My Favorite Childhood Computer Games

18 Childhood Computer Games That Helped Shape Me Into Who I Am Today

I don't know who I'd be without these games.

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I've always been an avid gamer- ever since the days of Club Penguin and Webkinz. When I first started gaming, I only had a Mac, so I downloaded every single appealing game that could run on its operating system from 2005-2009 (which, unsurprisingly, wasn't a whole lot.) Once I got a PC, however, I started playing a ton of games, Most of which were MMORPGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games for you non-gamers), such as Wizard 101 and World of Warcraft.

But prior to finding the 'right game,' I dipped my toe in many waters, downloading almost every game given a 3.5-star rating or higher on my version of the Holy Bible at the time: MMOBomb.com. Besides literally killing my laptop from the number of viruses and gigabytes of games it downloaded, my frenzy of game-downloading opened a door that would never be closed: my passion (or what some may have called an obsession) for computer games.

Since I spent the majority of my hermit-like childhood online, I often revisit these online games to reminisce in old memories. So, here is a list of 18 of my favorite childhood computer games:

1. Toontown Online (2003-2013)

While Disney's Toontown Online no longer exists, it still lives on in my heart. It also was rebooted by some fans, and goes by the name 'Toontown Rewritten.' I can't say how I know- but the reboot version is quite fun as well.

2. The Sims 2 (2004)

Remember the days where you'd make a pool for your new Sim, only to remove the ladder so they couldn't get out (and would eventually die)? Or when your Sim would decide to cook a turkey dinner but would forget about it and then come back hours later to a fire, would they'd just proceed to scream and point at? If you played Sims, you remember.

3. World of Warcraft (2004)

WoW was one of the first "violent" games I played. I remember fourth-grade me downloading it with this mischievous grin across my face because it was rated T (Teen) for 'blood and core, crude humor, mild language, suggestive themes, and use of alcohol and violence.' I thought I was a complete rebel playing this as a 9-year-old. Prior to playing this game, I had just played games like Toontown, where the main 'weapon' were pies that you'd throw at your enemies.

4. Webkinz (2005)

I remember the excitement I'd be overcome with when I got a Webkinz for my birthday or Christmas. Not only did it mean that I would have a brand new cuddle buddy, but it also meant that I'd have my own digital pet to add to my collection of many other ones on Webkinz. A truly bold and creative marketing strategy, Webkinz.

5. Club Penguin (2005-2017)

Club Penguin- our favorite childhood game. There are so many memories from this game, but here are some of my favorites: spending hours trying to get into the packed Dance Club to meet the famous "DJ Cadence" and her purple puffle Lolz, getting banned when I was 7 for saying to my classmate (via Penguin): "Hey! It's Emma Reynolds from Oakwood School!", and accidentally killing all of my puffles after a lengthy vacation. While OG Club Penguin has fallen, fans have made reboot versions such as Club Penguin Rewritten and Club Penguin Online. I highly recommend them if you want to get back those fishing and pizza-making minigame skills.

6. Dragon Fable (2006)

I never got too into Dragon Fable, but I still appreciate it because it was one of the only MMOs that worked on Mac. So thank you, Dragon Fable.

7. Barbie Girls Online (2007-2011)

I was never too much of a 'girly-girl' as a kid, but I have to admit that Barbie Girls Online was an absolute thrill. I had this edgy Barbie avatar that I still aspire to look like, and this penthouse apartment that I could only ever afford to one day live in. Dream big, Emma. Dream big.

8. Pirates of the Caribbean Online (2007-2013)

My favorite memory from this game was traversing the open seas and bombarding unsuspecting enemy ships with my giant cannons. Even though the game got shut down, I somewhat am able to relive my old Pirate memories through playing Assassin Creed: Black Flag, which has an eerily similar sailing system. (I see you Ubisoft...)

9. Poptropica (2007)

This game always kind of creeped me out, cause the characters somewhat resembled bobbleheads. And bobbleheads are just down-right disturbing to look at. But it was still a fun, Mac-friendly and educational game!

10. Fantage (2008-2018)

Fantage was the game that I began making YouTube videos on. (I hope no one ever finds those.) I'd make video tutorials on how to get certain clothing items, or tricks on how to play a game, or just me blabbering on my character to strangers, flexing that "I'm filming a YouTube video right now!" The simpler times in life.

