Like many of my generation, the soundtrack of my childhood holidays was comprised of the shrill static shriek of the ZX Spectrum loading games from an old cassette player, punctuated only by my mother imploring me to turn off the computer and go outside for some fresh air. Games back then were a new and scary world, and quickly the idea of the lone player, passively plugging into a game and blocking out the rest of the world, took hold.
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