I was a big fan of GEnie when it was available. It was the first time that I could recall in which I could interact with several publishers, and the concept of receiving errata online and getting game questions answered in near real-time was a real treat. Gone were the days of mailing in rules questions and not really knowing what anyone else thought of a particular game until a review journal would arrive in the mail.
I was sad to see GEnie go, mainly because I didn't know where gamers and publishers would network. AOL didn't seem to be happening, and the only thing that seemed half-way decent at the time was the consim-l mailing list, which remains active to this day. Of course, now we have some great community sites, such as boardgamegeek
, and of course, our very own ConsimWorld
I guess what fond memories I most have about GEnie is that it was a true discovery back into gaming, as I had taken a hiatus for several years since going away to college, so GEnie was my initial lifeline back into the hobby to see what was happening. It was also my first opportunity to forge online relationships and network with other gamers that continues to this day.
So, thanks GEnie for the memories!