From tumblr user aaronki3:
This is mildly goofy, but I decided to implement “Realism Rules” when I started playing Digital: A Love Story. I only allow myself to dial in to each BBS twice a day to read/reply to messages (once during breakfast, once before bed), plus I can’t dial in if anyone in the house is talking on the phone. I think the result is that I’m a lot more invested in the story and I find myself anxiously worrying about the happenings on the boards during the day. Will I have any new messages from my friends today? Is tonight the night that I finally find *Paris? Will I ever hear from *Emilia again?
I never thought I would roleplay the limitations of dial-up for fun, but I was really influenced by this comic that I came across the day I started playing. Both it and Digital are hitting me pretty hard and I imagine everyone who grew up on the internet prior to the Social Media blitz has a similar story.
Plus, I think those modem sounds just did weird things to the nostalgia center of my brain.