One of the things that I’m hoping MemoRift will create, is a community of people that share custom MemoRift content and help each other with the application, but also share memories and discuss the subject matter that MemoRift deals with, namely, nostalgia – or more specifically nostalgia related to technology and media of years past.
Don’t hesitate to drop by and start a conversation about your favorite game or console, or share your memories of the Arcades, maybe your head is full of vague images of games that you want to track down but don’t know the names – there’s a forum for that too.
Well, MemoRift has been getting some nice exposure the last couple of days, largely thanks to this post on reddit, but also from other sources popping up around the net, the latest YouTube video about the NES has gotten over 5,000 views and the site has gotten its fair share too, as well as many new YouTube subscriptions, so things are moving along nicely and its nice to learn that people are excited and interested.
Now that MemoRift’s becoming more complex, I’ve decided to start documenting its configuration and processes on the site, you’ll notice a new Manual section in the menu above, and actually, while you notice the menu, you might realize that the entire site has had a change of design, and the Manual is one reason for it, as the previous theme, retro as it was, was pretty nasty as far as reading a lot of text goes.
Lastly, I’ve created a brand new icon for MemoRift shown here with a nice “screen light” flicker effect.
More good things and announcements coming soon… stay tuned.
For a while now, I’ve been downloading old gaming and computing magazines from the archives of RetroMags.com.
I currently have over 15 GB of magazine scans which I plan on making into virtual magazines which you can grab out of the virtual shelf and flip through, turning “real” pages over.
The list of magazines that I’m “collecting” right now is:
- Nintendo Power (Until issue 100) – complete
- SEGA Visions – complete
- Enter Magazine – complete
- Electronic Games – complete
- Videogaming Illustrated – complete
- Electronic Gaming Monthly (Until issue 66) – in progress
- GamePro (Until issue 77) – in progress
- Video Games and Computer Entertainment – in progress (although all download links seem to be broken, so this might not be happening)
Although it was alive for a relatively short period of time, the BBS era was one that I feel very fondly about, the mystery and excitement of logging into a new BBS for the very first time, not knowing what and who you’ll find there, and being a part of this technological breakthrough in computer networking which we now take for granted, coupled with the unique artistic aesthetics that ASCII and ANSI art brought with them to create a very memorable experience.
For MemoRift, I want to simulate that same feeling, by creating several BBSes of different design dealing with different content (games, hacking, art etc..) and each BBS will be populated by messages imported into it from the great archive at textfiles.com.
You’ll be able to log in to these BBSes via a mock-up terminal program complete with dial-up connection sounds which will then proceed to open up the BBS software in local mode and allow you to browse the messages in that BBS.
I might even hide the number for the “hacking” BBS in a message in another BBS and have it like a kind of an easter egg, and only once you add the number to the terminal program will you be able to access that BBS.