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Jakebert
09-27-2011, 09:13 PM
-Finding porn in the woods. For a long time I thought this one was more or less unique to where I lived since I grew up in a rural area. Apparently this is pretty common. Kids today can just go to spankwire, but in our day we had to work for our porn.

Religiously taping shit off of tv onto vhs. I still have a giant box of vhs tapes in my closet at home. Some are all episodes of South Park, some are just music videos since you couldn't just go to Youtube, and some are just movies or tv specials.

MUSIC VIDEO WORLD PREMIERE! I don't know if music videos are even remotely relevant anymore, but I can remember when new music videos had the same status as new movies or tv shows.

Pop vs. Rock. Remember when this was a thing? And you got all up in arms over the fact that the Backstreet Boys existed? Remember when the Offspring beat up a cardboard cutout of the Backstreet Boys on stage and people actually considered it not pathetic?

Blind buying CD's because they looked cool. Not being able to download something to see if it's good, but just buying stuff based on the one single you heard. I bought a lot of crap that way, but also a lot of great stuff.

Video arcades and malls actually being relevant. I remember going to the mall almost every Saturday and having a blast, even if you weren't buying stuff.

Those big binders of CD's that you took on car trips. They scratched the fuck out of your CD's.
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Llamas
09-27-2011, 09:33 PM
"What's the first CD you ever bought?"
Nobody will be able to ask this question. Not everyone will answer with Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill. Or Ace of Base - The Sign.

Much like the VHS taping, taping songs off the radio and making awesome mixtapes.

Waking up early for Saturday morning cartoons? Does that exist anymore?

Toy stores. Everything is in front of a bright screen these days. Kids don't buy toys.

bighead384
09-27-2011, 09:40 PM
Having to plan out your rides to and from places way in advance thanks to the lack of cellphones. That's a BIG one.

Friday night = "mom can I rent a video game/movie at Blockbuster?" Rental stores were poppin' on weekend nights. You'd likely see someone you knew there. You'd look around, check out other movies/games for another time, and maybe get some snacks. It was an experience in itself.

Jakebert
09-27-2011, 09:55 PM
Yeah, video game rentals were a huge part of my childhood experience. My parents would take me to this locally owned place, I would get like 3 SNES games, then on the car ride home stare at the box religiously and play it for hours as soon as I got in the door.

Outerspaceman21
09-27-2011, 10:53 PM
I remember watching MTV and catching the world premieres, and the making of the video. Those were bad ass.

And Beavis and Butthead.

And Daria.

MTV rocked in the 90's, actually.

Another thing is not having a cell phone and a computer. My family didn't get our first computer until I was 13 and it didn't have internet until I was 15, and I didn't get a cell phone until high school. Now, with all the family plans and bundles, it's almost a necessity.

Al Coholic
09-28-2011, 06:51 AM
Looney Toons

Kids these days watch terrible cartoons.

personal_loans_1
09-28-2011, 08:40 AM
Running home like crazy to watch something on tv, mixtapes like professional dj set, borrowing films, no cells, tamagochi, tazo's, big brother, bruises instead of spinal curvature and my favourite: labyrinth made from tubes, I don't remember how I used to call it or if it has some official name, it was really really big, and was in one big shopping centre when I was a kid. I saw little version of it in one My name is Earl episode, but where I live it's gone forever.

Dwayne Mosley
09-28-2011, 09:34 AM
Getting really excited in elementary school because your best friend has one of those new mobile phone thingys that have just been invented so you can waste his credit making prank calls.

Good cartoons that are entertaining without being obnoxious.

Any sense of privacy or resistance to the NWO's plan to have all your information and ready-access details as retrievable data in some form.

Free?
09-28-2011, 11:02 AM
There was a co-related discussion (http://offspring.com/community/showthread.php?t=23733)
So I was given a small metal star with a young Lenin portrait on a pin in junior school, beat that yanks!
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/74/Oct_star.jpg/220px-Oct_star.jpg

bighead384
09-29-2011, 09:10 AM
Extreme advancement in video game graphics

How much better can it get? Hell, even the new systems are focused more around the motion sensor controls.

It was pretty cool to start playing games that looked like the original Mario, and end up playing games that look like NHL 12.

0r4ng3
09-29-2011, 12:07 PM
Looney Toons

Kids these days watch terrible cartoons.
But...but...Adventure Time!

I'm sure there are others like it but AT is the only one I've actually watched.

To add to the discussion: floppy disks.

Jakebert
09-29-2011, 02:07 PM
Yeah, Adventure Time is pretty great, and way better than most of the crap I watched when I was a kid.

