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The old school rocks...the new school rides the short bus...not hatin' just saying!

Updated on December 4, 2012
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By no means am I a bitter old man, one who is fearful of change or the advancements in technology, but I must say as a child growing up in the 80's we had it much better than the kids of today....nah nah.

When it comes to video games, you can keep your Halo and Call of Duty, we had Metroid, which was and still is the best sci-fi based video game of all-time, and Duck Hunt, the original FPS. Motion controlled gaming...we already did it...see the Power Pad and/or the Power Glove.

When we played football with our friends, it actually involved going outside, not sitting at the TV with a headset on. We also had friend that we had to go to their house to see if they were home, not just sign in and receive a message that they're online...lame.

Movies, you have the Hunger Games, we had the Running Man (and I don't mean the stupid dance either)...no comparison. We also had the best of Eddie Murphy, before he became Dr. Doolittle and went all soft. You guys are left with crappy remakes of all the cool shows/movies we grew up with...like the A-Team, Dukes of Hazzard and Footloose...check the history books, they were way better back then!

Music, you have all this violent and depressing music, we had party rock and love ballads, and Steven Tyler before he was doing American Idol and Burger King commercials...."Dude Looks Like A Lady" anyone. We had Brett Michaels when he was rocking spandex and arenas, not tea and walkers.

Cartoons, we had the Transformers, before they became the Michael Bay crapfest you know today. We had Thundercats, He-man and Voltron...now every cartoon is based on a card game or a cartoon from our generation.

For us, school was fun, a place to hang out with your friends and eat pizza that actually wasn't all that bad. We also were able to make fun of people without feeling scared for our lives! Dodgeball, remember it...it was actually pretty fun...that is until emotions got involved...there's no crying in dodgeball! Nowadays, school is like heading out to a war zone, where teachers are nothing more than prison guards and some of the kids are scarier than Freddy Krueger.

Wrestling, we had the WWF, not the WWE...nuff said.

All I'm saying is during your lifetime, if someone does happen to invent a time machine, go back to the 80's and live a little, enjoy life before it became all dangerous and scary. Michael

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      Cat

      I know I'm a wussy...but I can't help it...it's just how I was raised.

      Don't worry about what people say...just do your best and keep being who you are...you're great. Just hear her out and see what she has to say...what can it hurt.

      I feel bad for the "normal" kids today...because there are a lot of crazy bastards running around nowadays...it's a scary time to be a kid. I do agree though...if they had the 80s in their life they would be better off...and probably less miserable and whiny.

      You know I heard that playing skins can still be fun at our age...just saying.

      Turbo...of course. Boy those were some awesome and totally rad times for sure.

      Right now I'm wearing my Incredible Hulk underoos and nothing else...because that's how I roll.

      I'm still waiting for that guest post of yours young lady...not hating, just saying.

      MJM

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Michael,

      I love the man that's tetrified to swear (that's a cat-combo word) :D

      I'm alive... can't ask for much more than that... I know because I have and it didn't get me anywhere :D

      I think that scary Terrye lady's looking for me, something about 'You call this funny?' lol... I'm scared! :-(

      I actually feel bad for kids today, I think they wander around aimlessly because they know they're missing something... they just don't know it's the 80's!

      Yeah... well, when I was playing skins... I wasn't old enough for you to realize I should've had a shirt on! lol... Okay, before my parents are reported, I never played skins... 'cept down at the village gorge, but they still don't know about that... and I don't care if I'm 31... I can still hear the sound of my dad's belt cracking! lol

      Remember turbo? Remember having turbo fingers? I bet kids today couldn't even get those turbo buttons to work... or find out how to get extra lives on Mario. My son can't even jump to the top of the flag!

      I'm wearing some stirrup pants with two pairs of bright socks stacked on top... and a starter jacket, that's it... I couldn't find anything else that would go with the ensemble! lol... I'll still have to get my butt over to that awesome blog(s) of yours.

      Cat

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      What's up my dear Kitty Cat...how the poop are you.

      I almost forgot about Hub Pages...that was until they just told me someone commented on one of my posts. At first I thought is was an late April Fools joke...glad to see it wasn't.

      Also, I totally agree with you...the 80s freaking rocked...hands down. All these kids today don't know what they're missing...not at all.

      To any kids reading this...when someone finally invents a time machine and makes it available to the public do yourself and favor and go check out the 80s...you won't be sorry.

      What...you played skins...no way. You must send me pics...for uh research or something...yeah that's it!

      The NES and Super NES were/are the bomb...a must play for any and everyone. So many great games...so many great memories...and so much nerd rage...boy that was the life.

      Girl rock whatever you like...who cares what the haters say...right now I'm wearing a hypercolor shirt with a Members Only jacket and a pair of jams...because that's how I rock baby.

      MJM

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Michael!!!!

      I needed a little Michael fix... and yeah, I think I got an email from your blog telling me 'Dinner's READY'... so I'll have to go over that way soon, but I can't let these pages sink, now can I?

      I feel compelled to laugh, but I'm crying... I WANT MY 80's BACK! Who says it's not okay to live in the past? I don't think it had anything to do with the fact that we were kids and oblivious to 'real life, real world, problems either... it was 'cause the 80's rocked!!! Okay.... and quite a bit of the 90's too! Yup... I don't even game like I used to, no more sweaty controller palms for me. I liked my little block figures and super impressed with the graphics on the Sega and Super Nintendo... because they were advancements in technology!

      Yeah... we played in the road and capture the flag... and steal the bacon (though my dad just told me the other day that he never cared for that last one in particular as a kid; he was disappointed when he went running to 'Who wants to play steal the bacon?!' and got over there just to find out there wasn't any real 'bacon' involved. But yeah... remember, shirts and skins? Of course, I usually played on the shirts side :D.

      I refuse to jump into this new 'era'... I wiped the dust off my old Nintendo and wrapped it up for Christmas for the kids, they asked what was with the electrical tape on the controller was for and I told them to shut their mouths and be grateful Santa came! Other than that... I make them wear horribly fluorescent clothes with Nike on them and some good old fashioned high tops. I'm living in the past until CPS says I can't :D

      Cat

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      Michael John Mele 5 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @Mighty Mom thank you for the welcome...I appreciate it. I hope I do have some interesting conversation come up as a result of this hub, I'm totally up for it, and honestly, isn't that what we're all here for anyway.

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      Susan Reid 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      I bet you'll get some supportive and argumentative comments on this bold hub. I have great memories of the '80s myself. We'll see what others have to say!

      Welcome to Hub Pages. MM