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Blast from the Past: 7 Famous Programs & Games that No Longer Exist

Joel Lee 27-04-2015

Do you remember the programs you were running in the 1990s 6 Websites That Will Bring You Back To The '90s Oh, man. I may have a biased opinion, being born in '89, but were the '90s not incredible? Nostalgia just drives me nuts and the '90s felt like the peak of music, movies, gaming, and... Read More ? We have it so good today — relatively speaking — that it’s easy to forget what life was like back in the day. And boy, what a life it was.


Looking back, there was a lot of important software that we no longer use today, but I’m certain we’d all recognize them without any trouble in the blink of an eye.

Join me as we take a trip down memory lane and reflect on how far we’ve come over the past two decades. One word of warning: there is a lot of nostalgia waiting up ahead 7 Websites For Sharing Your Nostalgic Memories Of Days Gone By Nostalgia may be bittersweet, but the mere thought of the past ties us all together socially. We share our best and worst memories. This is where the Web comes in as the great watering hole. Read More !

America Online (1991)

By the turn of the millennium, I had dozens of free trial CDs for America Online stacked up and stashed away in boxes that are now lost and irrecoverable. AOL‘s prime time long past and they’ve pretty much fallen off the map, but they deserve some respect for what they accomplished.

Long story short, they brought Internet access to the masses.

Who can forget the iconic sound of a dial-up modem 5 Nostalgic Sounds of the Technology Many People Miss For tech geeks, the five most exciting sounds are one of the nostalgic technology sounds described in this article. Read More ? Or the heart-warming “You’ve Got Mail!” welcome jingle that signified an unread inbox? Or the TV commercials that ended with an AOL keyword for quick direction to a relevant website?


And that’s not to mention AOL’s Instant Messenger, which pioneered the concept 7 Ancient Internet Trends That Affect the Web Today Today's web might not look or feel like the web of the 1990s, but you'd be surprised by how much of it is actually the same when you dive beneath the surface. Read More of a real-time buddy-to-buddy conversation protocol that we still use today, albeit in more advanced ways.

Where would we be without America Online? It’s hard to say. They weren’t the only ISPs at the time — does anyone remember alternatives like EarthLink, Netzero, and Juno? — but I think it’s safe to say that the web would have taken a different path without AOL blazing a trail.

Wolfenstein 3D (1992)

A lot of people think that Doom was the original first-person-shooter game, but they are wrong. While Doom could certainly be considered the most popular or the most revolutionary game of its genre, the title of first-on-the-scene belongs to Wolfenstein 3D.

Wolfenstein 3D was the first game to establish the necessary engine features — namely, raycasting — to display pseudo-3D graphics. It’s the same technology that powers future games of that era, including Doom (1993), Heretic (1994), and Hexen (1995), which is why they all have a similar appearance and style.


The early 1990s were a great time for PC gaming 3 Websites That Help Preserve Gaming Nostalgia The games of today can't even be compared to my favorites from way back then, and I couldn't be happier that there are emulators and ROMs available that have managed to preserve them forever. More... Read More . Not long after Wolfenstein 3D, we got the masterpiece known as Myst (1993). This puzzle-based first-person adventure was the best-selling PC game of all time until 2002, when it was overtaken by The Sims (2000).

But if we’re going to talk about this era, we can’t leave out Descent (1994). Unlike its predecessors, Descent featured movement along all three directional axes and paved the way for true 3D games. The graphics and gameplay weren’t anything to sneeze at, either.

Microsoft Encarta (1993)

Before Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger brought Wikipedia to life The Origins of Wikipedia: How It Came To Be [Geek History Lesson] Read More in 2001, we had to make a choice if we wanted access to broad knowledge across many topics: purchase the Encyclopedia Britannica for over a thousand dollars or install Microsoft Encarta.

Encarta was an annually-updated digital encyclopedia that was published on CDs and DVDs. It wasn’t the first digital encyclopedia — that title belongs to Compton’s Multimedia Encyclopedia published in 1989 — but it is the one that most of us remember most clearly.


Let’s compare. The premium version of Encarta had approximately 62,000 English articles that were also translated into a handful of other languages. Today’s Wikipedia has approximately 4.6 million articles in English (or 31 million articles if you include all 285 languages).

