Nickelodeon Buried the 90s in a Time Capsule

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Nickelodeon Buried the 90s in a Time Capsule

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Kids in 1992 wanted to preserve Game Boys, rollerblades, and MC Hammer.

The 90s were a strange decade, no matter which part of pop culture you want to examine. The same decade that gave us the Power Rangers also gave us Rob Liefeld. Everyone remembers Sonic the Hedgehog, but whatever became of Bubsy? While the charming cat platformer (catformer, perhaps?) seems lost to the ravages of time, Nickelodeon and a contingent of its loyal viewers wanted to make sure the same fate didn't befall the beloved pop culture icons of 1992. The network and a team of kids put together a time capsule containing 21 items that the denizens of the far-off future year 2042 could use to better understand the (admittedly very weird) habits, preferences, and worldview of children in the early 90s. From VHS tapes to Burt Reynolds (in a magazine) to photos of Soviet Russia, it would seem that they succeeded.

The items represent a wide swath of material from 20 years ago. There's some stuff that still holds up today, including a VHS of Back to the Future, a box of Twinkies, a Barbie doll, and a baseball. Other items, such as a Game Boy, a pair of rollerblades, a jar of Gak, and Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em on CD are a little more dated. Those who open the capsule in 2042 might find that the most salient items, however, are photographs of celebrities, vehicles, and world events of the time, as well as an actual piece of the Berlin Wall, which had just fallen two years prior.

Since the burial of the time capsule happened 20 years ago and its unearthing is still 30 years away, this may not be the most urgent news you read today. Even so, it serves to reinforce the fact that even though it may not seem like it, the 90s were a long time ago, and a whole generation of kids has grown up under a whole new pop culture paradigm. If this list makes you nostalgic now, just imagine how you'll feel in 2042.

Source: mental_floss

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I gotta ask then. What was the point of this article?

The 90's sucked ass in pretty much every way a decade could suck. A decade without an identity, and without anything outstanding to identify it. I really can't see why you'd need a time capsule to remember it, as there really wasn'y anything worth remembering.

Coming from someone swwho grew up in the 90's, they sucked ass.

"Charming cat platformer" have you played Bubsy? Wasn't very charming. Don't even have to play it to see it, here's all of Bubsy for you

There, now let us never mention Bubsy again.

Also, who threw in the baseball? They didn't think we would have baseball in 10 years?

Furioso:
"Charming cat platformer" have you played Bubsy? Wasn't very charming. Don't even have to play it to see it, here's all of Bubsy for you

There, now let us never mention Bubsy again.

Also, who threw in the baseball? They didn't think we would have baseball in 10 years?

Dammit ninja'd.

OT: Gosh I feel old. And I was born a year later. Hard to imagine I'm almost twenty.

Do not speak ill of Gak!
Though that stuff smelled like a fart. And it sounded like one too, sometimes.

Um... Okay?

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I hope some of the VHS tapes they put in there were of some Disney movies and maybe the Ninja Turtles before they become aliens.

Assuming the Escapist is still around by then, someone post in this thread in 2042. I would love to see the future generation of Escapists look at this and go, what the fuck?

EHKOS:

Furioso:
"Charming cat platformer" have you played Bubsy? Wasn't very charming. Don't even have to play it to see it, here's all of Bubsy for you

There, now let us never mention Bubsy again.

Also, who threw in the baseball? They didn't think we would have baseball in 10 years?

Dammit ninja'd.

OT: Gosh I feel old. And I was born a year later. Hard to imagine I'm almost twenty.

I was born a year earlier. How do you think I feel? XD

As a kid that was grown entirely in the 90's that always feel massively nostalgic every time I see or hear the Power Rangers theme, this is the most useless piece of news I've seen the entire day. If I buried that "time capsule" though, I'd definitely filled it with better stuff.

Now, I feel old.

I hate you.

Foolproof:
The 90's sucked ass in pretty much every way a decade could suck. A decade without an identity, and without anything outstanding to identify it.

