The Mystery Behind The Computer in My Closet: An Interactive Time Capsule

Part 2: The Discovery

To give you some insight, it’s only fair to give you a briefing about my old PC. Around the time when I used my Gateway, I was in college. I was not a heavy PC gaming enthusiast. I was playing on a Game Boy Advance and Gamecube. I moonlighted as a moderator for the IGN Boards, and before you ask, yes, it was filled with assholes.

The first thing I started browsing was where I keep all my needless crap (My Documents, My Pictures), and it’s all what you’d would expect to find.

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Notable files: SOAD Zelda Theme.MP3, Chappelle’s Show Rick James soundclip, and old SomethingAwful videos.

My investigation led to a rediscovery of who I was and why I liked this stuff. I mean, why did I like Pink Floyd? Going through some other folders, I did recall having a strange affinity towards Fireman and Fireman.EXE from Mega Man Battle Network. The image below is just a sample of pictures I have saved and downloaded.

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I think I had a problem. Also, check out my Vectorworks architectural model.

I kept going through pictures and pictures, much of which was just stupid nonsense. Then I found my old Photoshop work: the glint of a golden nugget in the dirt and mud I call my old computer. There I found a few pieces that, looking back, I can say would have been contenders for at least a participation award if there were Photoshop contests.

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This is the reason why I put “Photoshop” under the skills section in my resumé.

As I dug further, I found my way into good old MSN Messenger. There, I found actual conversation logs with friends I had lost contact with over the years. Kind of a tragic tale, given the fact that so many of them seemed like great people. I did find some shared fan art that some of my online friends and I sent to one another, and boy howdy, it said a lot about my interests.

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I have no comments.

You know how I wrote earlier that I wasn’t a PC gaming enthusiast? I came across some notes that were shopping lists of computer part prices for my next computer at the time, but until then, I needed some interactive entertainment. I somehow landed a copy of Lego Star Wars, which ran like rotten garbage late in my time with the computer. I did manage to discover some games that I could play without going online, and sure enough, they weren’t official by any stretch.

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Super Mario War was one of those games: a four-person competitive fighting game with Mario 3 sprites where you had to jump on your enemies to win. It seems like a game that would have been made as an original local co-op game two years ago.

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Another interesting game I found was a clever 2D top-down twin stick shooter of Counter-Strike. It features the same rules one has come to expect from the classic Counter-Strike.

Finally, I decided to check on my Internet history by way of my old web browser. Again, no way of going online, but I still had the ability to see what websites I went to before I turned off the computer for the last time. The most common sites seem to have been IGN, SomethingAwful, and GameFAQs.

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One website was edited out for personal reasons.

The last and greatest discovery is on the final page!

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