11. AdventureQuest Worlds (2008)

AdventureQuest Worlds was the upgraded, more successful relative of Dragon Fable, and also has a place in my heart because it, too, was able to run on a Mac.

12. Wizard 101 (2008)

Wizard 101 is one of my favorites. It was a game that I fell victim to via advertising (and was just the beginning to my marketing vulnerability.) Wizard 101 was the reason my parents eventually bought a "family" PC after I begged them for months. Notice the quotations.

I actually first played Wizard 101 in the beautiful city of Paris, where my parents made the mistake of renting an Air BnB that had a PC (for their guests to use to check email and Facebook.) But what did I do? I downloaded Wizard 101 the moment I laid my eyes on the beaut. My obsession only grew from there. As I was traversing the streets of Paris while eating a gourmet baguette, all I could think about was how I'd come home and be able to play on my Adept Pyromancer, Roslyn Rose. Wow.

13. Pixie Hollow (2008-2013)

I never got too into Pixie Hollow, but I just loved the fact I was able to make an in-game fairy. For those who don't know, I had a huge obsession with fairies as a kid, so much so that I wanted to be a fairy when I grew up. I'd have dreams (and still do) where I'd be able to flap my arms and just fly away into the sky.

14. Fusion Fall (2009-2013)

Fusion Fall was, in my opinion, a very under-rated game. The leveling process was way too slow, but I loved how they integrated our favorite Cartoon Network characters into the game. I remember every time I fought a boss in the game (they were evil versions of the TV characters,) I'd get way too into it: my heart would race, hands would get clammy, and I'd throw a fit if I died in-game. It's fair to say that the game was a bit too captivating for 9-year-old me.

15.  Ether Saga (2009-2016)

If you've heard of, or better yet played, this game, please be my best friend. This game was the first game I was cyberbullied on! Good times. No, but real talk, this game was the transition into my temporary "Otaku" stage of life, and I wouldn't be the woman I am today without it. The game was created by a Japanese company and had a very cartoonish/Anime look to it. After playing this game, for the next few years, I only sought out games with similar aesthetics.

16. Eden Eternal (2010)

This game was one of the redeeming ones I discovered from my search for a "good Anime MMORPG." (That was my top Google search from 2009-2014.) I actually formed some solid friends from this game (I promise they're not pedophiles mom!) and found a community on the game when I didn't feel like I exactly fit anywhere offline. I do realize how sad this sounds, but I'm grateful for this experience, for making these online friends gave me the confidence to break out of my social-anxiety and make some friends in the real world.

17. Honorary Mention #1: RuneScape (2001)

I didn't play RuneScape enough to properly say that I played it, however, I do believe it deserves an honorary mention, as it was a part of so many of my friends' childhoods (and still is for some as well.)

18. Honorary Mention #2: MapleStory (2003)

I didn't include MapleStory on the list because I didn't actually start playing the game until a few years ago. So, I can't say that it truly "impacted my childhood." While I didn't play MapleStory pre-Big Bang (AKA before it underwent a huge update), I know many people who did, and how many childhood memories were formed on there.

I congratulate you for making it to the end! Thanks for reliving my childhood with me~

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45 Throwback Songs You Probably Forgot Existed

But you know you still know every word.
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We all scroll through the radio stations in the car every once in a while, whether its because we lost signal to our favorite one or we are just bored with the same ol' songs every day. You know when you're going through and you hear a song where you're just like "I forgot this existed!" and before you know it, you're singing every word? Yeah, me too. Like, 95% of the time. If you're like me and LOVE some good throwback music, here's a list of songs from every genre that have gotten lost in time, but never truly forgotten (all gifs from Giphy).

1. "Big Pimpin'" - Jay-Z ft. UGK

Jay-Z gives us a ballad about, you guessed it, pimpin' big in NYC. Jay-Z's rhymes paired with that catchy beat is just bound to get stuck in your head for the rest of the night.

2. "Mr. Brightside" - The Killers


If you say that you don't know any of the words to this song, you're the worst kind of person... a liar. This classic has left stamps of its lyrics on 99% of the population, and has a forever spot in my soul.

