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    Boomer Woes

    I know there are a fair few boomers here, myself included.

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    Times are tough lately. A lot of these... younger people, really kill my groove at times. Can't talk about music with them. I can't talk to one kid in particular without him bringing up mumble rap. If you're going to listen to rap you might as well give Tupac or Ice Cube a try, but oh no, it's all this Soundcloud baloney now. Makes my ears bleed.

    Gaming, that's way worse. You see them playing the same cookie-cutter shite game all the time and it feels like Groundhog Day. I'm not trying to "convert" anyone. But if you see somebody about to step in a pile of dog shit you'd warn him/her, wouldn't you? It's the right thing to do. I get told retro games have "bad graphics" or they're "too old", or are "boring". How would you know if you haven't even tried them? Okay, keep playing Fortshite.

    Not that I think young Nintendo fanboys are any better. Back in my day, the overall divide was of course between Sega and Nintendo, but it was more real. The competition was fun. There were always new games to try. It wasn't always a case of mummy and daddy buying games for us. We got a small amount of pocket money every week and usually blew it all at the arcade. But even if arcades just reappeared, these modern gamer kids wouldn't touch them. Every bloody time I hear young person mention the Switch it's the same damn handful of games. But some of you know I'm not so pro-Nintendo now. It's just not the same.

    So, rant over. But you, the boomers of OSN, what about young gamers, their attitudes and the state of the game industry (and other industries for that matter) ticks you off? Do you feel growing older has affected your enjoyment of games, film/TV, music, etc.?

    Related: I tried Monster Ultra Violet today. I recommend it.
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    Ah, that 90s feels. Nothing can describe this feeling.
    I may not be a literal boomer, but I sure know how it is not to get the hang on this strange time we live in and to consume older media for this reason. I can remember a time where anime had a somewhat acceptable production quality as a rule and a message. Nowadays anime looks like plastic and a lot of it seems to be moe from an assembly line. Most of my acquaintances whose enjoy anime seem to prefer the new stuff, even if most of it don’t even provide a plot that makes sense. They also like the plastic art more.

    When it comes to games I honestly don’t even know people who are diehard fans of the new stuff.
    Everyone I know has an issue with the modern Game Industry and prefers the old production values over the knew. But I also cant fully blame the Industry. The production costs explode proportionally to the new technology, so they have to see where they can knock off some costs, while they have their investors at the neck.

    Forget about movies. Hollywood seems to be death even if they gain profit. They cant catch up to the old masterpieces they once produced for over a decade now.


    Overall, I don’t get what people have with boomers or being a boomer. There is nothing wrong with having a superior taste.

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    Oh my god, I think Mantis just posted his face reveal! Anywho, this isn't truly a boomer thread just yet.



    There we go, now we can call this a boomer thread! Getting on topic, I'm not quite as cynical about some modern trends, anime in particular but I do agree that I miss the more earlier art style of anime that was popular back in the late 80-early 90s. Now, we still get some great looking anime, especially now that they've gotten better with the digital coloring (Remember in the early 2000s when a lot of anime around that time looked really washed out?). However, I do long for the more sketchier look that anime around that time had. It wasn't always perfect but the ones that nailed it REALLY nailed it.

    Gaming is where I have the most grievances. Gaming back in the 80s and 90s is what I refer to as, for lack of a better term, magical. It was a completley new frontier that didn't have big corporations breathing down the developer's necks so as a result, we got so many different kinds of games that broke new ground from a gameplay and graphical standpoint. There was always something new to look forward to. Also, this was when the console wars meant something because each platform offered something the other didn't so you wanted to give both a roll just to get different experiences. Hell, going to the arcade was an experience because it had graphical effects that most consoles couldn't produce at the time so seeing the animations in some of those games were mindblowing.

    I would say it was around 2007 was when gaming went to shit. The cost of development became so high to the point where developers were afraid to take risks and tried to aim for a wider, mainstream audience as possible. Call of Duty was a big example of this since the whole experience felt it was made for a mainstream audience with it's uber-linear and scripted levels and speaking of someone who grew up on the classic FPS games, this grated me to no end because then after that, every FPS wanted to be like CoD. That, and this was the advent of DLC and other stupid practices that still go on to this day. It's gotten a little bit better now that, thanks to steam, we got a solid middle market and indie scene that makes some really cool games but from the mainstream studios, there isn't a whole lot to get excited about at least for the most part.

    Anywho, that's what I had on my mind at the moment. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna treat myself to some Monster energy drink.

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    I grew up in the 90's. I may not be a "boomer"... I think I am considered a "millennial" which I like to just forget. lol Anyways, I grew up in that time and I feel like in terms of movies, gaming, and music... Everything kind of peaked between 1997 and 2007. Every since that 10-year stretch, everything has just been getting worse and worse. I don't even watch movies anymore or enjoy tv series because it all feels like the same thing in a different package. It doesn't help with all this "woke" bs being spat in our face. Rap... Unless you go to the underground consider it dead. I haven't liked rap since about 07 myself. I started pulling away from in in 2004. I will admit some rap music that has come out since 04 has been decent and even good but it is a struggle to find it.

    I find myself more able to relate to boomers than millennials for what it is worth. I think both generations screwed a lot up though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
    Forget about movies. Hollywood seems to be death even if they gain profit. They cant catch up to the old masterpieces they once produced for over a decade now.
    Agreed. Regurgitated "improved" (yeah right) plots in endless reboots and ten more shitty Marvel films this year. (Probably.) Anyone remember when those kinds of films (comic adaptations) were decent? Judge Dredd is one example.

