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During the 90's Black Friday was known as "After Thanksgiving Sale". There was no Cyber Monday. Not many people got up and waited outside the stores at 6 am. It was only a small group of thrifty people who were generally polite albeit a little competitive. Nobody getting trampled for deals.

Ty made a fortune selling Beanie Babies. Also Tickle-me-Elmo.

The 90's were, of course, the great era of SNES and PSX RPGs. Chrono Trigger, Lufia, Secret of Mana, Final Fantasy 6. Nintendo told us to "Play It Loud" and that irked me because it should have said "Play It Loudly". Sega made consoles. We would rent a Genesis from Blockbuster for the weekend duked it out in Streets of Rage.

There was ICQ but no Facebook. Pirated software, music, and movies were called "warez". School shootings were unheard of until Columbine. Daggerfall was awesome but nobody cared about Elder Scrolls until Morrowind came around later.

I thought I died and went to heaven when I finally got to enroll at that karate McDojo in town... cuz kung fu. Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story came out and I practically worshiped Bruce Lee.

On weekends I would watch the Saturday Afternoon Action Pack which included Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Vanishing Son, Xena: Warrior Princess, and Kung Fu: the Legend Continues.

Pluto was a planet.

Marriage was a social institution based on the natural union of a man and a woman.

Nobody knew what a selfie was.

Jerry Seinfeld was in his prime.

We couldn't wear shirts at school with Bart Simpson on them because he's a bad influence.

People gave you dirty looks if you swore in public.

Everybody wanted to save the whales.

Body positive would likely be taken to mean eating healthy and exercising.

Pogs, skip-it, pogo balls, super soakers.

Neon anything was awesome.

I didn't like the grunge rock and wished stuff like U2 was still in fashion.

A boom box with a five cd changer made me one of the cool kids.

The Sears catalog was the closest thing to online shopping. Though, I think e-Bay came around in the late 90's.

Eiffel 65's "Blue" topped the charts, and I heard a classmate explaining to a cheerleader "It's this new style of music called 'techno'". I wanted to rage because I, a nerd, had been listening to techno for quite some time.

Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer were the only browsers. Java Applets were used for online chats. To watch a video you would use a download manager to download a quicktime file, in case your download got interrupted 10 minutes in. Then you would watch with quicktime or maybe realplayer.

You had to carefully study a map and take notes before you went anywhere because there was no GPS to guide you. It was Rand McNally back then, not Google or Bing.

Encyclopedia Brittanica had infomercials selling 30 volume encyclopedias to parents to help "invest in their children's education".

Your sibling would answer the phone and then look up and say "It's for you!". You could listen in on other people's conversations by carefully picking up a phone somewhere else in the house. You had to cover the microphone, though, or else they might hear you.



Well, that's what I remember. Here's a more comprehensive list: http://www.fanpop.com/clubs/the-90s/articles/423/title/youre-90s-kid



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Born in 82 or before means you didn't grow up with Facebook trying to rule your life.
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During the 90's Black Friday was known as "After Thanksgiving Sale". There was no Cyber Monday. Not many people got up and waited outside the stores at 6 am. It was only a small group of thrifty people who were generally polite albeit a little competitive. Nobody getting trampled for deals.


There wasn't even a Black Friday until the mid-80's. The day after Thanksgiving was The Day After Thanksgiving, a day for sacking in your pajamas, eating leftovers and watching Christmas specials (very necessary for starting the first toy-shopping commercials)--And then, oh, maybe you became cabin-fever curious enough to go to the mall and look at the Christmas decorations. Until you looked at the parking lot and saw how many other people had the same idea, you realized how dumb an idea it was, and went home or elsewhere.
To have a Black Friday without three-flavor gift popcorn and "March of the Wooden Soldiers" on local stations would be unthinkable.
And you needed the popcorn and other snacks because your mom was busy trying to be domestic and make Turkey Skeleton In Water "soup" out of leftovers, and wouldn't believe you when you told her "Uh, that's not how you make it."

(So how did we get "Doorbusters", unquote, in stores' hopes that we would turn into the Cincinnati Who-Concert Stampede and do exactly that?
That was after we had the ColecoVision craze in '83, followed by the Cabbage Patch craze in '84, and stores and news agencies got spoiled for hoping it would happen every year.
That's why we now get the "What will be the new craze this year?" commercialization articles on the news a week before, usually pushing the expensive toy and the expensive electronic, like the Apple Watch.)
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Jk I don't need help, but I DO wish I was an 80's/90's kid. I really love the music, movies, and just overall culture from those times. Any of the oldheads on CR wanna go back? (Of course you do! I hope..)

Favorite things about those times? Like any media or just the general zeitgeist of the time?

Watching the Black Mirror episode "San Junipero" and binge listening to as much 80's music I could whilst procrastinating on my homework is what spurred this forum into existence lmao.


wtf. you're like the opposite of me. I wish I was born in like 2003 or something. All the good anime came out then. Also, anime became more mainstream with more anime cons and cosplay. The culture where we belong really lit up during this period. And streaming happened too and the internet. It's like an otaku's dream generation.

In the 80s and 90s, I don't think people could use the internet,a nd if they did, it definitely wasn't for watching anime cuz it was 56k internet.

Now u can voice chat, form relationships through discord. Every single game encourages being social. Like wow, would be cool to be a teen in the 2012+s.

but I have to admit, the music was better in the 90s if you're into like pop and boy/girl bands. I have NO idea wtf happened, but there are 0 boy bands left in America. Now you have to go into kpop and jpop to get 90s music wtf.