Wikipedia is such an integral part of the modern web. We’d be screwed without it 7 Ways To Learn Something New Every Day With Wikipedia Wikipedia is packed full of content. At the time of writing there are over 4 million articles contained within the English language version, with more being added all the time. All of these pages are... Read More . Can you imagine going back to a pre-2001 world where your best alternatives were either Encarta or the library? Sheesh!

Netscape (1994)

Though Internet Explorer would eventually go on to destroy Netscape in terms of market share, it should be remembered that Netscape came first. It’s gone through several name changes — including Mosaic, Netscape Navigator, and Netscape Communicator — but the core has always been the same.

What’s interesting is that Netscape, the company, was the driving force behind the inception of open-source Mozilla. After Netscape was acquired by AOL in 1998, everything was scrapped and they rebuilt their browser on the foundations of Mozilla, resulting in Netscape 6.


After a long but fruitless battle to escape its insignificance, Netscape officially pulled the plug on its browser in 2008. By then, Mozilla Firefox had gained a lot of relative traction and Netscape users were encouraged to migrate in that direction.

Microsoft Entertainment Pack (1995)

Between Windows 3.1 and Windows XP, Microsoft bundled their operating systems with a set of software called the Microsoft Entertainment Pack, a collection of simple games that were meant to kill time in an office environment.

Little did they know that some of these games would live on in the hearts of Windows users How to Run Really Old Software on a 64-Bit PC: 6 Methods Windows reverse compatibility is fading with every advance. Here's how you can run 16-bit programs on your 64-bit Windows. Read More worldwide even long after the games had ceased being bundled with the operating system.

My absolute favorite game? Chip’s Challenge. This deceptively simple puzzle game ate up so many hours of my childhood, particularly during those times when I wasn’t allowed on the Internet (thanks, dial-up modem). If it weren’t for Chip and his challenges, I might have had to play Solitaire How to Play Minesweeper on Windows 10 Microsoft no longer ships Minesweeper as part of Windows, but it doesn't mean you can't play the classic game! Read More instead. (Ugh!)

Other goodies from the Microsoft Entertainment Pack include SkiFree, Rodent’s Revenge, Tetravex, Pipe Dream, and Maxwell’s Maniac.

Microsoft FrontPage (1996)

Between 1996 and 2003, Microsoft FrontPage was one of the top WYSIWYG editors (“what you see is what you get”) for creating HTML pages. Its main rival, Macromedia Dreamweaver, wouldn’t hit the scene until a year later in 1997.

It’s funny to think how much web development has changed since the FrontPage days. Only a handful of websites actually serve up static HTML pages anymore; the rest of us have moved onto content management systems 10 Most Popular Content Management Systems Online The days of hand-coded HTML pages, and mastering CSS, are long gone. Install a content management system (CMS) and within minutes you can have a website to share with the world. Read More and web programming from scratch Which Programming Language to Learn - Web Programming Today we're going to take a look at the various web programming languages that power the Internet. This is the fourth part in a beginners programming series. In part 1, we learnt the basic of... Read More .

While FrontPage no longer exists, it does have two spiritual successors that people still use today. There’s Microsoft SharePoint Designer, which is used to create generic SharePoint websites, and Microsoft Expression Web, which is an IDE for general web development.

Napster (1999)

As the ideological predecessor to BitTorrent, Napster gets a lot of thanks from me. (And before you crucify me, remember that there are plenty of legal uses for BitTorrent 8 Legal Uses for BitTorrent: You'd Be Surprised Like HTTP, which your browser uses to communicate with websites, BitTorrent is just a protocol. You could use your browser to download pirated content, just as you could use a BitTorrent client to download pirated... Read More .) Without peer-to-peer technology, the Internet would certainly be worse off.

Yet while the original Napster is a peer-to-peer grandfather, we can’t forget the numerous copycats and derivatives that came afterwards: LimeWire (2000), Gnutella (2000), BearShare (2000), Kazaa (2001), and Morpheus (2001).

None of these programs have a place on the modern Internet, but the services they provided in those pre-BitTorrent years will always be admired and remembered.

