Ok guys picture this. Its the mid nineties and your a teen in your dark bedroom. The window blinds are closed and theres cigerette smoke in the air. Theres no decent internet because its dial-up (its the 90s remember!)and no smart phones. You haven’t seen sunlight in a long, long time.
What are you doing? Ahem… well apart from the obvious teen “activities” you would have something else silvery-grey and sleek in your hand. Something that would become shiny and slippery to touch as the hours went by in the blink of an eye.
Of course we are picturing the famous silver-grey Playstation controller right?
Who would have thought that the days of holding this piece of moulded precious plastic would be for some one of the highlight memories from the past?
Certainly not the teen in this bedroom, for he has a good imagination of the future. He loves Back to the future, surprisingly even part 2 (He’s that big a fan). So he’s thinking by 2020 we would have hover boards and flying cars. What a disappointment we would have in store for this 90s teen!
Fast forward 25 years and we can see why. Now so-called “gamers” are everywhere. Tapping gleefully on their little smart phones and giggling to themselves in their own little mediocre worlds. But we original gamers from the golden past know this isn’t a true form of gaming. These are designed to be mass-produced for the masses to consume in a frenzy of addiction. Simple mobile games to keep children or old folk entertained for a few minutes. Some of the more malevolent ones asking for cash to gain upgrades. Wow what a future its turned out to be right?
We know the truth as old school gamers. Hell, even the button on the gamepad had our Generations X marks the spot on it. Have we forgotten the marathon gaming sessions either alone in your dark bedroom or with friends?
You remember plugging in that second controller for you brother, sister or buddy was pretty cool right?
Not something the addicted cell phone “gamers” from today would understand. Why would they? Many of them were not even born back then…..
But I digress. Let’s get back to our dark room of delights.
Things were better back then. Even if we were a clueless hormone ravaged teenager. Life felt simpler and easier.
Who would want to be a teenager in this day and age? The stresses and constant keeping up appearances is a nightmare. Social media is a living hell for many. Thinking back to those days we thought things were stressful then. Damn…
Well, they say we can go back in time through reliving our past. So why not do that in the best way possible without the help of a therapist hypnotizing us for $400 an hour?
Grab a grey box and use our grey matter for what really matters. None of those puns were intended of course 😉
I recently indulged myself and looked online just for fun to see if they still sold the little grey box of magic. You see I sold my old play station many years ago. I didn’t really get into any of the other next-gen consoles because I had a career in Law to pursue and develop, as well as a new wife later on.
But after a divorce and a change of career I wanted to get back to simpler happier times.
I also used to own a smart phone too. Now I recently switched to a retro flip phone. You think I’m nuts right? Well don’t bash it until you’ve tried it as my British uncle used to say.
The new features of the retro PlayStation classic I love is the fact it comes preinstalled with all the games I want. No more humbling with sticky hands on CDs. (Now that’s one thing from the past I don’t want to relive haha)
It was worse back then though my my teenager hands. So as they say life gives and takes away. There’s the whole circle of life. We learn from the past and keep memories for a reason I believe.
You know its kinda funny, I have a new younger girlfriend and a smaller place but its much nicer. Condos suit me better. The big house with 4 bedrooms and (literally white picket fence) is so overated its not even funny.
Its ironic I was a true rebel as a teen a true GenXer and was skeptical about the whole getting married having kids and living the American dream. Once I eventually listened did all that and then got burned.
I should have stayed true to my teen instincts. I was a true outsider back then. I was a rebel though.
Not much success with the girls at High School but who cared? I had my playstation, box of cigarettes and a chip on my shoulder. I cant go back in time to tell the teen version of me to just do what feels right and not listen to bad advice, but I can control my life now. The chip has long fallen off my shoulder.
Now after buying the new Playstation 1 console my new girlfriend even joins in with me. Shes everything I could ever want. I love it when she giggles at the “bad graphics” Its a part of the fun I love. I didnt want to tell her some of the games are older than her…..
The teen past version of me would approve of her I think.
Life is a ride that much I’ve come to realise. Many of my peers and friends have gone through “the wringer” and some have come out better than others.
I’m one of the lucky ones for sure. I have a decent job that pays all the bills with some side-hustles making me money online. No child support to pay and no alimony. The Law career paid off in more ways than one 😉
Well I gotta go I have another itch to play Grand theft auto and The need for speed. After that? Well I have a lovely new young woman born in the nineties I have to grab and load up.