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POP THROWBACK: Popular PC Games We Played at Internet Cafes

Aug 23, 2022
by Excel Dyquiangco

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AB_POP THROWBACK_ Popular PC Games We Played at Internet Cafes

Before gaming setups became easier to build at home, we relied on “open time” sessions at our go-to Internet cafes. It was the early 2000s, and the countless hours we’ve spent in front of rented computers made for some memorable moments with friends. Although still an option for us, those who prefer to build their own rigs with the lightning-fast connection of PLDT Home WiFi 6 have given us the freedom to skip the trip to the cafe. That doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten all about the awesome games we’ve played together while playfully shouting at each other! Here, we look back at the good ol’ days of Internet cafes and the best PC games we played!

Some of these are still favorites today!

Counter Strike

Counter Strike

From MobyGames Official Website

Perhaps one of the most famous games played in Internet cafes, Counter Strike is a first-person shooter (FPS) video game that quickly gained popularity across the nation when it was introduced in 1999. Colloquially known as CS or Counter in most circles, the game centers around terrorist teams engaging in acts of terror while anti-terrorists attempt to thwart them.

O2Jam

O2Jam

From MobyGames Official Website

In this multi-player online music game (MPOMG), you must strike the right keys on your keyboard in time to hit the notes dropping on the screen. O2Jam gave us great songs to practice and master—from easy to hard. The ability for gamers to create their characters according to their preferences made the game even more enjoyable. Remember spending real-life money on e-Points or playing endlessly to earn gems? What a time!

Special Force

Special Force

From MobyGames Official Website

An FPS game similar to Counter Strike, Special Force supports up to 16 players that allow you to play with your friends and rally your clan for battles to improve your ranking. While the number of cheats in the game steadily increased over the years, the game continued to attack and defend the Special Force against enemies.

DOTA

DOTA

From MobyGames Official Website

The Defense of the Ancient (DOTA) is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) that was originally developed as a mod for Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos by Blizzard Entertainment. The goal of the game is for each team—the sentinel and the scourge—to take out the other base in order to win. In the tavern, players can select one of 100 heroes, each of whom has special talents and powers, and control that hero throughout the game. DOTA 1 is still playable today on the RGC server, and some individuals still participate!

Crazy Kart

Crazy Kart

From Softpedia Official Website

If you are an avid racer or you just want to race, Crazy Kart has all the elements for you—maps, karts, and avatars galore. It has a kart layout you can easily adjust to suit your taste, complemented with cartoon-style visuals you can’t help but enjoy. This game is surprisingly addicting despite its basic gameplay and modest visual requirements. Different race circuits at Crazy Kart also have differing degrees of difficulty. In addition, you can find power-ups along the way that you can utilize to increase your kart’s speed, protection, and capacity to eliminate or obstruct rivals.

Did your favorite PC game make it to our list? Share your ideas by emailing the Next Upgrade team at collabwithus@nextupgrade.ph!

 

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Excel V. Dyquiangco

Excel is a content writer at Next Upgrade assigned to lead sections of Sports & Fitness, Pop Culture, and Entertainment. He has been writing for magazines, newspapers, and websites for more than a decade. He often works out, and takes pride in having traveled to far-flung places in the Philippines such as Batanes and Tawi-Tawi.

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