Hello old boys (and pretty young girls around there),
Last december I turned 31 so I can fully say I’m in the 4th decade of my life. And this means that my mind is starting to get used to think bout the number 4, hence the number 40, so 40 years.
I know I’m not so old, I mean I can still stand on my feet, my health is good and I sleep well (but don’t tell me to play futsal because in 5 minutes my tongue will be longer than my legs) however I lived enough to see a huge evolution of gaming, consoles and computers and most of all the birth and growth of the internet.
For this reason, as most of the people oif my generatio I became a bit nostalgic especially when I see pictures, read books and watch documentaries about the golden era of gaming or the days in which some geek created developed in their garages the world we are now living in.
They say imagines and videos are maybe the most powerful media to convey feeling and sensations, but It would be unwise to underestimate the power of the sound. For this reason I gathered some of the most nostalgic sounds (and sometimes images) that people like me (and I think like many of you) recognizes as the signs that the times has changed.
Se, if you want to feel old, or better, experienced check this out:
1. 56k modem noise
That’s my favourite. It looks like you’re in Cape Canaveral waiting for the Shuttle to lift off. You can even hear the sound of the nozzles that are shouting…
2. Windows opening jingles
This is for the youngest among you; even though if you are thinking “Oh, Win95 is not so old” my answer is “It’s more than 20 years old” :O Windows 95 has been in fashion from 1995 to the last legs of the 90’s, even after the release of Windows 98 for the big step Microsoft made from Win 3.x running under MS-DOS to Win95 that put the MS-DOS prompt in an obscure corner of the Start menu. Regarding Win 3.x, here’s a little gem for you (believe it or not I passed countless hours in listening Microsoft sounds and this one below, named tada.wav was one of my favourites)
3. ZX Spectrum croak
Speccy has been my first home console. Actually it wasn’t mine since it was my uncle on, but I like to refer to it as my first. And you can’t forget you first love…
4. C64 psychedelic loading screen
C64 is one of he most longeve home comptuer ever released. It’s in the heart of millions of computer lovers and it’s a great starting point for a collection. His biscuit shape is famous all over the world, but its beauty it’s not comparable with the adorably horrible loading rant…
5. Floppy Disk at work and eject
Ahh, the floppy disk. It’s depressing to see some newbies that don’t have any idea of what actually is a floppy disk. My love for this storage support is clear, I even wrote a post about it. Hearing the noise of the drive that reads the floppy and the satisfying sound of the floppy that comes out of the case at the end of an installation it used to be a great experience. But with a floppy drive you can do even this
Let’s face it. We are growing old…