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Chyrone wrote:
Auxmaulos, which punkrock band would that be?

I was (still am I suppose) heavily into early 80's hardcore punk - Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Fear, Misfits, Social Distortion- but going into the late 80s and early 90s (before the Green Day pop-punk revival) the bands that were big in So Cal and were still playing gigs: DI, Adolescents, Angry Samoans, TSOL, MDC, Agent Orange, Youth Brigade.

I suppose I was lucky that many of the bands I like were actually in So Cal and played on for many years after punk died out (for me - I would say it peaked in 82-83). There still was a vibrant underground scene in LA going into the 90's - but most shows stopped midway due to fights, riots, stormtroopers/wp skins, etc. Still - good times.


Except Zork was really a 70s game. =)


Freehold DM wrote:
GreyWolfLord wrote:

Hmmm, well, didn't really get into video games at home until the Sega Genesis. Luckily most of the games they released have been re-released on the Ultimate Sonic Sega Genesis Collection...things like the Phantasy Star Series (IV is still the best), Beyond Oasis, Shining Force I and II, and such.

From the 90s, I still can play all the great PS1 games on the PS3, so though the Playstation one isn't really around anymore, the games still play well! All the Squaresoft games, especially the remakes of Final Fantasy 1-6, Final Fantasy VII and IX (sorry, never really got into VIII), and especially Chrono Trigger and the original Chrono Cross. Also especially love both Lunar games.

As for PC games, loved all the Infinity Engine games as well as the original Diablo. Also loved the X-wing Trilogy (some of which are finally getting releases on GoG) and who can forget (well, a lot probably) the wizardry games!

the phantasy star/final fantasy sega/Nintendo wars...

has flashbacks

Make Love, not war. I love them all! (Maybe the FF series slightly more...but Phantasy Star IV was my absolute favorite RPG for the time...followed closely by a little known Game Gear RPG called Defenders of Oasis).

Orthos wrote:
One of these days I will take the time to find and play Phantasy Star. I'd never even heard of it until the 2000s, having had no experience with Sega beyond Sonic games.

Phantasy Star IV is one of the most awesome RPGs from that time period! Crazy awesome!

Zhangar wrote:

Hero Quest (the board game that had the illegal "anniversary edition" kickstarter last year)

Sega's Beyond Oasis (a very fun over-head view adventure platformer - fairly Legend of Zelda-ish) and Phantasy Star IV (best of the series for actual game play - I sincerely recommend skipping the rest and going straight to IV. The gameplay of the prior entries is super clunky, but IV was great.)

Babylon 5.

The "Shipwreck's worst day ever" two-parter episode of G.I. Joe. You know, the one with the melting. The G.I. Joe cartoon's entire terrible run is justified by the existence of that episode.

I've played Heroquest...it's nice enough. Don't know why people are so wild about it though. I'll take a good game of Die Macher or Arkham Horror! I also enjoyed Warhammer Quest. It would be nice to have any of them now (currently have something like 75 boardgames...alas...HQ and WHQ are not some of them currently. I did get Mice & Mystics as well as Shadows of Brimstone: Swamps of Death as presents recently though, I hear they do a pretty good job at replicating the feel of Heroquest and Warhammer Quest).

Beyond Oasis also rocked (but not as much as Phantasy Star IV and Defenders of Oasis for me). You know, when I originally got Phantasy Star IV...it cost me $75 to get it. It was one expensive game back then (what is that in today's dollars....something like $125 - $150?).

Luckily, you can get both on the Sega collection for Xbox360 and PS3. It costs less than $20 Now days! Well worth the investment!

I got all of Babylon 5 for Christmas...maybe I should have started with the second season. I started with the first season...I'm bored already with it. I think I'll watch either Macguyver or X-files as I have those series but haven't watched them all yet).

the G.I. Joe cartoon was awesome!


Sissyl wrote:
Except Zork was really a 70s game. =)

It was written in '77 but it didn't come out until 1980.