    Starwind55:

    To be perfectly honest my post was created to be somewhat satirical; self-mocking. The British often have their way of expressing themselves in a caustic way. It's something that foreigners never seem to get. While to some level my post reflected my feelings about modern gaming and the like, I'm not quite as draconian about modern gaming and often indulge in it. Younger gamers, however, do piss me off in lots of ways.

    I think Death Note is an example of digital anime done right. That was in 2006 and although this technique was in its infancy it's a beautiful anime and the Blu-ray which came very late looks excellent. I'm a fan of cel animation and older anime art styles. I certainly prefer it to modern anime art. Older anime artwork has its charm. Puttin' my shades back on. I've seen younger anime fans call older anime ugly and that pisses me off. At least it doesn't all look the same. Like I said, there are many examples of great-looking modern anime, but the biggest culprit of this "template animu girl" criticism is the slice-of-life genre. Especially with school settings.

    I know what you're saying about gaming. I have such great memories of many of the games I played in the '90s. But will kids be able to say the same when they reach their 30s? I don't think Minecraft is terrible, but could that or Fortnite leave a "magical" impression on a kid? There's no narrative or a single player journey from start to end in one sitting. Endless Game Overs, but I never cared. They made the credits even more fulfilling. But let's not forget the amount of games (often sidescrollers) that had a co-op feature. There's nothing memorable about online multiplayer. Local multiplayer, now that's the shit. Super Mario Kart on the SNES and Mario Kart 64 were favourites. Accusing your friends of button-bashing and being a sore loser playing Tekken. It was funny, but you could take those gaming elements for granted. Because, well, it's practically all gone. Maybe in your 20s you can find a bunch of like-minded gamers to play with but in your 30s it's ten times harder for legitimate reasons.

    FPS definitely "died" in the sense of being games losing substance a long time ago. Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy games like Far Cry sometimes but they don't leave as much of an impression as Perfect Dark or of course Doom, to name just a couple.

    Lookin' forward to some Monster Ultra in the morning. I'll be groggy so I'll need the pick-me-up for sure.
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    I live in a cave in the middle of nowhere (not really) so I don't have to put up with all this irritation. My time on the internet is mainly spent talking to other bitter old drunks my age (or maybe that's just me, I forget), and we don't go anywhere near whatever the big new thing is in videogames because we know we'll hate the experience from the first minute.

    TF2 was bad enough and that was 10 fucking years ago.
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    I was scouring this picture so hard to see if there were any digs at me and FF8 is the closest I can think of. I'm the worst on this entire forum about trying new things or getting with the times but you didn't take this opportunity to rag on me too hard. You're also a huge FF8 fan as far as I'm aware so idk if this was for you or me or both.

    Just finished Skies of Arcadia on the Dreamcast several days ago so that got me good. I'm 'mirin the Alex Kidd tie-in as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zemekis View Post
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    I was scouring this picture so hard to see if there were any digs at me and FF8 is the closest I can think of. I'm the worst on this entire forum about trying new things or getting with the times but you didn't take this opportunity to rag on me too hard. You're also a huge FF8 fan as far as I'm aware so idk if this was for you or me or both.

    Just finished Skies of Arcadia on the Dreamcast several days ago so that got me good. I'm 'mirin the Alex Kidd tie-in as well.

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    Maybe there was a dig and maybe there wasn't. You will never know.

    I think you're an honorary boomer. You have many of the same ideals despite being a little younger than the typical age. Plus, you do like some modern games which is normal anyway. However, I think what sets you apart somewhat is your attitude towards film and TV. A problem I have with youngsters (here I'm talking about watching with teenagers in my family) is that they don't really want to watch anything nowadays. Be that a classic film or a critically acclaimed TV show, they just miss out on something great which is sad. When I was a teenager I watched all sorts of TV, but I think more and more often now they'd rather spend any time gaming or on social media, etc.

    Netflix has gone to shit so it's usually up to me to find something great, but I have a large(ish) family and adults are nearly always the ones who want to sit down and watch a good film. (Well, unless it's something like a cartoon with the younger kids.) Yeah, I'm rambling. It's just another activity that I think has been practically ruined in modern years. What I blame? Cinema, or lack thereof. They're usually almost empty and I'm not just talking about Captain Marvel. When I was a younger teenager I went to watch a film with friends most weekends. Of course, with our coats stuffed with sweets and chocolate to avoid extortion. I think that cinema is what got me into films. I dunno, it sounds like a minor point, but I just think it's sad how so many won't know that or might even miss the best film and TV altogether.

    I'll end my rant there. Just, if you're a parent, take your kids to the fucking cinema. And try some multiplayer gaming. Online gaming is much more addictive (speaking with first-hand experience) and will never beat local.
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    What I find funny is that I grew up being made fun of for liking video games, video game music, and anime. Now it is "trendy" all of the sudden and cool to be into.

    I still get the odd reactions to my taste in music but most people think it is awesome my husband married a woman who enjoys video games. lol

    I just don't know what happened anymore. Everyone seems confused about everything. Don't even get me started on movie remakes... Those are just terrible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KorinKitty View Post
    Don't even get me started on movie remakes... Those are just terrible.
    I'm sick to the back fucking teeth of shitty movie remakes.
    "It turned out that the ghost was just Mr. Finley, who ran the amusement park. The spooky part is that, as soon as the ghost appeared, the teenagers' dog began to speak! And it spoke in a tortured parody of human speech: 'relp me, Raggy,' it would say. 'I am an abomination and rould re rilled. Rill re, Raggy.'"

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