This is the first of what I hope will be a regular new column. It will be a lot less regular than my other articles, Fact Of The Day and Talk It Out due to the work scanning and uploading the images.
I hope to do one of these at least once a month. The genesis behind this is that when I was away on vacation I found a bunch of old magazines from the late 90s and early 00s. There was a lot of interesting stuff in them and I find it fun to look back through the hourglass and see what we did and what we thought the future would be like, through the lens of our science fiction, fantasy and gaming periodicals. So I decided to take a few clips from some of them and share them. Think of it as geekier version of Jezebel’s Pictorial sub blog.
For the premiere column, we hunt for who will play Anakin, remember what kind of PCs we used to use, remember old friends no longer with us, and wonder who would pay for specality checks (me)
Let’s kick things off with a few entries from the Official Sci-Fi Channel magazine from April of 2000
Here we have a casting call for the next Anakin Skywalker. Remember when we all said “ Well Episode 2 can’t be AS bad”. Yeah well, that was before Hayden. Also I blame Sci-Fi Channel for Hayden Christensen becoming a thing. Although it would be funny if someone here auditioned way back when.
Does George Lucas have game? If by game you mean selling his legacy for millions of dollars, then yes he does. But this was long before the mouse came calling when George was involved with creating movies for the PS2. From my recollection there were never any films completed for distribution. Just wait about 8 years guys and Netflix will be here before you know it.
Show off your nerd pride with Star Trek checks. Pick from TOS or TNG Enterprise or classic scenes with Kirk and Spock. You can also get an official Federation checkbook and watch. Now we just need to find someone who still uses checks and isn’t over 70+
Here we have a Dell ad. I decided to focus on their most expensive model just to show what a little bit of money could get you back in 2000. 128 MB of SDRAM! nVidia AGP 23MB video card! Which having taken the A+ certification course seeing anything computer related advertising a AGP bus slot makes me laugh. But for the time this was high end tech. Now our phones make this kick ass machine look like a typewriter
Moving on to CineScape Best Of 2000, we see the best comic of 2001 was not a comic at all but more or less the state of the Spider. I realy only choose this because of the part in the middle. That’s right Spider fans, this is the worst Peter and MJ’s marriage will get. Nope there will be no more road bumps to our crazy kids having long life love and upside down make out sessions in the rain. Nope, not a thing to get in the way of wedded bliss.
You know, just replace all the show names with what is currently on the air and you could make the argument that this is still true today. Swap King Of The Hill for Archer, Simpsons for ....well anything really. Futurama for Adventure Time, the list goes on.
Let’s close this out with Yahoo! Internet Life from September of 1999. Yes Yahoo! had a magazine, back when their were more than a punchline.
Does anyone remember Ask Jeeves? I do. It was supposed to be a more informal search engine, back in the days when everyone was trying to figure out this whole internet thing. I guess these are things people asked it. Not sure why Boy George is holding a pickle. Now if we want ridiculous questions answered by a polite voice we ask our Iphones. I wonder if anyone asked Jeeves what 0/0 was.
Oh Roger, we miss you. We need your keen mind and sharp wit to protect us from the schlock Hollywood is shoveling out. What would you have said about Terminator:Genesys? Would Pixels face your cinema wrath? Furthermore, what would you have thought about masterpieces like Inception, Wreck-It-Ralph, 7 Years A Slave, and many more. Also, at one time Yahoo! could get Roger Ebert to write a column for them. I know it’s hard to believe but in 1999 they ruled the internet.
Lastly, we have an ad for what was breakthrough horribly expensive tech. Now when every cable, satellite and other type of company offers a DVR included with the plan, we forget about the days when you couldn’t pause, fast forward or rewind life TV. But back in 1999 a new device had hit the market called Tivo. It would record your tv, let you pause live tv, rewind and fast forward. It would also make recommendations based on what you recorded. Which having used Tivo while living with a friend, I miss that feature that most cable company DVRs don’t offer. Still though, can’t beat that price. Only $698 for a 14 HOUR! box. But it be fair that does give you lifetime service. If you wanted to splurge you could get 30 hours life time for $1198. Or pay monthly and pay less for the box. I can’t snark, this thing was truly revolutionary tech for it’s day.
Well that’s all I got for now. I had a lot more stuff but I only brought home a few magazines and didn’t want to show all the good stuff at once. I hope you guys enjoyed this little trip through time and I encourage you to leave your feedback in the comments. I’ll see you all next time.