Never mind that the 80’s was an abomination on mankind. What makes the 90’s so great is not only the fact that it marked the end of the 80’s, but so much more…
First and foremost, technology hadn’t taken everything over. At the same time, we still had some technology (primitive by today’s standards) to make our lives fun, such as the GameBoy. The pixelated, slow, hard-to-see, always-have-to-blow-on-the-cartridge, wonderful GameBoy. The 1990’s was also when 3D video games emerged, in the form of the N64 and the original Playstation.
Computers themselves became part of everyday life in the average household. Not just computers, but the internet itself. Sure, these things were really slow, but we all started having them in the 90’s nonetheless. I played Solitaire, a certain flight simulation game, and a Jurassic Park game called Chaos Island almost obsessively as a child.
Being a 90’s kid, I remember we had all the tech we needed to be as entertained as we wanted, but it wasn’t advanced enough to make us forget that ‘outside’ was a thing.
What also makes the 90’s the greatest decade to be a child is the fact that virtually every franchise, except Star Wars, that is immensely popular today came from the 1990’s. Pokemon, Jurassic Park, and Harry Potter are the top ones. Most of Disney’s greatest movies came from this era as well: Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas, Mulan…
Speaking of franchises, did you know that Batman: The Animated Series is one of the most popular animated shows of all time, AND that the popular Batman villain Harley Quinn was first introduced in that series? Yep. Quinn wasn’t even supposed to be a major character; she was just written in to play a short part, and then basically get killed by Joker, but she was so popular that she, well, became what she is now.
The Godfather trilogy of video games came out in the 90’s: Donkey Kong Country. By that, I mean the first two were absolutely amazing, even by today’s standards, but the third one kinda sucked. Those games were challenging, yet not frustrating; sophisticated, yet simple; and their music was probably the best of any video game ever (in my opinion).
I could go on and on. There are more franchises, retro technologies, and events I could talk about, but I don’t need to. I’m actually convinced that most people already agree with me. The 1990’s was fucking amazing, and the best decade to be a child in. So amazing, in fact, that many people say they are 90’s kids even though they weren’t. Everybody wants in to this club.