Electronics were really big in the 90s, I mean really big. The 1990s seemed to be a time when technology was really beginning to boom and was starting to grow into what it's become now and while the technology of the 1990s seems rather unsophisticated and low-tech compared to the technology of today the same is true for any other time in the history of technology.
It's interesting though because in the 1990s more than any other time in history that I can recall it seemed that new technology was being more widely marketed and in fact electronics themselves were being more widely marketed towards even children, kids, tweens and teens in many different shapes and forms and while some of them made sense others didn't and often while they drew people in seemed to leave those same people who had purchased the electronic product wondering afterwards why they'd bothered, what the fuck was the point and how exactly was this thing fun?
HitClips basically was a shitty electronic player that came with individually and separately sold cartridges which played ultra-low-fi one minute clips of popular music.. Seriously.. One minute clips.. That means the whole song wasn't even available on the damn thing, not a single whole song.. Yet still these things were strangely fairly popular and at one point were even distributed by McDonald's. Amazingly HitClips earned Tiger Electronics a reported $80 million USD which leads me to question, THE FUCK WERE PEOPLE THINKING? These things sucked, yet still I remember having one and the NSYNC and Backsteet Boys cartridges.
God the 1990s were weird..
Electronic Pets (Furby and Tamagotchi):
No! You weren't! And it's fucking stupid and infuriating that they died so quickly because you'd be spending so much time and effort trying to keep these fuckers alive only to find the little digital wanker dead when you came back fifteen minutes later, surrounded by piles of it's own digital dung and making you feel like a failure.
Was this meant to teach kids an important lesson or just deaden them to the emotional response to loss? I mean fuck..
Then we get to the Furby.. Gods, the Furby..
...Fucking fear poop.. Goddamn everywhere..
The Furby was introduced in 1998, another evil production of the Tiger Electronics company who seemed convinced and hellbent to bring about the rise of Skynet through means of little hampster owl mouse bastards which spoke jibberish and often made you feel as if they were eyeing your very soul and considering it's flavour and worth for sustenance. They sold 1.8 Million in 1998 which is no surprise if you remember the Furby craze because people were goddamn rabid psychotic over these things which goes doubly to prove how unholy these little fucks were. Not only deceptively cute on the outside and inwardly terrifying but flaunting an unholy aura which not even adults could resist, even old people bought these little shits up and I vividly remember the lines at toy stores, the chaos and signs everywhere reading 'We're sold out' or 'Furby's to go on sale xx', terrible..
And James seemed particularly fond of this meal which is good because I've been working on my cooking skill with Fried-Rice and it seems to be coming out well as he specifically stated he loved this dish so yay.