Children's cartoons usually suck, even the stuff we have fond memories of, but we like them because they bring back a warm fuzzy feeling.

bighead384
09-29-2011, 09:09 PM
Those collect call wars. You know, MCI vs AT&T.

Homer
09-30-2011, 12:56 AM
Windows 3.1 + Commander Keen

Llamas
09-30-2011, 07:55 AM
Those collect call wars. You know, MCI vs AT&T.

Carrot top, hahaha. I vaguely remember those, but they weren't anything that special.

Lupin
09-30-2011, 08:35 AM
...a kinda financially stable europe.

Harleyquiiinn
09-30-2011, 09:19 AM
The sound of a modem.

Waiting for the next Harry Potter.

For europeans : European Union propaganda. I don't know if you experienced that in your country but I remember, as a kid who was 9 in 1992 that during all my school years, I had all these activities teaching us what European Union was and how great it is. I even went to the Parliament in Strasbourg where we met all these kids from different countries and that was really cool.

Jojan
09-30-2011, 11:36 AM
Blue Screen of Death.

Apathy
09-30-2011, 01:19 PM
I feel like this is "I Love the 90's VH1" thread version.

But yeah I miss music videos. Like when you could turn on the tv, and there'd be at least one station playing just straight mixes of videos. Even after MTV died down Fuse kept strong for a year or so. Now they're all gone...

Omni
09-30-2011, 05:15 PM
My favorite topic of some time. I'll just note that although these were a big part of our childhood, our parents before us probably said the same thing about playing marbles or taping a radio to our bike (sounds more like grandparents) or whatever they did back in the day that we don't. Things are just much more convenient now


-Finding porn in the woods. For a long time I thought this one was more or less unique to where I lived since I grew up in a rural area. Apparently this is pretty common. Kids today can just go to spankwire, but in our day we had to work for our porn.

I've never heard of this one. Since I was about 12, I just used the computer myself. Although, when I was 12, there was no Redtube/xtube/whatever. Porn was still kind of a developing industry on the Web, I didn't even find out about thehun until I was 14 (which I still visit out of loyalty). Still, finding porn in the woods when you're a kid must be a completely awesome serendipitous feeling. Like, it sounds like an unspoken rule when you reach a certain age, you leave a porno mag lying around for another fortunate kid to find, as someone did with you.


Religiously taping shit off of tv onto vhs. I still have a giant box of vhs tapes in my closet at home. Some are all episodes of South Park, some are just music videos since you couldn't just go to Youtube, and some are just movies or tv specials.

I don't know about religiously, but I had a couple of VHS tapes absolutely full of DBZ and South Park. I personally don't miss these, and I wouldn't wish them on future generations. Those rewrittable VHS tapes were notorious for crapping out after a very short time. At least the ones I bought.


MUSIC VIDEO WORLD PREMIERE! I don't know if music videos are even remotely relevant anymore, but I can remember when new music videos had the same status as new movies or tv shows.

It still to this day baffles me how MTV is still called MTV without the M. Something I also miss? Those channels with just a blank black screen that played music with the artist and song listed. I know they're still around, but I don't think they're prevalent anymore with XM radio. I get a warm feeling thinking about being about 9 years old while my cooler older brother and all his older friends (he was 18 when I was 9) would play Magic and listen to 90's rock and let me be in on the fun.



Pop vs. Rock. Remember when this was a thing? And you got all up in arms over the fact that the Backstreet Boys existed? Remember when the Offspring beat up a cardboard cutout of the Backstreet Boys on stage and people actually considered it not pathetic?

I've always been a fan of both. I was too busy owning and listening to the Backstreet Boys' first two albums and *NSync's debut album to bash them. When I was a kid, it wasn't rock vs. pop, but N Sync vs. Backstreet. What a two-timing whore I was :(



Blind buying CD's because they looked cool. Not being able to download something to see if it's good, but just buying stuff based on the one single you heard. I bought a lot of crap that way, but also a lot of great stuff.

I still sometimes do that to this day, because I love having a CD collection and I want to keep in the habit of trying new things. Not so often anymore since I have too much shit I know I actually want before I can start experimenting. I recommend everyone does this a couple times a year at minimum.


Video arcades and malls actually being relevant. I remember going to the mall almost every Saturday and having a blast, even if you weren't buying stuff.

This is something I missed out on. Curse my being from a small town.



Those big binders of CD's that you took on car trips. They scratched the fuck out of your CD's.

Something else I'd never wish on a future generation. Good motherfucking riddance.



Waking up early for Saturday morning cartoons? Does that exist anymore?


That feeling of anticipation was so wonderful, but good for kids today for not having to wait.



Friday night = "mom can I rent a video game/movie at Blockbuster?" Rental stores were poppin' on weekend nights. You'd likely see someone you knew there. You'd look around, check out other movies/games for another time, and maybe get some snacks. It was an experience in itself.

