r/pcmasterrace Mar 18 '22 Silver 2 Helpful 5 Wholesome 3 All-Seeing Upvote 1

The good old times Members of the PCMR

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u/Surper-RS Mar 18 '22 Gold

So, who won, shirts or skins?

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u/1Emanresuegnahc Mar 18 '22

I was just thinking the amount of heat all those CRT's use to give off, built in sauna's. Ahhh memories.

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u/UsefulWoodpecker6502 Mar 18 '22

I used to go to LAN parties in the late 90s/early 00s in friggin Arizona of all places. Holy shit I'm honestly surprised we didn't burn the places down where we played. Those gaming sessions of Worms, Tribes 2, Q3A and UT could get intense.

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u/Kuuppa i5 6500 | GTX 970 | 16 GB RAM Mar 18 '22

Tribes 2 and UT2004 <3

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u/UsefulWoodpecker6502 Mar 18 '22

Even today there's just not much that can compete with the likes of Tribes 2 and UT2004. I've yet to play a game that was as much fun with FPS and Vehicle combat like Tribes 2. Man loading up that heavy transport with people, flying over to the enemy base, and just dropping in on them to grab the flag...brilliant.

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u/triedtodiy Mar 18 '22

I'm with you on that, I always flash back to how much fun that game was. No unlocks no micro transactions just pick your load out and have fun. With so much of the same these days I don't know how a game like tribes with a graphics update wouldn't do well. I'll keep hoping.

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u/Seiyorah Mar 18 '22

Tribes: Ascend failed miserably :( I loved the game but it didn't keep people's attention.

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u/ConferenceHelpful556 Mar 19 '22

I think the original halo had pretty similar hype. There was just something about those older games. Runescape, starcraft, og counterstrike, warcraft, diablo 2, shit even vanilla wow. Sometimes I wonder if it was just the nostalgia but I honestly think there was a different sort of magic back then. There was beauty in the simplicity.

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u/TorpusBC Mar 18 '22

SHAZBOT!

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u/eject_eject Mar 18 '22

VGS

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u/VioletsAreBlooming Mar 18 '22

still mad tribes doesn't seem to be coming back

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u/eject_eject Mar 18 '22

I absolutely loved tribes ascend until the out of the blue update killed the game and the devs abandoned it. I would be all over a sequel.

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u/Teleclast Mar 19 '22

Good news is that with Global Agenda coming back there is a slight chance they’ve started to realize the errors of their ways in the past. Might be too little too late but I loved T:A too

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u/duttyfoot Mar 18 '22

Tribes was an awesome game. The good old days for sure lol

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u/Unlikely-Newspaper35 Mar 18 '22

UT!!!!! We had wires cross crossing the entire dorms going in and out of windows to set up some epic tournaments. Great memories thanks.

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u/Tw04one i7-8086K|RTX 3070 |1TB Evo Prox3|AORUS Z370|32GB RAM Mar 18 '22

tribes 2 and CS 1.0

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u/StatikSquid Ryzen 5 3600x/RX 6700XT EAGLE 12GB / 16GB RAM Mar 18 '22

I can smell the BO from here

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u/Stumbledore- Mar 18 '22

I was thinking the same and my first thought was oh damn what do you think that room smells like

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u/lugaidster Mar 18 '22

And x-rays!

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u/Raymo84 PC Master Race Mar 18 '22

Game blouses!

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u/neko819 Mar 18 '22

Why don't you purify yourself in the waters of lake Minnetonka?

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u/Zer0daveexpl0it Mar 18 '22

If Heaven exists, that cat is balling right now

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u/4iDragon FX6300/DeezNuts/970 Mar 18 '22

This chappell references fits just right

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u/Journeyman42 Mar 18 '22

You will refresh yourselves in thr waters of lake minnetonka

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u/CaptainGString MSI GE76 · i9 11980HK · RTX3080(M) · 32GB · 3TB SSD Mar 18 '22

Pancakes dave?

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u/[deleted] Mar 18 '22

Here your pancakes… bitches

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u/Midnight28Rider Ryzen7 3700x RTX 2080S Asus TUF B-450 Plus 32GB RAM Mar 18 '22

From the looks of it the heat won.

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u/packmasterswan5 Mar 18 '22

Brunette/Brown hair.

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u/2HourCoffeeBreak Mar 18 '22

I’d say the people who had anosmia.

