History UsefulNotes / TheNineties

17th Jul '17 4:56:03 AM StFan
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* What was rock music like in the '90s? Well, HairMetal hung on for the first couple of years in bold defiance of good taste, but was soon acid-washed [[DeaderThanDisco from history]] by {{grunge}}. Grunge, in turn, suffered a backlash as Music/KurtCobain [[DrivenToSuicide killed himself]] and increasingly derivative bands partook in a lyrical style that Creator/NathanRabin dubbed "Hunger-Dunger-Dang." However, even though grunge itself was out, the musical style influenced many bands in what is now known as "{{post-grunge}}", which became prevalent late in the decade and remained so until UsefulNotes/TheNewTens. NuMetal arose and peaked around the same time as post-grunge, and Music/{{emo}} was first starting to get mainstream attention thanks to Music/{{Weezer}}.

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* What was rock music like in the '90s? Well, HairMetal hung on for the first couple of years in bold defiance of good taste, but was soon acid-washed [[DeaderThanDisco from history]] by {{grunge}}. Grunge, in turn, suffered a backlash as Music/KurtCobain [[DrivenToSuicide killed himself]] and increasingly derivative bands partook in a lyrical style that Creator/NathanRabin dubbed "Hunger-Dunger-Dang." However, even though grunge itself was out, the musical style influenced many bands in what is now known as "{{post-grunge}}", "PostGrunge", which became prevalent late in the decade and remained so until UsefulNotes/TheNewTens. NuMetal arose and peaked around the same time as post-grunge, and Music/{{emo}} was first starting to get mainstream attention thanks to Music/{{Weezer}}.
11th Jun '17 7:51:41 AM Piterpicher
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A number of noteworthy trends took place in early-mid '90s gaming. Creator/{{Sega}}'s ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' pioneered the MascotWithAttitude in 1991, bringing a TotallyRadical flair into gaming and spawning a legion of [[FollowTheLeader copycats]] who would often take digs at {{Mario}} and [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic]]. This trend went out of fashion in the end of the decade, as the Sonic franchise went through its [[UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn Saturn]]-era DorkAge and many of its copycats ran head-first into the PolygonCeiling, with 2001's ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'', a ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''-esque parody of the genre, providing the denouement. FullMotionVideo and virtual reality were also hyped up, with many people predicting that the future of gaming was in interactive movies and the ability to actually be ''in'' the game, man. After a few years of grainy, sub-VHS-quality video with [[DullSurprise production]] [[SpecialEffectFailure values]] [[NoBudget to match]], [[SensoryAbuse eye strain]], and bombs like the UsefulNotes/VirtualBoy and ''NightTrap'', gamers realized that, no, [[DeaderThanDisco this was not the future]].\\\

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A number of noteworthy trends took place in early-mid '90s gaming. Creator/{{Sega}}'s ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' pioneered the MascotWithAttitude in 1991, bringing a TotallyRadical flair into gaming and spawning a legion of [[FollowTheLeader copycats]] who would often take digs at {{Mario}} and [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic]]. This trend went out of fashion in the end of the decade, as the Sonic franchise went through its [[UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn Saturn]]-era DorkAge and many of its copycats ran head-first into the PolygonCeiling, with 2001's ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'', a ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''-esque parody of the genre, providing the denouement. FullMotionVideo and virtual reality were also hyped up, with many people predicting that the future of gaming was in interactive movies and the ability to actually be ''in'' the game, man. After a few years of grainy, sub-VHS-quality video with [[DullSurprise production]] [[SpecialEffectFailure values]] [[NoBudget to match]], [[SensoryAbuse eye strain]], and bombs like the UsefulNotes/VirtualBoy and ''NightTrap'', ''VideoGame/NightTrap'', gamers realized that, no, [[DeaderThanDisco this was not the future]].\\\
10th Jun '17 9:40:20 AM nombretomado
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** Many college students across America followed Lo-Fi, the UsefulNotes/LosAngeles[=/=][[TheWindyCity Chicago]]-based indie rock genre spearheaded by Music/{{Pavement}}, Music/NeutralMilkHotel, and Music/{{Beck}}.

