#1 Edited by behardy (59 posts) -
1996 version of the site.

GameSpot's 18th Birthday is on May 1st. Here's my proof that I am not lieing.

Since a large majority of you come from that site, what memories do have with that site?

EDIT: Also, here is a GameSpot Cake:


Happy Birthday GameSpot!

#2 Posted by LiquidPrince (16181 posts) -


#3 Edited by Steadying (1478 posts) -

I'm 19 so I obviously wasn't really on the internet back when it looked like this, but wow.....that old design is something alright.

Oh, and happy birthday! Even though this isn't actually GameSpot!

#4 Posted by ArbitraryWater (12123 posts) -

I love that "Inter Active Movie" is one of the genres. For as much as I will shrug at a lot of what Gamespot offers now, from around 2004 to early 2008 they were my video game website of choice. 1996 was a loooooong time ago.

#5 Posted by Hailinel (25205 posts) -

Oh, man. That 1996 web design.

#6 Posted by Steadying (1478 posts) -

@hailinel: I mean, as weird as it looks, I kinda find it slightly less confusing than their current design. :/

#7 Posted by BeachThunder (12433 posts) -

Weirdly enough, I was just playing Duke Nukem 3D.

#8 Posted by crithon (3456 posts) -

Phone modem 1996..... sigh, good times, good times.

#9 Posted by Dan_CiTi (3526 posts) -

Damn that shit was next gen.

#10 Posted by Hailinel (25205 posts) -

@hailinel: I mean, as weird as it looks, I kinda find it slightly less confusing than their current design. :/

Ouch. I know what you mean, but ouch.

Also, "John Romero's DeathMatch Tips". Oh, man. The halcyon days of his career before Daikatana.

#11 Posted by BigJeffrey (5110 posts) -

#12 Posted by Sanj (2542 posts) -

Gamespot is now a legal adult.

#13 Posted by Steadying (1478 posts) -
#14 Posted by GTCknight (705 posts) -

Happy Birthday Gamespot!!

#15 Posted by BigBoss1911 (2543 posts) -

Was a great website in its time, was on there all the time from 2002 - 2008. Once Jeff got fired and everyone started leaving, the site basically blew its head off with a 44 magnum.

#16 Edited by jackgb (14 posts) -

In the words of the great Ryan Davis, "It's 18 years old... You could fuck it if you wanted to".

#17 Posted by Vuud (2035 posts) -

I was trying to think of something funny or snarky but I'm at a loss for words. My mind is just blown away by this fact.

#18 Posted by Fattony12000 (7573 posts) -

I want frames.

#19 Posted by TheManWithNoPlan (6004 posts) -

Huh, I guess I'm older than Gamespot.

#20 Edited by Fredchuckdave (6159 posts) -

Is it really a majority of people from Gamespot?







#21 Posted by afabs515 (1329 posts) -

Gamespot is officially a consenting adult. Happy Birthday, girl!

#22 Posted by TooWalrus (13258 posts) -

I wonder if someone could dig up that article on "John Romero's Deathmatch Tips."

#23 Posted by Nightriff (5363 posts) -

Was Jeff there in the beginning in 1996?

#24 Edited by cloudymusic (1233 posts) -

@bigjeffrey said: [8.8]

I'm having trouble really wrapping my mind around the fact that, at the time, that 8.8 score was widely considered inconceivably, impossibly low. Like, "this guy has to be trolling for the attention." In retrospect, 8.8 seems generous.

What a crazy fucking thing the internet is sometimes.

#25 Posted by mosespippy (4465 posts) -

Remember when we were promised Unions 2.0, a huge update to the unions tech? I was there a couple months ago and it's the same old tech. Some of those Unions from 05 and 06 are still around and as active as ever, which is weird.

Was Jeff there in the beginning in 1996?

I believe he was hired a month or two after it launched. Don't know for sure but I do know he was there in 1996.

