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Posted 4/29/14 , edited 5/18/15
It seems as if everything is losing it's uniqueness, for instance:

Music - If I turn on the radio (Which I hardly do) I wanna smash my head against the dashboard, it sounds horrible and the same.

Movies - A lot of movies are borrowing the same plot, same story....Don't get me started on Horror. But this doesn't go for all movies, there are still some I look forward to seeing like Godzilla and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Jurassic World.

TV Shows - .....I don't have to clarify...

Video Games - I don't feel there are any groundbreakers anymore, now games like The Last of Us and Beyond Two Souls are an exception but I remember playing Super Mario 64, Ocarina of Time, Fable, Goldeneye, Halo...I was blown away from those titles..

But I'd like to get more viewpoints, maybe I'm just going crazy, let me know.
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Posted 4/29/14 , edited 5/31/15
Nope. It is a mixture of not knowing enough of a subject and nostalgia which leads people to think something is worse off than it is. Do not make generalities based off of assumptions and "feelings". Well, that's just my opinion anyways.
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Not at all. People look too fondly at the good memories of the past, and forget how there was a ton of shit you had to wade through to find it. From T.V. shows to games to music. There were plenty of good ones, but there was also a ton of bad music, games, and shows. With the sheer amount that was made, how could there not be? Obviously you're more likely to remember a good piece of music than a bad one, so it sticks, and as such you end up remembering the really good stuff, and forgetting the really bad stuff, though just because you don't remember hearing a ton of shit music doesn't mean you didn't.

I think it has already been scientifically proven that most people look more fondly on the past because of nostalgia, but don't quote me on that. Many were opposed to rock and thought it was a load of loud noise, and wanted things to stay along the lines of classical. Point is, what you grow up with is what you will often think is best, and, as frightening as it may sound, we will some day have some old people saying 'Music these days is rubbish. Back in my day we had real musicians like Justin Bieber. And don't get me started on the masterpiece games such as Call of Duty, now everyone just copies one another'. Just because you don't remember the bad doesn't mean it wasn't there.

As for bad songs on the radio, don't let them represent modern music. I dislike a lot of stuff on there as well, but some searching around Youtube has helped me find there's a lot of fantastic modern stuff that gets completely overlooked. Many people see what's mainstream as being representative of everything in that medium as it currently is when that's simply not the case. If we go by modern music standards you could think it's all swearing rap, and repetitive bars of music over and over. Do they exist? Yes. Are they representative of all modern stuff out there? Not by a long shot.
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Posted 4/29/14

bathroom64 wrote:

Nope. It is a mixture of not knowing enough of a subject and nostalgia which leads people to think something is worse off than it is. Do not make generalities based off of assumptions and "feelings". Well, that's just my opinion anyways.


This.

"Quality" is often completely subjective, particularly with regards to entertainment. What may be "quality" to you may be utter shit to someone else. Nothing is truly original or unique - everything builds upon themes and archetypes that have been established for millennia. That doesn't make it bad. It's using those older things to make something new. It's innovation. We can't evolve without innovation.

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Aex94 wrote:

It seems as if everything is losing it's uniqueness, for instance:

Movies - A lot of movies are borrowing the same plot, same story....Don't get me started on Horror. But this doesn't go for all movies, there are still some I look forward to seeing like Godzilla and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Jurassic World.


So... Those sequels/remakes you're looking forward to aren't borrowing from a previously used formula? Mmkay.
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3 words - Remakes, Remixes, Reruns.
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As others have already pointed out, I think you are looking at the past through rose colored glasses, remembering the best stuff and forgetting a lot of the crap. There are a lot of innovate games, movies, and music out there if you know where to look, especially if you take a look at indie games and movies.

I agree that the big names in the video game industry and movie industry have started playing it a bit safe, releasing a lot of sequels and movies that follow a proven formula. The cost of making a big budget video game or blockbuster movie today is just too high to take many chances on if they will sell. However, if you look at some of the independent and small studio produced work in both video games and movies, you will find some highly innovative and amazing content. Games like Journey, Unfinished Swan, Fez, and Gone Home are ones that have come out in recent years that are both innovative and amazing experiences to play through. I know there are similar examples on the movie side as well.

There is also a lot of great music out there if you know where to look, and unless you are listening to college radio, the radio isn't the place to find it. If you have a streaming service like Google Play, or Spotify, you should be able to find new artists making great music that you will like. There are also bands and artists who have concentrated on building a following through Youtube and Vimeo.

I can't comment too much on TV, as I spend most of my video watching time watching anime. But even there, if you look at stuff HBO is bringing out, or some of the original content on Netflix, you will find some great things being made.

I will say that it is more work to find the entertainment you want to consume than it was in the past. In the past we had limited options, what's on the local TV stations, what's on the local radio, and what big name video companies produced. The Internet wasn't a viable platform to reach people and independent studios didn't have a place to market what they produced. Now we have tons of places to find entertainment, but the process of sorting through all the options can be a bit daunting. What use to be just TV, now includes stuff produced for Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and YouTube. The Internet is full of musical artists doing amazing things, but finding them takes some work. If anything, I'd say we are in the era of having overwhelming options for quality entertainment.
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Posted 4/29/14
Inflation.

There aren't that many bad shows out there, but there ain't anything special either. It makes everything feel bland.

Also the current attitude of developers/producers that only thing that matters is the majority, which leads everything being just blatant replicas of each other aimed at the same demographic.
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It's subjective, some people find some song, movie etc... bad, while others will find it amazing.
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Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, and True detective (haven't caught up yet) are the some of the best stuff out there !!!
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Posted 4/29/14
So.... what's good w/ Western stuff nowadays? It's been a while since I've heard anyone talk about that stuff.
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Posted 4/29/14
In general, yes. The quality has gone down in my opinion, but you can always looks for something from other places and from the past to get your entertainment fix.
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Being less able to find unique things is part of getting older. The more things you experience, the harder it is to find new things that are different. Not that it's impossible, it just gets harder. You have to learn to look in new places too.
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Posted 4/29/14 , edited 4/29/14
I think lots of quality video games are being made these days. A lot. It is just that not so many break new grounds in recent years compared to in the past. Lots of bad video games, too, but it has always been like that. There is a lot of anime from recent years I like, but I understand how many think anime isn't as good as it used to be.

Movies...hollywood still puts out some very good and great movies. Unfortunately, they stick to a lot of tried and true formulas and don't take a lot of risks, and there is a lot of "me too" movies and many riddled with cliches, and hollywood also puts out lots of trash, too. Lots of good indie films, like always.

TV shows...lots of crap TV shows. Good niche stuff, like food centric TV shows, travel shows, travel/food combination shows, educational shows about the world and the cosmos and people and nature and legit history shows (so not ancient aliens and crud like it). Something good has emerged recently. Very good TV shows not found on major networks. Stuff like Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead. Game of Thrones is a great show, for example.

I'd say there is still a lot of good quality entertainment these days. The medium that isn't doing well, though, is music. Not all of it, just the popular and mainstream stuff. Since the year 2000, there has been a lot of good and great music, but most of it has been stuff that isn't mainstream. Lots of it is stuff that didn't get great market penetration or is not well known by the masses at all. But music has really been suffering with the mainstream stuff and popular stuff. Since the end of the 90s, mainstream music went into decline in the first few or so years of the new century and has just been declining and declining. In recent years, so much mainstream music has just been straight up shit if you ask me.
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Nope. I just feel that it is harder to find and requires more looking. We all also have different tastes, which really defines what we see as "quality entertainment."
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