The ’90s Revival: Some Thoughts

The ’90s Revival: Some Thoughts

Don’t call it a comeback.

We’ve been here, kids.

So, in case you haven’t heard, Invader Zim is getting a movie. Nickelodeon is bringing back Double Dare. If you don’t know what that is, I can’t help you. Crash and Spyro have made a flashy return. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is even getting a reboot.

Even some fashion trends of the ‘90s are making a comeback. Gimmie short skirts and long jackets, please.

The point I’m trying to make here is that I’ve been swimming in a sea of nostalgia recently. And it got me thinking.

Does this happen often, or are the 90s special somehow?

I was really surprised that the 90s, are not, in fact, special. This cultural nostalgia pendulum tends to swing most around the 30 year mark. This article I read on the subject is really interesting: https://thepatterning.com/2017/02/13/the-nostalgia-pendulum-a-rolling-30-year-cycle-of-pop-culture-trends/)

But yes, it seems easier these days because technology has rapidly evolved, and things look a lot different than they did in the 90s. We’ve got widescreen now, folks. And also smartphones, that allow tetris and pong in our pocket.

I suppose this is all to say this: I don’t know if swimming in the sea of our past is good or bad. I suppose having things like Crash and Spyro to play is a little bit like a comfort blanket. These things will always be there, even if we move or get new jobs.

It does make me wonder what it would be like for a child growing up…right now. Are they confused about these things mentioned so often, but they have no connection to. I don’t remember anything like that happening when I was young.

Maybe I’ve forgotten because I didn’t care?

But, either way, I’ll be really curious to read about how the 90s kids soak up all these remakes and reboots. We know they make money–Crash’s remake was top of the charts for weeks–but at what point do we stop buying?

Stephanie Lott

Stephanie is a gamer, otaku, and your local friend who posts on Twitter too much. From Mississippi, she spends most of her free time prepping for her next convention or getting beaten at Overwatch. Follow her on Twitter.

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