There was a local rental (which we still had to drive like ten miles for) called "Movies, Balloons, and Beans." So many good SNES, N64, and PS1 games were rented from that place. I remember once I rented Metal Warriors for the SNES, and loved it so much I had dad just buy it from them. I drove by the other day and it's now an Antique Store, but before that, it went from a cool local store to a Movie Town or something. My heart sinks each time I pass it.


Running home like crazy to watch something on tv, mixtapes like professional dj set, borrowing films, no cells, tamagochi, tazo's, big brother, bruises instead of spinal curvature and my favourite: labyrinth made from tubes, I don't remember how I used to call it or if it has some official name, it was really really big, and was in one big shopping centre when I was a kid. I saw little version of it in one My name is Earl episode, but where I live it's gone forever.

Haha, Tomagochi. Those little things were very cool, but they were born to be forgotten. Also; Furbies. I think I know the "tube labyrinth" of which you speak. They're in places like Chuck E. Cheese, right? They're also doing away with the ballpits. You know, those holes filled with lightweight hollow plastic balls that kids jump in and sink into? Supposed to be really unsanitary.


Extreme advancement in video game graphics

How much better can it get? Hell, even the new systems are focused more around the motion sensor controls.

It was pretty cool to start playing games that looked like the original Mario, and end up playing games that look like NHL 12.

It does suck that kids today will have missed out on a lot of neat evolution. I think us NES/SNES generation got in early enough to be considered oldschool gamers. I personally don't think having things like the Wii or Kinect have made things any better, quite the contrary. I wonder if kids upcoming will be accepting toward our middle-90s/early 00s systems, or if they'll write them off as archaic and unfun.


But...but...Adventure Time!

I'm sure there are others like it but AT is the only one I've actually watched.

To add to the discussion: floppy disks.


Who the hell misses floppy disks? It was kind of weird at first to see computers without the slot, though.


The thing about Looney Tunes is that it was around long before we were, and always will be. I'm glad Adventure Time finally got the "family cartoon" format right, it's the first cartoon to do so since Spongebob Squarepants in the late 90's. All three of the aforementioned toons are all family cartoons, whereas almost all family cartoons are really just child cartoons. It really is nice for a show to have humor that only adults get while still being G-Rated, I wish more could do it.


Carrot top, hahaha. I vaguely remember those, but they weren't anything that special.

Next time you see Endymion - if you ever do - have him tell you his Carrot Top story; which happened to occur while filming one of those AT&T commercials.

wheelchairman
09-30-2011, 05:42 PM
The gulf war... oh wait...

Trying to set up a printer or the internet, that shit was a hassle.

Tacky school photos where all the girls wore floral patterned dresses. (the fact that this is making a resurgence in fashion causes me no end of hilarity)

Do goths still exist?

Kids today have it fucking great. the only thing I'd miss is Star Trek reruns (I watched those religiously).

Okay I finally thought of one. Pre-1997 Star Wars. It's been 15 years since I saw the real Darth Vader's ghost, or Solo shooting first. I'd want my kid to see pre-George Lucas Star Wars. Yeah that's right, pre-George Lucas. Cause I imagine his influence was severely limited early in his career. How else do you explain his overt shittiness afterwards?

In other news, I'm playing Final Fantasy II (4 irw) on the Wii Console. It's awesome of course.

Which reminds me, modern final fantasy games suck. They shifted everything fun from the series to some weird game where you no longer buy armor/weapons etc. Whoever is responsible for that can blow me.

Omni
09-30-2011, 07:25 PM
Oh, here's a good one. Having to roll a car window down by hand.

Offspring-Junkie
10-01-2011, 05:03 AM
Oh, here's a good one. Having to roll a car window down by hand.

I still have to do that, lol.

Omni
10-01-2011, 06:04 AM
Yeah, they're not really super uncommon yet. But they will be.

RageAndLov
10-01-2011, 07:21 AM
Oh, here's a good one. Having to roll a car window down by hand.

I still do that.

Llamas
10-01-2011, 08:50 AM
Yeah, they're not really super uncommon yet. But they will be.

That won't ever go away completely. It's always cheaper to buy a car with manual things, including windows. I think the cheapest new car you can get in the US is a Chevy Aveo, with manual windows, no AC, no radio, manual seats, manual locks... I checked one out a few years ago, but went with a 1995 Acura instead :P

personal_loans_1
10-01-2011, 11:17 AM
Analogue cameras, those with film inside. How could I forgot. Fighting with them on summer camps. And waiting for photos.

I don't like when there's too much electricity in the car, so manually controlled windows are cool. Especially when you're having troubles with accumulator.

