One thing I do miss is the early Geocities and personal website that I seen in the early 2000s before huge social websites and companies took over. This Geo Cites collage takes me back.
This is how I feel. In the early 2000s, there were numerous communities like this in varying topics that I could join at any time and easily get hooked into. People were much more welcoming. The Internet was a wild, unexplored place where if you wanted to learn and really get lost in something, it was right there.(It sounds kinda autistic, but as I've gotten older, I've learned that having a passion is so much better than asking "why not just be a boring 'normal' person"). I was an active poster for a game forum that had a monthly community newsletter, various forum "clubs", competitions, off topic threads, etc. No one at school or at home was interested in those kind of things so it was the first community I got to be a part of. Nowadays the forum is long dead and the people, while they still exist on discord and steam, have gone on to do their own things. This site is my only "serious" continuation into forum culture.
So much of technology innovation today is intangible or inaccessible for most people. Cloud computing, blockchains, and AI are huge, but for the most part, just background stuff for the layman. I'd love a self-driving Tesla, but I can't afford it, and neither can anyone I know. VR headsets are still expensive enough to price the majority of buyers out of the market, even considering how they've come down in price. And the tech that is accessible is mundane in practice. Yeah, 4K is a hell of a lot sharper than 1080p on paper, but you really have to look hard to really notice the difference. OLED displays are the true leap in quality, though they're still very expensive and much more subject to burn-in. Still, I've never seen such a leap in video quality in my life that was the leap from VHS to DVD, and DVDs still look fine to me, even on a giant 4K TV.I miss the humongous leaps in technology. Metal Gear Solid was released in 1998 and was pretty much unmatched in terms of cinematic presentation, yet the player models didn't even have eyes. MGS4 was released ten years later and had photorealistic faces and animations that still hold up.
2000 people had those brick Nokia phones with greenscreens, by the end of the decade a high end smartphone could do 95% of the basic tasks one needed a conventional computer for.
What do we have left to really look forward to in terms of tech toys? It's basically just Virtual Reality. Truly hope I'm wrong on this.
Thats basically the PS5/Xbox XXX for yah, we still havent fully utilized the current round of systems but they need to sell yet more black Chinese boxes (or in the case of the PS5 a radio made by Dyson). On a side tangent, I really, really wish that videogame devs would focus on making their games run quicker AND packing the assets more efficiently, games dont need to take up 150GB+.And I really don't need a resolution of 2960x1440 on my cellphone, yet, here we are. I remember reading about how the human eye can't even see pixels sharper than 300 PPI, but my phone's well into 500 PPI because pissing contests, I guess.
That too. A 500GB HDD in a PS3 could hold everything and the kitchen sink, while a 500GB HDD in a PS4 is sparse and makes the system a pain to use if you don't have good internet.On a side tangent, I really, really wish that videogame devs would focus on making their games run quicker AND packing the assets more efficiently, games dont need to take up 150GB+.
I'd love to be able to work on some AI stuff as a career. Some of it will trickle down to consumers eventually, ex. a lot of phone camera tech to make photos look better is computational and self-driving car tech is getting there.So much of technology innovation today is intangible or inaccessible for most people. Cloud computing, blockchains, and AI are huge, but for the most part, just background stuff for the layman.
Can you even play a modern game without internet? With how often they need patches and junk?That too. A 500GB HDD in a PS3 could hold everything and the kitchen sink, while a 500GB HDD in a PS4 is sparse and makes the system a pain to use if you don't have good internet.
Yes from experience, because I pirated a bunch of single-player games. In fact, most crack groups are nice enough to provide occasional updates (such as every excruciating Sims 4 DLC)Can you even play a modern game without internet? With how often they need patches and junk?
i remember finding my first MP3 player on a bus on the way to school. could only hold like 10-12 song but i was happy. most of those songs were either linkin park or sum 41.I remember being able to download music at will with an MP3 player was groundbreaking.