NFT marketplace and infamous internet name LimeWire have entered the web3 gaming space to promote the upcoming public sale of their LMWR token.
The experiential browser game transports users back to the early 2000s, when LimeWire was an entirely different beast.
LimeWire’s only link to the original version is the domain name, and the project has a completely separate leadership team. However, new entrants certainly know how to push those nostalgic buttons for Millennials around the world. The new game guides users through a hall of fame memory for early 2000s teens exploring the joys of peer-to-peer (P2P) networking for the first time.
The game brings back a user interface similar to the original LimeWire application, with the game set to a Windows 95 desktop. The contest aims to download as many files as possible without downloading a virus.
Players can search for bands from the era and download songs until the program indicates that a virus has been found and the game is over. My first effort ended with just 170 points for my “Green Day” quest.
While the game is obviously marketing material for public sale, that’s not to say that ads can’t be fun from time to time. The designer of this ‘user activation’ clearly captures the target audience, as there are clear links between software like LimeWire and today’s crypto industry.
For many, Bitcoin was far from the first P2P experience for most of us, as we spent countless nights torrenting a single album. We remember the joys of finding the back catalog of bands whose CDs didn’t sell near you, random bootleg live recordings, and the pain of files stuck at 97.9% due to leechers.
At York University, we even had local networks on LimeWire to download torrent files on the university intranet. Obviously, I never participated in any of these activities, which we later learned were illegal.
The P2P boom was short-lived, however, as a US federal court ordered Lime Wire LLC to halt all file-sharing activities in October 2010, following a lawsuit by Arista Records LLC. However, Bitcoin had been created the year before, in 2009, and became the next grassroots network for those in the gray areas of the internet.
Seeing the name LimeWire back on the internet now that P2P networks are all the rage is great. While the absence of original creator Mark Gorton from the project is sad, the new game certainly brings back memories and reminds us of how long we’ve been bullish on decentralization.
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