Omni
10-01-2011, 07:29 PM
That won't ever go away completely. It's always cheaper to buy a car with manual things, including windows. I think the cheapest new car you can get in the US is a Chevy Aveo, with manual windows, no AC, no radio, manual seats, manual locks... I checked one out a few years ago, but went with a 1995 Acura instead :P

Are you saying those are still available as new cars? Because I had no idea about that, I thought every car came with power locks and windows at this point. That's funny.

That Aveo sounds like complete hell. No AC also means no heater, right? And no radio? I guess you're only going to drive it from March-May, September-November, and forget the road trips.

bighead384
10-01-2011, 07:37 PM
Having to communicate with people without the use of text, e-mail, and social networking sites. Particularly the more awkward conversations in life. There's been plenty of times where I've though "damn, thank god all I had to do is send a text for this situation".

Come to think of it, I think I've heard at least 73 different older folks express this same belief.

Llamas
10-01-2011, 07:45 PM
Are you saying those are still available as new cars? Because I had no idea about that, I thought every car came with power locks and windows at this point. That's funny.

That Aveo sounds like complete hell. No AC also means no heater, right? And no radio? I guess you're only going to drive it from March-May, September-November, and forget the road trips.

No A/C definitely doesn't mean no heat... Americans ;) But yeah, it's a new car. I was looking at one in 2008, buying an '09 Aveo. It was roughly $11,000. Doubt you can find many cheaper new cars in the states :P

Here, check out the specs on the LS, which does go for a bit over $11 grand. http://www.chevrolet.com/aveo/sedan/features-specs/

dexter12296566
10-01-2011, 09:02 PM
Definitely taping things onto VHS!

Watching shows like Ka Blam or Rugrats.
(Just a few months ago I was at my neighbor's[she's 7] house and I said something about Rugrats. SHE ASKED WHAT IT WAS! I was like "Hang on! I'll be right back with a tape. She said "I don't have a VCR")

Listening to Pretty Fly for a White Guy while sitting in your car seat...

Eating Dunkaroos...

Playing the original Guess who, Don't Break the Ice, and Lucky Ducks.

Staying up that extra half hour without telling mom and dad to watch full house on school nights.

bighead384
10-01-2011, 09:08 PM
The Offspring being relevant.

Well I mean, it's sort of a given with this next release now that they're older. But they haven't had a truly successful album since Americana. So anyone who is under 21 or so didn't grow up with the Offspring being relevant.

Well, I was just making a joke anyway...

Burning CDs and making mix CDs.

Pagers.

Walkmen.

Single Game Handhelds. I can't believe I would actually consider those simple pieces of shit to be real games, let alone ones that were worth 30 bucks or so.

Al Coholic
10-02-2011, 01:03 AM
Smoking and non-smoking sections of restaurants.

WCM - if you google do goths still exist, you're like the sixth thing that pops up. www.gothnet.com/goth.html being the first is pretty funny, particularly because of the ads on the side

Like Goths? - Meet Other Gothic Guys & Girls Near You. Browse Profiles. Join Free!

Mens Hairstyles - Learn to Create The Perfect Style! Watch Our Step-By-Step Style Videos

Gothic Punk Clothes - Punk Rock since 1995 Visit Us Online Now! Fast Shipping.

Why Can't I Find a Date? - Maybe because you're looking in the wrong places. Try Geek 2 Geek


Here's another thing they won't have - making fun of goths. And at some point probably emo kids. It's like when I watched SLC punk and wondered, "wtf is a mod?"

dexter12296566
10-02-2011, 07:00 AM
The Offspring being relevant.

Well I mean, it's sort of a given with this next release now that they're older. But they haven't had a truly successful album since Americana. So anyone who is under 21 or so didn't grow up with the Offspring being relevant.

Well, I was just making a joke anyway...

Burning CDs and making mix CDs.

Pagers.

Walkmen.

Single Game Handhelds. I can't believe I would actually consider those simple pieces of shit to be real games, let alone ones that were worth 30 bucks or so.
Forget CDs... what about mixtapes?

WebDudette
10-02-2011, 07:43 AM
You're barely 17, be honest, do you really remember mixtapes? I definitely do not remember mixtapes.

The Sega handheld was huge, had terrible battery life, probably had very few games, but it was definitely awesome. The original Sonic games are some of my fabvorite. Sonic Adventure 2 was really awesome as well. Pretty much everything about the Dreamcast was pretty dame great. I think it should have done so much better.

Do people still go to drive-ins?

It's probably a little nostalgic, but wrestling used to be awesome. Undertaker, Kain, Rock, Mankind, Stone Cold, even WCW was pretty awesome at times. I've watched it a few times over the last few years and it's just... really fucking awful now.

