WooHoo! Final Fantasy XIII coming to PS3 on 3/9/10! Can’t wait for that! I’ve been playing Final Fantasy since FFI way back when. (90/91? Something like that) Seems like technology has advanced almost unbelievably since then. The first game was awesome on the first Nintendo – it came with a big giant fold out map – that is, a paper map. On the other side, if I remember correctly, was the beastiary.
Anyway – my wife, my oldest daughter and I were watching Stephen King’s The Langoliers and my daughter mentioned that she knew this movie was old. (If you consider 1995 old, that is!) She could tell by the way the credits rolled on the screen. (Not to mention the primitive special effects) I mentioned that it was possible to date certain movies by the technology used on the set. In The Langoliers there are no laptops, no cellphones, etc. One of the main characters is trying to use a pay phone – at a bank of pay phones. I remember seeing banks of pay phones like that in airports. They’re not there anymore. When is the last time you saw an actual phone booth?
I love technology. I run Linux on a fairly new computer with two 24″ flatscreen monitors. I have Verizon’s MiFi in the house because the only high speed internet alternative where I live is satellite internet. (Until I got the MiFi for Christmas, we used HughesNet Satellite – if you’re considering HughesNet…RUN. RUN AWAY NOW!) As soon as I can afford to do so, I’m going to buy a router that will allow me to get around the 5 connection limitation on the MiFi. In my house there are 7 computers, two flatscreen TV’s, an iPhone, a Crackberry, an iPod Touch and a classic iPod, two PS2 consoles, a Wii, and now a PS3. I run two websites, have a Facebook presence, a Twitter account (@spiritualbully) and can’t wait for the Google Chrome OS! My point is that I love technology! (and it loves my checking account. )
Despite my love of technology, I can’t help but feel a little bit forlorn when I consider it. My kids are growing up with all of this. Indeed, they really don’t have any idea what it’s like to not have all of this stuff. They have always had a computer to access. They’ve always had the internet to do research for school papers. They have always known what an MP3 is. I remember a time when none of this existed. I remember phone booths. I remember when there were no diet sodas. I remember when you could work on your car yourself. I remember when nobody knew what an ATM was and you had to actually go inside the bank to get money. I took typing in high school – not keyboarding – although I remember that we got computers my senior year (TRS80′s). I remember all of this, and I’m only in my 40′s.
I don’t really know exactly what I’m trying to say – other than just to marvel at the unrelenting march of technology and maybe to pine a little bit for a world that was simpler before that march intensified so drastically. Technology is fascinating and awesome. I just wish it didn’t have to interfere with life so much. Can anyone relate? RJC