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Thread: Do you feel a nostalgia for the 90s/early 2000s?

  1. #1
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    Do you feel a nostalgia for the 90s/early 2000s?

    This is a question to older TTLG members. As someone who was born in 1995, I can barely remember these years, but I find them very nostalgic for a variety of reasons. There were no social media, the Internet connection was not as widespread as it is today and downloading anything was an arduous task. Communication online was definitely more text-based. In real life, everything seemed to be simpler, slower, and less complicated. Do you feel nostalgic for the late 90s/early 2000s? If you could bring back a few things or trends from these years, what would you choose?

  2. #2
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    Registered: May 2004
    Yes, because many of my favourite games were made at that time. Just picking things off a list... Thief, SS2, Deus Ex, Arx Fatalis, Morrowind, Silent Hill 1-2, Max Payne 1-2, KotOR, Planescape: Torment, Fallout 1-2, Baldur's Gate 1-2, Icewind Dale 1-2, Microprose's Magic the Gathering, Alpha Centauri, Caesar 3, Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic, Age of Empires 1-2, Warcraft 3, GTA 1-2, Beyond Good and Evil, Grim Fandango, Curse of the Monkey Island, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Blade Runner, Theme Hospital, Tomb Raider 2, Jedi Knight series, Half-Life, MDK 1-2, Hitman 1-2, Blood, Oddworld games.

    That said, I feel an even stronger nostalgia for the late 80s / early 90s, as this was around the time when I seriously got into gaming. I really needed the escapism as the world was collapsing around me, and the games at that time had a much greater impact on me -- no matter how impressed I was with Grim Fandango, it never completely blew me away like Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis or Hero's Quest did.

    I would not want those days back, however. The internet sucked and a lot of things, from clothing to internet sites was so uniquely 90s wacky.
    Last edited by Starker; 20th Feb 2020 at 17:01.

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    Location: Dinosaur Ladies of the Night
    I'm gonna feel old saying this, but the only thing I'm really nostalgic for back then were video stores. Right now, I have practically any movie or TV show I care to watch at my immediate disposal, but there was something special about riding my bike down the street to grab a couple three movies to watch over the weekend. It made watching movies feel like a treat, something to really enjoy.

    Now? I have tens of thousands of movies and TV shows to choose from right from the comfort of my couch. The glut and ease of access of it all has lessened the magic of it somewhat.

  4. #4
    Moderator and Priest
    Registered: Mar 2002
    Location: Dinosaur Ladies of the Night
    Oh, and I miss the days when practically no one had a cell phone. The idea that anyone could reach you any time, anywhere seemed the absolute height of cool back in the day, but shit got real old real quick once that idea became reality.

  5. #5
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    Registered: Jan 2001
    Location: the Sheeple Pen
    Quote Originally Posted by Renzatic View Post
    Right now, I have practically any movie or TV show I care to watch at my immediate disposal, but there was something special about riding my bike down the street to grab a couple three movies to watch over the weekend. It made watching movies feel like a treat, something to really enjoy.
    The same applies to games and music too. It kind of lessens the value of music that you can stream just about any song that you can think of in seconds. Not to mention that most of my favourite music is from the 1990's and early 2000's, for me that was a great era.

    Gaming on the other hand is better than it has ever been, even though I too have some nostalgic favourites from the past decades. Jet Set Willy, Sensible Soccer, Nethack, Ultima VII & Underworld, Civilization 2, X-Com, Doom, Thief, Wing Commander, Syndicate... Just to name a few! All amazing games in their time, but I'd still say that games are better in just about every way nowadays. Perhaps with the huge game libraries that many of us have and the lack of physical product has just made us feel less attached to our games? I do love the nostalgic feeling that some of these old favourites still give me though... the opening scene of Ultima VII for example - goosebumps and a little tear of nostalgia every single time.

    But yeah, I do feel nostalgic for that time period, but I suppose that we all feel nostalgic for the times when we were young. I'm not saying that everything was better then, because it really wasn't, but... some things were.

    Nostalgia is a funny thing.