Do you remember these programs? What other popular programs from the 1990s trigger your sense of nostalgia? Share your memories with us in the comments below!

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  1. DaveU
    November 22, 2017 at 11:20 am

    MS gaming zone.... spent many, many hours in the games and lobbies...
    A similar gathering type program needs to be reborn...

  2. Eucalyptus
    May 20, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    What was the name of that Game where you had to feed a Crying baby .. Feeders,toys blah blah ... It was funny tho. Espcially that crying noise

  3. Patrik
    May 20, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Microsoft Cinemania. Still have the original CD. But even though you could download montly updates for it for a while it couldn't keep up with the the ever growing IMDb.

  4. Anonymous
    July 18, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    WordPerfect 5.1 for DOS
    Complex with a bit of a learning curve but once you got the hang of it you became a wordprocessing god.

  5. Brian Haslip
    July 17, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    Musicmatch Jukebox. It was the first multimedia player I found that had mp3 metadata and lyric lookup built in. I bought a lifetime license for it...then Yahoo bought it and burned it to the ground.

    Also, I loved Netscape Navigator. Dang big companies always buying and ruining things.

  6. dbusguy
    July 17, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    Still using Frontpage 2003 in my Win10 machine.

    • Luis V.
      November 17, 2017 at 1:17 pm

      Me too!

  7. Meidika
    July 17, 2016 at 11:14 am

    winamp *crying in a corner*

    • Drew Dibble
      July 17, 2016 at 4:51 pm

      Some of us are still rocking winamp 3.1...

  8. Phyllis
    June 3, 2016 at 2:13 am

    Why has AOL taken over my favorite games that were on I do not like the AOL game site. I try to play my games and the advertisements take up half the screen and they cannot be deleted. Extremely unhappy.

  9. Steve
    May 23, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Leisure Suit Larry, every magazine had a disk of some sort in it whether it was sample versions of new games, Online companies, etc., You Don't Know Jack which I play on Steam all the time, Corel Draw, Word Perfect, Random _____ Generators (fill in the blank), Windows + Packs, CD's with shareware galore on them...
    Speaking of those disks that were seemingly everywhere, The Internet Archive has every single one of those disks from back then archived and available for download free. Just navigate to the Magazine Disks area then select the magazine you're looking for, and finally the month and year and there will be a link to that particular CD.

  10. Robby O. aka Forest
    May 20, 2015 at 4:07 am

    I'm 37 years old
    Here's my list: ehhemm
    Leisure suit Larry: Love for sail
    Ripper: with Christopher Walken,Bergis Maridith
    Realm of the Haunting:
    Redneck Rampage:
    Blood: with a video from band Type O Negative
    7th Guest:
    Phantasmagoria 2: A puzzle of Flesh
    Web Tv: Where I met my wife on July 5th 2000
    PcGamer Magazine: Free demos
    Mortal Kombat 1-3: Gathering of 20+ kids and teens battling on arcades at the local comic book store
    Comic Book - Psycho Dad from Married with Children.
    Cherry Festival in Bellevue Ohio: no longer around
    Gulf war trading cards
    TrueCrime Cards
    VHS !xx! Be kind rewind!!!!!!
    ok so I ran off topic, Sorry....The hart aches :(

  11. Michael Pollard
    May 19, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Norton Commander was licensed by MS and relabeled DOS Shell. As was Speed Disk as Defrag.

    I used ETG for years - Easy Text and Graphics Plus, included by DAK on my first PC-compatible computer, the Visual Commuter, a luggable with a built-in LCD graphics display. It had a mouse-driven GUI (optional, worked with keyboard too), and it could print graphics on a daisy wheel printer by using (and overlapping) periods for a low-resolution dot-matrix effect. I say low-resolution, but it was actually similar to a 9-pin DMP - just a LOT louder. But the program was also floppy-based and didn't know how to handle a hard drive; it wanted to change disks, and everything used the same folder and file names across multiple disks. The data files were in a proprietary format, so it could use long file names and long folder names well before DOS offered them.

  12. Antje
    May 19, 2015 at 6:12 am

    What about PAC MAN, Appleworks, Symphony?

