The week of November 8, 2015

The Retro Issue
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How Space Cadet pinball won the Windows desktop

By Kate Davis Jones

A plucky startup tried to sell Microsoft a Doom clone. Instead, it talked its way into building one of the most prevalent computer games of all time.

Features

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Behind the ‘scary maze prank’ that shocked the AIM generation

By Rick Paulas

In 2003, Jeremy Winterrowd wrote a Flash game to scare his friends. More than a decade later, it’s been played by millions, and the scares keep coming.

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The forgotten history of Tumblr

By Fernando Alfonso III

David Karp wasn’t the first person to make a tumblelog. He wasn’t even the second.

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Behind the website trying to bring back GeoCities

By AJ Dellinger

Welcome to Cameron’s World.

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Revisiting the free and NSFW video games of the MS-DOS revolution

By EJ Dickson

We played nine vintage porno MS-DOS video games—and they were amazing.