Ye Olde List of Links
This page is an ongoing project where I catalog interesting stuff I've found on the web.
"an online community dedicated to developing a visual lexicon of consumer ephemera from the 1970s until now."
A Paper Dodecahedron
Professor Plum it was you, wasn't it, you nerd
Depictions of the six main Clue characters from various editions of the board game and related media. I wish these images were a little larger but you can still get a sense of how the character's interpretations have changed through the years. (Or not changed, in the case of Mrs. White, who is almost perpetually cast as a "kindly old house maid" stereotype.) This is part of The Art of Murder, a detailed fan site dedicated to Clue, or Cluedo is it's mysteriously called overseas. Lots of info and pictures on each edition of the game.
Radio transcripts from the entire Apollo 13 mission. Before the flight went awry, here's mission control giving the crew an update on the latest news headlines:
Okay, let's see. The Beatles have announced they will no longer perform as a group. The quartet is reported to have made in excess of a half billion dollars during their short musical career. However, rumors that they will use this money to start their own space program are false.
Maybe we could borrow some.
Unused helicopter model from Goldeneye 007
Wiki "dedicated to unearthing and researching unused and cut content from video games"
AstroFire, from 1994
A portal of DOS, 16 bit Windows, and early Windows 95 games. Of particular note is the site content section, which includes interviews with some important figures from the era, such as:
- Ken Silverman - developer of the Build engine, which was used for Duke Nukem 3D, among other early FPS games
- Adam Pedersen - creator of Jetpack, a shareware favorite
Information about SkiFree's origins from the game's original developer. Plus downloads for the game itself.
A version of
minesweeper where you're never punished for guessing. Minesweeper was always famous for being one of the
games included with Windows, as far back as Windows 3.1, and was probably a lot of people's first
introduction to computer games. It's great that people today are still into it.
via Pure Skill Minesweeper
See also: Adversarial Minesweeper
Retro Computing Stuff
Windows Me background
"Cameron's World is a web-collage of text and images excavated from the buried neighbourhoods of archived GeoCities pages (1994–2009)."
Site that showcases a great collection of old computers, with pictures and specs! I grew up using an Apple II Plus with a monochrome screen and two disk drives, just like in the picture.
A large abandonware collection. Most of these kinds of sites focus solely on games, but vetusware seems to give equal billing to operating systems, office productivity software, and other bygone ephemera
Harrison Ford, cornerstone element of the Dad Thriller
Comprehensive theorizing and dissection of the Dad Thriller, a proposed category of 90's Hollywood action movie. This makes total sense to me and helps lay out a broad progression of popular action movie styles:
- 80s: blockbuster action hero flicks. Guns and muscles. The Schwarzenegger heydey.
- 90s: dad thrillers
- 00s: Jason Bourne-alikes.
internet archive collection of VHS tape openers (like the mix of copyright messages, studio logos,
advertisements, previews, etc. that would appear before the "feature presentation" began). This digitization
& and preservation effort seems to be the
labor one one dedicated user.
Drew's Script-O-Rama - (Sadly, appears to be defunct)
Incredible trove of movie scripts. For example:
Fan site for the (imo underrated) 1993 film adaption of the Super Mario Brothers franchise, with tons of production notes and great behind the scenes pictures. The team behind this site obtained an early version of the SMB movie that included ~20 minutes of previously unseen footage, which they've re-edited into an unofficial extended edition: The Morton Jankel Cut
A site that tracks the differences between various releases of the same movie (special editions, directors cuts, international versions, TV cuts, etc). My entry point to this site was this extremely detailed writeup of the differences between the original theatrical version and the special edition of Star Wars.
🏛️ The Library 📰
DOOM stuff around the net
Soundtrack downloads, including many of the ports!
Excellent analysis of DOOM mechanics. Written in 2010, it's quite prescient given the design choices of the 2016 & 2020 DOOM remakes.
An absurd and creative experiment.
Screenshots and info about early builds of DOOM, including some playable wads.
Huge site with lots of information.
Be sure to check out the extremely well done maps page. I
would always get really lost in Downtown...I mean just look at all those one-way teleporters, jeez.
The What's New page has continuous updates dating
back to 1995!
Huge list of resources and links!
Various fan sites:
Game Engine Black Book: DOOM
Highly recommend Fabien Sanglard's GAME ENGINE BLACK
BOOK: DOOM, which goes into great depth on many aspects of DOOM's design and implementation.