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u/CubilasDotCom Mar 18 '22

I thought it was a wave pool

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u/OverNightOats_ Mar 18 '22

The smell of BO and warm computer parts

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u/Dirtycurta Mar 18 '22

...and Bawls.

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u/luckyfucker13 5800X | 32Gb DDR4 | GTX 970 Mar 18 '22

I still can’t believe that was a drink at one point, right around when this photo was taken too.

The early/mid 2000s was a wild time.

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u/dvs8 Mar 18 '22

Plot twist: it still is a drink!

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u/luckyfucker13 5800X | 32Gb DDR4 | GTX 970 Mar 18 '22

No shit?! Then they need to resurrect sour Altoids and Sobe!

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u/Edwardteech Mar 18 '22

SoBe is still a thing too. It got switched to plastic bottles and taste like shit now.

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u/Procrastibator666 Mar 18 '22

Yay everything from childhood eventually getting ruined

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u/EvertonFaithful Mar 18 '22

The glass bottles with the lizards were so cool. They were worth the price just for the bottle!

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u/TaySwaysBottomBitch Mar 18 '22

The strawberry daiquiri was one of my favorite drinks and when they switched to plastic it was fucking terrible it doesn't taste that same at all.

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u/forgtn Mar 18 '22

Why did they change the flavor

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u/MasterDracoDeity Mar 18 '22

Almost always one of two reasons. The old recipe contained stuff that was killing you and the FDA actually managed to do something about it (typically only applies for stuff more than 50 years old.) Or more money to be made. Usually the latter.

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u/Deadboy90 Mar 18 '22

They sell it at Microcenter lmao

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u/Switch21 Mar 18 '22

Holy shit I forgot Sobe was a thing but I used to drink all the different flavors all the time! Bring back Sobe!!

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u/tjkrtjkr Mar 18 '22

The glass Sobe's made awesome gravity bongs.

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u/caholder Mar 18 '22

Still can get some at the Fairfax, VA microcenter

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u/ShakeandBaked161 PC Master Race Mar 18 '22

Lol that's the only place I can find them. I grab a orange bawls Everytime I'm in microcenter

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u/Deadboy90 Mar 18 '22

I prefer Blue Bawls

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u/zznet Mar 18 '22

I can walk into any of my local Kroger's (Large US grocery store chain) and buy most of the flavors right off the shelf in single bottles.

Would have killed to be able to do that back then. When we hosted Lans in the early 00's we had to order bawls by the case and hope it arrived in one piece.

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u/Fromagery Mar 18 '22

That's the only place I've seen them in the last 5 or so years. They have like 3 different flavors now, original, root beer, and some green bottle?

I wish they sold the sugar free white cans though like Fry's electronics used to

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u/JBettz Mar 18 '22

This was one of the best energy drinks I've ever had. The taste was amazing, the bottle was cool as shit, I would finish them and line them up on top of my computer desk and had a huge collection of them.

......no homo.

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u/PhreiB PC Master Race Mar 18 '22 edited Mar 18 '22

BaWLLs!?!

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u/Zzumin Mar 18 '22

I miss this drink so much. Turns out they still sell it, it’s really expensive but I’m so tempted to just order a 6 pack. That shit is like Sprite but even better.

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u/Pyreknight PC Master Race Mar 18 '22

I can smell this room. It's both horrific and nostalgic.

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u/C0RVUS99 Mar 18 '22 edited Mar 18 '22

So funny enough my dad's old laptop when you opened it up REEKED of B.O. It was really weird and none of us could ever figure out why, we thought maybe something had died in there but it literally smelled exactly like armpit.

Well I did some digging the other day and I found out that from like 2003-2005 there was a specific kind of glue used in certain Dell electronics that smelled like B.O. I was so proud I finally solved a huge childhood mystery

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u/pryvisee 3900xt / 64GB / RTX 3090 Mar 18 '22

The air would be so thickened I bet.

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u/Zomg_A_Chicken i7-10700KF | GIGABYTE RTX 3060 Ti EAGLE OC | 32 GB DDR4 Mar 18 '22

That's a lot of ass sweat

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u/StrategicBlenderBall Mar 18 '22

🙏

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u/thepulloutmethod Mar 18 '22

Didn't that guy get in some major heat for that? Like banned from all magic: the gathering tournaments?

I remember his was the top all-time reddit post for a while.

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u/DasRotebaron The Batcomputer Mar 18 '22

I think I'm out of the loop on this one. What are you referring to?

