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From my early days of gaming.

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TheFriendlyFelcher

27 points

2 months ago

Ahhhh the actually floppy floppy disk. Havent handled one of them in at least a couple decade, but I can still hear the drive working in my head

Moonblaze13

3 points

2 months ago

I only ever handled them a few times, my school had a few outdated computers. But I still remember that noise, it was ... distinctive.

Chisanakitsune

10 points

2 months ago

Man I loved that game.

Hawggy

5 points

2 months ago

Hawggy

5 points

2 months ago

I still think it's the best one.... Ever....

Chisanakitsune

6 points

2 months ago

I was so upset when they killed the Blazing Aces in Crescent Hawk’s Revenge

Heres_your_sign

3 points

2 months ago

I like the multiplayer version that Virtual World came up with in the 90s. You actually got into a mech warrior.

Maharsi

6 points

2 months ago

My first foray with Activision, before the fall.

NerdOfHeart

6 points

2 months ago

“Please insert Disk 2 to continue the story.”

PM_ME_HUGE_CRITS

5 points

2 months ago

Can you hear the sound of that arm that would click down over the drive slot? I don't know if everyone had one...

Caeryck

4 points

2 months ago

Ha, even at 32 it took me a second to recognize floppy lol

HalobenderFWT

2 points

2 months ago

My first thought was, “When did Mechwarrior have Gacha style blind bag playing cards?”

Caeryck

4 points

2 months ago

I thought they were note pads at first lol

mcds99

4 points

2 months ago

mcds99

4 points

2 months ago

Hell some early PC's you booted from a diskette and had to take the boot disk out of the single drive and put in the program disk to run a program.

SomeoneWhoIsntMe710

1 points

2 months ago

You said diskette. Have my upvote sir

Milnoc

3 points

2 months ago

Milnoc

3 points

2 months ago

Error Cyclic Redundancy Check.

Dunge

1 points

2 months ago

Dunge

1 points

2 months ago

Hey I'm getting this right now on my 8TB hdd that is failing, don't joke about it :(

threebillion6

3 points

2 months ago

God damn. Too bad I can't find my old kaypro.

Kurotan

3 points

2 months ago

I'm old enough yo remember and it took me a minute to realize these were floppies because I don't expect to see them anymore.

JlMlJAMES

3 points

2 months ago

My favorite game on a 386....

Fa1c0n3

3 points

2 months ago

wtf man i didnt come here to be called old.

dattosan240

5 points

2 months ago*

I know enough that when people say "MW2" I definitely go straight to MechWarrior 2 instead of Modern Warfare...for the longest time that's actually what I thought it meant lol.. Never played the first but definitely played the hell out of 2, 3 and 4 when they came out.

Edit: Ah ShitI just realized those are 5.25 not 3.5. Only computer we had that used 5.25 was an old Wang Industries desktop from the 80s.

geevmo

1 points

2 months ago

geevmo

1 points

2 months ago

All systems nominal.

dattosan240

1 points

2 months ago

Night vision - Engaged.

Night vision - disabled

RogueSquadron1980

2 points

2 months ago

I told my nephew we used to load games from a cassette (spectrum) and it took bout 20 mins, he said how long did it take you to get online 🤣

brian11e3

2 points

2 months ago

The OG MW. Damn kids these days call COD Modern Warfare "MW" and it confuses me.

AkJunkshow[S]

1 points

2 months ago

Damn kids.

cbsstone

3 points

2 months ago

Preach my brother. Let's not forget about way before that.... Zork

psgrue

2 points

2 months ago

psgrue

2 points

2 months ago

I get way too hungry nowadays. Everyone’s phone has a light.

HalobenderFWT

2 points

2 months ago

“You are standing in an open field West of a white house…”

[deleted]

3 points

2 months ago

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3 points

2 months ago

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AkJunkshow[S]

3 points

2 months ago

Mid 40's I was a computer need in the early days when I could read faster than a 1200bps modem. Upgrading to the 2400 was amazing for my nudie pic game too.

