The original nine Beanie Babies were first sold in the Chicago area in 1993. They became a sensation after they were introduced nationwide in 1995. Rare Beanies commanded high prices and were looked upon by some collectors as an investment. The media featured several stories of enterprising people who made fortunes and funded college educations by selling their Beanie collections.
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telephone 1-900 numbers Before the Web made it easy to find information and stay connected, there were telephone hotlines for everything....concert dates, movie times, chat rooms, soap opera updates, even psychic predictions!
active fun In the 1970s and 1980s, snowboarding was a new sport with a small but dedicated following. At the time, most ski areas didn't allow snowboarders on their slopes. In the 1990s, snowboarding entered the mainstream when the first competition regulations were established and ski areas began to construct special snowboarding slopes and half-pipes. Snowboarding became an official Olympic sport in 1998.
home consoles In 1990, Nintendo had 80 percent of the video game market in the United States. In 1993, the success of the Sega Genesis system put Sega in first place for a brief time. By 1999, Sony had cut into Nintendo's market share, thanks to the popularity of the Playstation.
During this decade, home systems eliminated game cartridges in favor of CD-ROMs. Improved graphics and sound made the games more realistic and action-packed than ever before. It also became possible to save your game play for a later date with the use of a memory stick.
In 1998, a new method of online gaming was born when the Sega Dreamcast became the first video game console to include a built-in modem and Internet support for online play.
The Entertainment Software Rating Board was established in 1994 to apply age-appropriate ratings to all video games sold in the United States. This was done in response to complaints about the level of violence in games like Mortal Kombat.
handheld systems When the decade began, Nintendo was riding high on the success of their new handheld game system, the Game Boy. Other handheld systems came along, but none of them could knock the Game Boy out of the winner's circle.