  6. #6
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    Registered: Dec 2006
    Location: Washington DC
    Quote Originally Posted by Tomi View Post
    The same applies to games and music too. It kind of lessens the value of music that you can stream just about any song that you can think of in seconds. Not to mention that most of my favourite music is from the 1990's and early 2000's, for me that was a great era.
    This is very much YMMV, but I love how online music services give me access to contemporary music from around the world and can't imagine going back. There are some niche genres that I listen to nowadays that I never would have been exposed to if it weren't for Spotify.

    I'd say I have some nostalgia for the start of music streaming in the early to mid 2000s. I fondly remember listening to Pandora around '06, and being amazed at how it could recommend all these bands I'd never heard of but fit my taste. It was a wild west as far as licensing, before the lawsuits inevitably transformed it into the commercialized system that it is now.

  7. #7
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    Registered: Sep 2001
    Location: Lockdown... if only
    I have nostalgia for the days of the early internet, which spans the whole 1990s; email, listserv, usenet, gopher, MUDs, NCSA Mosaic, personal home pages, IRC, pic sharing, gaming news sites with daily updates, .plan files, etc. And I feel nostalgic when I think of Linux back in the late 1990s. It was still small enough that I could compile my own distro on top of a minimum Slackware base, and all configuring and customizing was done through text config files, and we all read Slashdot. And I definitely feel nostalgic about the early days of first person 3D gaming, especially Doom, System Shock, Quake, Unreal, Half-Life, SiN, Thief, SS2, Deus Ex and all their mods. Also multiplayer, I could get a group of friends together for a LAN party and I've never had more gaming fun than that. Back then, every year was a big step in gaming, a new favorite game, and a hardware upgrade.

    There was definitely some good music in the late 1990s. That period was also good for me career-wise, when talent scarcity allowed me to jump careers, out of the Air Force and directly into software engineering. And it was the height of my social life, post-college.

    But was it simpler, slower, and less complicated? Only if you're talking about cars. If you're talking about life, no, it was the opposite. Things were developing so fast at the end of the 1990s that some people might have been feeling a bit of Future Shock. And routine things consumed more of our free time back then because they couldn't be done online.

    Also, for me, the goodness of the 1990s really culminated on New Years Eve 2000. It was downhill from there.

  8. #8
    Chakat sex pillow
    Registered: Sep 2006
    Location: not here
    Nope. And the less threads that remind of M.C. Hammer and Kriss Kross, the better.

  9. #9
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    I miss the 90's. Music was at it's best then. It didn't matter your musical preference, as there was something out there for you. Nowadays if you don't like pop or rnb / hip hop then your screwed.

  10. #10
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    Registered: Jan 2003
    Location: NeoTokyo
    I liked that period from 1988 to maybe 1992, end of the cold war, this new era in music and culture that the Pixies first started to hint at, but before grunge/alt-rock went too mainstream and soured, video gaming was just on the cusp of its golden age, it was the pinnacle of the call-in billboard scene (protointernet) ... music and culture seemed more serious and more ambitious and it seemed like anything was possible in this new world. I'm always most captured by these moments in history that are just on the cusp of the revolution or golden age, when people just start to see it coming and start to dream big and anything seems possible for a brief exhilirating moment.

  11. #11
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    Registered: Sep 2005
    Location: Not Kansas
    Yes, I definitely feel nostalgic for the late 90s and early 2000s. Back then my husband was still alive and my kids were still young and living at home. I'd just discovered I was a gamer (Tomb Raider and Thief) and the whole family loved playing Donkey Kong on my son's old Nintendo on cold winter nights. Life was simpler then, or so it seemed. Granted, even though now I'm widowed and my kids are grown, I find myself with a whole passel of grandkids and some of them are even gamers! But I'll always feel a certain nostalgia for those days; good times and warm memories.

  12. #12
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    For me around then it was discovering industrial with Prodigy that was my big "Woah" moment.

  13. #13
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    Registered: May 2004
    Location: Canuckistan GWN
    I feel nostalgic for France in the 1790's.

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    Moderator and Priest
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    Quote Originally Posted by icemann View Post
    For me around then it was discovering industrial with Prodigy that was my big "Woah" moment.
    The genre nerd in me just had an aneurysm.

