Proof if proof was needed... THE ATARI 800XL - THIS FORUM's MOST LOVED/OWNED MICRO of the 80s.
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Before the World Wide Wait: watching Netflix movies, video-conferencing with our friends, and playing real-time video games on the Internet, we were using online services, such AOL, CompuServe, and GEnie to talk about movies, type letters to our buddies, and play ASCII, turn-based games...
I might have mentioned this before, but I never ventured into modems and online services with my 8-bit, mainly because my parents would never pay for the long distance calls to BBS's or the hourly service charge+ phone bill of the services like Compuserve. especially at $5-10 and hour, at 300 baud! There was also Delphi, and GCP (Games Computers Play) online multi-player gaming and forums, which eventually evolved into AOL (GPP was also ATARI ONLY). I dreamed of going online, especially with GCP and online gaming, and the pictures in the ads looked so cool, with the isometric 3D environment you would actually move an avatar through to different areas of the MCP.