Al Coholic
10-02-2011, 07:49 AM
Or Rekordz lol cuz dey came first...Seriously, I'm older than you by a pretty good amount, and tapes were obsolete by the time you were what, six? Do six year olds even own music?


However, the CD player with the dual tape deck brooooo. That thing lived on for years. Cause you could totally like, copy tapes all dday, or even record from the radio!?!?!?!? whaaaaaaaaaaaaat

Also, the tape with a string on it that plugged into a headphone jack of an anti-skip cd player.

Also, carrying walkmans/cd players/music in non-digital forms. Remember when getting an anti-skip cd plyaer for Christmas was so badass? I probably have 3 of them somewhere and no intention of ever using them again.

Llamas
10-02-2011, 07:49 AM
I'm 10 years older than dexternumbers, and the last time I made a mixtape was when I was 14 or so. CDs overtook tapes hardcore starting in like 1997. I'd be shocked if dexternumbers had had so much experience with mixtapes.

Pilz, how old are you again? 22 or so?

edit: al posted at the same time as me, so:


Or Rekordz lol cuz dey came first...Seriously, I'm older than you by a pretty good amount, and tapes were obsolete by the time you were what, six? Do six year olds even own music?
Exactly what I was thinking. I think they were pretty much obsolete even before she was 6...



However, the CD player with the dual tape deck brooooo. That thing lived on for years. Cause you could totally like, copy tapes all dday, or even record from the radio!?!?!?!? whaaaaaaaaaaaaat
Seriously pissed my pants when I got one of those, holy shit. Mine didn't even have a CD player - just two cassette decks - and it cost like $150 lolz. I spent my days with my neighbor, copying each other's tapes.


Also, the tape with a string on it that plugged into a headphone jack of an anti-skip cd player.
you talking about this?
http://www.newertech.com/products/images/cassette_adapter_400x250_2.jpg
When I was 17, I drove a 1990 corolla with a tape player. So I took an anti-skip Discman and velcroed it to the armrest. Plugged it in to the tape deck with one of those cassettes, and was totally listening to CDs in the car before it was remotely common to have a car CD player. Though I think today's kids should do this anyway because it's awesome.


Also, carrying walkmans/cd players/music in non-digital forms. Remember when getting an anti-skip cd plyaer for Christmas was so badass? I probably have 3 of them somewhere and no intention of ever using them again.
Remember carrying a wallet of CDs around with you just so you didn't have to listen to the same CD all day? I had a wallet for 48 CDs or so that took up like half my backpack. Kids these days with their mp3 players have no idea.

bighead384
10-02-2011, 08:09 AM
Remember carrying a wallet of CDs around with you just so you didn't have to listen to the same CD all day? I had a wallet for 48 CDs or so that took up like half my backpack. Kids these days with their mp3 players have no idea.

"Music ADD" is so much easier to have nowadays. Back then, you were much more often in situations were you'd just leave the same CD in for a while.

nieh
10-02-2011, 08:36 AM
Religiously taping shit off of tv onto vhs. I still have a giant box of vhs tapes in my closet at home. Some are all episodes of South Park, some are just music videos since you couldn't just go to Youtube, and some are just movies or tv specials.

Blind buying CD's because they looked cool. Not being able to download something to see if it's good, but just buying stuff based on the one single you heard. I bought a lot of crap that way, but also a lot of great stuff.

Video arcades and malls actually being relevant. I remember going to the mall almost every Saturday and having a blast, even if you weren't buying stuff.

My brother and I used to tape lots of episodes of Ren and Stimpy and MST3K.
This wasn't something I did until I was already a grown up, but a friend and I used to go to the local CD store and buy random cds from the 50 cent clearance bin based entirely on what looked interesting. That's actually where I got A Modest Proposal by Candy Machine which I still spin now and then to this day, and there was some other band that sounded kinda sorta like if the Foo Fighters were Christian rock. Don't remember the band name, but it didn't actually suck.


Looney Toons

Kids these days watch terrible cartoons.

As others have said, Adventure Time is quite awesome. I've still only seen a handful of episodes, but you should probably check it out.

jacknife737
10-04-2011, 12:30 AM
Video Game cartridges - especially if you explain that you used to "blow on them" to get them to work sometimes.

Live action kids shows - i know they still exist to some degree but do they still make things like power rangers anymore? Maybe to clarify it: kids shows with dudes dressed up in rubber suits fighting each other.

VHS Tapes - especially the phrase "please be kind, rewind"

Dial up internet "holy shit, it only took me 10 minutes to load this minute long internet video!!!!".