The Zork series: The original Zork Trilogy (Marc Blank & Dave Lebling)
Zork I: The Great Underground Empire (1980)
Zork II: The Wizard of Frobozz (1981)
Zork III: The Dungeon Master (1982)

Beyond Zork: The Coconut of Quendor (1987, Brian Moriarty)
Zork Zero: The Revenge of Megaboz (1988, Steve Meretzky)
Zork: The Undiscovered Underground (1997, Michael Berlyn & Marc Blank)


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Reeves and Mortimer 1

Reeves and Mortimer II


GreyWolfLord wrote:

I got all of Babylon 5 for Christmas...maybe I should have started with the second season. I started with the first season...I'm bored already with it. QUOTE]

B5 does get better, but don't skip S1, as there are some callbacks to it in the later seasons.


Freehold DM wrote:
Zhangar wrote:

Phantasy Star IV (best of the series for actual game play - I sincerely recommend skipping the rest and going straight to IV. The gameplay of the prior entries is super clunky, but IV was great.)

unless you play 1-3, you really aren't able to appreciate not just what IV did right but the lessons learned along the way. People complain about iii, but it started the multigenerational adventure party mechanic in video game rpgs, and II was the first true mixing of science fiction and fantasy to my knowledge. I have yet to see a game split the genres down the middle like that.

Eh, I've played IV repeatedly. I've never managed to get through the other ones.

I (one of the first consoles RPGs with a multiple person party, AND the main character was a woman, which even today barely ever happens), II (more properly integrated the scfi/fantasy mix of I (which had space ships, etc.)), and III (beat Dragon Quest V to the "multigenerational adventure party" punch by two years) are all pretty significant milestones, but man did they kind of hurt to actually play as games. My biggest worry about someone trying to play all of the Phantasy Star games in order is that they'd never even make it to IV. I know I wouldn't have.

Playing IV first and then backtracking through the earlier games is interesting, though.

IV has in it a lot of neat mechanics in one place that only seem to show in separately in other games such as:

devastating combination attacks (many unique to particular pairs of characters);

macros to consistently perform combination attacks;

characters having two separate resource pools (technique points and skills) or just having different mechanics from each other (androids v. everyone else);

Dual wielding shields (seriously; it's silly but it's the best defense set-up for the wizard);

equipment with unlimited use special effects ranging from aoe healing to lightning bolts;

Monsters that can voltron together into stronger monsters worth significantly more exp and gold.

On the non-mechanical side, I loved the comic panels that popped up when it was "story telling" time - a nice and very good looking alternative to trying to act scenes out with the sprites (like the 16 Bit FF games.

The mechanics gap between Phantasy Star IV and the earlier entries was crazy.

Oh, to add to the "good things from the 90s": Chrono Trigger.

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Freehold DM wrote:
and II was the first true mixing of science fiction and fantasy to my knowledge. I have yet to see a game split the genres down the middle like that.

Well my interest just about quadrupled.


Oooh - memory lane!

The first computer game in our house was some big (orange IIRC) console to be hooked up to the television for playing Pong.

I got my first PC second half of the '80s (20MB hard drive! big floppy disks! wordperfect! basic!)

Dos-games I really liked (once I have more time I should get this dosbox thingy up & running): ancient art of war; airborne ranger; gato; some flight simulator where you could participate in the naval battles in the pacific in WWII, ...

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Monkey Island.


Lawnmower Man, the video game. Very frustrating when you're like 7 years old.


TI-99/4A
The first computer I ever played or programmed.


One of my favorite games that I played on the C64 was Portal.
I played Wizardry, Might and Magic, Ultima and I remember playing one of the Zork games. The C64's answer to Windows 3.0 was Geos and I used that in college

I'm trying to remember what I watched on TV, but the only thing that really comes to mind is Macgyver (I liked it so much I later got the series on DVDs).

I think I remember watching Macross on TV but it was probably reruns


M.A.S.K.
a few Batman shows (including rerun of the 60s live action one).
Mysterious Cities of Gold.
Astro Boy.
UFO robot Grandizer.
Mighty Max.
Reboot.
Duck Tale.
Remi.
Candy.
Calimero.
My Little Pony (not FiM).
G.I.Joe.
Transformers (which makes me kinda dislike the live action movies).
He-Man ...
Jem.
quite a few others whose names I can't remember.

