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Ten years ago, InterAct began advertising this obscure online attachment for the Nintendo 64 called "Sharkwire Online." I personally don't know much about the device or how it was supposed to work beyond what Wikipedia and IGN have to say about it.
That is, it appears the Sharkwire was a dial-up modem that plugged into a N64 and allowed game console owners to access an ISP of sorts, through which they could download the latest cheats and codes to their Sharkwire units, which would then function, I presume, like the more common InterAct GameShark peripheral.
This whole setup seems like an overly elaborate Rube Goldberg way of cheating at games, so it's no surprise that the Sharkwire Online quickly faded into oblivion. I didn't remember it at all when I came across this ad in EGM the other day; not only did I pore over each issue of that magazine religiously throughout its entire run, but I usually took specific note of any online-related accessories.
Did anybody out there have one of these? Would you care to fill us in on what exactly it did from a user's perspective? Did it do it well?
As a side note, it's now 2010, which, thanks to my longstanding but completely arbitrary "vintage" guideline, means that the year 2000 now opens to us as a source of VC&G material.
History marches on, and what was once new continuously slides away from us until it crosses into the realm of obsolete curiosity. Funny enough, in a time when a five year-old cell phone seems like it was from the stone age, ten years is beginning to feel like a conservative figure. Still, it's always a minor shock to see what becomes the nouveau vintage every year.
[ From Electronic Gaming Monthly, February 2000, p.206-207 ]
Discussion Topic of the Week: How do you feel about "cheating" at video games with devices like the GameShark, Pro Action Replay, and the Game Genie? Is it a good or bad thing?