THE BEST 1990s

ARTCADE – Extended Edition

ARTCADE – Extended Edition

Originally released in 2015, the latest edition of ARTCADE is packed with even more images of classic arcade marquee and cabinet art. Each of its images has been restored to capture detail, color, and contrast. In all, 300 coin-op machines are represented. Comes in a limited-edition, glow-in-the-dark storage sleeve.

Full Throttle 2020

Full Throttle 2020

’90s kids might remember a little video game called Full Throttle. Directors Rick & Mario and animation studio Red Knuckles created this awesome re-imagining of Tim Schafer’s classic point-and-click adventure – or at least a very small piece of it. This makes us crave a movie version of Ben and Maureen’s wild motorcycle journey.

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New Jack Spring Yard Zone

New Jack Spring Yard Zone

The 8-Bit Big Band takes on a track from the 16-bit era, with an appropriately New Jack Swing interpretation of the music from Sonic the Hedgehog’s notoriously tricky Spring Yard Zone level. The only thing it’s missing are the sounds of the bouncy bumpers and gold rings being collected.

The VHS Vault

The VHS Vault

Take a trip back to the 1980s and 1990s with a visit to the Internet Archive’s awesomely retro collection of VHS tapes. The catalog features over 20,000 digitized recordings of old video tapes, ranging from cartoons to workout videos, and everything in-between. While there are some classics, there’s also just a whole lot of weird stuff.

Retro Tech: Videophone ’93

Retro Tech: Videophone ’93

These days, everyone carries a videophone in their pocket. But before the days of iPhones and Galaxies, calling someone and seeing them at the same time was difficult and expensive to achieve. Techmoan shows off one of the earlier examples of a working video calling system, British Telecom’s VC 7000, which dates back to 1993.

WeTransfer in the ’90s

WeTransfer in the ’90s

WeTransfer is one of the most popular file sharing services out there. But what would it have been like back in the early days of the Internet, and 3.5″ floppies were still a thing? Leave it to the guys at Squirrel Monkey to explore that alternative past with their typically dry humor.

80s/90s Commercial Mix

80s/90s Commercial Mix

If you grew up any time in the 1980s or early 1990s, you’ll appreciate this epic compilation of commercials from the era. K. Huntington dug up many of these clips from old Betamax tapes a few years back. Even if you don’t have four hours to kill, it’s worth skipping around a bit to check out some random retro goodness.

Internet Archive: MS-DOS Games

Internet Archive: MS-DOS Games

Say goodbye to productivity today. Thanks to the folks at the amazing Internet Archive, you can play thousands of retro PC games right in your web browser. Their extensive software library is packed with classics like The Oregon Trail, SimCity, Prince of Persia, Wolfenstein 3D, DOOM, Leisure Suit Larry, and many more.

Nintendo’s Weirdest Moments

Nintendo’s Weirdest Moments

When you make games that are as whimsical in nature as Nintendo, you’re bound to have some weird moments over the years. Nintendo fan Shiromi edited together a reel of some of the wackiest things that have happened to Mario, Link, and Kid Icarus and others over the years. Man, the 1990s were a strange time.

Preserving the 1990s Internet

Preserving the 1990s Internet

Back in the 1990s, the internet was a kinder, gentler, and downright sillier place than it is today. Quartz looks back at some of the primitive and cheesy websites of the era, and pontificates on what may happen to the information and content they housed as these sites gradually go offline.

The Internet in 1996

The Internet in 1996

An awesome time capsule of what life was like on the Internet more than 20 years ago, just as it was starting to take off. If you remember Netscape, dial-up modems, or Excite!, you’ll get a kick out of this old VHS tape. We like he calls URLs “YEEERLS.”

Mambo No. 5: Movie Edition

Mambo No. 5: Movie Edition

Editor The Unusual Suspect diced up bits and pieces from 156 different movies in order to replicate the vocals from one of the greatest one-hit wonders of all time – Mambo No. 5 by Lou Bega, replacing the names of his female conquests with those of various movie characters.