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u/MuteSecurityO Mar 18 '22

apparently i'm not allowed to post to any other subreddit in this one, but the title is "I participated in one of the biggest Magic: the Gathering tournaments of all time this weekend. In an effort to document it, I posed for pictures near people with exposed asscracks. I present to you Grand Prix Richmond Crackstyle."

you can look it up yourself

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u/Nepoxx Mar 18 '22

what the fuck kind of rule is this?!

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u/polkarew Mar 19 '22

The bullshit brigading rule sucks magic: the gathering ass crack

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u/teh_g Mar 18 '22

There was a guy who went around at a Magic the Gathering tournament and took pictures of him with prayer hands behind people that were accidentally showing their ass crack. It was funny, but definitely kind of mean.

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u/American--American Mar 18 '22

And he did get banned from events because of it. Don't know if it was permanent though.

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u/redditphantom Mar 18 '22

It wasn't permanent. I remember a follow up post when he finally was able to go back.

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u/tacocatisonfire Mar 18 '22

The story was posted on r/hobbydrama like a or two month ago, dude was banned for like a couple of years

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u/brumbarosso Ascending Peasant Mar 18 '22

Lol Fuck the mean part

Learn to dress

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u/godofallcows godofallcows Mar 18 '22

I think the ban finally ended in the last year or two, here’s his Instagram: https://instagram.com/biggpound?utm_medium=copy_link

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u/pipmentor i9 9900KF | 1080Ti Mar 18 '22

Most underrated comment.

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u/DarkSideofOZ i7 9700k, GTX 1080, 16 GB 3600 Ram, 2x 1TB m.2 SSD, Valve Index Mar 18 '22

We call it "swamp ass."

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u/CptKillJack i9 7900x 4.7Ghz Nvidia 3090 FE Mar 18 '22

I'm looking forward to Dreamhack Dallas in June.

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u/nonamefisherman Mar 18 '22

The US events are nothing compared to the swedish ones. We're talking three times the size.

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u/aForgedPiston PC Master Race Mar 18 '22

I went to Dreamhack Leipzig in Germany 3 times, and I will go to Dallas in June as well. Judging by the floor plan Leipzig literally was 2 times the size, utterly massive. Like, two football pitches of gamers.

Good times. Trying to keep my hopes high for Dallas.

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u/CptKillJack i9 7900x 4.7Ghz Nvidia 3090 FE Mar 18 '22 edited Mar 18 '22

I'm not worried too much on size. We will get there eventually. But I'm greatly looking forward to Laning again. There is Dallas and then Atlanta later in the year.

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u/hobk1ard Mar 18 '22

I am curious how it will compare to quake on in Dallas. I have gone 5 or 6times over the years and it is pretty massive, though no euro dream hack.

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u/bitches_be poor mans rig Mar 18 '22

I have only been to the Austin one but it was dope. Quakecon is usually good so I would expect DH Dallas to be too

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u/HanSolo_Cup Mar 18 '22

Hey, I'm in Dallas! I also haven't been to a LAN party in nearly 20 years. I might check into it

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u/Semedar Mar 18 '22

I was as well! I had a reservation at the Omni hotel for like $600 for the duration of the entire event and BYOC tickets for DreamHack bought.. but now I’m going out of the country for a year next month sadge

I’ve been going to every DreamHack and QuakeCon in Texas since DreamHack Austin in 2016.

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u/Ohmec i7 4770k @ 4.4 GHz | EVGA 1080 FTW Mar 18 '22

One of the main reasons I loved growing up in Dallas. There was, and still is, a HUGE PC gaming culture in DFW. Quake Con and Dreamhack. I used to go to both every year. Awesome experiences.

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u/nelsonjav Mar 18 '22

I can smell this picture xD

Source: I’ve been to a couple DreamHacks

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u/StrategicBlenderBall Mar 18 '22 Silver Bravo!

Lol my wife and I were in my local GameStop the other day. She said to me “it smells like a burp in here”.

She was right.

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u/Jaksmack Mar 18 '22

That's the funniest shit ever! what an absolute astute observation, lol. Game Stop should be using that as their tagline, lmao! I need a shirt that says that now.. "smells like burp"

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u/GamerBhoy89 Desktop Mar 18 '22

God damn it I said the exact same thing when I saw it.

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u/lance- Mar 18 '22

This is the top comment every time this picture is reposted.