The god damn Soviet Union collapsed, and not because they were invaded by someone else.

Foolproof:

I really can't see why you'd need a time capsule to remember it, as there really wasn'y anything worth remembering.

Them's fighting words.

Prediction: Moisture from the Gak leaked out, fed bacteria in the baseball and now it's a giant petri dish. (watch out for the 'Curse of the Pharohs")

I think the "time capsule" idea, for the most part, is obsolete. The 90's may have sucked, but the way we've kept our nostalgia going, you might think it was some kind of golden age or something (thanks internet). I doubt anyone reading this today has trouble identifying the items listed. (maybe the Hammer CD)


Oh yeah, I just remembered an article about 5 years ago talking about how the old Nick Studios were long abandoned. The person writing it talked about wandering from the Universal Studio tour and finding an eerily quiet and disheveled "Double Dare" set or something. Then a follow-up on how the place was demolished some time later. Not sure what it said about the capsule though.

Kind of interesting that out of all the stuff Nick did in those days, the time capsule comes up so often.

Getting a very negative vibe from this thread here, mmm-hmm. Gotta say I sure as hell do not feel 20 years old nor do I feel that interested in getting much older. Regardless I actually wish I was born a little earlier as to of experienced the 90s first hand at an age that could appreciate it.

Don't come out yet! The world isn't ripe enough! Go back! Go baaack!

*Seals himself inside of a Vault*

Hmmm, well the 90s was the time of "Generation X" which along with "Generation Y" were the generations skipped over by the Baby Boomers, with only the current generation really having a chance of stepping up into their place. As a result it's not surprising that to many people it seems like a big gap in history. Indeed during the 1990s the lack of meaning was kind of the point, and that's what inspired a lot of the "emo" stuff and the whole "slacker" mentality. Today a lot of people who mock those points of view (and there is a lot to mock) kind of miss the point that they have more to look forward to than Generation X did, as the oppertunities they are going to have don't exist, though truthfully with increasing lifespans the next few generations after the current one are going to find themselves in a similar position as they wait for the current upcoming generation that finally replaces the last of the boomers to themselves kick off.

One thing people today don't seem to get when they mock bands like Linkin Park (which is easy to do) is that they started in like 1996. Their (arguably) biggest song for the whole "Emo" thing "In The End" was from 2002. They kind of became famous for being one of the bands that represented a forgotten generation, to an extent "In The End" kind of worked for a lot of people like me. I was 15 in 1990, and a young adult when they started, in 2002 I was 27 working a go nowhere job as Casino Security dealing with other people's problems and stress for little or no thanks or pay, and little in the way of advancement. Hitting your late 20s or early 30s and realizing nothing you did mattered or was going to matter, as the same people who are in charge were in charge before and will continue to be so is kind of painful.

I'm not a Linkin Park fan (before anyone jumps on me) it's just that having sort of been there in the backround, I'd have to say they are one of the groups that sort of defines that entire point of view, along with say early Kevin Smith movies and what it did for Slackers. Guys who don't even try, because they know they aren't going anywhere, so they figure there is no point in putting in the effort. Positive thinking only works when there is someplace to go, in the end those good jobs are typically going to be held by Baby Boomers who were doing them since before you were an adult, and will continue to do them in your borderline middle age, when younger people from the next generations will be coming up to take those jobs while your generally stuck in mediocrity.

Although salvaging information and stuff from certain eras is no longer a challenge as it was generations before us, I still find time capsules to be quite amusing. The only thing that bothers me is that someone might find it before its time to open it, like some random hobo, and dispose of it. Or is someone gonna remember where the capsule is at by then? Is it going to be on the news?

Also...

Foolproof:
The 90's sucked ass in pretty much every way a decade could suck. A decade without an identity, and without anything outstanding to identify it. I really can't see why you'd need a time capsule to remember it, as there really wasn'y anything worth remembering.

Coming from someone swwho grew up in the 90's, they sucked ass.

