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What’s up with the “internet time” counter in the bottom left?

This is a Swatch Internet Time meter. It displays time of day, except instead of hours and minutes, the day is divided into 1000 “beats”. Among other things, this measurement system was used in the 2000 Sega Dreamcast game Phantasy Star Online (and its later re-releases), in which it was displayed in a similar manner on in-game menus.