Hypercolor t-shirts. Umbro shorts. The Odyssey II game system. Sega Genesis. Original NES console. Not having a remote control and actually having to get up and turn a dial on the TV to change the channel, which wasn't too big of a deal because we only had, like five channels including PBS.
The ORIGINAL My Little Pony, and Care Bears, and Saturday morning cartoons like the Gummi Bears and Wuzzles and Pound Puppies and Transformers and GI JOE. After-school specials about peer pressure and stranger-danger. Cosby Show and Family Ties. Bob Ross' Joy of Painting. MTV actually played music videos 24/7 and it didn't suck. Music videos from movies were like extended versions of movie trailers and were usually better than the movie it was made for.
The Internet was not a thing. Phones were connected to walls. When the Internet became a thing, you had to dial into it and having a 14.4 modem was FAST. Then came the 56 and it was like WOW! Cell phones looked like some kind of field phone from the military.
Yep. . .I'm Greymuzzle and proud.
NES and SNES era gaming, to me, was the very best that consoles have been.
Also, I am very nostalgic about Everquest 1 and Vanilla World of Warcraft. Back when you had virtual worlds that you played in and socialized with people to accomplish goals. Rather then the collection of mini-games that you queue up for alone, which describes the current state of WoW.
Well the "remote control" was with a wire, I don't remember the name but it was hard to break, it did slam a lot of time on the floor and was still working. That was with early cable in the 80's.
Yep, I remember those. Like, three rows of buttons, one button for each channel, and you had to hit the "row" button to select a channel from a different row. The box was big and clunky.
I grew up in an era when black and white tvs were actually still available for purchase. We had one when I was still pretty young. And the tv I grew up with had no remote at all. Just a dial.
First online account was with the Prodigy network, going on the message boards there. Then it was agreed that Prodigy pretty much sucked and a bunch of people moved to AOL. . .and we'd get to hear that awful modem/fax-type dial in. . .followed by "Welcome" and "You've Got Mail." And I collected .wav files to change our house computer's event sounds. So, instead of the usual "Goodbye" sound file when logging off AOL, I had it set to Miracle Max and his wife, from The Princess Bride "Bye bye, boys!" "Have fun stormin' the castle!" "Think it will work?" "It'll take a miracle." "Buy-byyyyye!"
Oh, and the Video Jukebox channel. . .you would call in and pay, then enter a code for the music video you wanted to watch.
There was never an issue of stepping on Lego blocks in my home when I was very little. . .because my first few years of childhood were the era of shag carpeting. Lego blocks - especially the little single-piece blocks - would simply be swallowed into the depths of the shag carpeting, never to be seen or heard from again. That's okay, though. . .because I ran around barefoot outside all the time, climbing trees and playing in woods, so I stepped on plenty of sharp little rocks and sticks and things. Toughens up the feet. Good for the sole.