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90s Gadgets, Games and Shows We Miss

Nintendo GameBoy nostalgia
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If you’re old enough to remember what things were like in the 90s, you’ll attest to the fact that things in general back then were totally radical. The toys were awesome, the TV shows were cool, and don’t even get us started on how way out the gadgets we could get our hands on were.

Time has marched on, and things are considerably less rad these days, but 90s kids will still have the privilege of looking back, and enjoying a bit of post 90’s nostalgia. Let’s take a look at just some of the cool things we miss…

Nintendo

The popularity of the NES and SNES console systems has endured astonishingly, with an abundance of YouTube channels dedicated to the hundreds of games. But once again, it just isn’t like it used to be. It’s sad to think that in another generation or two, the NES will be nothing more than a museum piece. Don’t fret too much though; retro games have made something of a comeback, and there are several new or reworked versions of old favourites available. Plus, if you claim a casino bonus and hit the jackpot you could land up with enough money to buy a retro NES and a stack of games, just for kicks!

Pokémon Cards

There was an era in the 90s where Pokémon dominated just about everything. It’s still popular today, make no mistake, but back then it seemed like you couldn’t walk 5 steps without something Pokémon related hitting in you in the face. The TV show was on daily, snack packets had those little cardboard Tazos in them, and everyone you knew coveted their own collection of cards. And there was always that one kid that seemed to have better cards than you.

Johnny Bravo

Johnny Bravo is perhaps the quintessential 90s cartoon. It’s loud, silly and outrageous, and features a guy with hair that defies gravity. Sure, it’s about a dude who is an insane narcissist and also somehow supposed to be lovable, but damn – if he wasn’t also hysterical. Let’s all just admit it, we miss the days when Johnny Bravo was one of the most popular shows on TV.

VCRs

God bless VCRs, and the giant chunks of plastic you needed to make them work, VHS tapes. The picture quality was awful, the things took an age to rewind, and the remote controls were so bulky you could brain a man with them. How awesome they were.

VCR a 90s gem
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56k Internet

Remember wanting to download a single 40-megabyte file, and the process lasting until the sun came up, and the birds were tweeting outside? Yes, it was outrageously inconvenient, but boy was it like Christmas every time the file finished, without failing somewhere along the line and needing to be restarted. It taught us appreciation, patience, and humility.

The Discman

Although it first came out in the 1980’s, it was only by the 90s that the Discman made it big. It was portable, played a CD, and was about as cutting edge and radical as could be asked for. Also, if you moved it even a little while playing, the song skipped, stuttered, and the CD was scratched beyond repair. Did we mention – radical!

Rollerblades

Unbelievably, doing things that could potentially result in broken wrists, scarred knees, and missing teeth was the norm back in the 90s. Today, parents would shriek blue murder at the sight of such injury hazards, but the 90s knew that rollerblades were the mark of true fun. The kind that could put you in hospital, or give your hours and hours of fun!

Slang

Finally, the slang. Radical, fresh, word, cool, way out, all that, and righteous. Yes, there’s more, but we just don’t have enough space. Fly, yo, bust a move, boom-shaka-lak. It’s hard to imagine how we said these phrases with a straight face, isn’t it?

Video Game Addiction An Official Medical Condition

Video game addiction now recognised by WHO
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It was recently announced that The World Health Organization would be classifying video game addiction as a treatable medical condition, and that they had added it to it their ‘disease bible’. This has raised eyebrows in some cases and has become something of a debatable topic, but the crux of the matter is, video game addiction seems to be a growing problem, and steps need to be taken to address it.

Whereas many accept that gambling addiction is an issue, and those that offer casino games should do so in a way that promotes both how fun this type of entertainment can be and the responsible behaviour players should implement, the spotlight is now on video games and the harm that they can cause people of all ages.

The Kendal Parmar Campaign

The core of the move to officially list video game addiction as a disorder lies with a woman named Kendal Parmar. Parmar passionately campaigned for her son to get treatment, after she explained the severity of his addiction to the game Fortnite. According to Parmar her son, aged 15, was so addicted to the game that he did not attend school for a full year.

She stated that her son was even admitted to hospital for 8 weeks after his ability to function was all but entirely impaired. Upon leaving hospital, vitamin D tablets were prescribed in order to help the boy reverse severe lack of sunlight symptoms.

Parmar Succeeds

After determined campaigning efforts, Parmar finally managed to get her son clinically diagnosed with addiction. The World Health Organisation then made the move to officially list video game addiction as a mental disorder. The result is that now, treatment for video game addiction will be incorporated into healthcare systems.

Parmar is relieved, saying that her son had been all but lost to her. She hopes that her son’s “all consuming addiction” will soon be brought under control and that others will benefit from the ruling.

The dangers of being hooked on gaming
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Fortnite – Ticket To Addiction?

The game in question that Parmar’s son was addicted to is Fortnite. Fortnite is relatively new, rising to mass popularity in mid-2017. Today, the game boasts around 40 million players, making it the biggest video game in the world.

The style and nature of Fortnite is not new to video game design at all. Its core gameplay is a simple take on Battle Royale. This involves 100 players dropping onto a virtual island, quickly gathering weapons, and eliminating one another until ultimately a single winning player, or player team, is declared. One of the key reasons for Fortnite’s mass success is that it is free, with the only options to spend real money based around digital cosmetic items.

In winning, players are rewarded points, which may also be spent on cosmetic items. No real money of any kind is traded for victories.

Should Gaming Addiction Be Taken Seriously?

Debates are raging all over the Internet as to whether video game addiction really should be treated as a mental disorder. Many are stating that it is more a case of discipline and poor parenting as opposed to real, classifiable addiction. Others counter with the statement that addiction exists in all shapes and forms.

Matt Hancock, the British Culture Secretary, went on record to say that addictive video games can be very harmful to children. This was backed up by reports that many medical experts fear the effects of violent, addictive video games on developing minds. By recently released statistics, around 4% of children are at risk of video game addiction.

Regardless of on going debate, video game addiction is now official, and parents can seek treatment for their children on the NHS in the United Kingdom. This will save roughly £350 per session, which is the average cost of private therapy. Across the rest of the world it will be interesting to see what sort of treatment programs arise, although there are already private rehabilitation centres that say they have treated patients for video game addiction, and now that the disorder has been formally recognised, these numbers may well sky rocket.

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