But on a smaller timescale, we can't believe how much the world of gaming has progressed over the last few years alone. To think this shockingly archaic tech used to impress us. It's not going to be pretty…
The internet ran up our phone bill
Remember when the internet was something you couldn't use while your sister was on the phone? When you had to keep putting 10p coins in a jam jar just so that you could play Phantasy Star Online without your parents nagging you? So do we - just look at this beauty:
It's a Dreamcast modem. Yup, a 56k modem to be precise. This model will likely look prehistoric to US readers, but spare a thought for your UK brothers – our Dreamcasts came with 33.6kbps modems. It was horrible.
But at the time, it was amazing. Seeing the internet load – incredibly slowly – on our TVs was a miracle. And then there was that wonderful day we came home from college to find Chu Chu Rocket sitting on our doormat.
Yup, Sega introduced us to online gaming for FREE. Amazing. Sure, every time you pressed a button, you had to wait a second or so for the tile to be placed (so that everyone had the same horrible lag and not just us with our 33.6k setups), but it was on-line gaming, no question. And then CHAT ROOMS afterwards to gloat, curse creatively, and spam everyone with the function keys. Ah, happy days.