Knight Rider.
Dynasty.
...

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ngc7293 wrote:

One of my favorite games that I played on the C64 was Portal.

I played Wizardry, Might and Magic, Ultima and I remember playing one of the Zork games. The C64's answer to Windows 3.0 was Geos and I used that in college

I'm trying to remember what I watched on TV, but the only thing that really comes to mind is Macgyver (I liked it so much I later got the series on DVDs).

I think I remember watching Macross on TV but it was probably reruns

Depends where you lived, but Macros is from 1982 in Japan or 1985 as the first part of Robotech in the US, so probably not reruns based on the computer references.


i loved playing tomba 1 and 2 growing up so much i had ended up buying them on ebay for 50/60 bucks a piece. god they are still good too, there aren't many games that hold up so well long term these days.

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Alex G St-Amand wrote:
Reboot.

Oh man, I'd almost forgotten about this one.

And on the note of early CGI-based shows, Beast Wars and Beast Machines. Actually saw both of those before I saw any of the more traditional Transformers stuff.


Reboot? Pretty much as Orthos.
Beast Wars as well.

Then again also;
Beetle borgs, VR-troopers. I think i even got annoyed when they switched the girl's role to the short one.

Funny isn't it, in almost all of those power rangers and clones it's a thing to turn your back to something falling down and strike a silly pose when it explodes.
It added more to the "pfft, what?" over the likely intended "woohoo" factor to me.


I forgot about Beast Wars, Beast Machines and Beetle Borgs.

Chyrone wrote:

Reboot? Pretty much as Orthos.

Beast Wars as well.

Then again also;
Beetle borgs, VR-troopers. I think i even got annoyed when they switched the girl's role to the short one.

Funny isn't it, in almost all of those power rangers and clones it's a thing to turn your back to something falling down and strike a silly pose when it explodes.
It added more to the "pfft, what?" over the likely intended "woohoo" factor to me.

It's a Super Sentai and the like things, and since the American versions often use the Original Japanese battle footages...


Super Sentai i'm totally unfamiliar with, tbh.

Guess i'll have to wiki it.

Edit very shortly after: Aha....ok.


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I am currently watching macross as part of my new years ritual.


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i love Robotech, the RPG was tons of fun, to bad the only person that would run it was a total jerk so i rarely got to play it (or even rarer to have fun while playing it) i also used to get up crazy early to watch it, like 5:30. it was the first cartoon on, then at 6 was dungeons and dragons then Inspector Gadget, man do i miss saturday morning cartoons!


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Chyrone wrote:

Reboot? Pretty much as Orthos.

Beast Wars as well.

Then again also;
Beetle borgs, VR-troopers. I think i even got annoyed when they switched the girl's role to the short one.

Funny isn't it, in almost all of those power rangers and clones it's a thing to turn your back to something falling down and strike a silly pose when it explodes.
It added more to the "pfft, what?" over the likely intended "woohoo" factor to me.

Oh god, one of the shows I rushed home for. I knew that if I rode my bike hard and fast home, I could just make it in time for Reboot to start.

And then... "Dragon, dragon, Rock the Dragon! Dragon Ball Z!"

Also, I had to get home before my sister did because she wanted to watch Wishbone and Zoom on PBS and they aired at the same time. I usually won, because she had these weird things like 'friends' and 'a life' that interfered with the more important things.


Tels wrote:
"Dragon, dragon, Rock the Dragon! Dragon Ball Z!"

True..but i stopped watching eventually.

But hey, let's not forget the haircuts our folks had back then.


Oh, I disagree, let's forget their haircuts.


Ok, for Sissyl's sake we'll not remind it again.


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my mom was legally blind back then (not anymore *yay for science!*) so i started to grow my hair long at a very young age:)


All right people, let's start it up!

♪♫♪ So no one told you life was gonna be this way, (clapclapclapclap) ♪♫♪


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Tels wrote:

All right people, let's start it up!

♪♫♪ So no one told you life was gonna be this way, (clapclapclapclap) ♪♫♪

I'll just leave this here.

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Tels wrote:

All right people, let's start it up!