3. "Lose Yourself" - Eminem


This song always leaves me feeling like I could sign a record deal and launch my career as a rap/hip-hop legend... and craving spaghetti.

4. "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American) - Toby Keith


A ballad for the ages that brings the overly patriotic American badass out of all of us.

5. "Drop It Like It's Hot" - Snoop Dogg ft. Pharrell Williams

SNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOP!

6. "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" - Green Day

This song makes me want to walk down a lonely road, preferably a dark one, and reflect on all of my life choices. Nevertheless, it's still a fantastic song.

7. "My Boo" - Ghost Town DJs

The "running man" has brought this one back, and I couldn't be happier.

8. "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" - Panic! At The Disco

If your friends don't "chime in" by screaming the chorus at the top of their lungs in the car with you, it's time to leave them there and find new friends. Also, did anyone ever tell the groom what his bride has been up to?

9. "Semi-Charmed Life" - Third Eye Blind


A life anthem for all of us. Third Eye Blind has recently released another album. My inner child is tingling.

10. "Baby Got Back" - Sir Mix A Lot



Nicki Minaj sampled this in her song "Anaconda" in 2014. Take a minute to realize that some people have heard that, but not the REAL jam that the sample came from. Now, cry.

11. "Sk8er Boi" - Avril Lavigne


Sk8er boi, you would be good enough for me. It's what's on the inside that counts.

12. "Milkshake" - Kelis

It's day 4. The milkshake is curdled in the yard. There are still no boys to be found.

13. "Get Low" - Lil Jon ft. Ying Yang Twinz


The real question is which version is better: Lil Jon's or Sandra Bullock's?

14. "Hey Ya!" - Outkast


You've heard the song, but have you ever really listened to or analyzed the lyrics that you knew by heart by the age of 10? Do it.

15. "Check Yes Or No" - George Strait


You don't have to be a country lover to know this song. My hardcore rocker/screamo friend even knows the chorus. Don't try and tell me you don't. I don't like liars.

16. "Ride Wit Me" - Nelly


"Ayyyyye, must be the monaaayyy!" - frequently screamed lyric

17. "Hollaback Girl" - Gwen Stefani


This song made all of the shit B-A-N-A-N-A-S when it came on. Still does.

18. "I'm Like A Bird" - Nelly Furtado


If "Whoa, Nelly!" wasn't the album of your childhood, you may want to have a conversation with your parents. Another great product from this album was "Turn Off The Light", both of which were top 10 hits.

19. "Pony" - Ginuwine


Even though I can't hear this song without seeing Channing Tatum's half naked body in my mind, it's still one of my favorite songs to hear. Instant day brightener when I hear that funky beat at the beginning.

20. "U Got It Bad" - Usher


Usher made me fall in love with a person I met at the grocery store with this one. Beautiful lyrics, beautifully sung.

21. "Cleanin' Out My Closet" - Eminem


As sad as these lyrics are, Eminem really hit this one out of the park.

22. "Poison" - Bel Biv Devoe


Why would you kiss her if she is poison? That just doesn't sound very smart,

23. "Gangstas Paradise" - Coolio


10/10 would recommend listening to Weird Al's parody of this song.

24. "No Diggity" - Blackstreet ft. Dr. Dre and Queen Pen


As great as Anna Kendrick is at rapping this song, nothing tops the original.

25. "No Scrubs" - TLC


This song has had some girls accepting nothing less than the best since its release in 1999.

26. "Gin & Juice" - Snoop Dogg


Snoop D-O-double G cranked this bad boy out in 1993, before I was born. Regardless, I still know every word.

27. "It Was A Good Day" - Ice Cube


The first time I heard this may have been on Grand Theft Auto, but that doesn't mean that it isn't a great song.

28. "What's Your Fantasy" - Ludacris


Another song that I knew most of the lyrics to that I probably shouldn't have at a young age.

29. "Thriller" - Michael Jackson


Dubbed as the "King of Pop," MJ was a hero to many. Despite some allegations made against him, his records continue to sell and be listened to across the world.

30. "Wannabe" - Spice Girls


The Spice Girls gave their men some basic guidelines in this staple song from the 90's. If you know the story from A-Z, you are probably a lyrical genius.

