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Are the older things better than the new?
Posted 8/21/11
For the most part, yes. I say this because most of the inventions in the past were created because they were necessary for us humans to survive. That's not the case nowadays, though. Inventions now are just focused on "innovating" to produce better services which I find more of a want than a necessity. I mean, they need to keep their businesses going, and increase the stability of their national economy. Not saying that it's bad but it's a fact that humans just can't be contented. It's a curse because I'm certain we'd always be better off living a simple life

Nostalgia ftw, though. I don't think I would see a sports anime better than Slam Dunk again (quality-wise) in the near future or anytime soon.
Posted 9/18/11
Here's a list of old nostalgic things that I absolutely adored growing up and new things will be nothing compared:

Kenan & Kel. Boys, if she doesn't know who loves Orange Soda, she is too young for you.
Goosebumps! That show scared the shit outta me after school
Sailor Moon on Fox Kids TV, I used to get up at 7am sharp to watch it all the way through. Emerald was my fav <3
Fox Kids TV lol! Best network ever.
Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Omg! I worshiped Carlton!
Space Jam!
Blackadder!
Friends!
Dick and Dom in the Bungalow. It was on every Sat morning at 9am until 11am and it was everything from puppet shows on helium, to bogies, gunge, pranks,even baby racing with real babies! It was the funniest, wildest, kids show in history. The best Boogies game was when they got Rupert Grint from Harry Potter to play it in Celebrity Bogies. Basically Bogies is going to a public place such as a Museum and taking it in turns to say "Bogies" but you had to be louder than the last person until one of them pulls out. Lol! They end up just screaming it behind people and scaring them. Amazing.

Imo, nothing new that has come along has made me feel the same way these did and I miss them terribly.
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Posted 9/18/11
Let's see..

- Music back then was less about sex, drugs, money, etc and more about morals and just having good, clean fun with your life. I think that's why I find myself listening to 80's and older music so often.. and cheesy synthesizers, they rock. Music was more original back then imho. Lady Gaga, Kesha, etc., their music just sounds so bland in comparison and all of it sounds like it's about the same stuff. I don't even listen to the latest J-pop as often as I used to. It's all starting to sound the same..

- Need I say anything about TV? Everything was funnier and worth watching in the past (Like how the previous poster mentioned Fresh Prince) I still watch a lot of older shows, albeit, I have to go online because I'd rather not watch the regurgitated internet humor inspired garbage that airs on the vanilla Viacom networks of today. This saves on $$ in the long run because I don't have a cable/sat bill.

- Almost everything in the past, in the consumer line of goods, was built a heck of a lot better, and much more of it came from our home country (Those that live in the states, Made in U.S.A.!). Computers were no where near as plastic-y, you could throw your NES to the wall, probably drop it from the roof of your house, and it would still work after being abused. Now days if you sit on your laptop by accident, it's destroyed. If your tower falls off your desk, the plastic bezel on the front probably cracked or broke itself. If your DVD player stops working after 6 months, you just go buy another one. Almost NOTHING is built with quality in mind these days. That's why I've been so reluctant on getting rid of my computer case. It's built like a tank and it's ugly to look at, but it's been through hell and has yet to fall apart on me.

- Do I need to even bring up the economic issue? Anyone could get a job 10 years ago! Now you're lucky to get hired at McDonald's. The world is screwed. Retail stores are dieing because of the constantly expanding online market. The mall down my street used to be filled with people, filled with neat stores (Spencers, Powerplay arcade), and what's left of it is a mere shell of its former self. Nothing but empty lots, depressed merchants, and the overall tone of the people just wreaks of sadness and depression.