  13. Brad
    May 17, 2015 at 10:00 am

    1992 hell i can go back and still have my Epson PC /HD from 1986 that has a whopping 512 hdd in it with 2*32 mem sticks that uses 2*5 1/4 discs for the 3.1 office and operating system. I learnt how to use the upgraded DOS from the C/PM ( confuse people most) of the Commodore era with it and still use the same way today.
    Every now and then I fire it up and guess what I still play Lemmings on it as well.
    So yes way way better in our fast techo's of today.

  14. Graham
    May 14, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    I even have all the old Starwars games.
    Does anybody remember Lucas Arts - Outlaws, It's on GOG

    All running on Windows 7 perfectly

  15. Graham
    May 14, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Wolfenstien, Hexen, Hexen 2, Doom, Rise of the Triads, Descent - STILL EXIST

    I have them all they are either on STEAM or GOG.


    • Joel Lee
      May 16, 2015 at 1:35 pm

      I just checked GOG and they had Descent but none of the other games you listed. But wow, they have Descent! That's really cool. Descent 1 + 2 available for $10... I'm tempted.

      • Spyjoshx
        November 16, 2017 at 9:53 pm

        They truly are amazing games. Me and my dad are lucky to own the original trilogy on disc.

      • Emu
        May 20, 2018 at 10:20 pm

        Try Steam as well. I have Wolf3D on there and Hexen 2. I am pretty sure that Hexen is as well along with RoT. Heck, they ever have the original Unreal games.

  16. Danjah
    May 10, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Netscape 4, spun or my first view of a Web page, California games on DOS way before that, and how about good old telnet for MUDding?!

    • Joel Lee
      May 16, 2015 at 1:36 pm

      Yes, MUDs! I loved them as a kid and still love them today. It's unfortunate that the MUD community has been displaced by MMOs, but I guess that's just how things evolve. My nostalgia for MUDs is much stronger than any other game.

    • Danjah
      May 16, 2015 at 9:53 pm

      I agree Joel! It takes actual imagination to get into and enjoy a MUD I always thought.

      This is one I still play! Still a good one, if a little quieter than it used to be.

  17. workshop
    May 7, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    I remember using PCFILE Buttonware

  18. Larry P
    May 4, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    I go back to the PFS series...PFS: Write, PFS: File .... I had all of my business contacts in there and did mail merge to send out marketing information...seemed so high tech at the time...and my first daisy wheel printer (it had no dots :)...and an amazing contact manager program that's still around called ACT! ...and all the utilities...PC Tools, Carbon Copy, Norton Commander...and never using an even numbered version of DOS...I still have an unopened shrink wrapped copy of IBM DOS 3.3....

  19. Larry P
    May 4, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    I go back to the PFS series...PFS: Write, PFS: File .... I had all of my business contacts in there and did mail merge to send out marketing information...seemed so high tech at the time...and my first daisy wheel printer (it had no dots :)...and an amazing contact manager program that's still around called ACT! ...and all the utilities...PC Tools, Carbon Copy, Norton Commander...and never using an even numbered version of DOS...I still have an unopened shrink wrapped copy of IBM DOS 3.3....

  20. serty7
    May 3, 2015 at 6:16 am

    Anyone remember Norton Commander? One of the best escapes from the DOS command line before Windows were born...

  21. haroldT
    May 2, 2015 at 2:10 am

    Remember BBS's RipScript kinda a precursor to browsers

  22. haroldT
    May 2, 2015 at 2:08 am

    Leisure suit Larry

  23. D Durkes
    May 1, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Actually, I believe Mosaic was a spin out from Spyglass (which licensed its core to Microsoft for IE).

  24. MemryLane
    May 1, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    How about pre-cursors to AOL.... who remembers bulletin boards (BBS's). Played a lot of games on them, particularly TradeWars.

  25. Lisa
    May 1, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    Maybe its just an American thing, but you forgot Prodigy. It was a joint venture by IBM, CBS News and Sears - and created the first graphical interface online. America Online was smart enough to watch them spend millions creating this, and then spent their millions in marketing.

    • D Durkes
      May 1, 2015 at 8:39 pm

      Good catch!