#26 Posted by Steadying (1478 posts) -

@cloudymusic: It's a Zelda game. If you gave one an 8.8 today, you can guarantee the fans would have the exact same reaction. In fact, I'm pretty sure the exact same thing happened with GameSpot's Skyward Sword review a few years ago, only I think they have it an 8 or something.

#27 Edited by cloudymusic (1233 posts) -

@steadyingmeat said:

@cloudymusic: It's a Zelda game. If you gave one an 8.8 today, you can guarantee the fans would have the exact same reaction. In fact, I'm pretty sure the exact same thing happened with GameSpot's Skyward Sword review a few years ago, only I think they have it an 8 or something.

I don't know, I feel like the stagnation of the console Zelda games has become evident to all but the most die-hard fanboys, but maybe that's just my own feelings influencing my perception. Back then it was a little different because TP and SS hadn't come out yet, obviously, but the fact that any game can be so untouchable that "anything below 9.5 is considered trolling" is insane. I can't think of any other series for which that's true anymore.

#28 Edited by MrFrank88 (19 posts) -

Wow I love seeing how the internet looked like back in the 90's. Happy Birthday Gamespot!

#29 Posted by GaspoweR (3522 posts) -


Also Happy Birthday! Damn, I feel old.

#30 Posted by Lukeweizer (2770 posts) -

The first website I ever went to was www.videogames.com (which eventually became Gamespot). Went there religiously from that point ('97) up until late November 2007.

I remember being 12 years old and e-mailing to ask why my Gameshark codes for FF7 weren't working and Laura Fielder replied. We actually exchanged a couple e-mails. I was just so excited to be talking to another human being somewhere else on the planet about games. Our tumultuous 2 day relationship ended when I embarrassed myself and asked if she was married.

#31 Posted by fisk0 (4501 posts) -

Internet was a better place back then. Also, I'm kinda surprised Dominion had already been announced at that point. It wasn't released until 1998 as I recall. I do know it influenced Blizzard to redo StarCraft from the ground up, but I thought that was a bit later.

#32 Edited by Andorski (5367 posts) -

Things I remember from OG Gamespot:

  1. Lithium forums.
  2. Elitest users who told new forumers about how great the Lithium forum days were.
  3. CaseyWegner (no idea why I remember this mod, but his username is stuck in my head even to this day).
  4. Sigs that basically allowed you to put anything on there. At one point I had a sig that was organized using html table tags with a <marquee> with the box art of every single game that I owned and was looking forward to.
  5. System Wars people getting into arguments with General Games people. I remember at one point they were trying to organize a debate between the two forums (I'm guessing for intellectual bragging rights?).
  6. The gold medal icon for games that got the editor's choice award.
  7. All the invites you got from crappy Unions.

Last, but not least... the best rant ever on The Hotspot:

#33 Posted by Redbullet685 (6086 posts) -

Gamespot is older than I am. Crazy.

#34 Posted by BigBoss1911 (2543 posts) -

If anyone has the clip, ( or full show) of when they talk about Heat the game, I'll be in you're debt. It was during a E3 2006 hotspot.

#35 Posted by Zleunamme (704 posts) -

Thankfully web design has changed for the better over the last eighteen years. Most good website -such as Giant Bomb- are pretty to look at and easy to navigate. The 96 Game Spot homepage would make a great exercise for redesigning a web page to follow current best practices.

#36 Posted by Blu3V3nom07 (3790 posts) -

GameSpot, you can even rent a car. Guh!

#37 Posted by rmanthorp (4057 posts) -

Love the video Danny put up :)

#38 Posted by DoctorTran (1575 posts) -

Alright gamspot! Now you can buy Smokes, buy a rifle, and vote!

#39 Posted by HatKing (6115 posts) -

There was a period in time when GameSpot was almost as meaningful to me as Giant Bomb is now. Then the whole fucking place caught on fire and it was years before the flames were doused. Thankfully they have some really good writers and personalities over there right now. I hope it can one day return to the glory it once had.

#40 Edited by ThatOneDudeNick (755 posts) -

Man, time flies. Gamespot was one of my first gaming websites.