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20th Jul '16 9:58:28 PM SuperFeatherYoshi
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** This is actually lampshaded by Conrad Verner in '''VideoGame/MassEffect3''', who was apparently unaware of the invention of thermal clips and feels that they're a step backward when informed of them.

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** This is actually lampshaded by Conrad Verner in '''VideoGame/MassEffect3''', ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', who was apparently unaware of the invention of thermal clips and feels that they're a step backward when informed of them.
20th Jul '16 9:58:05 PM SuperFeatherYoshi
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** This is actually lampshaded by Conrad Verner in '''VideoGame/MassEffect3''', who was apparently unaware of the invention of thermal clips and feels that they're a step backward when informed of them.
2nd Jul '16 1:03:36 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Played with regarding the VF-0 in ''Anime/MacrossZero'', which does have some sleeker-looking bits and various features not found on the Variable Fighters in the original series, however it's overall design is bulkier and less refined than the VF-1 with very spindly, unfinished-looking arms, all of which makes sense for a prototype. Played straighter with the Rebel [=VFs=], however, who look more like the mechs from ''Anime/MacrossPlus'' with a just a few spindly, unfinished mechanical touches of their own to remind us that they're early prototypes.

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* Played with regarding the VF-0 in ''Anime/MacrossZero'', which does have some sleeker-looking bits and various features not found on the Variable Fighters in the original series, however it's ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross''; however, its overall design is bulkier and less refined than the VF-1 VF-1, with very spindly, unfinished-looking arms, all of which makes sense for a prototype. Played straighter with the Rebel [=VFs=], however, who look more like the mechs from ''Anime/MacrossPlus'' post-''SDF'' sequel ''Anime/MacrossPlus'', with a just a few spindly, unfinished mechanical touches of their own to remind us that they're early prototypes.
18th Jun '16 1:02:04 PM Saurubiker
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* With the introduction of the Big Boss-oriented prequel games in the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series, this trope has firmly sunk its claws into the franchise. With the Big Boss games taking place during a timespan from 1964 through 1984 (as opposed to the games starring Solid Snake, which all occur during a timeframe of 1995 to 2014), it's shocking to see Big Boss confront amazingly high-tech machines that look as if they would be more at home in the 2070s rather than the 1970s, such as the Shagohod in ''Snake Eater'', as well as the A.I. Weapons and Zeke in ''Peace Walker''. Aside from looking infinitely more advanced, they're shown in combat to be much more agile and powerful than everything found in the original MSX games, which take place two decades after ''Peace Walker''. Even the REX from the first ''MGS'' looks sluggish in comparison, with its nuclear-capable railgun having already been used by the Chrysalis and Zeke in ''PW''. This is particularly egregious with the Sahelanthropus introduced in ''The Phantom Pain'', a humanoid-looking Metal Gear with functional arms capable of standing upright, which looks more like a precursor to the Orbital Frames from the ''VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders'' series than the predecessor to the TX-55 that is supposed to be.

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* With the introduction of the Big Boss-oriented prequel games in the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series, this trope has firmly sunk its claws into the franchise. With the Big Boss games taking place during a timespan from 1964 through 1984 (as opposed to the games starring Solid Snake, which all occur during a timeframe of 1995 to 2014), it's specifically with ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'' and ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'' (the two mainline games directed by Creator/HideoKojima following the release of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'', which was written to conclude the series). It's shocking to see Big Boss confront amazingly high-tech machines that look as if they would be more at home in the 2070s rather [=21st=] century than the 1970s, [=20th=] century, such as the Shagohod in ''Snake Eater'', as well as the A.I. Weapons and Zeke in ''Peace Walker''. ''PW'' (set in 1974), and Sahelanthropus in ''TPP'' (set in 1984). Aside from looking infinitely more advanced, they're shown in combat to be much more agile and powerful than everything found in the original MSX games, which take place two decades a decade after ''Peace Walker''.''TPP''. Even the REX from the first ''MGS'' looks sluggish in comparison, with its nuclear-capable railgun having already been used by the Chrysalis and Zeke in ''PW''. This is particularly egregious with the Sahelanthropus introduced in ''The Phantom Pain'', Sahelanthropus, a humanoid-looking Metal Gear with functional arms capable of standing upright, which looks more like a precursor predecessor to the Orbital Frames from the ''VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders'' series than the predecessor direct precursor to the TX-55 that is it's supposed to be.
18th Jun '16 11:00:13 AM Saurubiker
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* ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire]]'' takes place at the same time as ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue FireRed and LeafGreen]]'', which means it takes place before almost every other game. The technology is noticeably more advanced in Hoenn compared to, say, [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Sinnoh]] despite the latter being at minimum four years later. There's even a reference to the UsefulNotes/NintendoDS being older than the roughly ten to fourteen year old protagonist (though it could have been a VideoGame/GameAndWatch as well), when it and the UsefulNotes/NintendoWii were apparently new during [=DPPT=]. The protagonist in [=ORAS=] also has a Wii U, much like the XY protagonist despite the fact the latter takes place over ten years later. There is some implications that there is an AlternateTimeline in place so it's possible that the DS games take place in a different universe from the 3DS ones, explaining the technological difference.