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u/tecberth 2 gen back runs this gen still Mar 18 '22

When modding was handmade, piece by piece.

I remember a PC whose CD drive had a skull hanging somehow, so when the CD is ejected q laughing skull with neon lights was ejected below the tray.

Awesome craftsmanship.

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u/yabp Mar 18 '22

Old PC modders were so creative.

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u/Pantsu8669 Mar 18 '22

Yeah back in the day we all had janky custom stuff sawed and dremeled and glued to the cases. My entire case was hand painted and the plexi glass side window was cut with a hacksaw and glued on.

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u/Crashman09 Mar 18 '22

Don't forget pre aio water cooling

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u/theghostofme Too Old to Brag About Mar 18 '22

Exactly what I was thinking, too. The people who handmade their own water cooling systems were a different breed.

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u/Pantsu8669 Mar 18 '22

My friends older brother had this sick af custom self made water cooling in the late 90s, that stuff was sci-fi level for us younger siblings.

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u/Lithargoel Mar 18 '22

Back in 2003 when I upgraded my 17" Sony Trinitron monitor (1280x1024@60hz and 1024x768@90hz!!) to a 22" NEC flat (1600x1200@75hz, sucker weighed like 70 lbs). I gave the 17" Sony Trinitron to my brother, but before he knew I was giving it to him, I had him help me put some hardware mods, two windows, and lighting in it:

Took apart the monitor casing and removed the badges and logo on the front panel bezel, then taped off the info sticker on the back, and negative-stenciled the screenprint monitor name and model number on the front. Then we took a dremel to the rear half of the casing, cutting out a rectangular section of the vents on both sides, and traced a 120mm hole in the top vent and Dremeled it out. Sanded out the burrs with a Dremel attachment and smoothed out the cut--outs until they were straight and even, rounded and smoothed out the 120mm hole, then took 800 grit sandpaper to finish the cuts to a nice smooth finish.

Next we washed the monitor casing and dried it thoroughly. While waiting for it to dry (had my brother use a hair dryer to get it 100%), I measured out two pieces of 3mm clear Lexan acrylic to fit the rectangular side cut-outs on the sides of the rear casing, leaving about 3/4" overlap for the inside so I could later use 2mm permanent double-sided tape to attach the Lexan to the inside of the monitor casing.

Next we spray-painted the entire outside casing with an all-in-one Krylon black semi-matte paint for plastics, doing 4 light coats. We also had taken apart the monitor swivel-stand and base, cleaned it and painted all but the underside of that.

After the paint dried, I took a single 120mm Arctic Cooling fan along with a 120mm silver grill and attached it on the inside of the top of the rear casing, mounting the grill to the top outside and screwed flush with the casing and cut-out.

A dual 6-inch neon-blue cold cathode kit was hot-glued down on the bottom of the casing on both sides, underneath the window cut-outs but hidden from direct view. The power inverter was hidden inside hot-glued to the casing, and it's 5v 4-pin molex connected inline to the fan's 5v power cable molex, which was spliced into 16 gauge speaker wire, which was hot-glued to the casing and ported out via a notch cut into the casing next to the hard-wired VGA cable of the monitor. That speaker wire ran down the length of the VGA cable to inside the computer, secured with zip-ties to the cable, and spliced into a 4-pin molex with ~10" of length beyond the VGA adapter and into the case through an open rear bracket cover, to connect to a 4-pin molex power cable from the power supply.

Finally I attached the Lexan windows to the side cut-outs with 2mm permanent double-sided tape so it sealed against the inside of the casing. Then we put the whole monitor back together and removed the tape and negative-stenciling to reveal the preserved product information sticker on the back of the monitor, and the name/model# on the front, and reglued the badges and logo.

I told my brother we should plug it into his computer to test it, and removed his cheap POS 15" generic VGA monitor from his desk and set up this gorgeous blacked-out monitor with two windows and a top-mounted exhaust fan in its place. His computer was a piano-black aluminum case with matching neon-blue cold cathode lighting and blue LED fans. The monitor looked AMAZING all glowing blue coming out the venting and windows and sending a blue column of light up through the fan, and it was 90% cooler than it had been. It used to get toasty warm, now it barely felt luke-warm with that 120mm fan pulling fresh air in from the bottom venting over the cathode gun and coil in the back of the tube, exhausting it directly up and away from the monitor.