Not to mention:

-The Berlin Wall "fell" in 1989 (sure it took a while to actually dismantle the whole thing, but '89 is the year)
-The Gameboy also came out in 1989
-Back to the Future came out in 1985, part II in 1989 and only part III came out in 1990.

Mr.Tea:

Foolproof:
The 90's sucked ass in pretty much every way a decade could suck. A decade without an identity, and without anything outstanding to identify it. I really can't see why you'd need a time capsule to remember it, as there really wasn'y anything worth remembering.

Coming from someone swwho grew up in the 90's, they sucked ass.

Not to mention:

-The Berlin Wall "fell" in 1989 (sure it took a while to actually dismantle the whole thing, but '89 is the year)
-The Gameboy also came out in 1989
-Back to the Future came out in 1985, part II in 1989 and only part III came out in 1990.

as someone who lived through the 80s, the 90's were a huge turning point for the world. the soviet union still existed up till 89, nato was facing off over the west german border waiting for warsaw pact tanks to come rolling through the fulda gap, yeah the 80's didnt have the 50's fear of nukes falling but it was always something in the background and then the berlin wall fell.

for one moment the world came together like ive never seen before, there was hope for a brighter future.. the 90s however things went back to usual and started with the first gulf war

Foolproof:
The 90's sucked ass in pretty much every way a decade could suck. A decade without an identity, and without anything outstanding to identify it. I really can't see why you'd need a time capsule to remember it, as there really wasn'y anything worth remembering.

Coming from someone swwho grew up in the 90's, they sucked ass.

You need a dose of the Care Bears. Stat.

I find it to be harsher in hindsight when you realize Nickelodeon made this time capsule before they turned into the rancid shitfest they are today. I swear, if you wanna relive your childhood memories, you better hope someone is out there circulating the tapes.

Father Time:

Foolproof:
The 90's sucked ass in pretty much every way a decade could suck. A decade without an identity, and without anything outstanding to identify it.

The god damn Soviet Union collapsed, and not because they were invaded by someone else.

In 1989.

You're so desperate for any form of identity, you're willing to co-opt an event that happened in a different decade. Next the 90's will try to claim 9/11.

I have a Flannelette from the 90's wearing it now. :)

The 90s were strange? "Sucked ass"? What the heck is wrong with you people, the 90s were absolutely AWESOME! And Gak was loads of fun. And there was the Chia Pet, and Daria, and some of the best Disney's of all time (Lion King, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast). The true My Little Pony was in full swing. Home Alone came out. It was the golden age of the Star Trek movies (Generations, Contact and Insurrection) and series (TNG ran from 1987 to 1994, DS9 from 1993 to 1999 and Voyager from 1995 to 2001). These are just some of my favorite things from the 90s.
Maybe some of you are too young to remember.

Edit: I forgot, the 90s also brought us some of the greatest games of all time: the Monkey Island series, Zork Nemesis, a few of the King's Quest games, Sonic as the article mentioned, Doom, Arena and Daggerfall. I could go on, but I think I've made my point. ^_^

The 90's sucked to the extent, but for music it was awesome! Seriously Metal, Hip-Hop and electronica were, in my oppinion, the best in the 90's. Also Anime, Cowboy Bebop, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Dragonball Z, Digimon etc all great. Oh and Cartoons were better back then than now.

Eleima:
It was the golden age of the Star Trek movies (Generations, Contact and Insurrection) and series (TNG ran from 1987 to 1994, DS9 from 1993 to 1999 and Voyager from 1995 to 2001).

Generations was okay and i loved Contact, but Insurrection was forgetable. I literally can't remember the plot anymore.

the Monkey Island series

Aww yeah, good times. Don't forget the other old adventures like DOTT either.

For some reason the old fantasy/horror trope of disturbing the sealed tomb of some ancient evil, springs to mind. ;)

Sure some of you say that the 90's suck but I wonder whatyou really think of it once it's open in 30 years time. Would out opinion would of changes?

