Tech throwbacks we all miss

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Enjoy our trip down memory lane as we look at various tech items we miss -- and sometimes still must have, even in 2017, such as the Sega Genesis, NHL 94, Tecmo Bowl and Atari.

BlackBerry

Introduced in 1998, BlackBerry phones became very popular,
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Introduced in 1998, BlackBerry phones became very popular, allowing users to communicate by phone and text, as well as other applications. However, by 2016, the company ceased making the phones, and the company's wide reach had diminished.

Tamagotchi

Didn't have a real pet? Tamagotchi were virtual
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Didn't have a real pet? Tamagotchi were virtual pets you could carry around in your pocket. But be careful, if you don't feed your virtual friend, it will "die."

Palm Pilot

Before tablets and iPhones, Palm Pilots are where
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Before tablets and iPhones, Palm Pilots are where people kept their contacts, appointments and other info.

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Nintendo 64

Whether it was exploring the 3D world in
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Whether it was exploring the 3D world in Super Mario 64, playing Mario Party with friends or racing in Mario Kart, the Nintendo 64 took the video game company – and industry – to a new level, bringing advanced graphics and gameplay.

iPod Classic

The iPod revolutionized the music industry, but it's
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The iPod revolutionized the music industry, but it's going away. It remains beloved and will be sorely missed.

Sega Genesis

NHL '94 was best on the Sega Genesis
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NHL '94 was best on the Sega Genesis system, which revolutionized the video game industry in the early 1990s. Dorm rooms across America had this item resting on a dorm room floor.

Tecmo Bowl

It was nearly impossible to take down Bo
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It was nearly impossible to take down Bo Jackson or block Lawrence Taylor. It was also one of the great sports video games of all time. Tecmo Bowl became a smash hit in the late 1980s.

Pac-Man Mini Arcade

Coleco Industries released this miniature version of the
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Coleco Industries released this miniature version of the iconic Pac-Man arcade game in 1981. This one still works, but most have sadly disappeared.

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Sony Watchman

It all seems outdated now, but when Sony
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It all seems outdated now, but when Sony followed up their legendary Walkman with this Watchman, it was revolutionary. A portable device that let you watch TV? Remarkable.

NHL '94

Twenty years after it became a smash hit
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Twenty years after it became a smash hit in dorm rooms throughout North America, NHL '94 remains a game with a huge following. For gamers, the hockey game from decades ago is the stuff of legend. Here, Stephan Lebeau of the Montreal Canadiens celebrates a power play goal. Hall of Famer Denis Savard earned an assist.

Atari

If you're in your late 30s or early
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If you're in your late 30s or early to mid 40s, you had an Atari game console.

Tape player / voice recorder

Who needs audio text messages when you have
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Who needs audio text messages when you have this brilliant device, complete with a six-button control that allows you to record on a cassette tape? They're hard to find, but still available if you search for one.

Talkboy

You've seen
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You've seen "Home Alone 2," right? Which is why you're nostalgic for the Talkboy (or Talkgirl), a not-so-fancy voice recorder that lets the user tape his or her voice and play it back at various speeds. The device was used in the movie, which in turn made it a must-have item for kids everywhere.

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Sony Discman

Once the walkman lost its popularity, along came
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Once the walkman lost its popularity, along came the Discman, a portable CD player. But don't hit a pothole, or the music will skip.

Intellivision

The iconic game console was enormously popular during
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The iconic game console was enormously popular during early 1980s when it competed directly with Atari. Mattel released the console, which had popular games such as boxing where blue, red and yellow boxers would duke it out for 15 rounds.

Portable cassette player / radio

The Sony Walkman was best known, but the
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The Sony Walkman was best known, but the cassette player device with a built-in AM/FM tuner was also made by other companies, including Panasonic, Awia and Toshiba. Kids, your parents didn't have iPods, even the really old version with the click wheel. They used these. Really.

Simple remote controls

Few buttons, lots of fun. Here's a Nintendo
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Few buttons, lots of fun. Here's a Nintendo NES controller. Of course, this version is meant to plug into your computer because it's not 1985 anymore.

Push button cable box

It isn't sleek, it isn't pretty. But it
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It isn't sleek, it isn't pretty. But it was such a simple cable box that subscribers used in the late 1970s and early '80s.

QWERTY keyboard

Many cellphones had a QWERTY keyboard, and when
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Many cellphones had a QWERTY keyboard, and when you were trying to text quickly, the extra buttons helped.

Game Boy

The Game Boy launched in 1989, and while
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The Game Boy launched in 1989, and while it became more advanced over time, what beats the old-school system we are nostalgic for?

Calculator Watch

Remember when the calculator watch was all the
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Remember when the calculator watch was all the rage? Sure you do. Miss it? Sure you do. Good news! You can still find it. For instance, the Casio Databank Calculator Watch is on newegg.com for $15.99 as of Dec. 12, 2014.

A VCR

Remember when Blockbuster and other movie rental stores
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Remember when Blockbuster and other movie rental stores dumped their inventory of VHS tapes on the cheap as DVDs took control of the market? Everyone — just admit it — bought a few VHS tapes for pennies on the dollars. Without a VCR player, these tapes are now collecting dust.

Treo

Before there were fancy iPhones and Androids, the
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Before there were fancy iPhones and Androids, the cool kids had the Treo 300.

Flip phone

Flip phones are making a comeback — some
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Flip phones are making a comeback — some say — and also are a reminder of a better time when we weren't constantly interrupted by our smartphones. Here's a collection of flip phones used on the Verizon and AT&T networks.

Car phone

Before cellphones, some people had massive car phones
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Before cellphones, some people had massive car phones in their automobile. Everyone misses those, right? No?

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