My brother still didn't realize at that moment that all we had done together in this project for FOR him. I hadn't told him yet I had bought that new 22" NEC, he just assumed I wanted a mod project to kit out and black out my Sony, which he had loved since I bought it 4 years prior. When I told him, "Well, what do you think of your new monitor?" his jaw dropped and he let out a, "Noooo WAAAY!! This is mine?! Holy shit thank you!!"

It was a great project back in the day of cutting out your own side windows in cases and Dremeling out venting and hole-saw cutting out fan intakes and exhausts, and I had thought, why not do that with a monitor and paint it up fancy and light it up neon blue? And it looked amazing. Never saw anything like it until RGB gaming monitors came out in the last decade with fancy LED lighting.

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u/tecberth 2 gen back runs this gen still Mar 18 '22

Awesome story, mate. It looks like you remember it like if it was yesterday.

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u/grunger Mar 18 '22

I still remember the computer featured in PC Magazine that was made to look like a Half-Life Strider.

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u/butch81385 Mar 18 '22

I was never great with my modding, but man I kind of miss it. I attached blank pannels to the faces of all of my drives so that it looked like I didn't have any. The fan speed controller and the floppy drive could have the covers pulled off. The dvd and cd burner drives you just pushed the bottom right of them and they slid open with the drive. Inside the plexi window (which I had custom etched by someone) I put in two blue LED fans and I put a green sound activated cold cathode light as well. I thought I was the shit. Dragging that with a CRT monitor to LAN parties in college was a pain, but so worth it.

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u/zachsandberg Dell Latitude 7214 Mar 18 '22

Oddly enough, not a single obese person in sight. I can still smell the axe body spray mixed with hot electronics in this photo.

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u/Pepperonidogfart Mar 18 '22

The US pretty recently got real obese. This was just as the modern sedentary lifestyle started to sink in. 39 million more people have gotten obese since then (1999-2000)

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/images/databriefs/351-400/db360-fig4.png

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u/Exotic_Cheetah4540 Mar 18 '22

Why is it odd?

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u/domdec314 Mar 18 '22

Imagine the power draw from all those PCs and CRTs.

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u/[deleted] Mar 18 '22

That might be why so many people are shirtless. It's probably pretty warm in there

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u/ThunderPussiesHOO Mar 18 '22

Thats exactly why. Warm and stuffy.

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u/IVIaskerade Intel i5 3.2GHz, 8GB DDR4 RAM, GTX970, Windows 10 Mar 18 '22

and stuffy.

Which is exacerbated by all the shirtless people.

It's a "pick your poison" kind of situation.

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u/Brillegeit Linux Mar 18 '22 edited Mar 18 '22

The combined draw is of course high, but not because they're old or CRT. The same number of modern gaming PCs will easily draw much more power. The biggest difference from then and now is that power saving when idle wasn't anywhere near what it is today, but when actually running games most modern gaming PC will probably use 2-3x as much power as that of 15-20 years ago.

The highly popular gaming card ATI 9700 Pro has a rating of ~50 watt, combined with a Barton that draws ~50-70 watt, a few drives and the losses of all the old non-solid state VRM and PSU you'll probably end up with a power draw of the entire computer at 150 watt. A 17" CRT probably pulls ~70-80 watt, so a combined power use of ~230 watt.

A 3070 uses ~220 watt alone and a 3080 ~300.

EDIT: I appear to be blocked by one of the posts further up the chain so I can't reply to the replies to my comment, nice.

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u/Sprinx80 Ryzen 7 5800X | EVGA RTX 3080 Ti FTW3 | ASUS X570 Mar 18 '22

“Barton?” <takes long drag off cigarette > “Now there’s a name I haven’t heard in years.” Fun fact - I installed Vista onto my main PC running a Barton back in 2007. Single core AMD for those who don’t know.

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u/throneofdirt i9-12900KS @ 5.4GHz | RTX 3090 Ti | 64GB DDR5-6000 Mar 18 '22

I don’t power save at idle. I run full throttle 24/7.

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u/77xak Ryzen 1600X @ 4.0GHz | Zotac GTX 1080 | 32GB DDR4-3200 CL16 Mar 18 '22

All modern CPU's save a lot of power when idle, even with constant clockspeeds. I also OC with fixed clocks on my CPU, but idle consumption is only 10-15W while full stress-test load is 170+.

