This is a commercial for Hitachi's H2 model of the MSX, Microsoft's unsung hero of Japan's gaming past. The soothing tones, the brilliant whites, the computer-generated animal...this is the future, people. The distant, star-gazing future! Where video games are so advanced they're sold not on discs, or downloaded over communications networks, but put on cassette tapes.

Total Recall is a look back at the history of video games through their characters, franchises, developers and trends. You'll find Total Recall stories every Tue-Fri between 1am -2am Eastern.