I grew up in the demo scene. I was at Assembly in '92 in Helsinki and saw programs run on computers that weren't possible. I saw Doom on a Commodore 64. I witnessed people program 3d graphics and music in 1024 bytes. I played a 3d Quake game, programmed in 64 kilobytes.
People who were/are limited by hardware and overcome that challenge are the true hardcore programmers. They invented the things that became normal later on.
It was awesome and it is still awesome to this day. The things people can do with $50 Raspberry Pi systems are amazing.