Never? You never had a memory that takes you back and kind of gives you a feeling of missing it? Like maybe it is Christmas and you remember ones where a grandparent was still alive. Then you feel kind of happy and sad at the same time. You feel happy because they are good memories but sad too because you wish they were still here this Christmas? Or maybe you hear an old song that you like or maybe even one that you don't but it still triggers memories that you miss because they were good? Or you look at a pet cat or dog that are now old and lazy but miss when they were youthful, cute, and playful? Etc.? It just seems like there would have to be some memories that were good enough to make you feel happy when thinking about them but also have a kind of homesick like sad feeling because they are lost to the past.
For me, it's one thing to let memories take me back to a time...but a totally thing altogether to actually WANT something like that to happen. That's why I think the psychological aspect of nostalgia is viewed as, by professionals anyway, as detrimental: you simply CAN'T go back. Hell, even when you 'can' go back to your hometown, visit an old friend, etc, years after the fact? It's not the same. You're not the same. It just ain't the same. Sure, it's a real trip to do that kinda stuff...a few years ago I was lucky enough to go back to my old high school and explore around...it's kinda deserted these days. But in the empty rooms, the old gym, the stairwell that I used to make out with CZ ...that's the stuff that really blew my mind. That this place may be old and empty now, but in my teen years, it was FULL of action...it was my world, lol. Every room told a different story. I really wished I brought a camera that day, but...no matter, it was a surreal experience.
I would never want to actually RETURN to that time period, however, lol. I had my fun and I moved on. I enjoy the memories, though. And that's nostalgia, to me...enjoying the same things today that I enjoyed then, albeit in a different light. That's a healthy thing, to me...there's no negativity in my definition or experience of nostalgia, 'my' definition of nostalgia (as incorrect as it may be, but until someone comes up with a better word, I'm using this one). And I never feel like I want to go back, because at least as far as music, movies, video games, books...I have ALL that stuff now, it's right in my basement Memories of loved ones passed, well that's something entirely different in my opinion. Pretty hard to compare human beings to inanimate objects from our youth. Of course I miss those who have passed away, but haven't gotten to the point of nostalgia. Who knows, I'll let you know in a few decades how that changes. I'm sure it may, but for now we're talking video games.
Another thing I'll speak to: Collectard. I don't like the term. If you want to get a rise out of me, lol, call me a collectard. I've read the gripes here that people have with some of us who collect physical media, and to be honest, it largely goes unheeded. I collect stuff. I collect a lot of stuff. All of it has its place, and a focus. Some of it is worth something (in monetary terms), some of it is only valuable to me. Collecting is something that humans have been doing since the dawn of time, and I refuse to think that what I do is somehow dumb just because a few people on the internet deem it so. Collecting vs hoarding vs buying up all stocks in order to make money off limited supply are NOT the same thing. I would encourage those of you who think negatively of collecting video games, stamps, bottlecaps, whatever, to go easy on the negativity. Life's too short to throw insults at others in such a niche community. As long as someone's not hoarding, or causing harm to themselves, collecting video games has gotta be one of the coolest hobbies around. It just seems many here have had negative experiences with some aspect of it, and have now become preachers...preaching to the 'collectards' and their non-sensical ways. That's great for you if you got tired of the storage issues, or the money issues, or whatever other issues lead you away from collecting. I'm honestly happy for those of you who shifted their focus away from the physical media and still get the same kick out of the hobby. But please, don't judge or insult me for how I go about the hobby on my own terms. And don't be surprised if you hear me call you out on your use of 'collectard'.
Speaking of the 'wall of MISB games'...what's the big deal? Name me one kid who didn't DROOL at the thought of such a thing back in the 80s! And now it can be done, and has been done. I know a few of them myself. At least one has moved on, sold his stuff and hasn't looked back. He's no longer in the retro aspect of the hobby, he just felt like it was a drag. I benefited a lot from picking up many titles for my own collection. And having his collection in my collection just makes even MORE memories and stories...that's what I love most about retrogaming: the story telling aspect, the fact I can pick up any game I own and tell you (or anybody who's interested) just why this game is special to me and is in my collection. Yes, a few of those games will only have a short story, including "I only own this game because it's valuable on the secondary market, and I have no desire to sell it"...but not many. Having a collection that is too large, too cluttered and unfocused can be a drag for sure. I've never let mine get to that point, other than when I had a literal garbage bag full of VCS games back in the early 90s (that went missing before the end of the decade, grrrr). I would have killed for a nice MISB collection just to remind me of what Sears used to look like back in the early 80s during Christmas. I harbour no ill will towards those collectors, and they are certainly not 'collectards'. Even the assholes out there who do it strictly for the money (what little money it does in fact bring)...those are collectors, and just like there's many types of people, there's asshole collectors and there's awesome collectors. Why on earth would I start to focus my anger or disdain on the hobby rather than the actions of the person(s)? No hobby should be negative, ultimately...the whole point is to have fun. And I do, man, I do. Not everybody gets it, understands it, but hey, that's ok too. It only has to make sense to ME, and it does. I don't expect my family or kids to get it either, but it sure is a lot more fun to have others around to enjoy the hobby in all its aspects. And I have yet to meet someone who doesn't like Medieval Madness on my VCS
Anyways, that's my thoughts on that.
Edited by atarilovesyou, Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:13 PM.