Cyber skeletons in cyber closets

When you’ve been online for as long as I have you’re bound to have some skeletons in your closet, and I thought it would be fun to show you one of mine. :P

My online life started in the 90’s, when I was still a kid. Our school got a bunch of computers and my interest was sparked. Then when my dad bought a computer to have at home I got seriously hooked.
For life as it turned out…
I fell in love with the Internet, and during my random surfing I discovered the world of “cyber pets”.

For the young folks who doesn’t remember I’m not talking about Neopets and the like. This was before that. I’m talking about a whole community of people making images of animals, real and fictional, some where pixelart and some were scanned drawings, and offering them out for “adoption”. These “adoptions” just meant you saved the image and uploaded it to your own site where you displayed all the pets you’ve collected. Kinda like the “toyboxes” that became popular later on.
Some of these adoption agencies had massive sites where they had built whole worlds around their pets. My favourite one was Skyhaven Adoptions (Omg, it’s actually still online!). I spent hours on that site as a kid, reading the stories and solving the puzzles.

So… when I started experimenting with making my own site I, of course, wanted to make cyberpets too.
I made a site (on Geocities if I remember correctly) and started creating these weird unicorn wolves with manes and a horn in their forehead:

Unilupes even came in different stages – from puppy to adult.

I called them Unilupes and they were actually pretty popular. I had lots of visitors and comments and such.
Eventually I got bored with it and closed the site, but then this girl contacted me and wanted to take over. She asked me, very nicely, if she could use the lineart and make her own adoption agency with them.
I said sure and sent her everything she wanted.

Didn’t give it much thought after that, and I was sure that they had vanished from existence by now… but a few days ago I came across an old folder on my computer with some of my unilupes in it.
I googled “unilupes” just for the heck of it, not actually thinking anything would come up since it’s been almost 15 years, but there they were!

My own site isn’t available anymore but this is apparently the site that girl put up, in the credit text it still reads “drawn by Karin”, haha! And if you look at the search results you actually get a whole bunch of pages displaying their adopted unilupes. XD

God, those were the days…

I still have two pages on this site with “adopted” stuff. I know it’s silly, but whenever I go in to delete them I get all nostalgic and think “Aww, screw it. I’ll let them live for a while longer”. :blush:

What lurks in your Internet history? How did you start? What was your first site about?
I know at least some of the people reading this blog are “oldies” just like me and have been around long enough to remember a time before blogs and social networks. ;) Spill!

Comments

  1. 2 July 2012

    Åhh den gamla goda tiden! Jag använde internet första gången 1996 men hade det inte hemma förrän 1998. Jag hängde mycket i Aftonbladet-chatten, i chattrummet “vinden” där många alternativa människor chattade kring 1998-1999. På den tiden var Aftonbladet-chatten fortfarande ett helt okej ställe att hänga på. Kommer ihåg hur förfasad jag blev när jag besökte chatten några år senare och hela stället i princip blivit en kontaktsida för sex, “modellfotografer” som sökte unga tjejer att plåta osv. Hängde även en del på Dobedo under högstadiet och under gymnasiet på Skunk och Lunarstorm, vilket var de sidor jag bloggade på i många år, innan det ens kallades blogg.

    Min första egna webbsida skaffade jag år 2000. Jag vet inte om någon av mina gamla webbsidor fortfarande finns kvar. Jag tror inte det. Men jag kommer heller inte ihåg adresserna så det är möjligt att de existerar någonstans på tippen av gamla bortglömda siter någonstans i cyberspace.

  2. 3 July 2012

    Ahh, the good old days of pixel adoptions! I had a Geocities site in the ’90s, much like many of us who have blogs now, and I had a section just for all of my adoptions. I didn’t make anything myself, though. I just adopted. I think the rest of my site was devoted to video games like the Final Fantasy series. It was basically just a big, glittery scrapbook of everything I loved. :P

    Later, I had a Freewebs site with a “toybox” section for all of my pixel adoptions. Oh, and blinkies! Do you remember those? I had a page just for blinkies too. :P I was also really into Neopets for a long time. I kind of miss it, in a nostalgic way.

    • 22 July 2012

      Ooh, blinkies! I never got as hooked on them as on the pets, but I had a page for adopted blinkies too ;)

  3. 6 July 2012

    Ahh! I remember the trading of pets & such! And as far as Unilupes… In elementary school my friend would always draw them for me — I had no idea whose they were, so this is totally AWESOME how you’re a blogger, I’m a blogger, and I have sort of somewhat kind of found the creator of these creatures. :P

    Haha.

    As for the childhood thing… I recently rejoined Neopets, if that counts? D; It’s too different, though. If I had one of those learning CD-roms for “Jumpstart”, I’d so be playing that every second I got. Or Sim Safari or that Sim Roller Coaster one. xD I played a lot of video games…

    • 22 July 2012

      Haha, wow that’s pretty cool! But I don’t know if your sister got the idea from me, I’m sure other people have thought about making unicorn wolves too ;)

      I used to be on Neopets too – come to think about it I still have my old account. I wonder if it’s still active and playable..?

  4. 8 July 2012

    One of the skeletons in my Internet closet is a Hanson fan fiction page. :) I just love your Unilupes, all of the stages are so beautiful and well made. Had I been into that scene, I am sure I would have adopted a bunch of them. Thanks for sharing!

  5. 9 July 2012

    Haha I remember collecting images. It was fun. I started making websites when I was probably in high school, but maybe earlier. So that would be around the end of the 90s, beginning of the 2000s. I think I always had a blog site. But I also had a review site, and a website where I posted pictures of celebrities that I scanned from magazines. Both of those websites were very time consuming so I eventually had to give them up.

    My blog went through many stages and a few names. I believe it started off as Deanna Land, then Fantasy Nerd, and now Stubborn Ox. With Fantasy Nerd I started the Nerd Listings and I loved the name so I didn’t want to change it once I left the Fantasy Nerd domain. It’s still running and I love that website haha.