I grew up in the 90s in Midwestern American suburbia. I watched a lot of TV (cartoons and live-action Nickelodeon especially) played with a lot of toys and video games (primarily the Nintendo Entertainment System and Sega Genesis) and when I wasn’t doing those things, I was running around outside and avoiding homework.
Over the years I became a pretty nostalgic person. I never really stopped playing my Nintendo, I never really felt any shame in still holding onto my toys and maybe it’s just the way my brain works, but many of the commercials that advertised all the things that were aimed at me back then were just kinda permanently etched into my memory. Maybe other people just don’t think like that, or maybe they were trying not to remember. I don’t know. So I became a nerd, I stayed a nerd and I was always pretty proud of it. Eventually things that had been all but forgotten became “retro” and started appearing in stores like Hot Topic, Urban Outfitters and Target. I still have the originals.
People have been telling me for years “Oh my god, I can’t believe you remember that!” about near enough everything from our childhood… what can I say, they obviously found something better to think about. Me? I started a Tumblog to try and remind more people of the crap I grew up with.
Maybe some of you kids were too young to remember any of this, if you really identify more with growing up in the 00s, but it’s good to know what things were like in previous eras, right? The 80s were a ridiculous decade that I barely have any recollection of, but I still love ‘em. But nothing will ever top the nostalgia that I feel for the stuff I grew up with in the 90s. So… enjoy!
(Playing Star Control II on an IBM 386, circa 1993)