Ahh. Sorry to indulge, but a relevant memory:The first game I ever played online was AoE II: Rise of Rome edition via the Microsoft Zone service in about 1999. Had such a weird little system where lobbies were represented as these bubbles you clicked on. There were only so many bubbles so if you wanted to host a game, you'd have to wait for a slot to free up and click one of the bubbles. There was even a player list to the side detailing who was idle, who was waiting for a game to start and who was playing. Lag was horrendous and performance issues were all over the place, probably due to widely divergent speeds and PC performances from whoever was connected (such as me on a budget PC using 56k), but it was fun. If I've remembered rightly, there was a little turtle symbol beside the names of people who were lagging badly too. For years, I thought this was what people meant when they said 'turtling'. Wonder if the stress test (as seen in the QL) has rendered that obsolete.I'll spare the rest, but a shout out to Mr D for getting my parents off my back when they expressed concern that all I was doing at one point was playing this damn game. He told them it had educational value and that I knew more about historical civilizations than everyone in my class combined. Wish I had the same excuse for The Sims a year later. Also, sorry to Mr D for surreptitiously continuing to 'infect' all of the PCs in the IT room with Sonic. Also also, sorry to Mr D for the 30 computers that played Microsoft Sam saying 'blah' at the same time. Over and over. For about a minute. Causing Mr D, who had just returned to the room, to have a near mental breakdown. Once again, sorry Mr D. You rule/ruled.