For all of these reasons and more, I honestly wish I could have lived out my teen years in the 80's or even early 90's. I HATE the generation I'm having to grow up in, but the question remains, how would my views on the problems in this world change if I grew up back then... ?
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Posted 9/18/11
It actually depends on what it is... for the shows on TV, I'd go with the older shows (since I grew up with them) and for video games... hmm... both new AND old. =/
Posted 9/18/11
Depends. Mostly everything is technology-based, though, at least I feel like it.
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Posted 9/18/11

Pashune wrote:

- Do I need to even bring up the economic issue? Anyone could get a job 10 years ago! Now you're lucky to get hired at McDonald's. The world is screwed. Retail stores are dieing because of the constantly expanding online market. The mall down my street used to be filled with people, filled with neat stores (Spencers, Powerplay arcade), and what's left of it is a mere shell of its former self. Nothing but empty lots, depressed merchants, and the overall tone of the people just wreaks of sadness and depression.



Aw, a depressing strike at my weakpoint. But your statement is vastly true. Places with such "low" status such as Walmart I apply to often. But they don't seem to be hiring. It is fact.

Certainly when it comes to the economy, we're in a period that will be studied as history for how economic balance works, to show how things can chain into a complete collapse.
For media however, I feel it's mostly as issue of all stuff a person would deem as good has already been done, so the best can be achieved is rearranging elements. New originality will only come with new technologies to use.
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Posted 9/18/11
The stuff we grow up with will always stick with us. Movies, music, television. The memories are what counts, not the quality or the style. Folks will look back at Akira as one of the best anime features. It started me watching anime. But that isn't to say newer series are good either.
Posted 9/18/11 , edited 9/18/11
Sometimes I feel the old music was much better than today. Been expose to alot music when I was little, I remember after school we would hang out under a street light and jam and play chess all night, taking turns who's gonna play the guitar and drums. Sometimes it would draw some passerby and become friends with him/her. Even old people would set-up a table near and get drunk.

Now, It's totally different it relies more on the net, it's seems that you don't have to go out anymore. My parents used to tell me that I enjoyed listening to Southern Sons that's why I still remember their songs. I blame my mother cause she has huge collection of cassette tapes.

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And Extremes' More Than Words is a must to learn in a guitar back then
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Posted 10/15/11
sometimes for me... i like the old better than the new but then sometimes its an opposite... it depends in my mood..
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Posted 10/15/11 , edited 10/15/11
For physical objects, some things were simply built better in the past. To put it simply, it's cheaper to make stuff cheaply and it creates repeat customers since they'll need constant replacements for your cheap crap. So, in spite of advancements in technology, build quality has taken a significant dive over the years since everything is disposable these days.

For media like TV shows and movies, it's part nostalgia and a large part of it being your first time. Your first harem anime is likely to be a lot more fun than your 100th harem anime simply because you've seen it all before 99 times. For stuff like music, it used to be better in the past because of a combination of people having more pride in their work/caring more about whether they're making a masterpiece or a piece of crap and the level of talent required to be an "entertainer" isn't nearly as high as it used to be. Now, all you need is a pretty face and a voice that is tolerable and you can sell albums. In the old days, there was no face to tie to the music you were hearing so all people cared about was whether the music was actually good or not. Being pretty had no real effect on how well your music sold. Also, musicians in the old days were more motivated by their own desire to create than their lust for money. So, there's a lot of factors contributing to it.

That said, nostalgia does tend to enhance the experience but not as much as you'd think. That is, unless you're nuts and simply refuse to admit that something from your past isn't as good as you remembered it. Some of the anime I watched when I was new to anime lives up to the nostalgia and some does not when I go and re-watch it years later.

An example of an anime not living up to nostalgia is Love Hina. Those jokes just aren't as funny after you've seen it rehashed hundreds of times in nearly every harem you've ever seen. An example of an anime living up to nostalgia, Samurai Deeper Kyo or Ninja Scroll. The action and story is just as good as it was before, even if the gore isn't quite as "shocking" as it was originally.
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Posted 10/15/11
With technology no, with music... HELL YES XD
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Posted 10/15/11

Pashune wrote:

Let's see..

1) - Music back then was less about sex, drugs, money, etc and more about morals and just having good, clean fun with your life. I think that's why I find myself listening to 80's and older music so often.. and cheesy synthesizers, they rock. Music was more original back then imho. Lady Gaga, Kesha, etc., their music just sounds so bland in comparison and all of it sounds like it's about the same stuff. I don't even listen to the latest J-pop as often as I used to. It's all starting to sound the same..