  26. Flashpan
    May 1, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    How about Leisure Suit Larry? Great interactive game even if the ending could be tragic. LOL

    • molly_dog
      May 1, 2015 at 3:55 pm

      LOVED Larry! It was so much fun to get killed it'd take forever for me to advance in the game.

      Tried running it emulated on (I think) XP but had audio problems that I couldn't resolve. Either volume was stuck on wide open or sounded like Blue Whales mating at 10x speed. (Don't know where that analogy came from exactly)

      Finally had to say goodbye.

  27. Bhindalnz
    May 1, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Duke-Nukem - "Who wants some?"

  28. Skizilla
    May 1, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    PowWow?? Voice chat rocked!

  29. UldSkool
    May 1, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    The curse on Monkey Island

    • Joel Lee
      May 16, 2015 at 1:37 pm

      Adventure games, yes! Good memory.

  30. Franco
    May 1, 2015 at 4:29 am

    WinMx, for... public domain books... yes. Winamp, hours adding stuff to it.
    The first Age of Empires! that was like a looong orgasm.
    MS Streets & Trips, Office 2000 (they gave you the whole thing in a disc!)
    Good times, hated Palm pilots.

    • Joel Lee
      May 16, 2015 at 1:37 pm

      Oh snap. WinMx was my go-to program back then, I can't believe I forgot all about it. Such emotional memories.

  31. Peter
    May 1, 2015 at 4:25 am

    Wow, I had Grolier & Compton CD's... great resources! Yeah we have unlimited info in Wikipedia today, but we found the searchable cd's amazing for the time... I'll never go back to the library, sorry.

  32. Col. Panek
    May 1, 2015 at 1:40 am

    The AOL Kids menu looks just like Windows 8.

    Actually, I haven't used either of them....

  33. John Williams
    May 1, 2015 at 1:14 am

    My brother is still on AOL, but then he still lives in the same house he was born in - he doesn't do change.

    I got Windows 3.1 fairly early 1993? But I continued using a fantastic suite called "Framework" by Ashton Tate for many years into the 90's.

    It was like Windows - but in DOS, and had everything - Database, spreadsheet and word processor. It could even print graphs - but you could only see them if your Amstrad 1512 had been upgraded from an E(xtended) G(raphics) A(dapter) to a VGA graphics card. The main thing though was the fantastic outliner - I wrote and rearranged about a million words using that.

    I remember I kept trying stuff on Win 3.1, but everything was very crashprone and buggy and needed a shocking amount of memory - 64 Megabytes if I recall. Framework ran perfectly on a 300MHz PC with 16Mb of RAM - no HDD, all done on 5.25 inch floppies.

  34. Blacksmith
    May 1, 2015 at 12:43 am

    Lotus 1-2-3 and Wordpro. I still use them.

    • D Durkes
      May 1, 2015 at 8:40 pm

      Leather. Man, you wear leather. What about WP 5.1?

  35. Kevin
    April 30, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    Mid 1980's, no Apple II user could do without FID for moving files around.

    Am I getting old?

  36. George Geder
    April 30, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    I have to go back to the 1980s.
    Wordperfect 5.1 for dos.

    I still have fond memories for that program!

    • random observer
      May 1, 2015 at 6:01 am

      I took a Wordperfect class in high school. It was one of the first computer classes my school offered.

    • George
      May 4, 2015 at 6:35 pm

      Don't forget taking a manila folder and cutting out an overlay to help you remember "was it SHIFT, or CRTL, or ALT to get that function".

    • George Geder
      May 4, 2015 at 8:02 pm

      LOL! I use sticky cut-up address labels and stuck them all over the keyboard. I still loved WP 5.1!

  37. DieSse
    April 30, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    Graphics games - pfft. The one and only DOS text based game Advent (short for Adventure) is one I shall never forget. Ran it on CP/M and SCP-DOS for many hours.

    Started something like

    C:/You are standing on a path at the edge of a wood. In the distance is a house.

    Forgive me if my memory isn't perfect !!

  38. gbswales
    April 30, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    I still mourn the passing of Front Page - hated by serious developers it offered ordinary people the opportunity to build web pages on their own computer with little more knowledge than it took to use a Word Processor. The choices nowadays are online tools which tend to restrict you to their own range of design or the likes of Dreamweaver which is both complex to use and ridiculously expensive. Front page gave you the opportunity to build and edit things online - it should have been developed with more plug ins to simplify the process of web design for home users.

