Monday, 20 September 2021

The Golden Age of Shareware CDs

quote [ In the mid-late 1990s and into the early 2000s, you could purchase CD-ROM discs containing thousands of shareware apps, games, pictures, and otherwise. These CDs were gateways to numerous hours of cheap entertainment. Here’s a look back at their origins and impact. ]

Nice writeup. The better discs were indeed treasured in the 90s.
[SFW] [games] [+1 Underrated]
[by Paracetamol@6:46pmGMT]


5th Earth said @ 1:07am GMT on 21st Sep
I never saw one of these that wasn't 99% totally unusable.
endopol said @ 6:34am GMT on 21st Sep
I found a great one at a Costco in the mid 90s. It was a multi-CD Mac bundle, with a gravitational simulator, a really janky dungeon-crawling FPS called Pathways into Darkness, a simple modeler/raytracer, a couple "hypertext experiences" that really challenged my attention span, and, yeah, like 99% of it was total dross. It left a strong impression on me though.
mechanical contrivance said @ 1:45pm GMT on 21st Sep
I had one of these that came on maybe 4 discs. I don't remember much of what was on it because I got bored with it pretty quickly.
satanspenis666 said @ 12:36am GMT on 22nd Sep
I used to play a lot of the Ambrosia SW games. Looks like the website is officially dead.

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