Orphaned Computers & Game Systems

Vol. I, Issue 2    August 1994

The Gaming Community

by Adam Trionfo

It seems that everywhere I look, I hear talk about the Internet and how much it helps people communicate. There are hundreds of users out there who do almost all their collecting online. Where does that leave the rest of us?

How many people actually have access to the Internet at all? I don't. I know many, many people who don't. I do my collecting through classified ads and thrift-store shopping. Are we missing out on something fantastic?

The Internet is not the be-all and end-all of the gaming community. There are GEnie, CompuServe and Delphi. Many people use these as channels for collecting. They are also great sources of PD software for the classic computer systems. (Of course, so is the Internet.)

I'm not down on the idea of the Internet. In fact, I think the idea is great. I find it hard to understand, though. I have no way to gain access without paying high prices. (I understand that Delphi has good Internet access, but my knowledge is limited on this subject.)

Is there anyone willing to give some clues about the 'Net? Perhaps some of the more popular addresses would be in order. Even a general overview of telecommunications would be helpful for many people.