BU’s WWW Games

By Ron Enderland January 4, 2007 No Comments   

Okay, time for some REAL history.
In August of 1994, before most of us had a computer, or even knew what the Worldwide Web was, a website began picking out other sites and declaring them to be cool. It was known simply as the Cool Site of the Day.
In looking at the archives of the various picks, I went all the way back to the beginning. Many of the sites are listed as no longer being in service. And most of the rest are broken, too. But one pick survives intact.
It’s Boston University’s Interactive WWW Games. Its design is classic 1994. When I put my first site up a year later, it looked quite similar.


I love this stuff. When I got my first glimpse of the Web in 1995, sites like this were common. And they were hard to find. It took me a while to figure out what a search engine was and how to use it. Most of the sites I visited I reached by painstakingly typing the URL into Netscape’s bar, including lots of slashes and at least one tilde.
Check out this classic statement from the site:
Several Web client could not be used to play this game in the past. In particular, there were problems with Lynx and NCSA’s Mac Mosaic.
Ah, the memories.
Have fun with the funky games that still work. And imagine Bill Clinton is the President, Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding are having a hard time getting along, and O.J. Simpson is riding in a white Bronco.
http://scv.bu.edu/Games/games.html

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