Remember renting a movie? Like physically going to a place to rent a hard copy, taking it home and watching it? I miss that. I miss the video store. Not Blockbuster or Hollywood video or any of the big chains that were around. No, I miss the little mom and pop local video store. You know the kind, where the isles are a little too small because the place is in too small of a location. And the guy working there was a film student or even a failed screen writer and knew every damn movie you could possibly think of. The place I went to the guy would even give me and my dad suggestions based on stuff we rented. Maybe if it wasn't busy he would bullshit about movies for a while. I miss just walking around and looking at all the great box art. Horror movies especially had amazing Box art. It was a ritual, you go out, get your pizza or other take out, and then get a movie and come home. It was the perfect date night as a young adult with a limited budget. I know, I know, you can get it instantly streaming though Netflix or OnDemand. Yeah that's great I suppose. But I miss the larger experience.
I also miss arcades. I still see arcades around but it's mostly skeeball and Dance Dance Revolution. I miss the great arcade games. Remember going to the mall on a Saturday, I could actually walk to mine it was close enough, you've got a sock full of quarters and you're saying "Today's the day, I am beating that game." So you go and find your game. Maybe it was the Simpsons Arcade game, maybe it was the X-men one, maybe one of the Ninja Turtles ones. So you go, you pop in your quarter and you select Donatello because his weapon has the biggest range.
Maybe I'm just getting old, but I feel like we've lost something there. Sure we've gained convenience, but we lost some of the ritual and experience out of things. But oh well, I guess time marches on.