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It's easy to get caught up in the past.

While many of us aren't part of "the greatest generation," longing for the days of record players and one-horse carriages, there is a feeling of wistfulness we desire for the past. That time period, no matter how old you are, feels simpler, easier, because it's already happened. Since we've gone through it, it'd be nice to go through it again, doing all the things we love, to eat all the food we used to be able to, and watch as much television as we want... long as we knew what time of day it was going to be on.

Reddit user, u/13harry09, wanted to know what you remain wistful for when they asked:

What's something nostalgic for your age group?

Video games today are horrible!

Give us a 2-dimensional side-scroller of an Italian plumber fighting a dragon monster and nothing else good for many more years after that. Who needs all these fantastic releases, year in and year out, every year?

How Do We Enable "Big Head Mode?"

"Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, b, a, select, start"


"My toddler son has a toy game controller that plays a little jingle if you put this code in. I loved that they put that little Easter egg into a kids toy and it makes my husband smile every time he does it."


When Was This Old? *cries in tired old man

"Old Minecraft"


"Anytime recently I've tried to get back into Minecraft it breaks my heart because the game just feels so different now. I played it from 2010 up until 2018 or 19 almost religiously, but the past couple years have really changed the game. I'm sure it's just as fun to play now, but it doesn't have that same nostalgia factor anymore like it used to."


Tests Of Parenthood

"Neopets in 2005"


"My girlfriend at the time made me take care of one as a test for being a father. Literally."


Some things you long for aren't actually possible to do anymore, leading to the reasoning this is why the nostalgia is at an all-time high. What's worse than missing something that no longer exists?

The Smell, The Sounds, The Sights, The Ambience

"Going to Blockbuster with my friends on a Friday"


"Renting cheesy horror movies and making fun of them with the group!"


You Can Miss That?

"Dial up modem noises"


"Kiiiiiiiiiiii…kiiuuuu…kiiiuuuu.. it was something like that right? I even forgot."

"And then I used to open yahoo login page and do some other work for few minutes and come back while it loads, and then enter id password, hit login and then get a coffee until it loads."


Illegal, But, Yeah



"I remember the really early days of mp3 sharing, before P2P came along. There were hundreds of FTP servers that you could connect to with huge libraries of mp3s. No domain name, just a raw IP address that you found somewhere on usenet."

"But they couldn't just give it away, because then everyone would take and nobody would give. So they had quota systems: you'd upload an mp3, and for every byte you uploaded, you'd get to download 2, or 3, or maybe even 5. And this was over dialup, so uploading or downloading a single file could take 30 minutes."

"But it was FTP. Very simple and dumb. There was no memory of your "credits" between sessions, so if you uploaded a bunch of stuff and then lost your connection, you were SOL."

"It amazes me to think how much time I spent getting a few songs that today I can play any time I want on Spotify."


For some people, this next section will sound silly.

For others, this was our childhood, which sadly (when you really think about it) revolved around a television schedule we had no input on, meaning we had to plan everything out around when the next episode of Power Rangers aired.

Cartoons After School Are The Best

"Anime on Toonami. Cartoon Cartoon Fridays"


"Toonami had really great western cartoons as well. I loved watching Samurai Jack, Ben 10, Teen Titans, and Clone Wars on Toonami growing up."


Shifting Timelines

"Old Cartoon Network, spiky gelled hair"


"Old Cartoon Network" is an interesting answer because people are gonna have different ideas about what "Old Cartoon Network" is. I think of Ed, Edd n Eddy and Codename: Kids Next Door. Another commenter mentioned Gumball which is still well after my time."


When Life Revolved Around Someone Else's Schedule

"Born in the 70s, grew up in the 80s...I remember huddling around the TV as a family to watch certain things."

"For some reason, they would show The Wizard of Oz every year on network tv..and it was a big deal. My mom would make a pot on the stove (It was the 80's) and we'd sit on a blanket on the floor and watch."

Or Friday Nights....Dukes of Hazzard (when it was new). Mom would get takeout from Burger Chef...and we'd sit on the floor eating hamburgers watching 'dem Duke Boys at it again."

"Or in the summer....they'd show Creature from the Black Lagoon 3D on tv. 7-11 would give out free 3-D glasses."

"For the younger Redditors....this was well before any kind of streaming/on demand service...and back when cable TV and VCRs were still a luxury that a lot of people didn't have. So, you really only got to watch what was on the few channels that your antenna allowed."

"Another one is coming home from school to watch old shows like Gilligan's Island, The Munsters, The Addams Family, Batman, F-Troop."

"Or staying up late and at midnight....the TV would play the National Anthem....then show a control screen and just "BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP" like this:"


The good ol' days.


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