If your interested in looking at amazing ones, look for Jed from the ACID group (or others?) His stuff was amazing. I wonder what he is doing now.
The art scene in the mid 90s was an interesting, vibrant, microcosm, moving from BBS's to IRC over the course of a few years.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILNs1GChGDk and the longer http://www.bbsdocumentary.com/ are a good watches if youre interested.
And an all around good egg.
Then about five years ago I started switching all my web development away from pngs and gifs to svgs. The more things change...
I made a simple terminal ANSI art viewer just for this: https://github.com/chjj/blessed/tree/master/example/ansi-vie...
Interesting but different.
Hint: Click on the [?] next to each file, the ans file doesn't render happy in the browser.
It basically uses the CGA 80x25 text 16 color screen on PC and PC clones.
I could be wrong, but I think the terminal codes were based on VT-100 or something with the IBM font added. When I had an Amiga 1000 I had to set my terminal to VT-100 and load a font that had the IBM PC character set in it, because the Amiga fonts had different character sets in them that didn't look right.
Modern terminal programs for BBSes are like this one:
It fully support BBS ANSI codes. It also lets you connect to Internet based Telnet BBS systems.
A Hungarian ANSI guy here. In Central/Eastern Europe we used the IBM CP852 which only tweaked some of the already accented characters to the language correct one. So we still had ANSI scene with the 8bit block characters.
Glad someone's collected those.
Unique is one way to describe it. I have an archive of some (sadly, not all) of our stuff, but after looking through it just now there's a lot that isn't exactly, um, appropriate? I guess the whole point was to be shocking but, if I'm honest, the tables have turned. A lot of it offends and embarrasses /me/ now.
Older, wiser, less acid...
Were you a regular?