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15 Things Classic PC Gamers Did That Prove Everyone Is Spoiled Today

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1. Play through entire games WITHOUT a mouse...

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WASD FTW.

2. ...or clean the mouse you did have by popping out the little ball inside.

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Oddly satisfying.

3. Or worse, use a nightmarish gamepad like this one:

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Seriously, what is this?

4. Depend on monthly magazines for the latest news, trends, and release dates.

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That is, until the internet attacked print.

5. Beat "non-talkie" versions of games because you bought the floppy disks instead of the CD-ROM...

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It was a whole 'nother game with speech.

6. ...or maybe you didn't have the latest one of these:

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Just listen to that glorious 16-bit stereo sound!

7. Not to mention the add-in graphics cards you had to buy every year.

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You know the ones.

8. Complete a single-player campaign with your friend watching over your shoulder — and call it "co-op."

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"Use the plasma cannon — plasma cannon, I said!"

9. Install a single game consisting of multiple discs — sometimes as many as seven. S-E-V-E-N.

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And then somehow never scratch or lose them.

10. Go to a big-box store to buy bigger-box games...

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So many expansion packs.

11. ...which sometimes came with BOOKS for manuals.

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Every flight simulator handbook was a novel.

12. Trip over countless cables at LAN parties — after taking hours to set up every clunky desktop monitor.

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Mom and Dad had no idea what they were getting into.

13. Do this:

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Any fan is a CPU fan if you try hard enough.

14. Set up battlestations on your family's antique wooden furniture.

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Every desktop lived in an armoire desk.

15. And finally, own a computer with 4MB of RAM and a 25MHz processor.

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And we thought it was blazing fast.

PCs have come a long way since the point-and-click days. See what it takes to become a pro gamer here.