|In Our Day, We Didn't Teleport to Class . . . We Walked. AND I LIKED IT!
||[Oct. 27th, 2007|07:00 am]
My grandfather never purchased cable television.
He grew up in an era where motion pictures were still sort of new. He was ten when The Jazz Singer was released. He was probably about 40 when he purchased his first television set. I don't think he owned compact music discs. I remember him talking about going to ballrooms to dance with my grandmother and their friends. His music era was probably a mix of jazz and big band.
My parents grew up without a television at first, and then they witnessed the advent of cable TV when they were in their 30s. They witnessed the birth of the home computer era along with me. They grew up with 50s pop stars and stay primarily in that musical era.
My first computer/console gaming system Atari 400. I also had a Coleco Gemini console which played Atari 2600 and Coleco carts. My first PC was an IBM PS/2 with a 486 processor that I remember being brought home from a department store like Sears, JC Penney, or Hudson's around 1991-1992. I am intimately familiar with the music of the 1980s, but I have an appreciation from all eras and genres minus country.
I've noticed in my family that generations stay stuck in eras. That includes certain eras of technology. As one grows older, one does not entirely embrace all of the new products and services. The level of adaptation varies from person to person, but one apparently does not embrace all new standards.
My mom and aunt can barely function on a PC. Video games? Forgetaboutit. My grandfather missed the home computer era, as he retired somewhere around 1982, which was long before workstations and offices were inseparable from PCs and networks. I'm still current with ability to handle games on the latest platforms, but I'm still using the Xbox-PS2 era until the prices drop for the current generation.
One sometimes wonders about companies like Microsoft. What are Apple and Microsoft for goals and time-tables? Is it just ever-expanding profit margins at this point? We shall see.
My OS remains Windows XP. Vista smells like one of those in-between junk OS's from Bill Gates. As far as I can tell, it requires a gargantuan amount of processing and memory to run, in comparison to an average XP. The aim appears to be eventual support for stunning graphics and sound beyond the multiple channels and pixels of today's average system. Functionality seems to have either stalled or taken a slight devolution.
I specifically wonder how I'm going to relate to my children or children of my closest cousins and friends in about a quarter of a century from now. I remember what life was like before the internet. I know I was able to place myself and rationalize what I'd be doing at 30 if I lived in 1930, based off my grandparents and their information. If need be, I wouldn't have difficulty with visualization of horse as the only town-to-town travel besides going on foot. Before electricity? No problem. Before the advent of recorded sound? Music concerts have been performed for ages, so there's no loss there.
What if a kid refuses to watch a 3-D optical disc of a baseball game from 1971 because it's too low-pixel of a master copy and there's no 3-D sound to hear the peanut vendor from 4 rows away . . . let alone ability to pick a virtual seat in that stadium from which to experience the POV? Will people, in general, lose that much imagination 50 years from now?
Will this younger person listen to stories about old work eras, sporting eras, music eras, and movie eras? Will they be able to imagine those eras and relate as a secondary ability? I suppose that's relative to the intelligence level of the future younger person in question.
By the way, I wish I had the VHS copy of this information around 1983. I spent hours playing Raiders of the Lost Ark and had absolutely no clue how to get to the conclusion.
There was no GameFAQs at the time. You usually had to think on your own with these games, and you LIKED it.