Hell, back then, listening to music required that you actually go to a concert or learn to play it yourself. These days, you can buy a CD player with earbuds and batteries included and borrow all of your buddy's CDs (or burn them) for less than it costs to eat three decent meals a day.
I can't comment on the activities of our competitors (or friends), but I guess what I find most frustrating about the last few years is the trend away from written strategy guides and hints/tips stuff to a YouTube model. I don't need to watch your three-minute long video explaining how to type a code into a keypad; just tell me the code and let me do it myself goddammit.
Speaking of written strategy guides, your Gamespot STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl walkthrough popped up in a Google search and really helped me out a few days ago. THANKS!