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** Many college students across America followed Lo-Fi, the UsefulNotes/LosAngeles[=/=][[TheWindyCity Chicago]]-based UsefulNotes/LosAngeles[=/=]UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}-based indie rock genre spearheaded by Music/{{Pavement}}, Music/NeutralMilkHotel, and Music/{{Beck}}.
20th May '17 1:08:50 PM nombretomado
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* Most of what we now know as the Internet (and the word was always capitalized then) did not exist. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFF0oQySsh4&feature=related Here]] is a look at how crude the internet was as recently as 1995. No {{friending network}}s, very primitive search engines, no [[Website/YouTube streaming video]], and use of the words "{{blog}}" or "wiki" in casual conversation would earn you blank stares. Message boards only came into their own late in the decade -- before that, there was {{Usenet}}, a huge collection of discussion groups for every topic in the universe. The main three browsers were Netscape (and its precursor, Mosaic), Internet Explorer, and America Online. Yes, AOL, or as many people came to call it, [=AOHell=]. Millions got suckered into AOL's crappy business policy and spyware-ridden software thanks to its mass mailing of [=CDs=] and its ads proclaiming that it was "so easy to use, no wonder it's #1!". AOL was instrumental in kick-starting the EternalSeptember, which is when public interest in the internet first began to surge.

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* Most of what we now know as the Internet (and the word was always capitalized then) did not exist. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFF0oQySsh4&feature=related Here]] is a look at how crude the internet was as recently as 1995. No {{friending network}}s, very primitive search engines, no [[Website/YouTube streaming video]], and use of the words "{{blog}}" or "wiki" in casual conversation would earn you blank stares. Message boards only came into their own late in the decade -- before that, there was {{Usenet}}, Website/{{Usenet}}, a huge collection of discussion groups for every topic in the universe. The main three browsers were Netscape (and its precursor, Mosaic), Internet Explorer, and America Online. Yes, AOL, or as many people came to call it, [=AOHell=]. Millions got suckered into AOL's crappy business policy and spyware-ridden software thanks to its mass mailing of [=CDs=] and its ads proclaiming that it was "so easy to use, no wonder it's #1!". AOL was instrumental in kick-starting the EternalSeptember, which is when public interest in the internet first began to surge.



In addition, you were constantly getting kicked off the 'net for little reason, especially if you had AOL. At one point, AOL aired a commercial promising that they had hired ''a hundred thousand'' new workers for the sole purpose of making sure that this didn't happen so much. There was absolutely no noticeable change in the rate of sudden instant connection death whatsoever. And if you weren't blown offline, other internet users would do you the favor of showing you the door. AOL users were ''extremely'' unwelcome on the existing internet, particularly on {{Usenet}}. It was presumed that all AOL users (or AO Losers) were either immature twits or simply had no idea how to use a computer. An AOL email address was a sure way to get flamed.

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In addition, you were constantly getting kicked off the 'net for little reason, especially if you had AOL. At one point, AOL aired a commercial promising that they had hired ''a hundred thousand'' new workers for the sole purpose of making sure that this didn't happen so much. There was absolutely no noticeable change in the rate of sudden instant connection death whatsoever. And if you weren't blown offline, other internet users would do you the favor of showing you the door. AOL users were ''extremely'' unwelcome on the existing internet, particularly on {{Usenet}}.Website/{{Usenet}}. It was presumed that all AOL users (or AO Losers) were either immature twits or simply had no idea how to use a computer. An AOL email address was a sure way to get flamed.
13th May '17 4:10:01 PM nombretomado
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* As stated above, TheNineties was the era in which the MoralGuardians were always in a tizzy. While it was brewing in the '80s and early '90s (UsefulNotes/DanQuayle's complaints about ''Series/MurphyBrown'', the [[YouCanPanicNow moral panics]] over [[RockMeAsmodeus heavy metal]] and [[UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories Satanic cults]]), the presence of conservative Presidents UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan and UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush meant that the Christian Right felt itself to have a friend in the White House (regardless of how Reagan and Bush felt), and never felt truly pressured. However, the rise of UsefulNotes/BillClinton (the sax-playing, {{MTV}}-loving horndog who "[[LoopholeAbuse smoked but didn't inhale]]") in 1992 and the high profile of [[UsefulNotes/HillaryRodhamClinton his wife Hillary]] (who, during the election, gave off the image of a textbook StrawFeminist thanks to her [[DeadpanSnarker snarky quotes]] about baking cookies and "standing by my man like Tammy Wynette") set off many religious conservatives. The first real shot was fired by Patrick Buchanan in his infamous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culture_war "culture war"]] speech at the 1992 Republican National Convention, which became a rallying point for millions on the Christian Right who made "public morality" a major issue throughout the '90s.
* The first big controversy was centered around ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'', which was never a favorite of those who made the rules. A young boy supposedly lit his trailer home on fire because he wanted to imitate the main characters' pyromaniacal tendencies. The resulting outcry led {{MTV}} to move the show to a later timeslot, causing a decrease in ratings. Oh, and that boy who lit his trailer home on fire? They didn't have cable.

