Things have improved (and deteriorated) in various ways.
ARCHAIC ONLINE PLAY
Online play makes up for half of the industry now, but over two decades ago, things were very different. Most games did not even have any online options. With the advent of the N64 and the first PlayStation, online play in games became slightly more common, while PC gaming started implementing it a lot more as well- but a lot of us had to resort to archaic methods like dial-up internet to even be able to get online.