Why The 80s Were The Best – PLUS #KellyVsKelly Debate [POLL]

WOW..  2017 is almost over.  Crazy.

While we have not been keeping up with our editorial calendar and podcasts have scaled back across the board, we’re still going strong with HorsePLAY! LIVE.  Our friends over at GamingDeath and The B-Team are still rocking it too.  It’s been a relatively quiet year for video games, in spite of the Nintendo Switch and XBox One X launches (and the ridiculous closings of studies like Runic and Visceral).  The common thread is that everyone is busy adulting: dealing with major life events, engaging in the never-ending rat race, digging out of debt, and trying to maintain sanity throughout it all.

With all the brilliant people we’ve lost, warnings about the end of days, social just warriors going out of control (the unfortunate incident with August Ames goes to show that human beings can be cruel, self-righteous pieces of shit), and overall tension/despair in the air, it makes you just want to go back to better days.  If, like me, you were born into Generation X or you’re a Baby Boomer, chances are you have great memories in a decade that I think will always be special: the 1980s.  Say what you about Reganomics and inflation, the 80s were the brightest period in my lifetime hands-down.

Deviant Art 80s Collage - Attack On Geek

To be clear, I love my life today.  My kids may be a pain in the ass, work has pretty much killed any semblance of social life I could possibly desire, and sleep feels like a distant memory..  But I ain’t complaining.  You take the good with the bad, right?  The older you get, the more opportunities open up but there are certain things you just have to leave behind.  The change that comes with time is inevitable so might as well welcome it with open arms.

 

Still, this holiday season has had me going back to simpler times.  There was just something special about the 80s.  It’s a special magic that you can’t quite quantify.  BuzzFeed and articles like RedBookMag’s “21 Best Things from the 80s” check off all the boxes but they don’t quite capture that je ne sais quoi.

For me, there are a countless things that make the 80s so special.  First and foremost, there was a certain type of energy in the air.  It was the complete opposite from the 70s, where everything had a certain drabness to it and things felt muted, if not suppressed.  Everything in the 80s was bold: big hair, neon colors, rocking music, wild sets/backdrops, memorable movies..  The list goes on but there was no mistaking that period in modern times.  There was no half steppin in the eighties!

Big Daddy Kane - Ain't No Half Steppin'

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