Wow, there's some top tier stuff in this thread. I'm loving this Jet Set Radio page. I also did not know Neocities was a thing. Really brings me back to the Geocities days! It's inspiring.
At 12/21/20 02:34 AM, Sassav wrote:
Cool site where some old dude collects experimental "proof of concept" projects. You need CL Fusion 2 to run them.
Oh man, Nivram! I remember this Castles-of-Britain site from the old Clickteam forums. Some of my example files are on Nivram's site. Specifically the "Z Order Sort" one. It's weird coming across this in the wild. I actually just created this account just because of this thread. I stumbled onto this site by chance a few minutes ago. I used to spend every day on Newgrounds in my early teens, but never had an account or posted. I just really dug the animation and flash games scene.
Anyway, I really really love weird little homepages like the stuff posted in this topic. I have a huge folder in my bookmarks full of odd, useful, and useless pages! I've been calling the folder "Cozy Homepages" because they have that real personal old-school Geocities feel.
I'll have to post some here. I'll start with some of the less interesting ones, and work up.
Basically some guy's portfolio site. Just links to his other social media, but I love the raw HTML simplicity of it's layout.
A site full of interesting pixel art, all formatted in a way that makes them easy to implement into the SNES game Mario Paint.
Some programmer guy's personal site, with just a bunch of random stuff on it. There's a page full of just Hazmat stickers, and one page full of video game maps from older pixel games.
A pixel artist's personal site. There's some really neat stuff explaining the psychology of pixel art, tutorials, as well as procedural Voxel stuff. There are some really fascinating animations and interactive programs buried on the site, like here: https://drububu.com/animation.html
"The official website in memorial of Jaclyn Linetsky" - A memorial and fan site for a somewhat small-time young actress who sadly killed in a car accident at age 17. She was most notable for voicing the cartoon character "Caillou" among other roles. Think what you want about that awful cartoon, but it's clear that Jackie was very loved, and had a promising career and life ahead of her. This tribute site is styled in a very typical style for early 2000's internet.
"Vic George's Imaginarium" - A very strange personal site. There's a page full of weird Smurf fan art, a page for Vic's poetry, a large section full of Smurf's fan fiction, a large "memorial" section for people who have died (with little information on who they are), a section full of actually pretty competent video game articles (give some of these a read), and a whole section on Christian music from the 90's.
The whole Christian Smurf theme is really bizarre. It really is just Vic George's site, all sorts of personal thoughts and feelings. I originally stumbled across this page when looking for info on Mario Paint, and read his article here: http://www.vicgeorge419.net/games7.htm
A blog about very obscure and little known games. Like, seriously obscure games, a lot I've never even heard of. Many are from the old Apple II and DOS era, when games came on multiple floppy disks.
A neat site where a programmer showcases a lot of his weird visual and mathematical experiments. Lots of them are interactive, and they run in your browser. Includes a Sheikah translator, maze randomizer, and lots of neat visual effects.
You play with all of his interactive CodePen projects here: https://codepen.io/tsuhre/pens/public
My favorite is this step-by-step guide on how to recreate Yoshi's Island title screen: https://canvasanimations.wordpress.com/2017/10/06/recreating-yoshis-island/
An extensive wiki detailing all known "Lost Media" - movies, games, books, and media that have documented proof of existing, yet have somehow been lost to time. There's sections for media that has been re-surfaced too. A lot of pilot episodes for cartoons and TV shows get lost to time.
Probably the most famous piece of lost media being the film Metropolis - one of the most significant and influential films ever made. Despite the movie having been widely viewed in theaters across the world by millions of people, no complete copy of the full film exists today. There are scenes of the movie that are missing due to film degradation. The current "version" of the film is spliced together from tons of partial copies from around the globe.
A cool site where you can log your progress on every game you own. You can mark games as "unfinished" "beaten" or "complete" and it'll show progress bars for how much of your game collection you've played. Kind of like GoodReads.com, but for video games.
User's can customize their own pages, and it kinda has an old MySpace vibe. You can leave reviews and comments on games you've played too.
A kind of obscure game. It's basically a "Worms" clone, but you can play online and join servers. So like an MMO version of Worms. It seems to actually be a really old game, with some various DOS tools for modding. It has a small but dedicated hacking and modding scene.
A pretty stunning game. A fully 3D world, drawn with ASCII characters. Use Q and E keys to rotate the camera. It looks like there is a title page now, but when I originally found the site, you had to manually alter the URL to change to different versions of the "game." It's not as much of a game as it is a sandbox/toy, since there's no goal as of now. Just kind of a tech demo.
The link is an archive link, since the original site seems to have died sometime last year.
The site is full of neat comics and very interesting character designs. There's some sketches linked at the bottom of the page which were clearly drawn on lined paper while in high school or something.
His site and characters all have a very distinct style. There's tons of cool art and content here.
There's also a download for one of my favorite obscure indie games: Lyle in Cube Sector. It's basically a Metroidvania that plays kinda like Super Mario Bros 2.
"Emma's Homepage" - A very stylish personal site, full of lots of cool art, games, music, and resources. Many of the sections have totally unique designs. The "Other Stuff" section is full of lots of useful tools, art/music/video editing resources.
The section labeled LINEOUT.LAND is full of high quality remasters of video game soundtracks.
The whole site is oozing with personality.
Probably my favorite website of all time. It's basically an online portfolio for a talented programmer. But the whole site is this 3D interactive world, full of easter eggs and cool effects. This guy really loves isometric world. You can click and drag on the cubes to "tug" them, and the world responds. Try to find all the golden turtles.
There's also tons of free bizarre and experimental games to download here, made by the author.