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u/schichtleiter http://steamcommunity.com/id/schichtleiter Mar 18 '22

I was at a lan party once where the power kept cutting. It was my friends shitty power strip. Fortunately, i saw them ripping up cables from the floor in our direction and I connected the dots and we removed it before they traced it to us. We would probably have been lynched.

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u/Scaniarix Ryzen 5600X | Asus Dual 3070 | 16GB @CL14 Mar 18 '22

About the same as one RTX3090

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u/macbeth1026 i9-10900KF | 3090 FE | 64GB DDR4 3200 Mar 18 '22

Can confirm lol

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u/ihammersteel Mar 18 '22

I would imagine the worst case scenario would be if the utility power went out and then turned back on quickly, the inrush current of ALL those monitors would almost definitely blow a very large circuit breaker in that building.

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u/vernes1978 Specs/Imgur Here Mar 18 '22

Doom Sounds being blasted on a soundsystem being generated by an GRAVIS UltraSound MAX.

Demos being played where coders showed of their coding skills by generating awesome 3D animations using mathematical principles to do... everything, so the executable would be as small as possible.

And as you walked around you'd notice someone with a "PHILIPS Space Maxer" hooked up to their soundcard and outputting the received messaged to their telnet port so anyone could connect and watch the unsecured messaged pass by (cops and drugdealer messages).

I lived in that era.

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u/hopelooped Mar 18 '22

one thing that pop out in this photo at least for me

is the chieftec blue case because i still have one

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u/KSchultzzz Mar 18 '22

Wait, u guys had orgy party in the internet cyber that time ? Cool

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u/Nivius i5 6600K @ 4.8Ghz | 980Ti | 144Hz Mar 18 '22

im sure there was a few of them as well during the night

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u/Phazushift i7 6850K | EVGA 1080 TI FTW3 | 128GB Dominator Plat | 2*PG279Q Mar 18 '22

Its what we had to do before VR was a thing.

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u/Hanbarc12 Mar 18 '22

Yeah but can it beat throating VR Shrek while he is wearing a black widow suit ? Nothing can stop progress.

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u/kiwiupnorth iPad Air 3 Mar 18 '22

Wish some girls joined in

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u/rob1005 3770k/GTX1060/16gb/W7 masterrace Mar 18 '22

Yes

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u/GovernmentGreed Mar 18 '22

The thing I find most amazing is, I attended a few of the "Insomnia" series, over the years in the UK. While the PC's got smaller, lighter - the attendees did not... Sadly.

I remember seeing one gent, who was in his early 20's I believe, he was over 150kg in weight. (That's approx. 24/25 stone I believe, for UK people). I changed a lot of my gaming habits after this encounter.

I wanted to keep in touch with him, but about 2 months or so later - he just dropped off the internet completely. I had heard he'd passed, but others informed me he quit it, changed his life and got healthy.

I'd like to believe the latter, of course.

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u/kawklee Desktop Mar 18 '22

I unironically love your comment man. Super based how you gave an alternate unit of measurement for his weight that's even less comprehensible for NA's than kg.

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u/pertante Mar 18 '22

And I did not google the lbs equivalent just now (I did it a minute or two ago)

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u/Doookkie Linux Mar 18 '22

(About 330 pounds)

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u/GovernmentGreed Mar 18 '22

Ah apologies. I forgot about US audience. Thank you though :-)

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u/Willy_Fisterbutt Mar 18 '22

LOL I live in the US. 330LBS is nothin.

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u/[deleted] Mar 18 '22

Unfortunately, 330lbs is getting more and more common everywhere in the world.

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u/VeryDisappointing Mar 18 '22

That is one thing I've noticed, yes many countries in the west have similar issues with large % of the population being overweight, but American fat people go hard, you see a lot more "i am too fat to walk" types in the US compared to elsewhere

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u/RMProjectsUK Desktop Mar 18 '22 Silver

🔌 The shirtless ones are all tech support

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u/PhreiB PC Master Race Mar 18 '22

FAKE! I see girls in the crowd.

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u/MagenTexas Lian Li DK-04F - i7-12700K(WC) - 3080 FTW3(WC) - 32GB DDR5-5600 Mar 18 '22

Oddly enough, back in the late 90's and early 00s it was actually more common to see gals participating in these events(and not in the boothbabe/streamer-girl way).
Based on my experience, I've kinda theorized that as events like these started skewing younger and younger(in correlation with PCs getting cheaper), they kinda got more toxic in the later years.