The Com-Mari Method

The Com-Mari Method

Do you keep all your computer icons sitting out on your desktop? Does Netscape Navigator no longer spark joy? Go back in time to the 1990s for some advice on how to tidy things up, Marie Kondo style, with a little help from the folks at Squirrel Monkey.

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BEL-AIR

BEL-AIR

Now this is a story all about how… my life got flipped turned upside down. Filmmaker Morgan Cooper presents a modern take on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, in which Will Smith’s character is subject to 21st century problems as he adjusts from life in Philly to Souther Cali.

Metal Tubthumping

Metal Tubthumping

YouTube’s resident metalnerd Leo Moracchioli takes on one-hit wonder Chumbawamba’s 1997 track Tubthumping, a song about getting drunk and in bar fights that will infect your ear by simply hearing “I get knocked down, but I get up again, you’re never gonna keep me down…”

Defunctland: The Nickelodeon Hotel

Defunctland: The Nickelodeon Hotel

Nickelodeon went gangbusters in the 1990s with Rugrats, Rocko’s Modern Life, Ren and Stimpy, and the almighty Spongebob Squarepants. To celebrate the success of the latter, they merchandised everything in sight, and even opened a mediocre hotel in Orlando.

CGI: The Awkward Years

CGI: The Awkward Years

These days, we’re accustomed to such seamless and realistic visual effects on the big screen and even some TV series that we’ve become pretty jaded by CGI. But one look at Diane Bullock’s reel of 1990’s movie VFX should serve as a reminder of just how good we’ve got it today.

Atomic Train (Trailer)

Atomic Train (Trailer)

Go back to the ’90s with this so-bad-its-good trailer from the 1999 TV mini-series Atomic Train, which not only perfectly captures the era, it manages to give away the entire story from start to finish. The tagline for the series was the equally awesome “The Final Stop is Deadly.”

Say It Ain’t Where Is My Mind

Say It Ain’t Where Is My Mind

We saw Weezer and Pixies in concert this summer, and they were both amazing. Seattle band Tiger Rider thought so too, and decided to pay tribute to this epic double bill with their own seamless mashup of Where Is My Mind and Say It Ain’t So.

Dave Matthews at the Blockbuster

Dave Matthews at the Blockbuster

YouTuber ChesterCopperpot5 dug up this little gem dating back to August 1994, when Dave Matthews did a solo acoustic performance at a Blockbuster Music store (yes that was a thing), just 6 weeks before his band’s breakout studio album Under the Table and Dreaming debuted.

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Mid90s (Trailer)

Mid90s (Trailer)

(PG-13: Language) Academy award-nominated actor Jonah Hill makes his feature directorial debut with this gritty, minimal film about a young boy coming of age in the 1990s in Los Angeles, as he finds his place among a crew of skateboarders. Hill also wrote the original story.

SoundCloud in the ’90s

SoundCloud in the ’90s

YouTuber Squirrel Monkey continues to build an archive of historical videos for modern applications had they existed back in the 1980s and 1990s. This time, music and podcast streaming service SoundCloud gets the CD-ROM and floppy disk installation kit.

The Breeders: Tiny Desk Concert

The Breeders: Tiny Desk Concert

(PG-13: Language) ’90s alt-rock sensation The Breeders return to the lineup that gave them hits like Cannonball and Divine Hammer. This three song set offers a stripped down and fuzzed-out mix of folk and garage rock, including two from their new album All Nerve.

Fingerstyle Kids’ TV Show Medley

Fingerstyle Kids’ TV Show Medley

Musician John Tracey presents a medley of some theme songs from classic kids TV shows from the 1980s and 1990s, performed with a smooth fingerstyle vibe on his acoustic guitar. We can still never get enough of those DuckTales and Inspector Gadget themes.

SNL: Jurassic Park Auditions

SNL: Jurassic Park Auditions

Bill Hader’s return to host Saturday Night Live featured this sketch, featuring hilarious cast impressions of numerous 1990s celebrities as they each tried out for a role in the Steven Spielberg’s original Jurassic Park. That Sinbad joke. Ouch.

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