There are however other parts to gaming that have remained in place, certainly for the vast majority of my gaming life. It's only in the last gen or two that some of these have started to be phased out. For instance, games have always been something that when purchased, you had something physical to take away with you. The increasing push to download games from XBLA, Steam and PSN could potentially see actual copies of games become a thing of the past, when the next gen arrives.
So here's a few other gaming related mainstays that have either disappeared or are on the verge of vanishing. Some will be missed, others less so.