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12th May '17 7:09:09 AM igordebraga
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* The titular ship of ''Film/{{Prometheus}}'' certainly looks more advanced than the ''Nostromo'' from ''Film/{{Alien}}''. It could be justified, however, by the fact that the ''Prometheus'' is a brand new expedition ship while the ''Nostromo'' is the equivalent of an old space truck. There are also many similarities in design for those who can search them out.

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* The titular ship of ''Film/{{Prometheus}}'' certainly looks more advanced than the ''Nostromo'' from ''Film/{{Alien}}''. It could be justified, however, by the fact that the ''Prometheus'' is a brand new expedition ship while the ''Nostromo'' is the equivalent of an old space truck. There are also many similarities in design for those who can search them out. ''Film/AlienCovenant'', which is supposedly set only 18 years before the original, makes this trope even more apparent.
8th May '17 3:36:30 PM nighttrainfm
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* ''Webcomic/AwkwardZombie'' skewers how the ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' series (see above) has fallen into this [[ http://awkwardzombie.com/index.php?page=0&comic=050817 here]].

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* ''Webcomic/AwkwardZombie'' skewers how the ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' series (see above) has fallen into this [[ http://awkwardzombie.[[http://awkwardzombie.com/index.php?page=0&comic=050817 here]].
8th May '17 3:36:19 PM nighttrainfm
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* ''Webcomic/AwkwardZombie'' skewers how the ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' series (see above) has fallen into this [[ http://awkwardzombie.com/index.php?page=0&comic=050817 here]].
-->"The hard part about releasing a game in 2015 set in 1984 that's a prequel to a game released in 1987 and set in 1995 while yet itself a sequel to several games set further in the past is that you've bracketed yourself into a narrow band of available technology."
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11th Apr '17 1:53:16 AM Kreyghun
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*** On the other hand, the first game only had a handful of augmented NPC's, all of whom were military, security or criminal types. Unlike Human Revolution and Mankind Divided, normal civilians weren't ever shown or implied to use augmentations, suggesting that at least augmentation technology was less advanced than it was in the prequels, where augmentations were much more integrated in everyday life.
20th Jan '17 2:57:38 PM HighCrate
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* Might apply to ''Series/DoctorWho'', depending on how you use the word "prequel" in conjunction with a show about [[TimeyWimeyBall time travel]]. Apparently human technology is going to go back and forth on the "looking really cool" vs "looking like something a few BBC techs made with chicken wire and aluminum foil" scale multiple times throughout our future history. {{Lampshaded}} when K9 reappears in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E3SchoolReunion "School Reunion"]] and Rose points out how "[[DeaderThanDisco Disco]]" he looks. The Doctor claims that in the year 5000 such an aesthetic is cutting edge.
** One clearer example occurs in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E4GenesisOfTheDaleks "Genesis of the Daleks"]], where the earliest, "primitive" Dalek models are represented with the then-current 1970s props rather than the original ones from the 1960s or an original older-looking design. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], however, by the fact that the show had already destroyed most of the 1960s props and didn't exactly have the money to build any new ones.
4th Jan '17 1:15:05 PM ZombieAladdin
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* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWhereAreYou'' is firmly within UsefulNotes/TheSixties as far as fashion, hairstyles, culture, and slang go. ''WesternAnimation/APupNamedScoobyDoo'', however, is supposed to be set when the characters were children, and yet it is clearly in [[UsefulNotes/TheEighties the late 80's]] or [[UsefulNotes/TheNineties the early 90's]]. This is most noticeable with Velma, who in ''A Pup Named Scooby-Doo'' rides a rocket-powered skateboard and carries a box-shaped desktop computer with her.
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28th Dec '16 10:35:16 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''HardCorpsUprising'' (released in 2011, set in 2613) is set two decades before the original ''{{VideoGame/Contra}}'' (released in 1987, set in 2636), but the weapons and technology shown in the game are way more advanced than anything featured in the original arcade and NES games, or even the 16-bit installments ''Contra III'' and ''Contra: Hard Corps''.

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* ''HardCorpsUprising'' ''VideoGame/HardCorpsUprising'' (released in 2011, set in 2613) is set two decades before the original ''{{VideoGame/Contra}}'' (released in 1987, set in 2636), but the weapons and technology shown in the game are way more advanced than anything featured in the original arcade and NES games, or even the 16-bit installments ''Contra III'' and ''Contra: Hard Corps''.
5th Dec '16 7:37:00 AM Larkmarn
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* Some of the individual ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' series may also fall into this, depending if they have {{spinoff}}s of their own. For example, take the reputed F91 Gundam in comparison to the Unicorn. The F91 takes place decades in the future whereas the unicorn is only a few years after Char's Counterattack. Guess which one looks more advanced?
** This is actually kinda explained in the case of the Universal Century. It's stated that the time after [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory Operation: Stardust]], technology kept leapfrogging itself, but once the Zeon Wars came to an end, they went from flashy and Newtype-centered to being economical.

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* Some of the individual ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' series may also fall into this, depending if they have {{spinoff}}s of their own. For example, take the reputed F91 Gundam in comparison to the Unicorn. The F91 takes place decades in the future whereas the unicorn is only a few years after Char's Counterattack. Guess which one looks more advanced?\n** This is actually kinda explained in the case of the Universal Century. It's stated that the time after [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory Operation: Stardust]], technology kept leapfrogging itself, but once the Zeon Wars came to an end, they went from flashy and Newtype-centered to being economical. Some specific examples:
** For example, take the reputed F91 Gundam in comparison to the Unicorn. The ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91'' takes place decades in the future whereas the Unicorn is only a few years after Char's Counterattack. Guess which one looks more advanced?
** The cake may go to the anime of ''Manga/GundamTheOrigin''. Despite being set before the One Year War, these first generation Zakus are zipping around and pulling maneuvers that put much more advanced mecha from older series to shame.
** Another contender for most egregious example is ''Manga/MobileSuitGundamThunderbolt''. This is again set during the One Year War, the first war using mobile suits. The Full-Armor Gundam in ''Thunderbolt'' makes the F91 (a bleeding-edge high-mobility suit from 44 years in the future) look like a tortoise in molasses.
5th Dec '16 6:20:47 AM bowserbros
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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/{{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.

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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/{{Wii}} were apparently new during [=DPPT=]. [=DPPT=] and [=HGSS=]. The protagonist in [=ORAS=] also has a Wii U, much like the XY protagonist 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. difference.
** Additionally, in RealLife not all first-world nations use the same levels of technology; for instance, Japan still widely uses fax machines and lacks outdoor [=ATMs=], believing that if it isn't broke, don't fix it, compared to America's philosophy of replacing it regardless just because it's old. Since Hoenn and Sinnoh are two separate regions (which are treated InUniverse as separate ''nations''), the use of this trope wouldn't be too out of place with or without the alternate timelines.
5th Dec '16 6:15:07 AM bowserbros
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** One clearer example occurs in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E4GenesisOfTheDaleks "Genesis of the Daleks"]], where the earliest, "primitive" Dalek models are represented with the then-current 1970s props rather than the original ones from the 1960s or an original older-looking design. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], however, by the fact that the show had already destroyed most of the 1960s props and didn't exactly have the money to build any new ones.
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