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You did not play in the Golden Age of MMOs if you never had to clean one of these...

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  • GwapoJoshGwapoJosh Auburn, INPosts: 991Member Uncommon
    I still remember my last ball mouse.. The Razer Boomslang. 

    "You are all going to poop yourselves." BillMurphy
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  • WolfhammerWolfhammer KetteringPosts: 694Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Coman
    Originally posted by Tibernicuspa
    I'd gladly go back to a ball mouse if it meant we got our genre back. Ah 1997-2003, RIP.

    The moment the mouse lost it balls, so did this genre.

    #Salute

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  • Mtibbs1989Mtibbs1989 Fredericksburg, VAPosts: 2,920Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Dauzqul

    Best part about this picture is that I still use them on occasion...

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  • Dreamo84Dreamo84 Niagara Falls, NYPosts: 3,437Member Uncommon

    Anyone who still uses a track ball intentionally is just a masochist or stubborn. Do you still have a CRT monitor with a 13" display surrounded by a big black border too?! =P

    Not everything was better back in the day... in fact a lot of shit sucked back then!

    I imagine if most of the nostalgic people on these forums actually went back and played EQ1 in 1999 they would get so frustrated with the dial up internet and the clunky UI that they would throw the trackball through the 13" monitor and scream to go back to the future :-p.

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  • Flyte27Flyte27 Greenwich, CTPosts: 2,839Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Dreamo84

    Anyone who still uses a track ball intentionally is just a masochist or stubborn. Do you still have a CRT monitor with a 13" display surrounded by a big black border too?! =P

    Not everything was better back in the day... in fact a lot of shit sucked back then!

    I imagine if most of the nostalgic people on these forums actually went back and played EQ1 in 1999 they would get so frustrated with the dial up internet and the clunky UI that they would throw the trackball through the 13" monitor and scream to go back to the future :-p.

    Probably, but that's what happens when everything is easy (tech wise).  You begin to lose your patience for everything.  It's also part of what's wrong with today's MMOs.  No one has patience for anything.  Once thing I did prefer about those days was that not many people had computers or were interested in them.  It was nice being in groups of people that actually cared about Star Wars, technical aspects of computers, and games.  Now if you want to talk about any of those people will look at you like you are some kind of evil person who wastes all their time on something stupid.

  • ArclanArclan Chicago, ILPosts: 1,494Member Uncommon


    Originally posted by Malacth
    Originally posted by Tibernicuspa I'd gladly go back to a ball mouse if it meant we got our genre back. Ah 1997-2003, RIP.
     

    I'd change the 2003 to 2007, as imo, Vanilla WoW is the best MMO that ever was, and probably ever will be.


    Back in the day I used to think WoW was for soccer Moms and their kids. But nowadays I wish I could go play vanilla WoW, considering how folks fondly refer to it. Besides, I was a huge blizzard fan since Orcs & Humand and Diablo 1. And I suspect vanilla WoW was more difficult than present day EQ.

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  • NovusodNovusod Lakewood, NJPosts: 892Member Uncommon
    Some times it was easier just to throw the mouse away then to clean it. I upgraded to optical mouse fairly early buying one in 2006.
  • UndeadlyUndeadly SouthamptonPosts: 52Member
    Originally posted by Yukmarc
    I used to hate when my mouse balls were dirty.

    +1 Lol

     

  • Nightbringe1Nightbringe1 Bluefield, WVPosts: 1,093Member Common
    Originally posted by Madimorga
    Makes me want to wash my hands just thinking about it.  Not that the sides of my gaming mouse are any cleaner.  Ever scrape your nail down one?  Ick!

    Don't go there.

    I've been using the same mouse for the past 7 years and noticed the buildup yesterday.

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  • Nightbringe1Nightbringe1 Bluefield, WVPosts: 1,093Member Common
    Originally posted by Malacth
    Originally posted by Tibernicuspa
    I'd gladly go back to a ball mouse if it meant we got our genre back. Ah 1997-2003, RIP.

     

    I'd change the 2003 to 2007, as imo, Vanilla WoW is the best MMO that ever was, and probably ever will be.

    You're just trying to start a flame war now.