31. "It Wasn't Me" - Shaggy


Bro, she caught you in the action. It was probably most definitely you.

32. "Everybody (Backstreets Back)" - Backstreet Boys


They really were back, and we all wish they had stayed.

33. "I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing" - Aerosmith


If anyone every legitimately sings this to me, I WILL cry.

34. "Welcome to the Black Parade" - My Chemical Romance


Nostalgia. Nostalgia everywhere.

35. "Misery Business" - Paramore


I can't tell if I want to be Hayley Williams or be ON Hayley Williams. I'd be okay with either. #girlcrush

36. "Steal My Sunshine" - Len


This feel good song makes me want to rip open a popsicle and ride my bicycle around town.

37. "Fly" - Sugar Ray


As repetitive as this is, this song will never get old.

38. "Waiting on the World to Change" - John Mayer


Yes John, we're still waiting too.

39. "Song 2" - Blur

WOO-HOO!

40. "Buddy Holly" - Weezer


Weezer may have hated this song, but we are glad they recorded it.

41. "Wonderwall" - Oasis


I think millennials were born knowing the lyrics to this song.

42. "Sweet Caroline" - Neil Diamond


BA BA BAAAAAAA!

43. "No Rain" - Blind Melon


Maybe it's just me who is obsessed with this song, but if you haven't heard it, I highly recommend.

44. "Champagne Supernova" -Oasis


Another song that I truly believe that millennials were born knowing the lyrics to. Coincidence that they are both by Oasis?

45. "99 Problems" - Jay-Z


I have 99 problems, and this playlist solves all of them.

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15 Toys That Made My Early 2000s Childhood

You know you loved them.

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Growing up in a time with limited access to technology, us 90s and early 2000s kids had to entertain ourselves. Let's take a break from early adulthood stress and remember the nostalgic times of our childhood.

1. Furby

I remember when I got my first Furby for Christmas. My cousins and I were pumped!!! Within a week mine could sing Twinkle Twinkle Little star and play Red Light Green Light.


2. Sky Dancers

My youngest aunt introduced this magnificent toy to me. You could catch my cousin and I whirling her up into the air and watch her dance across the sky for hours.

3. Lincoln Logs

My brother and I got this toy for Christmas one year and spent the entire morning playing with it. These little logs were so much fun to play with!

4. Barbie's Dream House

This was my favorite thing in the world! My cousin and I would sit downstairs for hours playing barbies. This Dream Home has an elevator and everything I could dream of.

5. Mr. Potato Head


Classic! If Andy had it, we wanted to have it.

6. Bop it

The catchy tune and competitive spirit of this toy made it the best. We played this in a circle, passing it to the next person, hoping they didn't mess up.

7. Pokemon

My cousins, brother, and I played the cards, the gameboy game, and watched the show like true fans. I even had a binder with card holders to protect my gems. You could always catch me trading cards during recess.

8. Tamagotchi

These virtual children that could eat, go to the bathroom, and play were one of the most wanted toys of childhood. Don't worry, mine was always attached to my hip.

9. Pogo Sticks

Pink Pogo Stick  by nag #12, via Flickr | PINK! | Pogo stick, Pink, Back in the day

We all loved when pogo sticks made a comeback! I tried and tried, but I can admit now, I could never actually do it.

10. Gameboy

My favorite games were (obviously) Pokemon and Harvest Moon. A guilty pleasure of mine to this day is still Harvest Moon. For those of you who understand my love for this game--they have an app now.

11. Barbie Head

I couldn't find the OG picture, but everyone loved this barbie you could style. I gave mine to my cousin so he could practice braiding hair. She disappeared (after the move). The search still continues.

12. House

Were you the mom, dad, or baby? I was the mom, of course, but secretly always wanted to be the baby. Don't worry, house also included adventures in the woods, making mud pies, and starting fake fires.

13. Easy Bake Oven

Grandma always understood my love for this toy. Every kid should experience the magic of the Easy Bake Oven.

14. Baby Dolls


My baby could eat, go to the bathroom, and cry. How much better can it get? I loved this thing so much. My mom always tells stories of me carrying her everywhere I went.

15. The OG Poly Pocket

I loved to play with my polly pockets. Pretty sure mine disappeared (thanks mom) because they had lead in the paint.

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