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    LittleFlower
    Registered: Jul 2001
    Location: Netherlands
    Quote Originally Posted by heywood View Post
    Also, for me, the goodness of the 1990s really culminated on New Years Eve 2000. It was downhill from there.
    Do you mean the night of December 31st 1999 into Januari 2000 ?
    Coincedence.
    That was exactly the night that everything started going downhill for me too. Exactly that moment. Around 4:00 or 5:00 AM in the morning.

  16. #16
    Still Subjective
    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Idiocy will never die
    The early-mid 90s were great.

    We still had proper hippies. Music was awesome. Mobiles weren't everywhere and neither was the internet. The club scene was great with dedicated metal clubs, indie clubs, dance clubs, raves were on the go. Goths were still real and student houses were proper student houses and not the fancy bs that came later to mollycoddle everyone.

  17. #17
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    Registered: Feb 2002
    Location: In the flesh.
    I too miss video stores. It was an event to get some movies and pizza and come home to the family and everyone watch together. I also miss music stores. I miss browsing the old way. I miss talking to the store owner about stuff. I even miss MTV being about music videos. There was less but better of everything, music, movies, phone conversations, you name it. Okay, lately I've discovered a lot of good music, but generally speaking. There was a bohemian atmosphere about places that is lacking now. Everything now seems to be about money. It was about having fun then.

    Then again there are things from the sixties and seventies I miss as well. But bring back? Just a couple of people I lost in 97 and 98. That and the feel those times had.

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    El Shagmeister
    Registered: Jul 2000
    Location: Under your fingernails.
    Quote Originally Posted by Sulphur View Post
    Nope.
    x2

  19. #19
    Moderator and Priest
    Registered: Mar 2002
    Location: Dinosaur Ladies of the Night
    The only reason why you two aren't nostalgic for the 90's is because you didn't have a Pogo Ball.

    I did. It was so rad.

  20. #20
    El Shagmeister
    Registered: Jul 2000
    Location: Under your fingernails.
    I had tazos, and they were cool.

    <3

  21. #21
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    Registered: Aug 2009
    Location: thiefgold.com
    My subjective opinion, but here it goes. I think the 90's and very early 2000's were the apex of human musical achievement, and while technology has advanced, music has declined. Now, part of it comes from my teenage years which spanned that time, but there's also a bit of an objective truth to modern music being inferior.

    Besides that, I also miss that we weren't as connected, we didn't have instant access to feeds and information. I am thankful to have all the world's knowledge in my pocket, but it's a double edged sword. It seems world is more dull, the thrill of the unknown, discovery and research is gone, subcultures are in decline as music, fashion, etc. become increasingly homogeneous. Everything is turning into a uniform soup of endless feeds, anything and everything mixed together. Something exciting and unique one day is immediately forgotten the next...

  22. #22
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrDuck View Post
    I had tazos, and they were cool.

    <3
    Those look like Pogs, but Mexican. They're Mexipogs.

  23. #23
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    Registered: May 2004
    Quote Originally Posted by Azaran View Post
    Now, part of it comes from my teenage years which spanned that time, but there's also a bit of an objective truth to modern music being inferior.
    "Objective truth" would not be a phrase I'd use in context of thoughty2's videos (or "factually correct", for that matter):

    Last edited by Starker; 23rd Feb 2020 at 17:50.

  24. #24
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    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    Quote Originally Posted by Azaran View Post
    Besides that, I also miss that we weren't as connected, we didn't have instant access to feeds and information.
    Back then if you wanted to know about something, you needed to go find an encyclopedia. And you'd actually retain that information. Nowadays you just look it up via wikipedia or elsewhere, and forget it not long afterward. They say that puts us all under higher likelihood of getting dementia for that reason (not retaining info).

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    Moderator and Priest
    Registered: Mar 2002
    Location: Dinosaur Ladies of the Night
    Yup, the Google Effect is a thing, but I haven't heard of being a possible cause of dementia before. From what I've read, it doesn't do much of anything to effect your memory elsewhere, only for things you google up. It all probably comes down to the relative ease of discovery, as in the less effort you put forth learning something, the less likely you are to remember it.

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