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* ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire]]'' takes place at the same time as ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue FireRed and LeafGreen]]'', which means it takes place before almost every other game. The technology is noticeably more advanced in Hoenn compared to, say, [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Sinnoh]] despite the latter being at minimum four years later. There's even a reference to the UsefulNotes/NintendoDS being older than the roughly ten to fourteen year old protagonist (though it could have been a VideoGame/GameAndWatch as well), when it and the UsefulNotes/NintendoWii UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} were apparently new during [=DPPT=]. The protagonist in [=ORAS=] also has a Wii U, much like the XY protagonist despite the fact the latter takes place over ten years later. There is some implications that there is an AlternateTimeline in place so it's possible that the DS games take place in a different universe from the 3DS ones, explaining the technological difference.
18th Jun '16 10:50:45 AM Saurubiker
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* With the introduction of the Big Boss-oriented prequel games in the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series, this trope has firmly sunk its claws into the franchise. With the Big Boss games taking place during a timespan from 1964 through 1984 (as opposed to the games starring Solid Snake, which all occur during a timeframe of 1995 to 2014), it's shocking to see Big Boss confront amazingly high-tech machines that look as if they would be more at home in the 2070s rather than the 1970s, such as the Shagohod in ''Snake Eater'', as well as the A.I. Weapons and Zeke in ''Peace Walker''. Aside from looking infinitely more advanced, they're shown in combat to be much more agile and powerful than everything found in the original MSX games, which take place two decades after ''Peace Walker''. Even the REX from the first ''MGS'' looks sluggish in comparison, with its nuclear-capable railgun having already been used by the Chrysalis and Zeke in ''PW''.

