Frivilous nonsense here:
Cinemassacre‘s (also known at the Angry Video Game Nerd) release his latest video a few days ago, and it really hits home. It’s not just about VHS and video formats or Nintendo games. It’s about that sense of anticipation of movie watching (saving money to buy or searching video stores to rent movies). It’s about the waiting and the effort required to enjoy movies (watching or recording from TV, being home or setting your VCR). It’s about the shared experience of an era that only people who lived throught it know about. And it doesn’t have to be movies or TV – it could be anime, comic books, magazines, the newest Dungeons & Dragons module, whatever.
It’s now possible to watch anything instantly from any era. I bet I could binge watch any TV series from my past (or before I was born) and see every episode. But as he says, it’s not the same, both because the instant gratification takes away the anticipation and the effort, takes away the mystery of not knowing what to expect.
Worst of all (though he touches on this the least) how music is no longer an album experience. Artists make ten to twelve songs, but because only one gets heard, the rest are ignored instead of shared secrets, favourite album cuts that dedicated fans know and anticipate at live shows.
At 17:55, he says:
“But on the other side of that, there were many other bands that I didn’t get to hear back then because I was too busy focusing on one thing at a time. So, the question is, is it better to have access to more all at once, or to have less, and appreciate it more?“
I identify with and shared the same experiences he talks about. This might even bring a tear to some eyes. ^_^