    • Emu
      May 20, 2018 at 10:37 pm

      Front Page was hated by serious developers because it produced really crappy html which often only worked properly in Internet Explorer. When your simple "Hello world!" webpage was several kilobytes in size then there is an issue (a simple hello world webpage should be around 100 bytes or so).

      This is title

      Hello world

  39. A41202813GMAIL
    April 30, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    The Title Is Misleading.

    WOLF Is Still Available On ARCHIVE.ORG.

    The Complete Version Is Still Available On Other Sites, And A Site Still Sells It.

    I Still Play It A Couple Of Times A Year.


  40. Tarnish3
    April 29, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    Johnny Castaway!

  41. FatherStorm
    April 29, 2015 at 10:42 am

    Aldus PageMaker. Bzflag. ICB(a precursor to ICQ). IRC. Diamonds (A breakout type game on early Macs) Hayes Hackamatic. Rayshade. Talk (a direct chat protocol). Fetch (the old FTP client) Flying Toasters. WinAmp. Quarx Xpress. Logo (instructional programming language). DR DOS. Amiga PC.

  42. Win Lover
    April 29, 2015 at 1:44 am

    remember print artist? its like a photoshop on those days :P

    • David B
      April 29, 2015 at 4:25 am

      I never used print artist, but a software program called 'Print Shop Deluxe' was a thing back in the late 90s. It was a lot like Microsoft Publisher, except it had a lot of cute little templates for things like bake sales, birthday cards, etc.

  43. Matthew
    April 28, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    Encarta? if you had that, you spent way too much - with the budget multimedia bundles, you got Grolier

    • David B
      April 29, 2015 at 4:24 am

      We had Encarta at our school when I was a kid (back in the days when floppy disk viruses were a thing). It was amazing, it had all sorts of multimedia presentations, videos, music, etc. It was really amazing at the time.

      But yeah, search engines and wikipedia pretty much killed the market for curated and central electronic encylopedias.

  44. Chinmay S
    April 28, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    I don't know about others but Wolfenstein 3D still exists, I downloaded it last year. But why there is no Dangerous Dave in this list? I am pretty sure it was a famous game and if you ask me, I would say Dave was the best old game ever.

    • Joel Lee
      May 16, 2015 at 1:39 pm

      Sorry, I've never played Dangerous Dave. But if I can find a way, I'm willing to give it a try. I love playing oldies like that.

    • Chinmay S
      May 17, 2015 at 5:42 am

      I have written a whole article on installing Dave.

      The link to Dave in that article doesn't works now. Use this link to download.
      The new download contains many files but you will need only 1 folder - "DDAVE" and then you may follow the instructions in the above article.

  45. Shivam Sri
    April 28, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Anybody who played 'Sky',the game?
    It was awesome n one f my childhd memries ..

    • Chinmay Sarupria
      April 28, 2015 at 1:56 pm

      I think you are referring to Skyroads. It is an amazing game, I used to play it in the late nineties. After that I forgot its name but last year I found it and now I frequently play it using DOSBox.

    • Joel Lee
      May 16, 2015 at 1:40 pm

      Oh man! I once had a disc of 101 weird little games and Skyroads was one of them. Spent many, many, many hours playing that wonderful little game. Totally forgot all about it until now. Thanks!

  46. Gavin
    April 28, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    The first game I ever played was LHX Attack Chopper. I remember Encarta and dial-up internet. That's as much as I can remember as I was very young.

  47. Rick
    April 28, 2015 at 11:59 am

    How about Prodigy? It seemed to be up there with Compuserve back in the dial up days. Certainly not the best but it was useful for awhile.

    • random observer
      May 1, 2015 at 5:58 am

      I used to be a Compuserve user. I never had Prodigy but I remember it. It used to come pre-installed on any computer purchased at Sears.

