About two weeks ago, my nine-year-old cousin randomly asked me what Duck Hunt was. Ever since then I’ve felt 23 going on 40.
The ability to reminisce is a gift and a curse. A gift in that you’re able to reflect on joyous memories of days past; a curse after your realize you’re getting that much older. A few days after my cousin’s question, I stumbled upon an article at Wired which immediately made me start to think back. The write-up detailed several items/experiences “your kids” will likely never encounter or knew existed. Hell, some of them I never experienced, but we’re getting beyond the point here. The article immediately reminded me of my nine-year-old cousin & all those kids who’ll never know the thrill of 8-bit era of video games.
Audio Visual Entertainment
1. Inserting a VHS tape into a VCR to watch a movie or to record something.
9. Vinyl records. Even today’s DJs are going laptop or CD.
16. Watching TV when the networks say you should. Tivo and Sky+ are slowing killing this one.
17. That there was a time before ‘reality TV.’
Computers & Videogaming
18. Wires. OK, so they’re not gone yet, but it won’t be long
19. The scream of a modem connecting.
21. 5- and 3-inch floppies, Zip Discs and countless other forms of data storage.
33. Having to delete something to make room on your hard drive.
35. Recording a song in a studio.
39. Doing bank business only when the bank is open.
42. Newspapers and magazines made from dead trees.
54. Waiting several minutes (or even hours!) to download something.
56. When Spam was just a meat product — or even a Monty Python sketch.
70. Taking turns picking a radio station, or selecting a tape, for everyone to listen to during a long drive.
71. Remembering someone’s phone number.
72. Not knowing who was calling you on the phone.
73. Actually going down to a Blockbuster store to rent a movie.