What were your first experiences with the internet? You always seem to get every reference in video games, especially in creppeypasta land. Are you one of those people that started using the internet since the very beggining?
Started using the net in the mid to late 90s hunting cheat codes for PS1 & Genesis/SNES games. Eventually that became downloading awful quality anime episodes and mp3s from Kazaa. During this time I started hanging around Gamefaq’s boards including LUE. Eventual transition to Newgrounds then 4chan in 2004 with some SA lurking on the side.
When the /x/ board was created I used to lurk around and read some of these stories although some weren’t created on /x/. They used to have threads that weren’t really creepy pastas but just people wandering somewhere taking photos too. Things that were just odd or out of place, sometimes probably set up by the thread starter but still kind of fun to follow.
As far as pop culture in general I’ve never really drawn a line genre wise for anything so I know too much about too many things. If you check my music playlist I have rap, metal, electronica, classical, etc in there while game wise I love RPGs and strategy but I was a “Cyber Athlete” for Call of Duty at one point in my life, just to cite a contrasting example.