Game/Series
    Kerbal Space Program

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  1. I've been "working" on my computer today, just cleaning up and doing some file maintenance.  Found some *OLD* text files from an online game called Dragon's Gate.  DGate was a text-only multiplayer game hosted by GE's "GEnie" online service back in the early 90s.  Pre-internet.  Pre-MMORPG.  Dialup-only.  It may have even predated Compuserve and AOL.  One of the files shows a 2400 baud connection at the beginning.  :D  I think this may have been the first multiplayer online game I ever played. 

    Not for long though.  Long distance phone calls cost around $0.25/minute so playing for an hour was like $15.  This back when gas was like $1/gallon so that'd be around $50/hr at today's prices.  I knew a trick to call through a chain of "local" BBSs to pay about 1/4th that, but it was still expensive.  Especially for a lowly student whose only regular income was a monthly allowance!

    Blast from the past...

                               Welcome to...
     
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                 ........./  \..|\__..__/|......./  \...........
                ........./ /  \.\ _ \/ _ /....../    \.............
          _  .........../ / /  \.(I)\/(I)....../  / \ \...........    
         (_)  ..........| | | / \\/(oo)\/...../  // |\ \ .............
              ..........| | | |  \|V,,V|\... /  / | || \|...........
            ............| | | | / |A^^A| \../  / || || ||...........
               ......../ / /  | |  TTTT__ \/  /| || || ||/\  /\
                /\..../ / /  / /  |______/   /| \ \ || ||  \/  \    /\        /\
     /\      /\/  \../ / /  / /  /\_____/  |/ /__\ \ \ \ \ /    \  /  \  /\  /  \
       \/\  / /    \.| | | / /  /\______/    \   \__| \ \ \      \/    \/  \/
        \ \/        \| | | | | |\______ __    \_    \__|_| \     /      \  /
         \/          | | ____ /\______ ____     \_       \  |   /         /
          \          | |/    /\_____  /    \      \__     \ |
           \         |/ |   |\______ |      |        \___  \|    D R A G O N ' S
                        |   |\______ |      |            \_         
                _   ___/|   |\______ |      |          /\  \   ___    G A T E
               / \_/     \   \________\_    _\____/   /  \__\_|   \
           ___/ __     __/   /       __/   /__    \__/      __     \__
         _/    /  \   /  ___/       /  ___/   \            /  \       |__
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    1. Illusion of Terra

      Illusion of Terra

      "text-only multiplayer game" "Dialup-only"

      This belongs in a museum somewhere 😂 Seriously though it's amazing how much they did in those times with only text!

    2. Seshi

      Seshi

      I remember watching my friend play Dragon Realms, same type of setup... I was soooo jealous 😁

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