BBS doorgames : A nostalgic look at the origins of online gaming

Where online gaming all began, on dial-up hobbyist BBS systems

The world of online communication has come a long way since the days of Bulletin Board Systems (BBS). For those of us who were around during the heyday of BBS, the memories of dialing into a local BBS and exploring its various message boards and door games are still fresh in our minds.

A BBS was essentially a computer system that allowed users to connect via a dial-up modem and interact with the system using a terminal program. BBSes were typically run by a single individual, who acted as the system operator (sysop), and featured message boards, email, and file transfer capabilities.

But for many of us, the real draw of BBSes was the door games. These were text-based games that could be played by multiple users at the same time, either through direct modem connection or via a message board. Some of the most popular door games were set in fantasy worlds, where players could create and customize their own characters, battle monsters, and explore vast virtual landscapes.

One of the most memorable door games was "Legend of the Red Dragon" (LORD), a role-playing game set in a medieval fantasy world where players could create and customize their own characters, battle monsters, and explore vast virtual landscapes. It was one of the first games that allowed players to interact with each other in real-time, and it quickly became one of the most popular door games on BBSes.

Another popular door game was "Trade Wars 2002" which was a space exploration and trading game where players could build and customize their own ships, trade goods, and engage in battles with other players. It was a game that required a lot of strategy and planning, and many players spent hours each day playing and trying to outsmart their opponents.

For many of us, these door games were more than just a way to pass the time; they were a way to connect with other people and form friendships. We would spend hours chatting with other players, sharing tips and strategies, and even forming alliances to take on the toughest monsters and opponents.

Despite the many advances in technology since the days of BBS, the memories of those door games and the friendships we formed while playing them will always hold a special place in our hearts. It's a nostalgia that will always be cherished by those who were lucky enough to experience it.

BBS doorgames were a precursor to the online gaming and social media platforms that we have today. They provided a way for people to connect and interact with each other, through a shared love of gaming, in a way that was both fun and meaningful. While they may be long gone, the memories of those games will live on forever.

YubNub Team

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