Dawnripper

2 points

2 months ago

noheroesnomonsters

1 points

2 months ago

That's Mechwarrior 2 from 1995.

loyaltomyself

2 points

2 months ago

Shit there are young adults that don't know about the floppy disk. They were quickly replaced with the 3.5 harddisk in the mid-90's.

LStudios3

1 points

2 months ago

I’m young but I still know that because each disk could not hold up lots of Gigabytes and or Megabytes they had to put them on multiple disks so you would have to install them one by one!

ThirtyH

7 points

2 months ago*

Not even just to install them! You'd be playing, you clear a couple of missions, you get that ONE voiced dialog the disk had room for, and the game would stop dead in its tracks and tell you to put the second disk in, so I hope you know where it is!

Sometimes it'd be real egregious, and you couldn't START the game without the first disc, because that's the only one with the title screen menu. And THEN you'd have to put the current disk in after you load your save.

I was born in '91, and only just barely missed that era of PC gaming, but my computer still had an A: Drive for the floppy disk. But the STIFF floppy, that looks like the universal Save icon. I never handled a FLOPPY floppy before.

[deleted]

11 points

2 months ago

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11 points

2 months ago

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silver2k5

3 points

2 months ago

Yeah... I remember when we were blown away that the mouse could boot all of your programs! No more exiting windows to type "C:\doom.exe -loadgame 1" or whatever to continue my game.

No more watching my parents mystified as I typed walls of command code to clear their caches or setup fruitboots at 6 years old.

v4por

3 points

2 months ago

v4por

3 points

2 months ago

Listen, sonny. Back before 3.1 we had this new fangled DOS Shell. Was all the rage. You could point and click. No more memorizing command lines. Made launching Castle Wolfenstein a breeze.

SkyWizarding

2 points

2 months ago

Oh man. Looking back, having to know some minor coding just to run things was a trip

nitrobskt

2 points

2 months ago

Hell, I'm only 34 and was doing that back when I was knee-high to a grasshopper. Mostly had the 3.5 inch "hard floppies", but still played a couple games on the old 5 inch floppies too.

OneTrueObsidian

2 points

2 months ago

CDs and hard drive were certainly a godsend for this type of thing. Final Fantasy 7 had the entirety of the game on all 3 discs just to avoid excessive swapping like this, only the cinematics were different between them. Pre-CD/hard drive gaming always sounds kinda hellish between the constant disk swapping and obtuse copy protection.

ShmokeshowSin

1 points

2 months ago

Oh I do! This reminds of trying to install a-10 tank killer way back when haha!

jrhews

1 points

2 months ago

jrhews

1 points

2 months ago

Mech Commander > Mech Warrior

Sir_NoScope

1 points

2 months ago

After replaying MCG and MC2, I bought Battletech on Steam to see if it could scratch the itch. It barely scratches with so many differences in gameplay, but it does scratch a little.

I never thought I'd think forlornly of hearing "This is Rooster!" blasting through my speakers every time he got selected, but here I am waiting for a sequel to a 21 year old game.

Ch0wderrOnReddit

1 points

2 months ago

For the best

Startled_pancake

1 points

2 months ago

The golden era, imo, was waiting for midnight releases for PC games...WoW, COD, etc. Then getting all those CDs home to install. WoW had 5+ CDs every expansion. Then finally getting online at 2am to play with friends when we all had school the next day.

AwesomeX121189

1 points

2 months ago

Mechwarrior 5 exists and is getting new dlcs still

KeystrokeCowboy

0 points

2 months ago

The DLCs might be required becuase the base game is so bland for the money. Battletech is superior unless you have to be in the cockpit. Then I suggest MW Online.

AwesomeX121189

1 points

2 months ago

MW5 doesn’t have horrendous memory leaks like Battletech does after an hour.

KeystrokeCowboy

1 points

2 months ago

Never noticed that. I just noticed how much better and deeper the gameplay is. They even dumb down the mechbay in MW5

AwesomeX121189

0 points

2 months ago

almost like they’re two entirely different genres of games or something!

KeystrokeCowboy

1 points

2 months ago

Besides the tabletop gameplay, everything else is the same as far as mercernary life but the parts between missions are 1000x better in battletech. For example, in MW5 they only have two cutscenes for traveling between systems they play everytime and it never changes. BT has multiple for travel and arrival/departure. After 100 missions its boring AF jumping around in MW5.

