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PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2015 6:57 pm 
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I recently got a mail from a guy named David who has written a great article on the Quantum Link system, an online service that was available in the US and Canada from 1985 to 1994, and which, in many ways, was a forerunner to the way we came to connect and communicate on the internet.

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Quantum Link, originally available on the Commodore 64 computer, offered and pioneered many of the features we are used to having on the modern internet, such as e-mail, instant messagaing, shopping and chat rooms - to name a few.

Quantum Link also featured the ground breaking game Habitat by Lucasfilm's, the first graphical massively multiplayer online game.

https://www.tinytickle.co.uk/quantum-link/#mmo
Q-Link was also made available on Apple & IBM compatible PCs from 1988.

I was wondering if you could add a link from your website (retrohackers.com) to the piece to help spread knowledge of the influential, but now largely forgotten, Quantum Link service. The article has proven popular on social media, and I thought that it would be of interest to your readers. Any mention you could make on social media would also be fantastic.

Any corrections, feedback or comments you may have on the piece would be greatly appreciated, either by email or via the comments form on the webpage itself.


It also featured a graphical Online Multiplayer interactive virtual worlds made by no other than Lucasarts (!). One of the world's first commercial MMOs, if not *the* first!

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The article has lots of screen graphics and vintage videos from the glory days. Go check it out!

https://www.tinytickle.co.uk/quantum-link/

Also make sure to check out the Quantum Link Reloaded project:

http://orrtech.us/qlink/index.html

Happy hacking! 8)


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2015 7:06 pm 
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RaveGuru wrote:
I recently got a mail from a guy named David who has written a great article on the Quantum Link system, an online service that was available in the US and Canada from 1985 to 1994, and which, in many ways, was a forerunner to the way we came to connect and communicate on the internet.

Image

It also featured a graphical Online Multiplayer interactive virtual worlds made by no other than Lucasarts (!). One of the world's first commercial MMOs, if not *the* first!

Image

The article has lots of screen graphics and vintage videos from the glory days. Go check it out!

https://www.tinytickle.co.uk/quantum-link/

8)


Whoa! That's great! See, here in germany there were references to Quantum Link in the first editions of the Commodore 64 User Manual. I always wondered what this was all about. It was in the early 1990's that I've discovered what Q-Link was and still feel a little sad that I've never had the chance to see it in action. Oh, but I went straight in to the BBS world at about the same time. Still like these system (as you may have noticed) - You can visit my own BBS here: wintermute.bbsindex.com ...

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2015 7:22 pm 
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Hey Lodger!
I share the same experience as you. I vaguely remember the notion of Q-Link back in the late 80's or early 90's. Have you tried the Q-Link Reloaded thing, is it still up?

Great to see that your board is still alive and kicking!! :)


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2015 7:27 pm 
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RaveGuru wrote:
Hey Lodger!
I share the same experience as you. I vaguely remember the notion of Q-Link back in the late 80's or early 90's. Have you tried the Q-Link Reloaded thing, is it still up?

Great to see that your board is still alive and kicking!! :)


Nah, just saw your post and replied. I'll dig into this tomorrow morning (saturday, no work) so I can enjoy it. As for the BBS - get yourself a copy of SyncTerm and visit, I'm around at least once a day right now. Working on improvements. Always happy to have someone to chat with. Oh, and there's a Lemmings clone in the games section, called lemons. Lemming ins ANSI!! :shock: - took me an hour until I could breathe again!

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I was thinking for sometime now to build a qlink server on cbm8bit.com

It's nice to see these services still available. :)

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