Video games were also better (console) in the 90s. You had Xenogears and FFT, and all the awesome RPGs with actual stories that were so profound. Even Albert Odyssey.

Now games are centered around sociability, which is what makes the 2012+ games cool. It's always about being able to connect to the internet to play with people and have team battles across the globe. RPGs are like not popular. That's actually better -- you get people more connected rather than playing videogames alone. But I guess the games are not as intellectually stimulating.
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you will get to live in the 80's the 2080's that is. Your 16 you were born in 2001 so make shure you live to 79 and bam you got to live in the 80's
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you will get to live in the 80's the 2080's that is. Your 16 you were born in 2001 so make shure you live to 79 and bam you got to live in the 80's


2000*. Turning 17 in 5 days :p
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PandaSamaBoi wrote:

Jk I don't need help, but I DO wish I was an 80's/90's kid. I really love the music, movies, and just overall culture from those times. Any of the oldheads on CR wanna go back? (Of course you do! I hope..)

Favorite things about those times? Like any media or just the general zeitgeist of the time?

Watching the Black Mirror episode "San Junipero" and binge listening to as much 80's music I could whilst procrastinating on my homework is what spurred this forum into existence lmao.


wtf. you're like the opposite of me. I wish I was born in like 2003 or something. All the good anime came out then. Also, anime became more mainstream with more anime cons and cosplay. The culture where we belong really lit up during this period. And streaming happened too and the internet. It's like an otaku's dream generation.

In the 80s and 90s, I don't think people could use the internet,a nd if they did, it definitely wasn't for watching anime cuz it was 56k internet.

Now u can voice chat, form relationships through discord. Every single game encourages being social. Like wow, would be cool to be a teen in the 2012+s.

but I have to admit, the music was better in the 90s if you're into like pop and boy/girl bands. I have NO idea wtf happened, but there are 0 boy bands left in America. Now you have to go into kpop and jpop to get 90s music wtf.

Video games were also better (console) in the 90s. You had Xenogears and FFT, and all the awesome RPGs with actual stories that were so profound. Even Albert Odyssey.

Now games are centered around sociability, which is what makes the 2012+ games cool. It's always about being able to connect to the internet to play with people and have team battles across the globe. RPGs are like not popular. That's actually better -- you get people more connected rather than playing videogames alone. But I guess the games are not as intellectually stimulating.


Never have I met an adult that admitted they wish they grew up in this generation lol. Personally I like RPGs the most, social games (like competitive FPS ones stress me the fuck out), and MMOs annoy me with the grinding. Witcher 3 & Skyrim will hold me over for Oblivion...

See what I did there?

Ok, I'm gonna go die in a hole now.
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I don't want to live in an age without internet


Well, nobody here did. Some didn't start out with it. And honestly it's not as world breaking as you'd think.
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PandaSamaBoi wrote:


lambofgenesis wrote:


PandaSamaBoi wrote:

Jk I don't need help, but I DO wish I was an 80's/90's kid. I really love the music, movies, and just overall culture from those times. Any of the oldheads on CR wanna go back? (Of course you do! I hope..)

Favorite things about those times? Like any media or just the general zeitgeist of the time?

Watching the Black Mirror episode "San Junipero" and binge listening to as much 80's music I could whilst procrastinating on my homework is what spurred this forum into existence lmao.


wtf. you're like the opposite of me. I wish I was born in like 2003 or something. All the good anime came out then. Also, anime became more mainstream with more anime cons and cosplay. The culture where we belong really lit up during this period. And streaming happened too and the internet. It's like an otaku's dream generation.

In the 80s and 90s, I don't think people could use the internet,a nd if they did, it definitely wasn't for watching anime cuz it was 56k internet.

Now u can voice chat, form relationships through discord. Every single game encourages being social. Like wow, would be cool to be a teen in the 2012+s.

but I have to admit, the music was better in the 90s if you're into like pop and boy/girl bands. I have NO idea wtf happened, but there are 0 boy bands left in America. Now you have to go into kpop and jpop to get 90s music wtf.

Video games were also better (console) in the 90s. You had Xenogears and FFT, and all the awesome RPGs with actual stories that were so profound. Even Albert Odyssey.

Now games are centered around sociability, which is what makes the 2012+ games cool. It's always about being able to connect to the internet to play with people and have team battles across the globe. RPGs are like not popular. That's actually better -- you get people more connected rather than playing videogames alone. But I guess the games are not as intellectually stimulating.


Never have I met an adult that admitted they wish they grew up in this generation lol. Personally I like RPGs the most, social games (like competitive FPS ones stress me the fuck out), and MMOs annoy me with the grinding. Witcher 3 & Skyrim will hold me over for Oblivion...

See what I did there?

Ok, I'm gonna go die in a hole now.

Grinding really is annoying. But that's what SAO is based on. LoL too.
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I liked being able to walk around outside alone and not have a "concerned neighbor" call the cops because I wasn't attached to my parents. It really was about coming home when the sun went down. Along those lines, we were able to explore, create, and use our imagination in the outside world. We were not in front of a screen all day. We also spoke to people face to face more often.

If you want a bit of throwback food, see if you can find Clearly Canadian or Surge. They were more 90s, but we lived off that. I appreciate someone that did not live in that time period enjoys aspects of the era. I really think it's important to enjoy entertainment from other decades. It helps give a better understanding of where we came from, and how the world has changed.
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lol don't we all?

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hundred bucks says you'd be begging for your smartphone after a day without it
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I would love to be back in a proper arcade.
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Bummer.
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