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* With the introduction of the Big Boss-oriented prequel games in the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series, this trope has firmly sunk its claws into the franchise. With the Big Boss games taking place during a timespan from 1964 through 1984 (as opposed to the games starring Solid Snake, which all occur during a timeframe of 1995 to 2014), it's shocking to see Big Boss confront amazingly high-tech machines that look as if they would be more at home in the 2070s rather than the 1970s, such as the Shagohod in ''Snake Eater'', as well as the A.I. Weapons and Zeke in ''Peace Walker''. Aside from looking infinitely more advanced, they're shown in combat to be much more agile and powerful than everything found in the original MSX games, which take place two decades after ''Peace Walker''. Even the REX from the first ''MGS'' looks sluggish in comparison, with its nuclear-capable railgun having already been used by the Chrysalis and Zeke in ''PW''. This is particularly egregious with the Sahelanthropus introduced in ''The Phantom Pain'', a humanoid-looking Metal Gear with functional arms capable of standing upright, which looks more like a precursor to the Orbital Frames from the ''VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders'' series than the predecessor to the TX-55 that is supposed to be.
13th May '16 3:03:05 AM Hylarn
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* In WebVideo/RedLetterMedia's reviews of the ''[[Franchise/StarWars Star Wars Prequels]]'', a strong critique of ''Film/AttackOfTheClones''' is that everything is [[EverythingIsAnIpodInTheFuture beautiful, smooth and synthetic]] due to blue-screening and major leaps in CGI, making for poorer world-building when compared to the original trilogy. Compairing it to the previously physical-yet-inperfect metal and rust environments found ''forwards'' in the continuity only further highlights why fans had problems enjoying prequels.
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8th May '16 4:21:27 PM notacooldude
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* In ''{{The Flintstone|s}} Kids'', technology is shown to be more advanced than in the original show. "Kids" tended to have Stone Age tech equivalent to when it was made, TheEighties (versus the original series being made in TheSixties). Thus little "Freddy" Flintstone enjoying arcade video games (a Stone Age version of ''SpaceInvaders''), the family TV coming with a remote control, etc.
* ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' is clearly set at the same time it was made, TheSeventies, but in ''MuppetBabies'', Baby Scooter has a personal computer (although MuppetBabies is entirely a fantasy in Miss Piggy's head as seen in ''Film/TheMuppetsTakeManhattan'', so it's justified).
** [=DisContinuity=] is pretty common with the Muppets. A proposed animated series would have shown them attending high school in the early 1960s at the latest, which doesn't square with their graduation from college in the early 1980s in ''The Muppets Take Manhattan''.
* ''Baby WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' seems to take place in the present, while the original shorts obviously took place in the 1930s to the 1960s.
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWhereAreYou'' and its prequel, ''WesternAnimation/APupNamedScoobyDoo'', have technology, clothing, architectural design, urban structure, slang, popular music genres, culturally acceptable concepts, and, on occasion, celebrity appearances of the 1960s and the early 1990s, respectively. Apparently, in that universe, teenagers went from skateboards and shopping malls to microbuses and soda fountains.
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8th May '16 4:19:33 PM notacooldude
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* Averted with ''VideoGame/PerfectDark Zero'', which is a mere three years before the original, but technology is a lot less advanced.
28th Apr '16 8:08:06 AM rjd1922
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** It also features a color video with sound in case 4, which is set before anything else in the series (which uses black and white during the original trilogy). The bizarre part is that it is on a ''tape'' while the same case features a wide screen flat panel TV.
** It seems that technology of the AA universe is quite different. There doesn't seem to be [=DVDs=] or any similar substitute, and most of the videos seen in the original trilogy could be explained as being cheap security cameras and the like, color cameras being more of a rarity. It's also possible the phone design is more primitive, and camera phones are very expensive, the characters with ones are an Interpol agent and an international prosecutor. Other characters are probably just using more affordable versions. It seems that living in such a murder-filled universe has its advantages though, as a fingerprint set that includes a machine that can analyze prints in under a minute is PORTABLE.
*** [[{{Catchphrase}} OBJECTION!]] In ''Apollo Justice'', Phoenix is shown to have a stack of [=DVDs=] of the tokusatsu series ''Steel Samurai'', sent to him by his former sidekick Maya. So they do have [=DVDs=].

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** It also features a color video with sound in case 4, which is set before anything else in the series (which uses black and white during the original trilogy). The bizarre part is that it is on a ''tape'' while the same case features a wide screen flat panel TV.
** It seems that technology of the AA universe is quite different. There doesn't seem
TV. Though this makes some sense considering it was meant to be [=DVDs=] or any similar substitute, and most of the videos seen in the original trilogy could be explained as being cheap analyze security cameras and the like, color cameras being more of a rarity. camera footage, which is often recorded on tape to reduce costs.
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It's also possible the phone design is more primitive, and camera phones are very expensive, the characters with ones are an Interpol agent and an international prosecutor. Other characters are probably just using more affordable versions. It seems that living in such a murder-filled universe has its advantages though, as a fingerprint set that includes a machine that can analyze prints in under a minute is PORTABLE.
*** [[{{Catchphrase}} OBJECTION!]] In ''Apollo Justice'', Phoenix is shown to have a stack of [=DVDs=] of the tokusatsu series ''Steel Samurai'', sent to him by his former sidekick Maya. So they do have [=DVDs=].
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