  48. Larry Wong
    April 28, 2015 at 6:00 am

    Microsoft Works, Real Player, Corel Draw

    • Joel Lee
      May 16, 2015 at 1:45 pm

      Ugh, Real Player. Used to hate that one! Glad we've progressed to less proprietary video standards and freely available codecs. :P

  49. Daisy
    April 28, 2015 at 5:38 am

    Pinball, Minesweeper and Solitaire!

    • Evan
      May 1, 2015 at 10:28 am

      I was just playing pinball today.

    • Joel Lee
      May 16, 2015 at 1:45 pm

      Those were great games to play during school. I wonder what kids play nowadays? Probably on their phones.

  50. Jim
    April 28, 2015 at 4:54 am

    Anyone ever use Wordstar? That was probably the biggest word processor for many years. I still have some files in Wordstar format. Totally useless now since no program will open them!

    • Michael Myers
      May 6, 2015 at 9:20 pm

      MS Word can open Wordstar files, just apply the proper filters when opening and you'll be able to see them again.

  51. donny
    April 28, 2015 at 4:19 am

    Anyone remember zork

    • Paul
      April 30, 2015 at 9:28 pm

      absolutely! i still prefer text-based adventures... no amount of high-speed high-def graphics can ever outdo what is going on in my own brain!
      like reading a good book vs watching a good movie: both good experiences, but the book wins for the mental activity that it engenders.

  52. Internet BOzo
    April 28, 2015 at 4:07 am

    Game pictures where you talk about wolf3D is Rise of the Triad ROTT

    LONG LIVE ROTT one of the bet most understated games of the time. With full network support mind you!

  53. perimbamalam
    April 28, 2015 at 3:54 am

    encarta with the quad speed cd rom drive ....once the cd scratch could not load some of the material dangg

  54. Gonzo
    April 28, 2015 at 3:29 am

    Really? Wolf3D no longer exists?
    Not only it's still available, but from the original developers, as well as many other jewels from them back in the day:

  55. Anonymous
    April 28, 2015 at 3:17 am

    Front Page still lives.

  56. rpm
    April 28, 2015 at 2:59 am

    What about BOB?

  57. Luc Schots
    April 28, 2015 at 2:45 am

    Actually, Ultima Underground predated both Wolfenstein 3D and Doom...

    • Shane Lee Levin
      April 28, 2015 at 7:20 am

      two words... Blake Stone.

  58. LizM02
    April 28, 2015 at 2:45 am

    Remember Flying Toasters screensaver?

  59. mike
    April 28, 2015 at 2:21 am

    Don't forget lemmings!!!

    • Wenke Adam
      May 1, 2015 at 12:54 am

      Yeeeessss! Lemmings! I want Lemmings back!
      There is a windows Lemmings version still around to be downloaded for free, but the computers have got too fast for it, so it is impossible to win the last, time sensitive levels... :-((

  60. batmansgolftee
    April 28, 2015 at 2:19 am

    My favorite was the Afterdark screensaver the last edition....was a hoot!

  61. Carol B.
    April 28, 2015 at 2:14 am

    Napster and WINMX for me. I still remember the screech of the dialup connection. And yes, AOL was my first ISP.

  62. Tripp3235
    April 27, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    Thank you so much for Wolfenstein. I go nuts when I hear Doom mentioned as the first person shooter when I KNOW Wolfenstein predated it.

    • Joel Lee
      May 16, 2015 at 1:46 pm

      For sure, Doom was the more popular one. But you're welcome! Now people are telling me that there are FPSes that predate Wolfenstein. Where does it end!

  63. suzybel
    April 27, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    I used AOL dial up for about 12 years. That is all that was available in my neck of the woods. I have to say other than being slow, I never had a problem with it. My eyes would light up when a new disc arrived in the mail. I recently laid my collection of AOL discs to rest.

    • A
      April 28, 2015 at 2:24 am

      I loved AOL... excellent tech support!! every time i formatted my pc, which was all the time, I'd give them a call to help me reinstall my modem drivers... setting up the port was a pain. Once I got through, they would let me go so i could finish installing AOL on my own... which i then turned around and installed another ISP.

    • Joel Lee
      May 16, 2015 at 1:48 pm

      I actually really liked AOL. Maybe because it was my first encounter with the Internet so I have rose-tinted glasses, but the whole keywords-to-visit-websites, buddy list, mailbox... I loved it.

