Blizzard announced Overwatch today, it's first new franchise in more than 17 years. Children born when Starcraft came out (yeah Starcraft was their last new game) will graduating high school soon. If that wasn't enough for you, here are 17 big things in the world/gaming that have happened since 1997.

  1. Facebook - 2004
  2. iPods, iPhones, iPads, and iMacs - 2001
  3. The entire Xbox brand - 2001
  4. World of Warcraft - 2004
  5. Every Call of Duty - 2003
  6. Downloadable Content - About 1997
  7. Kotaku's entire history - 2004
  8. PewDiePie, and Let's Plays in General - 2011
  9. Reddit - 2005
  10. Every MoBA Ever - 2002
  11. Consumer-grade laptops - Early 2000s
  12. Gangnam Style - 2012
  13. Pluto losing its planethood - 2006
  14. The entire "War on Terror" - 2001-Present
  15. Two Global Recessions - 2001 & 2008
  16. HD Gaming - Early 2000s
  17. Steam - 2003

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