2) - Need I say anything about TV? Everything was funnier and worth watching in the past (Like how the previous poster mentioned Fresh Prince) I still watch a lot of older shows, albeit, I have to go online because I'd rather not watch the regurgitated internet humor inspired garbage that airs on the vanilla Viacom networks of today. This saves on $$ in the long run because I don't have a cable/sat bill.

3) - Almost everything in the past, in the consumer line of goods, was built a heck of a lot better, and much more of it came from our home country (Those that live in the states, Made in U.S.A.!). Computers were no where near as plastic-y, you could throw your NES to the wall, probably drop it from the roof of your house, and it would still work after being abused. Now days if you sit on your laptop by accident, it's destroyed. If your tower falls off your desk, the plastic bezel on the front probably cracked or broke itself. If your DVD player stops working after 6 months, you just go buy another one. Almost NOTHING is built with quality in mind these days. That's why I've been so reluctant on getting rid of my computer case. It's built like a tank and it's ugly to look at, but it's been through hell and has yet to fall apart on me.

4)- Do I need to even bring up the economic issue? Anyone could get a job 10 years ago! Now you're lucky to get hired at McDonald's. The world is screwed. Retail stores are dieing because of the constantly expanding online market. The mall down my street used to be filled with people, filled with neat stores (Spencers, Powerplay arcade), and what's left of it is a mere shell of its former self. Nothing but empty lots, depressed merchants, and the overall tone of the people just wreaks of sadness and depression.

5)For all of these reasons and more, I honestly wish I could have lived out my teen years in the 80's or even early 90's. I HATE the generation I'm having to grow up in, but the question remains, how would my views on the problems in this world change if I grew up back then... ?



1) Well now people know why I listen to classic rock, instrumental, and older videogame music. The only people who would think this crap that is out now passes for music are sheeple. It has nothing to do with Nostalgia, it has to do with creativity and originality being dead and buried in favor of trying to be "relevant" and sinking to the bottom of the barrel.

2) Well I never watch sitcoms, but holy crap....the comedies out there now, wow. Talk about disgusting. Doesn't everyone remember a time when Saturday mornings actually meant something? Remember when the big four networks were fighting for your attention while you were in pajamas eating your cereal? Remember the synicated cartoons during weekday mornings, afternoons, and sunday mornings? Hell, remember when regular TV used to be fun!? The TV station jingles, the saturday afternoon kung-fu movies, hell even the sign-offs!? I once had cable and Satilite. When it got to the point where I only watched very few channels, and I won't make a list of them right now, I canceled and today I have netflix and the internet for my entertainment needs. I can even watch WWE on YouTube!

3) That's because our government got us into this mess in the first place, and running our businesses out of the country and people out of work.

4) Ughh..that story you told about the mall, if you think that';s depressing, come to Baltimore and look at the Old Town Mall. Wow, talk about how the mighty have fallen. This outdoor mall used to be busy and full of life. I remember being with my parents and my sister, we're going into a place who's name begins with a K. I think it was called "Koffman's" or something. But I remember going in and up the escalator, and there was a big TV tuned into channel 45 (before it was Fox 45) and it was playing "Scooby-Doo! Where are you!?". It's amazing how I can remember little details like that in my past. Anyway, today I ride past Old Town Mall and it is depressing. Hell the three little towers used to glow and have the time on them!! And all because of the economic bullshit caused by our government that we are in now. If I was mayor, I swear to god I'd tear down Old Town Mall and have it rebuilt!!


5) Forget hating the generation you grew up in, I hate the generations that has come after my sister was born. And sadly her generations and those before hers got infected with this crap.





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Posted 10/15/11
New is always better.

That said, new isn't always better, because there are lots of old things that will forever be more awesome.
Posted 10/15/11
This is subjective. You cannot really argue about this.
Posted 11/10/11
A game hasn't blown my mind since PS2 games. Yeah 360graphics are immense but it seems to be all about the online experience and not the storyline/adventure.
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