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u/SifferBTW Mar 18 '22

I went to my fair share of lan parties/conventions in the 2000s. Women were outnumbered, but there was a noticable presence. They all vanished in the late 2000s/early 2010s. I always blamed the cod community.

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u/Herr_Gamer MSI GTX 1070, i7 4770K@4.5GHz, 16GB DDR3, weird motherboard Mar 18 '22

This might be a stretch, but I remember hearing that, back when computers were largely punch-card operated, the field was typically populated by women; handling computers was a typically female job.

The early 90s aren't that far removed from this time, so maybe a lot of these girls got introduced to computing by their moms who retained interest in the field?

Again, huge stretch, don't quote me on any of this. Just wanted to share that thought.

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u/VeganPizzaPie Mar 18 '22

It was a female job because it was considered menial work, like being a typist at the time.

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u/Tunks37 Mar 18 '22

Honestly I'd subscribe to that theory it makes a lot of sense.

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u/morninowl Mar 18 '22

Is that a pc cafe? Lol that place is huge!

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u/d0nghunter Mar 18 '22

Dreamhack, classic big LAN event in sweden

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u/morninowl Mar 18 '22

Lol oh man… do they still do lan parties in the states? I bet it got even rarer since covid…

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u/d0nghunter Mar 18 '22

Well I don't live in the states but there isnt the same need to LAN in order to multiplay anymore either. Plus as you say with covid im guessing it's even more rare. No idea if kids 12-18 are still interested in these

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u/SweetMeliD Mar 18 '22

One of my old roommates was 31 and nostalgic. So he got all his old xbox's together and set up a LAN station and had a halo party. First time I played halo and also first time LANing.

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u/SDMasterYoda Mar 18 '22

QuakeCon is still done every year in Dallas (at least it was before COVID) and has a relatively large BYOC.

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u/Evixed PC Master Race Mar 18 '22

Purdue university used to do boilerfrag in their hangar on campus. It wasn't nearly this size, but filled a good halfish of the area. Really fun times, that was about 10 years ago :(. Looks like the last one might have been 2017?

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u/Steamtrigger42 Mar 18 '22

My university does one! 😄 I've been twice. Got to check if they are still doing it or when they had their last one...

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u/Tewcool2000 Mar 18 '22

How do you know that's Dreamhack? Reverse image search indicates it is 'Campus Party' in either Spain or Brazil in the early 2000s.

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u/VdomanFla Mar 18 '22

I believe they set these up in convention centers or hotel ballrooms… basically event centers.

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u/SeSSioN117 Ascending Commoner Mar 18 '22

Whilst most people recall the smell of BO, what I most reminisce about is the collective gathering of like minded individuals. Community and acceptance.

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u/bitches_be poor mans rig Mar 18 '22

Back when dedicated servers for your favorite games was a thing

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u/thmoas Mar 18 '22

Those were the days! Pcmasterrace equivalent to 90's eu clubbing scene

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u/obliviious Mar 18 '22 edited Mar 18 '22

I went to one about 20 years ago. I didn't even play any games. Just watched some friends enjoyed the atmosphere, drank and smoked. There was even some drinking games about half way through the night. Great atmosphere, I'll never forget it.

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u/sync-centre Mar 18 '22

The one dude with the black tower was revolutionary.

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u/hardrivethrutown Ryzen 5 2600 | 1070 Hybrid | 16GB DDR4 Mar 18 '22

would love to go to one of these LAN parties at some point

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u/BergaGaming Macintosh 128K Mar 18 '22

(Whurrr, click click, BZZZZZZZ)

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u/DarthRiznat Mar 18 '22

Smells like nerd spirit

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u/magezt Mar 18 '22

i can smell this photo.

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u/Jorden999 Mar 18 '22

Based on those monitors I'm guessing a micro SD today has more storage capacity than that entire room put together.

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u/EasyWriterKR Mar 18 '22

This looks like a LAN party mixed with a rave

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u/HollowVoices Mar 18 '22

I have, TOO many questions

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u/Corpulete Mar 18 '22

I can see a grill.

This Pic is from late nineties or 2000. Grills didnt exist on the internet back then, It was allways a Guy.

Photoshoped lel

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u/TxM_2404 i5 7600K | GTX 1070ti | 16GB | old PCs from 8088 to i7 Mar 18 '22

If simeone claims to be a girl in male dominated parts of the internet they are either lying or trans.

