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Is it just me or has technology ruined things somewhat?

I know, thats a stupid thing to say right?

Or is it me that just thinks people have lost touch with each other, and movies and music has gone downhill, computer games suck also.

I was in the DVD shop the other night and this guy was there with his kids and his kid was like dad can we get this game, and his dad says "does it have good graphics?" And I instantly thought, yep, thats all you would care about right? It might have amazing graphics but you're gunna be disappointed when you find out they skimped on the game-play.

Nothing is new anymore, theres no mystery to anything.

Seems the better technology gets the worst things become. Everyone, hey including me somewhat has a bloody screen in-front of their face for 90% of their days now.

We are turning into electrical goods consumers. Addicts?

I dunno, am I crazy to say this? I feel humanity has lost its soul.

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  • Dono about that but i lost around 200,000 souls in demons souls recently

  • Listen to music nowadays, its utter shit. Movies that come out are shit.

  • Music today isn't that bad. In fact, there's plenty of great music around nowadays; it's just not in the charts. Charts music is definitely horrible; I'll agree with you there. I disagree about movies being crap nowadays. Of course, a lot of them are terrible, but we had our fair share of horrible movies in the past too; we just don't remember the crap ones, only the good ones. And since we only remember the good films from the past, we subconsciously adopt the belief that most or all movies from recent eras are great. It's just that movies today are different. In 10-20 years from now, we'll probably be saying the same thing about this era - "Oh, all movies are terrible these days. What happened to the classics like 'Lord of the Rings' or the fun films like 'Pirates of the Caribbean'?

  • I don't know about that, I really enjoyed inception :). Also, when I was a kid, I was dazzled by games that had good graphics in their time. It's pretty normal for kids to be more interested in that stuff. I feel that there are plenty of good games coming out these days, although that comes down to personal taste.

  • I guess its just Nostalgia acting up.

    There has always been a lot of crap out there, but there are still gems out there.

    Especially when it comes to indie games.
    Minecraft, Braid, Machinarium, World Of Goo, Fate of The World, Dejobaans Stuff (e.g. reckless disregard for gravity), Penumbra/Amnesia are all great examples of innovation.

    As for statements like "are the graphics good?", you have to realise its pretty much the same as "does this movie have good explosions/other effects?".
    Gaming is much more mainstream these days, and like movies, there are a lot of casual consumers out there which generally have similar tastes and are pretty easy to pander to so thats why the big publishers and developers try to please them, its just easier.

    EDIT: And I agree with Hayden, there is a lot of good music still out there.
    Recent examples: The Final Frontier, Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards, Captain EO's Voyage, What if this CD had Lyrics?,Saturday Morning Apocalyspse, Anything by OCRemix.

    These two songs pretty much sum up the entire music industry:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0Gs4xGw1Eg
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijr4rwb2WbE

  • I agree about music. When it comes to discovering new bands, I cant really be arsed any more. Ive got a bunch of stuff I listen to over and over, but as for going to gigs and discovering new music its all crap (cant remember the last time ive been blown away by an album). Then again thats probably just me, not the music industry

    Not sure about technology making games worse. Most of my favourite games over the last few years have been on psn or steam. As long as games like Braid and Machinarium are coming out theres still hope

  • @Lonnie said: Is it just me or has technology ruined things somewhat?

    I know, thats a stupid thing to say right?



    No, I wouldn't say it's a stupid thing to say. Right now, humans are in a greater state of disconnection today than ever. Things are becoming very virtual, and it is a point of concern.

    Or is it me that just thinks people have lost touch with each other?

    To a degree, yeah, if we're talking about real life connections here. Of course we have all of this new technology, and new ways of communicating with each other; easier and more convenient ways. But connection through technology is a lot more shallow and, yes, more soulless.

    computer games suck also.

    I was in the DVD shop the other night and this guy was there with his kids and his kid was like dad can we get this game, and his dad says "does it have good graphics?" And I instantly thought, yep, thats all you would care about right? It might have amazing graphics but you're gunna be disappointed when you find out they skimped on the game-play.

