History of my Internet Life and this Site

I became a newbie to the Internet when I was 12 in 1997. I didn't surf a lot; I just went into the chat rooms on AOL and spent hours in there. Back then, email was the most amazing concept for me. You could send a message to just about anyone in the world in just seconds. Just like in real life, I had friends and enemies on the Internet (luckily just one enemy). But about a year into my Internet life, I begun surfing different sites more than chatting in rooms.

During my journey through the information superhighway, I found many Mario-related sites. I enjoyed looking through all of them because I was always a big Mario fan. Then my friend, Matt, told me that he built a website of his own, and wanted me to check it out. So I did and I was really amazed. It kind of got me thinking, "Hey, I would like to do that someday. But of course I could NEVER find the time or knowledge to do anything like that!" So the idea of building my own website stuck with me for quite awhile, and at the time I had bought a digital camera and a photo-editing program. It also came with a website-making program, but at the time I thought I could never learn how to use it.

But one day when I was playing Mega Man X, I was having such a hard time that I went to the Mega Man Homepage and tried to find help there. Not only did I find help, but that site gave me the boost of inspiration that caused me to act on my impulse of building my own website. So I finally got started on IXLA Digital Camera Suite, and started placing text and pictures onto blank pages and finally built my first website, Mario 64 Mania! I wanted to be as helpful to others as the Mega Man Homepage was, so I put up game tips for Mario Party, Yoshi's Story, and Super Smash Bros. Now that I was finished with that site, I needed a counter. So I went to 123Counter.com and got one. But not knowing anything about HTML or even what it was, I had no idea how to put the counter onto my site. But after a long process of trial and error, I finally opened up my site in Notepad and copy and pasted the counter code there, and it worked! I wanted to expand my site, but unfortunately, I was out of FTP space. "No problem," I thought, "I'll just put extra information onto another domain." So I tried out Maxpages and put up game tips for Super Mario 64. Since I didn't intend it to be its own site, just a part of Mario 64 Mania!, I called it Purple's Super Mario 64 Section. To this day it hasn't even been completed! Anyway, still not over my website-building craze, I added another section to Mario 64 Mania!, made just for game screenshots. It is the same site that you are looking at right now and I deemed it Mario Nostalgia Mania (MNM)! But back in '98, it was nothing but a black front page and subpages containing screenshots for only three games. After adding so many screenshots I got tired and left this site alone for a year.

It wasn't until around summer of 2000, that I started working heavy-duty on MNM to improve it. I left Mario 64 Mania! since I couldn't update it anymore because my computer crashed, deleting all of my local files for that site, so this site was my biggest project, along with Crystal Universe, my Kirby 64 site. MNM was hosted on 50Megs for awhile, and then it was moved to Geocities for a very short time. It was then hosted by Xtremgaming up until about 2001. It was at this time that I think MNM enjoyed its "glory days", first starting out as a screenshots section, and evolving into a complex, full-of-informationed, megasite!

Then after that, things started going downhill. MNM suffered years of a lack of updates due to my part because life was changing and getting busier, and I no longer had the time or interest to keep this site running the way it used to. I was still as avid a Mario fan as ever, but it was getting difficult to put the time and effort to maintaining MNM. People even suggested that I just close it down and move on, but I could never bring myself to do it, mainly because this site took years to build up to what it was. The most that I actually considered was giving up ownership of it to someone else- most likely a fellow staff member- namely Magma Yoshi because he was really bent on keeping MNM updated. A final decision was never really made until 2006 when a good friend of mine named Scribendus and I decided that I couldn't let MNM disappear or fall off the radar, and a major revival process became underway. I owe much to Scribendus, who is now a staff member, for his unwavering support and contribution in bringing MNM back to life (he made the Super Mario World-themed layout, including the title banner below):



First, MNM got a permanent quality home on Awardspace. The next thing to do was to purchase a domain, but there was a dilemma. The domain name, www.marionostalgiamania.com, seemed too long, and it no doubt would be hard to remember and tedious to type. In addition, the name was no longer appropriate. In the beginning, when the site served solely as a screenshot archive, its mission was to deliver nostalgic feelings of old Mario games. However, it had expanded greatly over time and accrued much more diverse content and covered many Mario games including ones that weren't even out at the time. So the word "nostalgia" now only applied to a small subset of this site. Thus, it was decided by this site's eighth birthday that the name of MNM be changed to Absolute Mario with the slogan "The absolute authority on Mario." For about 3 years, I had used 4 different layouts on this site, all with generally the same format. I had a Halloween-themed one, a Christmas-themed one, a summer-themed one, and one general-purpose one that I called the "spring layout." At the bottom, you can find a screenshot of the summer-themed layout.

Then, in time for this site's 11th anniversary in 2010, I created a new layout which is what you see today! Below is a gallery of previous layouts and images used by Absolute Mario and Mario Nostalgia Mania! in the past. Isn't this just a nice walk down memory lane???


MNM circa 2000 hosted by 50Megs

MNM circa 2001 hosted by Xtremgaming

MNM circa 2005 hosted by Ionichost

AM summer theme 2006-2010 on absolutemario.com

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