Alan Smithee


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How many people here still watch movies from when they were kids? A lot of you? A few of you? Doesn’t really matter for this piece because I simply want to put you all into the way-back machine to blow the lid off of this current trend of hating on old media simply because it’s not new.

I hear on a weekly basis that game x hasn’t held up very well and how movie y looks dated, or what have you and I can’t help but get a little pissed at how complacent we’ve all become. I too am guilty of doing this, but I’ve made a conscious effort to NOT do it anymore mainly because of how stupid how it sounds.

Wait, wait, hear me out please.

When you say something that you once liked if not loved when you were younger hasn’t stood the test of time very well, you’re looking at it from a present-day elitist standpoint. Charged words I know, but that’s what it is. You’re essentially saying that something like ‘product z’ doesn’t measure up to today’s standard of quality or excellence… and this is something I want to change.

When one goes back and plays early 3D games such as Jumping Flash on the original PlayStation or even beloved AAA titles like The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time, the graphics do look dated by today’s standard! When these games first came out, they were really pinnacles of their time. They do hold up if you manage to play them without expecting HD graphics or scripted voice acting.

Sprite based games tend to get a pass in this department because “they’re classics”, which is bullshit. If early 3D games have to measure up to some rediculous standard, so should 8/16 bit sprite games. You’ll never hear anyone say that any of the original Super Mario Bros. games haven’t aged well, that’s gamer blasphemy while others are allowed to say that Metal Gear Solid or Tenchu look terrible nowadays.

Buncha fucking hypocrites I say!

The same thing goes for movies and television shows. Why is it that we
allow shows like Batman (the original 60s series) exist as some awesome point in television while we attack the Tim Burton Batman movies? The dialogue in both may be laughable, but both are excellent works that deserve to live side by side. You can’t piss on the 1989 Batman just because it has outdated references or special effects that are easily outclassed by teenagers with CG training…you can’t pick and choose what has lasted the test of time just based on your 2010 mindsets.

This is why when I hear people say that one of my favorite movies of all time, Tron, as being outdated, that I have to hold back before raging on the said offender. I’m not watching this movie with rose tinted glasses as I once was told. I’m watching it as someone who appreciates the age when it came out and for what it accomplished for movies to follow.

You don’t have to be a fan of it, but please dislike it for better reasons than “ew it looks old”, you could be watching or playing solid gold and not even know it.

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