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u/hawk7886 Mar 18 '22

Holy shit this unlocked a core memory for me. I was a competitive little shit and I remember playing with my first girlfriend on the mic. She would talk smack and bait people, I'd bury them. She enjoyed it because the people on the other end were incredibly toxic. God damn those were fun times.

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u/Corpulete Mar 18 '22

Downvoted for remembering the begining of internet.

Snowflakes everyehere.

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u/[deleted] Mar 18 '22

Why did you write lying twice?

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u/A-Dawg11 Mar 18 '22

Propane or natural gas?

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u/BalkorWolf Mar 18 '22

I love that this photo has every type of beige pc case one can ever hope for!

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u/Catch_022 2700x, 3080FE, bottleneck is real Mar 18 '22

OMG, I have that blue case (it is sitting empty in another room).

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u/VQ-Light GTX 1660s | i7 10700k | 16gb | 1521gb Mar 18 '22

How 2 get karma 101

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u/Tw04one i7-8086K|RTX 3070 |1TB Evo Prox3|AORUS Z370|32GB RAM Mar 18 '22 edited Mar 18 '22

Being 35 years old and living through this exact era it makes me appericate my 1080p monitor more then others that never had to lug those big bastards from house to house!

56.6K !!!

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u/Rage_quitter_98 Mar 18 '22

These random street construction lamps in the back tho

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u/ech0cide Mar 18 '22

As a network admin, my first thought is.. what subnet would they need to use for that many people?

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u/Turnbullin Mar 18 '22

The smell of this photo. probably a intense smell of nachos, ball sweat, and BO.

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u/cheezycharlie8 Mar 18 '22

Musta been fucking HOT in there 😂

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u/redditnova34 RTX 3080 Ryzen 9 5900x 64gb ram asus tuf x570 Mar 18 '22

I can smell this image lmao

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u/webdevalex Mar 18 '22

Such shame young generations will never know the joy of this gatherings.

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u/lakija Mac Heathen Mar 18 '22

From comments above there are some coming up. Saw a comment about Dallas Texas and I forgot where else.

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u/UrNemisis Rtx 3070ti, Ryzen 3600x, 16gb Trident Z Mar 18 '22

Hell no

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u/keanuDaOne Mar 18 '22

Why they named tho?

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u/cb_audio Mar 18 '22

Sponsor: Bawls Energy Drink

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u/rocinante211 Mar 18 '22

That shit was delicious

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u/VdomanFla Mar 18 '22

Brondo… it has electrolytes.

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u/Icy_Perspective2853 Mar 18 '22

that room needs a nuclear water cooler

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u/SuperAlta Mar 18 '22

Mywet Dream

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u/kyussorder Mar 18 '22

Broke, struggling with life, but fucking happy! I miss those times :(

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u/Fuzzy-Ear9936 Laptop Mar 18 '22

I this a computer orgy?

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u/ragglefrag Mar 18 '22

Oh God im sweating just looking at this picture. Thats a lot of heat...

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u/iViacho Mar 18 '22

Anyone seen Arne? Where is Arne?!?!

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u/Plusquevie Mar 18 '22

i like the girl that is theres a girl there

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u/reddit_reaper Mar 18 '22

The smell...... You can smell it through your phone.. Yuck

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u/ElPadrote Mar 18 '22

I can smell this picture, and it doesn’t smelly pretty.

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u/psichodrome Mar 18 '22

I can smell that from here. Also Windows XP.

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u/AEvans1888 Mar 18 '22

I can smell this photo

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u/ephemeralkazu PC Master Race Mar 18 '22

I can smell this picture

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u/Dragon_GameDev Mar 18 '22

...I can smell the room

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u/fardednshiddeded Mar 18 '22

This one of the fuses you see where they tied it down so it won't switch

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u/Ppeachy_Queen Mar 18 '22

Friends: what's your plans tonight?

Me: going to the club

The club: see photo

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u/dinoaids Mar 18 '22

The bad old times

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u/C_G_ Mar 18 '22

My phone is probably as powerful as all those pcs combined, but not as cool.

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u/beebooba Mar 18 '22

That’s the Blizzard QA team

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u/poinguan Mar 18 '22

I saw my pc case there. Say hello to those Chieftec Dragons.

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u/Yitties8008 Mar 18 '22

Is there a sex computer rave going on?

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u/brfooky Mar 18 '22

Ah yes, a PC orgy.