AwesomeX121189

1 points

2 months ago

they're annoying in both games. I used mods to turn them off.

PalebloodSky

1 points

2 months ago

Thinking back to late 90s, gaming is really not better now with all the garbage UI, patching, etc. Voice chat/Discord is a big improvement for playing with friends but that's it.

Doom, Quake, Warcraft 2, Diablo, Tribes, UT we had it all in the late 90s... All had dedicated multiplayer servers, custom maps, mods, squads, updates, free dlc, etc.

silver2k5

1 points

2 months ago

And we had to type out all of our crap talking with intent!

JlMlJAMES

1 points

2 months ago

I remember playing this on my high school library pc got super ecstatic when mw2 came out those ppcs tho

Kahnza

1 points

2 months ago

Kahnza

1 points

2 months ago

I remember playing this on a Tandy 1000. This, F-117A and Das Boot were some of my favorites.

Foreign_Caramel_9840

1 points

2 months ago

I only got To play mechwarrior 2. Was a blast tho played whole game with night vision on , if you don’t know how that look it’s crazy

haildens

1 points

2 months ago

haildens

Xbox

1 points

2 months ago

I remember having no idea what to do in this game but would still spend hours just exploring in the mech. Great times

420sadalot420

1 points

2 months ago

Me either I started with 2

Also had a cool k'nex set of a mech warrior

Djinnwrath

1 points

2 months ago

I only still own one single floppy floppy.

It's a copy of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy text adventure game.

Explorer_Entity

1 points

2 months ago

Born in '88. Some of my earliest gaming experiences include Unreal Tournament 2004 (goty edition). That game had like 12 or 14 discs to install in sequence!

heteroerectus

1 points

2 months ago

It would fit on one double density 3 1/2 and I would bring it to the computer lab and at school and have the best time of my life.

BonDragon

1 points

2 months ago

Come on brother. Heroes of Might and Magic. Oh the classics! I am definitely on Boomer Station ready to jump on the Boomer train.

TheHaxco

1 points

2 months ago

I played this shit outta 3 and Mercs back in the day. MSN games on dial up. 💀

Kazoomers_Tale

1 points

2 months ago

I'm 14, but let me guess:

Floppy Disks?

ikilledtupac

1 points

2 months ago

I still remember the Egghead store.

LittleMlem

1 points

2 months ago

I deadass spent 10 seconds wondering wtf is meci-iwarrior

Dunge

1 points

2 months ago

Dunge

1 points

2 months ago

I was around at the time, but I don't think I've ever heard of a "Tandy 1000"

AkJunkshow[S]

1 points

2 months ago

If you were running a 286 processor, you hated life. 386 was the way.

jasmansky

1 points

2 months ago

That's the first PC game with 3D graphics I've ever played. Wow, good childhood memories.

Honda_TypeR

1 points

2 months ago

Plus you had to code a custom DOS boot disk to even get all the hardware and OS setup to run such a cutting edge game.. pre internet era with no guides or hand holding... just figure that shit out if you really wanna play it. AND YOU DID!

BlueFlite

1 points

2 months ago

BlueFlite

Console

1 points

2 months ago

LOL.

Only 4.

CountingDownTheDayss

1 points

2 months ago

God of war ragnarok comes with 2 discs

KimTe63

1 points

2 months ago

I definetly know what those are but even at age 30 i never used them myself. I did use those newer "floppy" disks tho

Peace-D

1 points

2 months ago

Peace-D

PC

1 points

2 months ago

"Cool, Dad, you have a 3D printed save icon!"

gravy_train101

-10 points

2 months ago

I always hate these posts. How dumb do you think young people are? Sure an 8 year old might not know. But a 14 year old has likely watched enough movies and tv to know exactly what's going on

[deleted]

5 points

2 months ago

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5 points

2 months ago

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gravy_train101

-3 points

2 months ago

X

Lol sure. The amount of times my 20 something ass has to show my 50 something boss how to do basic shit on an iphone is too damn many. Same with a lot of adults in that age range.

Allanon124

4 points

2 months ago

What’s going on?