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* As stated above, TheNineties was the era in which the MoralGuardians were always in a tizzy. While it was brewing in the '80s and early '90s (UsefulNotes/DanQuayle's complaints about ''Series/MurphyBrown'', the [[YouCanPanicNow moral panics]] over [[RockMeAsmodeus heavy metal]] and [[UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories Satanic cults]]), the presence of conservative Presidents UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan and UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush meant that the Christian Right felt itself to have a friend in the White House (regardless of how Reagan and Bush felt), and never felt truly pressured. However, the rise of UsefulNotes/BillClinton (the sax-playing, {{MTV}}-loving Creator/{{MTV}}-loving horndog who "[[LoopholeAbuse smoked but didn't inhale]]") in 1992 and the high profile of [[UsefulNotes/HillaryRodhamClinton his wife Hillary]] (who, during the election, gave off the image of a textbook StrawFeminist thanks to her [[DeadpanSnarker snarky quotes]] about baking cookies and "standing by my man like Tammy Wynette") set off many religious conservatives. The first real shot was fired by Patrick Buchanan in his infamous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culture_war "culture war"]] speech at the 1992 Republican National Convention, which became a rallying point for millions on the Christian Right who made "public morality" a major issue throughout the '90s.
* The first big controversy was centered around ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'', which was never a favorite of those who made the rules. A young boy supposedly lit his trailer home on fire because he wanted to imitate the main characters' pyromaniacal tendencies. The resulting outcry led {{MTV}} Creator/{{MTV}} to move the show to a later timeslot, causing a decrease in ratings. Oh, and that boy who lit his trailer home on fire? They didn't have cable.
12th May '17 10:16:14 PM PeppermintSoda
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* The only real affordable portable storage came in the form of the floppy disk, and until CD-ROMs took over, it was the format most software came in as well. As software got more advanced and hence took up more disk space, it took up multiple floppies and provided much annoyance for users having to swap disks constantly when installing software or even in the middle of loading a game!

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* The only real affordable portable storage came in the form of the floppy disk, and until CD-ROMs CD-[=ROMs=] took over, it was the format most software came in as well. As software got more advanced and hence took up more disk space, it took up multiple floppies and provided much annoyance for users having to swap disks constantly when installing software or even in the middle of loading a game!
23rd Apr '17 9:38:24 AM nombretomado
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** Action cartoons also began to try and break out of the ghetto with Creator/HannaBarbera's ''SwatKats'', ABC's ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAm'' (based off the mega-popular [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog video game]]), and Creator/{{Universal}}'s ''WesternAnimation/{{Exosquad}}'' having lots of rather violent action and dark plots for kids cartoons; ultimately this, along with a bunch of other factors (''What-A-Cartoon'' (see below) causing ''SWAT Kats'' to be canceled, Disney acquired ABC and remade it's Saturday AM lineup, resulting in ''Sonic'' getting the boot; ''Exosquad'', being syndicated, was placed in crappy timeslots) caused them to end before they should've. All three series still retain an immense following (with ''Sonic'' continuing in a way via the [[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Archie Comics series]], and the creators of ''SWAT Kats'' recently creating a Kickstarter for a rebooted series).

