1996 was the year that I got the Sega Channel hooked up to my Genesis for Christmas. Being able to play 30 or so games using the coax from the cable company was nice. Every month you got 30 or so games swapped out. You could play and save for the entire month. I had a blast with it for about 4 months, then we moved to a city without it. Probably a good thing. That is how I got hooked on computers and the internets, I lost my Sega channel.
So I didnt get a single video game for Christmas that year, no need but man this ad brings back memories for sure.