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Fellow Time Traveler 12/13/2019 (Fri) 22:50:50 No.233 [Reply]
What were BBSs like outside the West? I'm talking Japan, the USSR, etc. Japan had NEC PC-88s and 98s, what BBS software did they have? I imagine getting kanji to work on them must have been difficult. And the USSR had ZX Spectrum clones. Did these ever manage to get "online" at all?

t. Zoomer, thanks for any info
Japanese software still uses SJIS nowadays like it did in the 90s.
Look it up if you don't know what it is.
Also the current imageboard interface we use in the west derives from Japanese BBSs.
The west was more focused on Usenet and forums rather than BBSs.
>Japanese software still uses SJIS nowadays like it did in the 90s.
>Look it up if you don't know what it is.
I know, I mean about how I imagine the lines of text early Japanese computers could display for kanji were probably not a lot and made things difficult.
>Also the current imageboard interface we use in the west derives from Japanese BBSs.
You mean textboards, I'm talking about traditional BBSs.
>The west was more focused on Usenet and forums rather than BBSs.
Asking about the 80s and early 90s though.
Japanese computers were specifically made to handle kanji and had higher resolutions than contemporary western computers, so there wasn't really any issue with kanji support. The higher resolution and larger color counts led to something known as CG (computer graphics) back then (now just called イラスト / illustrations since CG now usually refers to 3D graphics). It ranged from 8 color CG in the late 80s, to 16 and 256 color CG in the 90s and near the turn of the century 16 million colors were introduced.

Sharing CG on BBSs was really popular during the 90s and a lot of prominent BBSs even had their own custom advertisement CG. 16 color art dominated since the PC-98 was the most popular system in Japan during that era and it lend itself well to the anime art style. They also shared FM and midi music on BBSs, but CG was more popular. Other than that they used BBSs similarly to the west and shared files and talked about various things.

With the advent of the Internet, many CG artists created their own websites for their CG and a forum called NiftyServe gained a lot of popularity and BBSs started to lose their significance. A lot of CG artists had a really hard time to transition from 16 colors to 16 million colors and quit, but some artists like Wakachan and Goto-P are still active to this day.

As for what software they used, I can't give much information as it doesn't interest me much, but they did use their own software specific to Japanese computers. Some of it might be available in the vector.co.jp software library. The source of my information is visiting some BBS archives, a lot of CG artist and FM/midi music creator sites, plus other old Japanese sites and reading the tidbits of information they shared.

PS: Japanese BBSs had their version of newfags that wanted to get spoonfed called CG beggars.
Thank you for the info.

Now, for anyone else who might know, what about ZX Spectrum clones in the USSR?

90's and 00's Halloween/Spooky General Fellow Time Traveler 10/30/2019 (Wed) 21:26:47 No.165 [Reply]
Figured since it's that time of year, we might as well have a thread.

Discuss your favorite spooky things from the 1990's and 2000's. Can be horror movies, music, games, or Halloween stuff like costumes that were popular at the time or personal nostalgia.
I don't remember horror films that well, but horror games especially late 90s to the mid 00s were fantastic. Resident Evil, Silent Hill were the two big ones, with a bunch of smaller titles like Haunting Ground, Forbidden Siren, and Eternal Darkness. Even the late 00s had a few worthwhile spooks like Deadly Premonition, Dead Space, or even STALKER.

It seems back then horror games remembered to have gameplay. I liked Penumbra when it first came out, but Frictional then made Amnesia which is barely a game. And then Outlast came and people just did it to chase the streamer bandwagon.

Old-School Fanfiction Fellow Time Traveler 09/27/2019 (Fri) 20:20:16 No.120 [Reply]
Anybody want to talk about the fanfiction scene of the 1990's and 2000's? That whole era was a big deal for us fanfic spergs. Before the internet, fanfic was very obscure even for nerd stuff. The rise of the internet in the latter half of the 90's is when fanfiction started to take off and diversify. The 2000's was a golden age of fanfiction in my opinion, with the heyday of FFN and things like Deviant Art being seen more as a novelty than a punchline. Even 2000's badfic was sort of legendary. My Immortal and Christian Humber Reloaded are both mid-2000's time capsules in many ways. Anyone from /fanfic/ is more than welcome to head on over here if they want.
...I still cruise fanfiction.net and feel like not a whole lot has really changed there in the past twenty years.
>>123 True, but that's because all the new fanfic writers moved over to Archive of Our Own

schizo NES 8 bit remix album Fellow Time Traveler 07/15/2020 (Wed) 11:53:26 No.696 [Reply]
check out my new album, i remixed a bunch of 8 bit NES music tracks into schizo style https://finitecell.bandcamp.com/album/villain

Fellow Time Traveler 02/02/2020 (Sun) 17:53:36 No.360 [Reply]
You're invited, TO THE MOST EXCLUSIVE IMAGEBOARD PARTY OF THE YEAR! THE SUPERB OWL Come on over for drinks, snaxxs, and shitposting See you there!

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