This is probably a more "niche punk" thing, but compilation albums like Punkorama, Survival of the Fatest, Go Ahead Punk.... - it was also really cool tracking down a cd of a band that you randomly discovered on one of these. I also used to do the "blind buy" thing on lots of occasions - and surprisingly enough it used to work out.

And the "porn in the woods" thing was totally a part of my adolescence: same goes for "scrambled porn" on pay per view: now people just load up a free streaming site in seconds. Well back in my day, we had to put a little hard work into seeing people fuck, goddamnit.

Toy Gimmicks- pogs, yo yos, Tomagochis, Furby's, ect - the 90s were such a consumerist age: but i used to love shit like that.

Food gimmicks - Fruit by the foot, dungaroos, lunchables, ect

Disposable cameras, discmans, walkmans (i actually still used one until like 2001 or so).

A more recentish one would probably be a cellphone that doesn't have a colour screen or a qwrty keyboard.

WebDudette
10-04-2011, 03:11 AM
Pilz, how old are you again? 22 or so?


I'll be 21 in January.

I mean, I remember listening to cassettes every now and then, but that was more so because my parents are crazy old and their taste in music had pretty much stopped progressing by the time I was born. I remember burning CD's I had downloaded or making mix CD's, but I had definitely misses the mixtape era.

I do have one of those cassettes with a cord though. For a while I drove a car that had a CD player and a cassette player. Instead of burning a bunch of CD's I just plugged my mp3 player into the cassette jack thing. I'd be doing that now, but we don't have any cars with working cassette players. I guess I could use CD's but they're a hassle and I don't trust CD players to work. I'd rather just listen to talk radio anyway, if it's on.

I fucking hated the internet when I was young. Everything took to fucking long to load, by the time I loaded something I just wasn't interested anymore. I spent most of my time on the computer playing pinball games and this awesome crayola game I had.

My sister bought me a boombox when I was in grade school, do people still use those?

I kind of miss the coming attractions things on VHS tapes. You could watch a movie that was several years old and see the trailer for something that looked interesting.

I played the shit out of pogs when I was really young. I remember making my own slammers by gluing cool looking pogs to ugly looking slammers. I also used to wash my all metal slammers and took really good care of them. I played a lot of marbles with my dad as well. I think that was part of my dad's generation more so than mine, but it was a great time.

I guess Power Rangers is still on. A friend of mine really wants to try out for the next season.

RickyCrack
10-04-2011, 04:17 AM
Legit Saturday morning cartoons. Maybe I'm a little too old to keep in touch with the young culture, but remember when awesome movies would spin off into sweet ass cartoons? Like Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, Ghostbusters, and the one with Buzz Lightyear? and getting all the ninja turtle action figures.

Or when nickelodeon was fucking huuuuuuuuuuge? Like the days of stick stickly, salute your shorts, and pete and pete.

Oh yea and goosebumps as well as chips with olestra.

nieh
10-04-2011, 06:11 AM
Video Game cartridges - especially if you explain that you used to "blow on them" to get them to work sometimes.


I've suspected for a long time that cartridges (or at least some modernized solid state thing) will probably be the norm in the not too distant future, provided that downloading games doesn't take over instead. The fact that flash is slowly getting more cost effective and can hold significantly more than blu-ray without the obscene load times you see on stuff like Bayonetta for PS3 would probably be a huge selling point.

My Name Was Taken
10-06-2011, 01:40 PM
making presentations on poster board rather than powerpoint

0r4ng3
10-06-2011, 03:27 PM
making presentations on poster board rather than powerpoint
This actually makes me wonder. Do grade school kids still have science fair projects on those tri-panel boards? Or is it done with PowerPoint or a similar program?

bighead384
10-06-2011, 09:13 PM
The mad dash to the phone when everyone just had land lines with no caller ID or anything.

Telling the rest of your family not to answer a phone because you THINK it might be someone you didn't want to talk to.

XYlophonetreeZ
10-06-2011, 11:10 PM
chips with olestra.

I actually saw Wow potato chips at a Subway like just 3 years ago. What's worse, it had been so long since the whole Olestra thing that I had forgotten what Wow potato chips were, so I got some, thinking I was trying something new. After my dash to the bathroom about an hour later I realized that I still had the bag on my desk, and took a closer look at it and saw the dreaded "O" word. Who the FUCK does Subway think they are???

Llamas
10-07-2011, 06:16 AM
The mad dash to the phone when everyone just had land lines with no caller ID or anything.

Telling the rest of your family not to answer a phone because you THINK it might be someone you didn't want to talk to.

My family got caller ID before any of our family or friends... and my mom thought it was hilarious to answer the phone with the caller's name and then laugh hysterically and tell them she has ESP.

My Name Was Taken
10-07-2011, 07:19 AM
You're barely 17, be honest, do you really remember mixtapes? I definitely do not remember mixtapes..

