Okay, now just imagine if they had modern 21st century forums in the 1990s, like IPB, phpBB, vBulletin, myBB, and others. I do realize that they had message boards back in the 1990s, and that they are the successors to bulletin boards, but in the 1990s they primarily consisted of one long list of topics with replies shown below those topics, and no accounts, just unregistered nicknames.
Now then, this is where it gets interesting, imagine if they had gaming forums back then that are like gaming forums now. Most gaming forums now have forums for all five major gaming companies/platforms: computer gaming, Nintendo/GameCube/Wii/DS, Sony/PlayStation, the late Sega/Dreamcast, and Microsoft/Xbox. However, back in the 5th generation, there were several mainstream consoles, and companies that made them.
So just picture forums that are technologically advanced like the ones we use now, back then, with forums for each. That would be awesome. Sure, we would obviously still have forums for computer gaming, Sega/Saturn, Nintendo/N64, and Sony/PlayStation. But most, if not all, gaming message board would also have forums for the 3DO Interactive Multiplayer, Atari Jaguar, Amiga CD32, and Neo Geo. Who knows, we may have even seen forums on message boards for the failed consoles: Apple Bandai Pippin, Casio Loopy, PC-FX, and Bandai Playdia.
That would just be awesome. Instead of having the four console companies and PC to discuss, we would have all kinds of consoles to discuss. Oh the nostalgia, what do you girls/guys think?