(CNN)When it comes to technology, the '90s were sort of ... awkward. Sure, the pieces were there, but we didn't really know how to make the best of them.
Video game graphics that blew our minds look like sand paintings in retrospect. Even though we had the Internet, we hadn't yet perfected its primary uses (cat videos and abusing strangers on social media). Palm pilots and Tamogatchis happened. It was a mess!
But it was a beautiful mess, and the crazes we once could barely believe were real are now ones we can look back on fondly -- from the comfort of our shiny, modern computing devices.
The TalkBoy is a perfect symbol of '90s technology: Clunky, obsolete, tied to a beloved '90s franchise and featuring a payoff that -- for the time -- was an amazing novelty, but now is positively medieval.
It was seriously just a video cassette in a little player upon which you could record and play back your voice. No part of that setup is still relevant. But because Kevin McAllister used it in "Home Alone 2," everyone had to have one -- and to be honest, they sort of ruled then.
Lest ye forget, the TalkBoy also had a cooler, sleeker cousin: the Yak Bak. (But the Yak Baks could only record, like, a few seconds of sound. It was the Vine of '90s audio toys).
If you were a grade school kid in the '90s, you were probably responsible for the deaths of hundreds of little pixelated monsters called Tamagotchis.
These little egg-shaped doohickeys were originally from Japan, and taught children some important facts of life: Being a caring, nurturing person is a real hassle, and if you don't feed your pets they will grow angel wings and HAUNT YOU.