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** Action cartoons also began to try and break out of the ghetto with Creator/HannaBarbera's ''SwatKats'', ''WesternAnimation/SwatKats'', ABC's ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAm'' (based off the mega-popular [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog video game]]), and Creator/{{Universal}}'s ''WesternAnimation/{{Exosquad}}'' having lots of rather violent action and dark plots for kids cartoons; ultimately this, along with a bunch of other factors (''What-A-Cartoon'' (see below) causing ''SWAT Kats'' to be canceled, Disney acquired ABC and remade it's Saturday AM lineup, resulting in ''Sonic'' getting the boot; ''Exosquad'', being syndicated, was placed in crappy timeslots) caused them to end before they should've. All three series still retain an immense following (with ''Sonic'' continuing in a way via the [[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Archie Comics series]], and the creators of ''SWAT Kats'' recently creating a Kickstarter for a rebooted series).
8th Apr '17 1:57:27 PM nombretomado
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* This was a tough decade for musical theater. With the "megamusical" trend AndrewLloydWebber spearheaded in TheEighties quietly fading away, the only stage musicals that attracted mainstream media attention were ''{{RENT}}'' and two shows adapted from then-recent Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon successes (''Beauty and the Beast'' and ''The Lion King'').

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* This was a tough decade for musical theater. With the "megamusical" trend AndrewLloydWebber spearheaded in TheEighties quietly fading away, the only stage musicals that attracted mainstream media attention were ''{{RENT}}'' ''Theatre/{{RENT}}'' and two shows adapted from then-recent Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon successes (''Beauty and the Beast'' and ''The Lion King'').
7th Apr '17 4:00:18 PM nombretomado
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* In general, it is worth noting things were a bit different to our counterparts across ThePond. For example, most people still generally went to their local school, and usually walked or took the bus (not the yellow-liveried school buses found in American movies, these would mostly just be normal buses provided by local bus and coach companies if not just the regular bus service). As car ownership continued to be ever on the increase, there was often much talk of the dreaded "School Run" which caused congestion outside of pretty much every establishment that parents were dropping their little darlings off at, much to the annoyance of older generations.

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* In general, it is worth noting things were a bit different to our counterparts across ThePond.UsefulNotes/ThePond. For example, most people still generally went to their local school, and usually walked or took the bus (not the yellow-liveried school buses found in American movies, these would mostly just be normal buses provided by local bus and coach companies if not just the regular bus service). As car ownership continued to be ever on the increase, there was often much talk of the dreaded "School Run" which caused congestion outside of pretty much every establishment that parents were dropping their little darlings off at, much to the annoyance of older generations.



** Across ThePond, by contrast, this is the decade where ''Series/DoctorWho'' was mainly conspicuous by its ''absence'' from TV screens, having been cancelled by Creator/TheBBC in 1989. The one HopeSpot was the [[Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie TV movie starring Paul McGann]], designed to try and finally crack the US market for the show it never took off into a new series, which would have to wait until 2005. [[Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse A loyal fanbase meant the franchise, along with various spinoffs and tributes, continued in other media, though.]]

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** Across ThePond, UsefulNotes/ThePond, by contrast, this is the decade where ''Series/DoctorWho'' was mainly conspicuous by its ''absence'' from TV screens, having been cancelled by Creator/TheBBC in 1989. The one HopeSpot was the [[Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie TV movie starring Paul McGann]], designed to try and finally crack the US market for the show it never took off into a new series, which would have to wait until 2005. [[Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse A loyal fanbase meant the franchise, along with various spinoffs and tributes, continued in other media, though.]]



** Meanwhile, on the other side of ThePond, {{Britpop}} emerged as a backlash against the dourness of grunge, and became the dominant form of music in Britain. However, the only Britpop band to gain real traction in America was Music/{{Oasis}}, with the rest becoming {{one hit wonder}}s at best.

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** Meanwhile, on the other side of ThePond, UsefulNotes/ThePond, {{Britpop}} emerged as a backlash against the dourness of grunge, and became the dominant form of music in Britain. However, the only Britpop band to gain real traction in America was Music/{{Oasis}}, with the rest becoming {{one hit wonder}}s at best.
4th Apr '17 5:39:32 PM nombretomado
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** On that note, ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' started the trend towards [[AllCGICartoon using CGI in animated movies]]. While 2D and 3D animation lived side-by-side for TheNineties, ever-improving CGI and the runaway success of {{Pixar}} meant that the handwriting was increasingly on the wall for traditional 2D cel animation.

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** On that note, ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' started the trend towards [[AllCGICartoon using CGI in animated movies]]. While 2D and 3D animation lived side-by-side for TheNineties, ever-improving CGI and the runaway success of {{Pixar}} Creator/{{Pixar}} meant that the handwriting was increasingly on the wall for traditional 2D cel animation.
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