Yeah, the 90s seem so far gone now. And to think, I'll be 52 when they dig that thing up =/

I absolutely cringe when people say the 90s sucked. If people really believe that, I think they missed out.

I remember, as far as gaming goes, the 90s gave us (just a brief list):

Final Fantasy 2 (Final Fantasy 4, Japanese)
Final Fantasy 3 (Final Fantasy 6, Japanese)
Final Fantasy 7
Chrono Trigger
Killer Instinct
Secret of Mana
Secret of Evermore
Wild ARMs
Super Mario World
Super Mario Kart
Grandia
Legend of Mana (only if you count its Japan release date of July 15, 1999. It didn't make it to the US until June 7, 2000.)
Final Fantasy Tactics
Breath of Fire 1, 2 and 3

As far as shows went, all I'm going to mention is a few intros.

Captcha: Find Your Happy. See? Even Captcha knows!

Where exactly is this capsule, Orlando? I need to be there when that thing gets unearthed. I was only 4 in 1992 but I still have to see what all is in there. Gods, this article makes me feel old...Also yes, Rob Liefeld is terrible.

lapan:
Aww yeah, good times. Don't forget the other old adventures like DOTT either.

Oh my gosh, you're right!! I *loved* DoTT!! Sam & Max was hilarious as well (never got into the new ones, though I tried).
Ooh, and I forgot the Wing Commander's too, those were some of the greatest space flight sims *ever*. And they had giant kitties.

Idlemessiah:
Yeah, the 90s seem so far gone now. And to think, I'll be 52 when they dig that thing up =/

I'll be 59, I win. ;D

... how are a baseball and barbie not dated and rollerblades are?

yeah i remember those times. good cartoons shows back then. nickelodeon was still riding high at that point. they had rugrats, rockos modern life, and bunch of others. cartoon network only had reruns of scooby-doo. endless reruns of scooby-doo. every time bob says the 90s sucked i always in my head go "you mean after 95 right?"

Eleima:
Daria,

If the best show to say how good the 90's were is about how much the 90's fucking sucked, which, if you hadn't noticed the rather subtle cues from how the characters say everything fucking sucks, is rather prominent theme of Daria, then you may have a problem.

It was the golden age of the Star Trek movies (Generations, Contact and Insurrection)

Generations and Insurrection were fucking awful. How Nostalgia blind can you get that you'd think otherwise?

There have been 3 good Trek movies - Wrath of Khan, Contact, and the 2009 one (Journey Home was bland. Nimoy tried to make an agreeable movie, and forgot to make a great movie). Equal share between the eighties, ninties and the 00's. And guess which one is the highest rated? Hint - its not Wrath of Khan or First Contact. Also, guess which is the one Trek movie to get an Academy award? Nope, still not Wrath of Khan OR First Contact.

I could go on, but I think I've made my point. ^_^

Yes, your point being nostalgia clearly makes you completely blind.

Scarim Coral:
Sure some of you say that the 90's suck but I wonder whatyou really think of it once it's open in 30 years time. Would out opinion would of changes?

I dunno, will flannel shirts really be any less awful in 30 years?

Eleima:

lapan:
Aww yeah, good times. Don't forget the other old adventures like DOTT either.

Oh my gosh, you're right!! I *loved* DoTT!! Sam & Max was hilarious as well (never got into the new ones, though I tried).
Ooh, and I forgot the Wing Commander's too, those were some of the greatest space flight sims *ever*. And they had giant kitties.

My father used to play Wing Commander a lot in my youth. That and Myst. I myself was more a fan of humorous adventures. I actually didnt play a single Sam & Max yet though.

Now that i think about it more clearly, my favorites were probably Curse of Monkey Island, DotT and Discworld 2. The last one got me into the books later on in my life.

What no dead tortured gay kid?
Oh the 90s...

I remember a lot of hate, crappy internet, and any semi decent kids shows canceled outright. I miss Sonic SAT.

Still I wonder if thats where the US 7 trillion surplus went.

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