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  • TheutusTheutus Destin, FLPosts: 624Member Uncommon
    Best prank ever: tape a small slip of paper over the optical mouse laser.. The person I did this to in the office called tech support to help fix her mouse. lol Also pop a couple of the keyboard keys off and put them back in the wrong order. You'll learn quickly who looks at their fingers when they type.
  • simsalabim77simsalabim77 Somewhere, CAPosts: 627Member Uncommon
    Mechanical mouses were inconvenient and consumed more of the consumers time with tedious tasks. MMO's in the Golden Age were also inconvenient and tedious. I see the correlation between the two. 
  • mmoguy43mmoguy43 , CAPosts: 2,446Member Uncommon
    Ughh, LAN gaming with a trackball mouse when everyone else had optical ones was the worst..
  • TibernicuspaTibernicuspa Amherest, MAPosts: 1,198Member
    Originally posted by simsalabim77
    Mechanical mouses were inconvenient and consumed more of the consumers time with tedious tasks. MMO's in the Golden Age were also inconvenient and tedious. I see the correlation between the two. 

    Less tedious than modern MMOs, by far. Quest based leveling in modern MMOs is just busy work. You never think or actually PLAY, you just follow the sparkles. At least old MMOs had you socializing while you played.

  • JorendoJorendo EdePosts: 263Member

    I remember how at college we often had a mouse not working anymore cause of all the dirt in them. I did a DTP college so we had a lot of people who used the mouses every day, they got dirty very quickly that way. And some geniouse at school had figured that people found it fun to remove the mouse balls so they made it impossible for you to open up the entrance to the mouse ball to clean it up. Making it very hard to work with photoshop and illustrator at times when you needed to be precise as you had to push the mouse very hard on the mouse pad in the hope it would scroll.

     

    At home we eventually switched to a optical and wireless mouse from trustmaster.....what a disaster that was. Black and White was just released and to make your monster be a good pet you had to punish him if he done things wrong. But the crappy mouse my dad bought couldn't register fast movements.....and to slap your monster you had to move your mouse from the left to the right in a rather fast move....needless to say my monsters where pure evil cause of the mouse. When i got my own pc i sticked to the ball for a while until i bought my "razor Diamond back", only then i had faith in optical over balls.

  • AkerbeltzAkerbeltz Vitoria-GasteizPosts: 161Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Tibernicuspa
    Originally posted by rojo6934
    what was the golden age of mmos?

    1997-2003.

     

    When almost every single AAA MMORPG appealed to a different niche, and they were all moderately successful. There really was high profile game for every kind of player. Now we have high profile games for casual quest grinding WoW style MMO fans, and nothing for anyone else. Except maybe Eve.

     

    Also, Narius, your trolling and constant thread hijacking is tiring.

     

    So true.

    So true.

     

    Originally posted by Coman
    Originally posted by Tibernicuspa
    I'd gladly go back to a ball mouse if it meant we got our genre back. Ah 1997-2003, RIP.

    The moment the mouse lost it balls, so did this genre.

     

    +1

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  • nariusseldonnariusseldon santa clara, CAPosts: 22,441Member
    Originally posted by Tibernicuspa
    Originally posted by rojo6934
    what was the golden age of mmos?

    1997-2003.

     

    When almost every single AAA MMORPG appealed to a different niche, and they were all moderately successful. There really was high profile game for every kind of player. Now we have high profile games for casual quest grinding WoW style MMO fans, and nothing for anyone else. Except maybe Eve.

     

    Also, Narius, your trolling and constant thread hijacking is tiring.

    I understand you don't tolerate a difference in opinion.

    However, i am under no obligation to agree that MMORPGs were better before, nor not to air my opinion.

     

  • kurosenshukurosenshu ToulousePosts: 49Member Uncommon
    The good old days :D 

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  • Jean-Luc_PicardJean-Luc_Picard La BarrePosts: 3,549Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Akerbeltz
    Originally posted by Tibernicuspa
    Originally posted by rojo6934
    what was the golden age of mmos?

    1997-2003.

     

    When almost every single AAA MMORPG appealed to a different niche, and they were all moderately successful. There really was high profile game for every kind of player. Now we have high profile games for casual quest grinding WoW style MMO fans, and nothing for anyone else. Except maybe Eve.

     

    Also, Narius, your trolling and constant thread hijacking is tiring.

    The "block" feature does wonders for that. Now if you would stop quoting those guys... that would help too.

    Think about us who still have to endure the nonsense in the quotes.

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