    Yeah, I too hate the way that mainstream gaming is going; how things are becoming more focused on shiny, realistic visuals rather than real depth, texture and quality. But bear in mind that this is mainstream gaming. Yeah, mainstream gaming, like mainstream music, has become entirely corporate; it's all about money. Big game companies will make short, unoriginal games with amazingly realistic graphics just because they know that graphics are the current trend and therefore the main selling point. Big artists and music labels will pump out short, unoriginal songs with mundane lyrics, repetitive choruses and the grossly lathered autotune for the same reason - because that's what sells. Trends and fads win over quality, so that's what top gaming companies and top record companies focus on. As a result, yes, it creates utterly soulless junk. But it's outside of the mainstream that you'll find true quality, innovation and originality.

    I dunno, am I crazy to say this? I feel humanity has lost its soul.

    I wouldn't go that far. I think you get this impression and this feeling because the world is a very different place to what it was back when you were young. Loads of people in all different time periods have felt a similar way when such development and progression take place; the world around them changes, and it makes them feel uncomfortable, and even frightened. I think it's just that the world we have now bears no resemblance to what we've had in previous decades; all the things that we find nostalgic no longer exist in our modern world, so everything seems foreign to us. And since nostalgia and happiness are closely linked, we ultimately feel that this new world holds no joy; no happiness; no soul ;).

    @Lonnie said:
    EDIT: And I agree with Hayden, there is a lot of good music still out there.
    Recent examples: The Final Frontier, Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards, Captain EO's Voyage, What if this CD had Lyrics?,Saturday Morning Apocalyspse, Anything by OCRemix.

    High-freaking-five, Mr. Vortex! I thought that 'The Final Frontier' was simply an amazing album, and one of Maiden's best. I actually believe Maiden's last four albums ('Brave New World' - 'The Final Frontier') to actually be the best albums they've ever produced. Actually, this applies to most of my favourite bands & artists - I find that their later stuff (late 90's onward) to actually be their best material.

    Oh, and by the way, I still need to buy Satch's latest album. Tell me, is it better or worse of than 'PSatMoR'?

  • @Hayden said: Oh, and by the way, I still need to by Satch's latest album. Tell me, is it better or worse of than 'PSatMoR'?



    Thats a tough one. Both albums are about the same overall, but I think PSatMoR may just be a tad bit better due to one song: "Professor Satchafunkilous" which is just pure genius!! :D

  • Hayden and co thats exactly what I mean. Mainstream stuff sucks and I literally go to my belove Alice In Videoland DVD shop here in NZ (amazing shop by the way) to hire out awesome underground/indie/international movies because there is simply nothing worth watching from Blockbuster etc. So many hidden gems that fall through the cracks because it wasn't starring Brad Pitt or some other flavour of the month actor.

    I think thats my issue also, I do feel disconnected, even from using the Internet to communicate with people.

    Same with metal bands I go see locally. Most bands are 2 bit imitators who are there for the image and the fact they play 'sick' pounding 7 string riffs to impress their little mates. BOOORING. Wheres the passion, soul and originality gone? Yeh dude, lets friggin copy each other like cardboard cut outs.

  • @RetroVortex said: Thats a tough one. Both albums are about the same overall, but I think PSatMoR may just be a tad bit better due to one song: "Professor Satchafunkilous" which is just pure genius!! :D



    I actually find "Diddle-Y-A-Doo-Dat" to be the album's best moment, personally. Probably because it sounds a little Deep Purple-y, and anything that sounds remotely like Deep Purple is automatically in my good books. I'll have to go back and listen to the album again though, seeing as how my taste has diversified somewhat since the last time I listened to it.

    @RetroVortex said: Same with metal bands I go see locally. Most bands are 2 bit imitators who are there for the image and the fact they play 'sick' pounding 7 string riffs to impress their little mates. BOOORING. Wheres the passion, soul and originality gone? Yeh dude, lets friggin copy each other like cardboard cut outs.

    Well of course; there's an absolute sea of posers and uninspired rip-offs out there in the metal world (and in many other genres too, but metal's probably the worst for it), but there's plenty of originality out there still. Go YouTube-ing one day; look up obscure sub-genres and search for examples. Or hang out on some music forums, or ask for some recommendations, or something. I take it you're someone who has quite a varied range of tastes, yes?

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