The telephone disconnected and the downloaded game would remain in Game Line's Master Module and playable until the user turned off the console or downloaded another game.
In January 1983, Steve Case was hired as a marketing consultant for Control Video on the recommendation of his brother, investment banker Dan Case.
In November 1998, AOL announced it would acquire Netscape. In January 2000, AOL and Time Warner announced plans to merge, forming AOL Time Warner, Inc.
The terms of the deal called for AOL shareholders to own 55% of the new, combined company. The new company was led by executives from AOL, SBI, and Time Warner.
Within three years, AOL's user base grew to 10 million people.
In 1995 AOL was headquartered at 8619 Westwood Center Drive in the Tysons Corner CDP in unincorporated Fairfax County, Virginia, During this time, AOL's content channels, under Jason Seiken, including News, Sports, and Entertainment, experienced their greatest growth as AOL become the dominant online service internationally with more than 34 million subscribers.
1991 also saw the introduction of an original Dungeons & Dragons title called Neverwinter Nights from Stormfront Studios; which was one of the first Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games to depict the adventure with graphics instead of text.
This is commonly referred to as the "Eternal September", as USENET's cycle of new users was previously dominated by smaller numbers of college and university freshmen gaining access in September and taking a few weeks to acclimate.
In May 1983, Jim Kimsey became a manufacturing consultant for Control Video, which was near bankruptcy.
Kimsey was brought in by his West Point friend Frank Caufield, an investor in the company.
It passed tokens back and forth and provided a fixed price service tailored for home users.
In May 1988, Quantum and Apple launched Apple Link Personal Edition for Apple II and Macintosh computers.
AOL began in 1983, as a short-lived venture called Control Video Corporation (or CVC), founded by Bill von Meister.