Here are some very Japanese sites from the late 90s, too.
It's a bit like browsing a parallel world, imho.
The art style of some personal homepages were very colorful and vibrant.
https://web.archive.org/web/19991022011343/ht … jp/%7Etoyoshim/
https://web.archive.org/web/19991001075608/ht … /Playtown/2004/
https://web.archive.org/web/20010106071700/ht … tt.com/gameboy/
This page isn't Japanese, but I've found it through a link on a Japanese site.
And it's very colorful, too!
https://web.archive.org/web/19990508141601/ht … rohwei/gameboy/
I hope you don't mind for me spamming my own thread a bit. 😅
It's just.. The links might be useful. One might lead to other ones that are interesting. Finding Japanese links or an equivalent to a"web ring" from the western internet/web is tough.
It's a bit like browsing YT for animes. If you look out for something special, you'll likely won't find it at first.
But once you watched a random anime, YT will begin to display more and more useful results in Kanji..
In essence, that's what's happening if you browse old websites long enough.
It's both exciting and exhausting. Speaking of, I need to get to be now. Was on a discovery the whole night long. 😴
Edit: Also, the Japanese users were developing early on for Windows, despite all its shortcomings.
Windows allowed them do develop platform independently when different x86 PC architecture fought each other's.
Windows 3.x was like an multimedia API or runtime to them (like SDL, Allegro, QT etc now is for us).
Programs written for Windows ran on all of these, essentially.
That's why I hope that there are some forgotten Win16/Win32s emulators left.
On the other hand: Emulation as such was stigmatized at the time in Japan, if my information is correct.
In people's heads it was often associated with pira**.
Today it's different maybe thanks to Virtual Consoles etc.
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