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    90s Nostalgia Thread

    While I was born in 1990, I wasn't as attuned to the culture some others might have been at the time (no Internet or cable until ~1998 and no game consoles ever). In spite of that, watching this video is giving me a real case of nostalgia (some of the sounds are loud):



    I know the usual nostalgia blinders effect is in play here. There were bad things going on in the 90s (domestic terrorism and the militia movement in the U.S. and what the former Soviet Bloc states went through), but I still kind of miss that time.

    So -for better or for worse- here's a thread for reminiscing on the 90s for those who had a good time in that decade.
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    The 90's were the years I went through high school. Those years were, well, mostly terrible. There were a few high points, though. If there's one thing that encapsulates the 90's for me, it's this...



    I can even remember what the sounds mean.
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    • #3

      I was only born in the later part of the 90s but I often think of how technology has changed.
      I can think of the old school internet.. slow and annoying. The sound of the internet modem :/
      The watching of video tapes and how you could still rent them ;p
      Otherwise the strange coloured clothing X3
      I feel like 90s culture did continue a little into the 2000s too, before things really did start to change somehow.

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      • #4

        Originally posted by phoenix View Post
        I was only born in the later part of the 90s but I often think of how technology has changed.
        I can think of the old school internet.. slow and annoying. The sound of the internet modem :/
        As a counterpoint: at least spyware ads weren't everywhere and you weren't being psychologically manipulated via social networks. ;3;

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        • #5

          Just this.

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          • #6

            You know, the 90's also brought with them some interesting SciFi Furry cartoons too. Two that come to mind are Biker Mice From Mars, and Bucky O'Hare and the Toad Wars. I don't know if they hold up too well today, but they were kind of fun.
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              Originally posted by Daryn View Post
              You know, the 90's also brought with them some interesting SciFi Furry cartoons too. Two that come to mind are Biker Mice From Mars, and Bucky O'Hare and the Toad Wars. I don't know if they hold up too well today, but they were kind of fun.
              Mighty Max had a werewolf episode too.

              And let's not forget these guys!

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              • #8

                An idea I've been kicking around lately is a SciFiFur BBS. It might be fun to set something like that up, and have oldschooldoor games like Barren Realms Elite, Legend of the Red Dragon, Falcon's Eye, and other stuff like that.

                Does anyone remember BBS's?
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                  Not me. I'm not even sure what that is.
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                    Originally posted by Arratra View Post
                    Not me. I'm not even sure what that is.
                    Bulletin Board System.

                    The only thing labeled bbs I've ever experienced though is a forum proper.

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                    • #11

                      Originally posted by Rusakov View Post

                      As a counterpoint: at least spyware ads weren't everywhere and you weren't being psychologically manipulated via social networks. ;3;
                      Nope, but you did have the golden age of the Pop-Up My favorites were pop-ups advertising shady pop-up blockers.

                      As for 90's nostalgia, I was born in 92 so admittedly most of the decade passed before I knew what was going on. That being said, I have a definite soft spot for 90's PC games. Starcraft. Warcraft 2. Red Alert 2. Tiberium Sun. HAWK. Unreal Gold and Unreal Tournament. Heroes of Might and Magic 3. Roller Coaster Tycoon. The Windows 98 boot up sound... yeah... that's the good shit.

                      And can we talk about the optimism for a bit? Rusakov is right, bad things were happening in the 90's, and perhaps this is a US-Centric perspective but.... the sky was the limit. The Cold War was over. The Economy was booming (mostly). The internet was this big THING that was going to revolutionize humanity, it was going to be the next step in human evolution. You saw the media and pop-culture around it. The nickname of "information super-highway" spoke to this idea that all the world's knowledge was soon going to available to everyone... It's heady stuff, and I wasn't even potty trained for the first part of it.
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                      • #12

                        Originally posted by Dusty View Post
                        *Snip*
                        I was born in '90 and my parents weren't able to get cable + internet until '98. But I still remember all the optimism and the future looking bright.

                        And speaking of Windows startup sounds...



                        Even our computers sounded optimistic!

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                        • #13

                          Huh. I was born in 92 myself. Much of the same applies to me as well, I can tell you what it was like to be a young child in the nineties... not so much the rest of it.

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                            Heh, I feel really old all of a sudden. It does really make me want to put together a retro edition of SFF, though.
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                            • #15

                              Originally posted by Daryn View Post
                              Heh, I feel really old all of a sudden. It does really make me want to put together a retro edition of SFF, though.
                              You could just link through Geocitizer.

                              Eyy, how about 90s TV!

                              This guy's channel has a ton of old Cartoon Network/Toonami stuff, lots from the 90s!: Captain B. Z's VHS Archive - YouTube

                              Also, remember when SyFy showed lots of cool stuff (and wasn't named after a Polish slang term for syphilis?):

                              Heck, remember when cable channels stuck to the kind of stuff they were supposed to be airing, and weren't just constant blocks of the same stuff every single week in general?

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                              • #16

                                Funny thing, I still vaguely remember parts of this opening. I was only about 3 years old at the time.

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                                • #17

                                  Rolling Stone has noticed something...

                                  1990s Nostalgia: Why 2018 Was the Year of the Nineties – Rolling Stone

                                  The hardest-working decade of 2018? That’s easy: the Nineties. The whole concept of the Nineties continues to haunt the pop imagination, epitomizing everything our sorry excuse for a decade fails to be. Let’s face it, the “teens” never became a thing, just like the “zeroes” didn’t. So as we head into the final year of this decade which is bizarrely not one, we look back to the last one that counted. Decades are more popular than ever these days, as a useful shorthand for how culture changes over time. But more than ever, we’re not living in one. As people loved to say back in the Nineties: What’s up with that?

                                  Charli XCX captures this whole cultural malaise brilliantly in her Troye Sivan duet “1999,” which she dropped this fall: “I just wanna go back to 1999 / Sing ‘Hit me baby, one more time.’” In the video, they re-enact Titanic, starring Charli as Kate and Troye as Leo; Charlie turns herself into Left Eye and the Spice Girls, while Troye turns into all five Backstreet Boys. But my favorite scene is when they dress up as Marilyn Manson and Rose McGowan on the VMAs red carpet. Charli was born in 1992 and Troye in 1995, so neither one is reliving their teen memories. Instead, they’re dreaming up a fantasy decade they missed. How did we get here — borrowed nostalgia for the unremembered Nineties?

                                  That Nineties fever is everywhere this year. Country singer Jimmie Allen dropped “21,” pining for the good old days of Matchbox 20. (“If I had a time machine, I’d point it to me and you and Matchbox 20” — that might sound like a crazy way to waste a time machine, but he’s not crazy, he’s just a little unwell.) American Idol runner-up Lauren Alaina took aim at country-radio misogyny with “Ladies in the 90s,” shouting out to Shania, TLC, the Dixie Chicks and the Spice Girls. As she sings, “I was raised on radio waves where the ladies dominated!” (Unlike the Nashville of 2018, to say the least.) Alaina’s currently on tour with Jason Aldean, whose best hit was “1994.”

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                                  • #18

                                    Lego-Mania, anyone?



                                    I've been trying to find information on the music used in that ad.

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