♪♫♪ So no one told you life was gonna be this way, (clapclapclapclap) ♪♫♪

My family wasn't as big on Friends, but we loved The Drew Carey Show, which I think came on around the same time on a different channel.


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This goes here now.


Err....okay?

Also the rise of some of the current pop stars (also the ones that went "dead"), like Spears, Pink, offspring, a handful of boybands.

But i have a particular fond memory associated to Nirvana's Smells like Teen spirit.
I was with the scouts and every year, there's a week of summer camp. Great and all, i mean it, but the way the scout leaders woke us up was something different. Now at this point, you all know where this is headed, but us kids didn't. One would sneak into the large hall we slept in. Now they still had that old type of music box with a speaker at both ends and cassette players in the middle, with the key to the volume being a knob to turn.

I was a light sleeper sometimes, so the door woke me up and..."oh it's that time again". *tictictictic* to maximum volume and the play button. Heavy guitar music and Cobain's voice. Despite being noisy, it was an awesome way. Not so much the loud volume, but the way people were commenting and complaining. No not again...let me sleep, please.....no i don't wanna get up."


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Anyone else remember that short-lived tv series "Tales of the Golden Monkey"? I loved that show but it only lasted 1 season I think.


Popple.


Mythic Evil Lincoln wrote:
This goes here now.

That was weird and full of nostalgia.


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Black Dougal wrote:


All your base are belong to us

Someone set us up the bomb.


Talisman, the hours long RPG board game (did anybody play without houseruled leveling?)

He-man, the show and the dolls.

The "final fantasy" games on the original Gameboy.

Playing video games in an age before internet sites for codes and walkthroughs. (I don't want to go back to that, but there was a sense of accomplishment to figuring stuff out yourself... and a sense of utter defeat if you didn't)

Point and click adventure games, specifically Shadowgate, and Princess Tomato.

Parents being willing to let kids play outside, out of sight & unsupervised, as long as they were back by dinner. Those were the little adventures that inspired me to think about big adventures.


Chyrone wrote:
Black Dougal wrote:


All your base are belong to us

Someone set us up the bomb.

ha ha ha.


Scythia wrote:


The "final fantasy" games on the original Gameboy.

you mean the SaGa series of games. If not for those games, I would not have gotten into rpgs.


Back in 80's and 90's busy kids were called energetic, it's quickly labeled ADHD by some now.

Agreeing with Scythia on the feeling of accomplishment. Overcoming hard parts, then clapping and raising hands in the air because you passed it. Opposed to the godmode codes present day.


Freehold DM wrote:
Scythia wrote:


The "final fantasy" games on the original Gameboy.
you mean the SaGa series of games. If not for those games, I would not have gotten into rpgs.

Exactly, that's why I had that in quotes.

Although the Seiken Densetsu game was also called "Final Fantasy Adventure", and I liked it as well.


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Chyrone wrote:
Back in 80's and 90's busy kids were called energetic, it's quickly labeled ADHD by some now.

Let us just resume it to: "Many of yesteryears qualities are now considered mental disorders."


Or, possibly, y'know, it became useful to classify certain things as disorders because we can now treat them. Whether the diagnostics are perfect, or the treatment always works is pretty clearly beside the point, wouldn't you say?


Sissyl wrote:
Or, possibly, y'know, it became useful to classify certain things as disorders because we can now treat them. Whether the diagnostics are perfect, or the treatment always works is pretty clearly beside the point, wouldn't you say?

maybe I should have said: "negative mental disorders"/"now seen as flaws"?


A mention.


Freehold DM wrote:
Chyrone wrote:
Black Dougal wrote:


All your base are belong to us

Someone set us up the bomb.
ha ha ha.

You have no chance to survive make your time

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You know what you doing. Take off every zig.


Tamagotchi?
Soccer Boppers?
New brand of cereal with it's own mascot and commercial series every 6 months?
The original Power Rangers?

90's nostalgia is best nostalgia.


Tamagotchi... Tels you're bringing up something there :)

We used to have this little stereotype alien. The kind with the oval head and big black eyes. When we went to school our mom had to take care of it whenever it beeped for attention.

I later had one with a dinosaur, it could go 5 ways i think.

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