Essentially consisting of screencaps and gifs, Old Web is an aesthetic utilizing traditional web design elements combined with aspects of poetry and self-expression. This also includes GIFs, video games, and clip-art. This aesthetic expresses nostalgia for Internet culture of the mid-1990s to late 2000s (spanning roughly Windows 95 to the glory days of YouTube).
Old Web's philosophical heart yearns for the days of uninhibited individualism of the old web, before the internet became streamlined and social media monopolized how people communicated, and web graphic design developed a stricter set of rules for the "dos" and "don'ts" for the sake of accessibility and marketing.
Many Old Web screencaps and gifs come from archived GeoCities websites made by amateur coders and animators. The limited nature of the internet contributed to old web graphics being a bit rough around the edges. Harsh website design choices, clunky animations, and pixel art are all defining traits of the old web aesthetic.
Another main visual aesthetic that this category follows is the rounded blue edge windows that old software on Windows XP archived, the sharp looking windows that software appeared on Windows 95/98, or the transparent background that Windows Vista is much known for (in terms of looks).
This may also include early 3D examples from Windows' screensavers or commercial, ads for any of Microsoft's product or even software that characterized the old Windows OS's.
Old Web, musically, relates itself audibly to Vaporwave, since usually the people who follow this aesthetic are in major part responsible for the Vaporwave movement.
There's a genre that people who follow this aesthetic have created: The mockup bootup/shutdown screens.
Old web music can also be music that first gained popularity in the golden days of YouTube, mostly music that has a resemblance of the old web such as:
- Nyan Cat [original]
- Windows XP error remix
- Kasane Teto - Teto territory
- Nightcore - Rockefeller Street
- you are an idiot!
- Miku Hatsune-Ievan Polkka
- Caipirinha (Original dance)
And many more!
Hobbies & Activities
Some potential activities and hobbies of the Old Web aesthetics include going to old webpages and using old avatar chat programs (like the infamous Worlds.com; an old chatting program that is largely abandoned these days save for a dedicated group of people who act like a Satanic cult to mess with newcomers who come in). For those REALLY adventurous individuals in Old Web, there's always traveling the Deep Web, but be careful where you go on the Deep Web lest you stumble upon some potentially illegal content (though, to dispel the myths, no, not every website on the deep web is a hub for illegal pornography, hiring hitmen, and buying drugs, there are plenty of innocent sites on the Deep Web). Even with this note aside, please take caution while exploring the Deep Web. Do not click any suspicious links and use an antivirus software.
Another popular activity within the Old Web aesthetic is playing games that were popular at the time the Old Web aesthetic's period of prominence (such as The Sims™)
Other Media and Games
- Hypnospace Outlaw
- Subserial Network
- Secret Little Haven
- Mackerelmedia Fish
- The ENA series by Joel G
- Needy Girl Overdose/Needy Streamer Overload
|Examples of the videogame OST|
|Example of a remixed piece of the OST|
External links to help get a better understanding of this aesthetic.
- webcore! 🌈🍭💥 Spotify playlist by gaysinspace
- Webcore vibes ✨ Spotify playlist Winniesauce
- webcore whore Spotify playlist by lydia_big_nose
- webcore Spotify playlist by 🧜🏼♀️
- webcore Spotify playlist by tsumaranaii
- cyberspace Spotify playlist by impi
- webcore by KITTY
- webcore Spotify playlist by the official Spotify account.