  64. txshopgrl
    April 27, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    I was certainly a fan of ICQ. That's how I conversed in the early days with my now husband. :) No message or texting service has ever been better than ICQ.

    • Pugwash
      April 28, 2015 at 7:41 am

      Wow not just me then? I met the woman who is now my wife on ICQ in 1999.

    • Pugwash
      April 28, 2015 at 7:47 am

      I remember DOS. I was a programmer for a commercial DOS-based product than continued to be supported until I quit the job in 2004.

    • Francisco
      April 28, 2015 at 5:07 pm

      Ok, that is scary Pugwash, I met the woman who is now my wife on ICQ back in 1999. I can even tell you that it was on Nov. 11 1999.

    • blackroseMD1
      May 15, 2015 at 5:17 am

      Funny thing is...these days, I can barely remember what I did last week, but I can still remember my ICQ number clear as day. 31537805

    • hajovonta
      May 15, 2015 at 3:42 pm

      IRC is better.

  65. DoYourResearch
    April 27, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Also: what? You can still purchase Wolfenstein 3d, and America Online still exists (there are people I know that still have it for some unknown reason!). And Napster was NOT the ideological predecessor to BitTorrent. And you actually believe that Wolf 3d was the first FPS? What about MIDI Maze? Or howsabout a famous one: Hovertank. Seriously?

  66. Gavin
    April 27, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    The Encarta point and click game was AWESOME. It was called MindMaze, and was all the fun you could have when you were banned from playing Quake to do your school work, but your folks didn't realise there was a secret game...

    • Dann Albright
      April 27, 2015 at 4:02 pm

      Man, I totally forgot about MindMaze! Blast from the past is right.

    • Dann Albright
      April 27, 2015 at 4:04 pm

      Wikipedia may be the king of the hill, but I loved Encarta when I had it. As an early computer nerd, it was totally indispensable.

      Also, I had forgotten about Chip's Challenge. Loved that game!

    • Krishna Patnaik (@codebreaker9199)
      April 28, 2015 at 9:29 am

      I remember that game. I had completely forgotten about it. It was really awesome!

  67. JonGl
    April 27, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    As a Mac user, I feel you slighted us pretty badly. You missed the entire Bungie series of games, especially since Marathon pioneered the ability to not merely shoot from side to side, but up and down as well. Bungie's game play was much smoother and more immersive than Doom, and the story line compelling on its own, so much so, that there is a site that still exists today to discuss the many potentialities that the storyline offered.

    Without Marathon (and Pathways into Darkness-1993), there would be no Halo today. That's how big the Marathon games are.

    As to other online things. There is also CompuServe which seems to have been completely forgotten, but it's the granddaddy of them all! I remember using Netscape 1.1 via CompuServe's PPP access to browse the web directly in 1995. Those were heady days. ;-)

    • spiks
      April 27, 2015 at 9:38 pm

      No one uses Macs.

    • Chuck U Farley
      April 28, 2015 at 3:07 am

      Mac? Are those things baked in an apple pie?

      Wait those are Machintosh.......oh yeah anyone useless Apple


    • CN
      April 28, 2015 at 11:25 am

      Mac was around, but wasn't as big as Microsoft related programs/games.

    • Jefe
      April 28, 2015 at 12:12 pm

      There's always someone offended about unimportant things. Get over it.

    • SJ
      April 28, 2015 at 4:21 pm

      I expected to see After Dark's Flying Toasters.

    • DeimosApex
      April 28, 2015 at 10:28 pm

      As a mac user, your complaint is void. Mac may have a merit or two but it's a bit like complaining that they didn't cover Amiga software in this article.

    • VectrexGod
      April 29, 2015 at 3:19 am

      I think you have a worm in your apple.

    • Jules
      May 4, 2015 at 7:49 pm

      Wolfenstein was available on the Mac. I played it on my Power Macintosh 6100. I'm getting all teary eyed from the nostalgia. (Not really, the damn thing was wonky as hell. OS 7.something (?) was...something.)

    • Edward Cheung
      May 21, 2015 at 4:46 pm

      Yes I agree that these games from Bungie were significant. Thanks for bringing up the memories.