The movie was mostly labeled a flop at the time. As a Jim Carrey fan I by no means adored it or anything, but over time I've grown to appreciate it for the darker, off-kilter role Carrey played in it, as well as the time the film represented. There's a scene where Carrey's character, "Chip Douglas", stands up atop an enormous satellite dish and enthusiastically orates the future.
"Soon every American home will integrate their television, phone and computer. You'll be able to visit the Louvre on one channel, or watch female mud wrestling on another. You can do your shopping at home... or play Mortal Kombat with a friend in Vietnam. There's no END to the possibilities!"
Most of that statement has come true in one way or another. And the only reason I found myself thinking about it was because of an extended online Halo 3 session last night. I played well into the morning hours, losing friends one by one as they retired to bed and dozed off.
If you stay up late enough you'll come across some deep Australian accents. The majority of these Aussie folks are quite enjoyable to play with, even more so than most of my American compadres. Fun-loving, carefree, and not filled to the brim with 100% ego.
Stay up even later, say 'til 9 or 10 in the morning, and you'll encounter French folks. And I could be wrong (I'm in no way bilingual) but some players from Germany as well. The language barrier prevents us from really knowing what one player or team is saying about the other... but if I had to guess, it's probably the opposite side of friendly.
Just a passing thought/observation I guess. Cable Guy came out in '95. It's not like I doubted the things being predicted above, but I just couldn't envision them. Particularly when it came to gaming.
For the record, I'm glad they came to fruition.