I'm 17. I remember them. In fact, we have one in our car right now. It has Smash on one side and Americana on the other.

My Name Was Taken
10-07-2011, 07:36 AM
Sitting in class right now, what about overhead projections? All classrooms in our district have SMARTboards

Omni
10-07-2011, 09:17 AM
I'm 23, and I remember mixtapes pretty well. But that's only because I have a brother nine years older than me, and up until he was in 10th or 11th grade, he and his friends would record music off one of those dual tape decks Al Coholic was talking about and give them to each other at school. Also, they would record their own introductions and make jokes and shit in between songs.

That's a real mixtape, My Name Was Taken. Not half-and-half bullshit, but producing your own radio show on a poor quality tape, filled mostly with just whatever you could find on the radio.

My Name Was Taken
10-07-2011, 10:07 AM
floppy discs!

Harleyquiiinn
10-07-2011, 10:21 AM
floppy discs!

More, floppy disks that were actually floppy.

My Name Was Taken
10-07-2011, 10:41 AM
Dexter's Laboratory and Power Puff Girls.

Al Coholic
10-10-2011, 07:38 AM
Drinkable tap water.

RageAndLov
10-10-2011, 08:09 AM
Drinkable tap water.

Um, that's just where you live.

My Name Was Taken
10-10-2011, 10:47 AM
going to friend's houses after school.
nowadays it seems nobody “hangs out” unless their gonna get in trouble.
everybody's constantly in touch via text/im, there's no point in seeing people face to face.

TheUnholyNightbringer
10-18-2011, 08:49 AM
Picking up the phone to call somebody and hearing the dialup internet noise.
Having lungs like a racehorse from blowing out video game cartridges to make them work.
Being unbelievably excited by the fact your new mobile phone has a colour screen (A GODDAMN COLOUR SCREEN)
Looking through family photos by holding actual photos, rather than flicking through a memory card.
When receiving a new computer, having to plan extra room on the desk for the huge-ass CRT monitor.
Taking a video back to the rental shop and not rewinding it because that's just the kind of badass kid you were.

My Name Was Taken
10-18-2011, 10:45 AM
Falling in love with someone you go to school with. Now everybody's "boyfriend" or "girlfriend" lives in another state/country. Also: I wouldn't call them a boyfriend or girlfriend if I never go to see them, hold them, or kiss them.

I've never met anyone online that lives in Iowa :/

Omni
10-18-2011, 11:00 AM
TheUnholyNightBringer decides to grace us with his presence.

TheUnholyNightbringer
10-18-2011, 11:16 AM
I consider it a public service.

personal_loans_1
10-18-2011, 11:17 AM
Being unbelievably excited by the fact your new mobile phone has a colour screen (A GODDAMN COLOUR SCREEN)



Watching first phone with colour screen commercial and thinking, wow, noo, I'll never have one.

TheUnholyNightbringer
10-18-2011, 11:26 AM
Haha, yeah - and when clamshell mobiles first appeared. You flip your phone and it.. opens! Like the Cave of Wonders! What sorcery be this?

Jakebert
10-18-2011, 12:17 PM
Oh man I remember when Gameboy Color came out. I was so excited that I could play games with color, even if it was actually just one color tinting everything.

My Name Was Taken
10-18-2011, 01:04 PM
listening to the radio while not in the car

Omni
10-18-2011, 05:02 PM
Playing portable games in color didn't really get me all wet. It was when they started adding built-in lights to all handhelds so you could play them in the dark that made me swoon.


Did anyone else have a Gameboy back in the day with that ridiculous hookup? It was like a mech suit for your game boy, it had two lights and a magnifying glass so you could see the screen better, and it all like folded in on itself or something. I'll see if I can find a picture in a little bit. Kids today won't have to experience that. Even as a kid not knowing for sure that there would be anything better, I remember thinking it never made any sense to only be able to play games under a light of at least 60 watts.

Although, it seems like the battery life of everything handheld is getting worse and worse as the years go on. Is that just me? It seems like one of the few fields where we had it better.

Llamas
10-18-2011, 07:45 PM
You know what a really dumb step? Gameboy Pocket. Not only was it really no different than the regular one besides being smaller, but the Color came out so quickly afterward that like nobody even bothered buying the Pocket.

I wanted a Color so bad, but I ended up not getting one til a couple years after it came out. And I only bought a few games for it... I was already growing out of my need to play games on the go by then, and investing more in normal console games.

Oh, Omni, I had that magnifier light thing! Haha. And it used another two AA batteries to work it, so you had 6 batteries working their asses off so you could play a game in the dark.

I think they don't make batteries as strong as they used to. But yeah handheld stuff requires a lot more power than it used to, including phones and such.

