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Date:09/09/14
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jreid
My 90s roommate kept this sound enabled, and would chain-cyber Asian girls for hours, every damn night. Pretty sure I've heard this sound at least 100,000 times, muffled through the wall and the pillow pulled over my ears, drilling into the base of my fucking skull, gradually chiseling away at my sanity.

Thankfully he didn't leave the typewriter sound enabled.
yogarfield
my roommate had this sound and the cow sound. and he'd leave it on, as we slept. i can't count the nights i hovered over his bunk with a pillow over his head.

John Holmes Motherfucker
God, I loved that typerwriter sound. By 2000, it was already nostalgic.

dairyqueenlatifah
I work with a lady who has this as her phone's text message sound.

I guess I came to the internet too late to hve any fond memories of ICQ. By the time I showed up Yahoo Messenger and AIM were where it was at.
Callamon
Having a low digit ICQ number was once a badge of pride.
boner
I have a number that's over 10,000,000 and was created in 1998 at the latest.

memedumpster
Mine was four digits.

il fiore bel
Hah. I also had an eight-digit number that began with 1. The account must've been deleted, though. I tried to get back into it after three years of not doing anything, but it wouldn't let me.

Hooker
I'm pretty sure mine was under 700,000 or under 70,000. Or something else entirely. But it was smaller than everyone I knew.

Who wants to suck my dick?

Jet Bin Fever
Oh shit, I forgot all about this. Mine was pretty low, but I haven't got a clue what it was. I can barely remember my pin number.

Hooker
I once forgot my pin number for almost a whole year. I used my credit card the whole time, and then one day, I just remembered my pin number and went back to withdrawing money again.

jreid
Six digits here. I brag to my kids but they don't seem to appreciate the value.

dr_mr_vandertramps
I had a seven-digiter.

Urist
I still use ICQ... it still makes the same sound. I used a third party client for years and went back to the actual ICQ client recently and I couldn't bring myself to turn it off.

Every now and then when my phone makes that sound it causes the odd person within earshot to have flashbacks.
Gmork
Oh. God.

My days of making Marathon 2: Durandal and Marathon: Infinity maps. We'd do "map roulette" where we add 49 polygons per session and then hand it off to the next person.
Gmork
also hotline

Scrimmjob
When I used to use ICQ I got "ICQ bombed" a few times, you would get bombarded with hundreds of messages within a few seconds. So this sound would be going ape shit the whole time, dutifully informing you of all the incoming messages.

There is a gas station chain around here that has cash registers that use this sound, every time I hear it I have a flashback.
Scrimmjob
I pirated a copy of the sims from a friend of mine over ICQ quite a few years ago, whenever we were both on we'd start up the transfer, it took the better part of a summer to download the 600 or so mb file, I was really surprised when it actually worked!

il fiore bel
Memories.

This sound has migrated to other programs too, I've noticed.
Hooker
Haha, what? ICQ sold for 7 million. In 2010.
The Mothership
Hey if you're playing Quake 2 Death-matches on GameSpy make sure to log out of ICQ, otherwise the game will crash if you get any messages. That's a protip from me, 1997 and a freshman in college.
SixDigitDebt
Used to play a Q2 mod called DDay: Normandy. With the right shit video settings any popup sign-in notifications that you'd get in the bottom corner of the screen glitched the game so that you'd see them through walls.

The Mothership
I remember loving playing with a guy whose username was 'A Gentle Breeze' cause whenever a new kill was reported in text in the upper-lefthand corner of the screen it would read: "The Mothership (or somebody else) was fragged by A Gentle Breeze", and it was so much more humiliating.

glasseye
Action Quake 2!

craptacular
I used to play the Half Life mod They Hunger during ICQ days. "They hunnnnngerrrrr" was a favorite phrase in my social circle. I distinctly remember using ICQ to chat to the guy next to me at a lan party...

hammsangwich
Did they steal this from Worms? Or am I just imaging the worms ever said this? Worms came out in 1995 and ICQ came out in 1996.
hammsangwich
Similar to the "uh-oh" from Worms 2 which came out in 1997 and still has a functional website up.

ftp://ftp.team17.com/pub/t17/worms2/sounds/w2_audio_vox.zip

Quad9Damage
This was the first IM program I was made aware of after IRC, and I still know my ICQ number by heart.

I didn't remember this noise as much as that goddamned typing sound effect they added later.
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