Omni
10-18-2011, 08:47 PM
I figured batteries' lives were shorter because our technology has become more powerful and demanding. But things like the iPhone and the iPod have their own custom-made battery, and they die after just a few hours. In fact, the iPhones are notorious for short battery life are they not?

Apathy
10-18-2011, 09:01 PM
Gameboy Color was awesome. "Hey this game is in color! The color blue!"

Did anyone else read animorphs growing up? I remember being really into them probably 10-15ish years ago.

jacknife737
10-18-2011, 09:25 PM
I was more of a Game Boy Pocket kind of dude myself: i liked the big/wide screen it had.

I remember when the first pokemon game came out (around what, 98?) and i got the Red Version: had so much fun with that.

XYlophonetreeZ
10-18-2011, 09:56 PM
I think they don't make batteries as strong as they used to. But yeah handheld stuff requires a lot more power than it used to, including phones and such.

I've recently discovered, since I don't use AA batteries for nearly as many things as I used to, that the most efficient way to acquire batteries is to not buy them at all. Instead, buy those toothbrushes with batteries in them that are all over the place (and not much more expensive than regular toothbrushes). Then take the batteries out, use it like a normal toothbrush, and put the batteries in whatever you need them for. Or even if for some reason you like to turn on the vibration when you brush, the bristles will still invariably wear out before the batteries do.

My previous battery conservation revolution was when I realized that when they stopped working in my Game Boy, they'd still work just fine in a remote control for several more months. I thought I was a genius for figuring that out.

TheUnholyNightbringer
10-19-2011, 01:34 AM
You know what a really dumb step? Gameboy Pocket. Not only was it really no different than the regular one besides being smaller, but the Color came out so quickly afterward that like nobody even bothered buying the Pocket.

I did. You're forgetting that it wasn't really intended to be a new product on the Game Boy line - it was a replacement. They were a hell of a lot cheaper than the Game Boy colour, and their smaller size really was quite significant, when compared to an older, bulky Game Boy.

RageAndLov
10-19-2011, 04:39 AM
GBA Micro is pretty useless as well. To small to play decently, no possibilities to use extra devices like the GC - GBA cable and a very tiny screen.

wheelchairman
10-19-2011, 05:43 AM
I had the magnifying glass thing for my gameboy, I thought it was amazing. I even had bought a gameboy pocket and gave my little brother my brick. Wha a mistake, the battery life on the pocket was absolute shit in comparison. Absolute shit. The gameboy color had okay battery life, but the gameboy truly had the best.

personal_loans_1
10-19-2011, 06:58 AM
I never had a gameboy, and I never badly wanted one, occasional parasiting on kids who had them, on some camps or in school, was sufficient for me.
I had one of those less developed portable games, it had tetris, snake, some simply races and much more. I admire people who were creating them, number of combination of use those little squares on quite small screen was highly restricted, still the list of 'games' had more then a hundred items. It worked on one clock battery. I don't even remember replacing it.

Giving second life to batteries is pretty clever, I felt as genially when I figured that out too.

Omni
10-19-2011, 10:14 AM
I did. You're forgetting that it wasn't really intended to be a new product on the Game Boy line - it was a replacement. They were a hell of a lot cheaper than the Game Boy colour, and their smaller size really was quite significant, when compared to an older, bulky Game Boy.


This is true. If you'll notice, during the last year of just about every console's life, they release some smaller or sleeker/cooler looking version of it, so one last wave of people will rush to buy it. I wish I could find one of those "new" SNES they came out with in '97. Those look some much more badass than the traditional ones. I prefer the traditional NES to the newer ones, though. I had a newer one when I was a kid, but I can't even find those anymore.

RageAndLov
10-19-2011, 11:38 AM
This is true. If you'll notice, during the last year of just about every console's life, they release some smaller or sleeker/cooler looking version of it, so one last wave of people will rush to buy it. I wish I could find one of those "new" SNES they came out with in '97. Those look some much more badass than the traditional ones. I prefer the traditional NES to the newer ones, though. I had a newer one when I was a kid, but I can't even find those anymore.

The European SNES looks 1000 times better than the bastardised US version.

Omni
10-19-2011, 11:51 AM
I know. I saw a picture of the Super Famicom like a decade ago for the first time and wondered why we got such a short end of the deal. It must have been cheaper to or something to make the US version as ugly as they did. I don't see any other reason or benefit.

bighead384
10-21-2011, 12:36 PM
The TV Guide Channel, and having to wait to see whats on as the list slowly scrolled.

Printed Players Guides/Actually talking to other gamers as a primary source of strategy information on games. None of that's necessary now because everyone just looks it up on the net, although it does still happen occasionally.