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October 5, 2003 5:17 PM   Subscribe

You might as well Jump. Van Halen and retro video games.
posted by srboisvert (25 comments total)

 
Holy shit. This record will turn 20 in January.

I'm old.
posted by jpoulos at 5:20 PM on October 5, 2003


*pokes jpoulos with cane*

Wudja say, fella?

srboisvert, consider my cockles warmed.
posted by jonmc at 5:27 PM on October 5, 2003


Was given tickets to a recent R.E.M. show and felt the same way: "Jesus, this is like my parents seeing the Byrds in the 80's."
posted by ssukotto at 5:39 PM on October 5, 2003


i wish diamond dave would just do it.
posted by quonsar at 5:49 PM on October 5, 2003


Yeah...20 years ago today, I was a senior in high school. How the *hell* did that happen...?
posted by davidmsc at 6:01 PM on October 5, 2003


I love this. Especially since they had the artistic vision to include Arkanoid and Alex Kidd. They really know their old games.
posted by Space Coyote at 6:10 PM on October 5, 2003


Here's the part where we try to name all the games in the video. Or even all the games in the guitar solo...
posted by jjg at 6:14 PM on October 5, 2003


Yeah...20 years ago today, I was a senior in high school.

Good grief indeed. 20 years ago I was 20 years past (junior) high school — and I'm even older now. But I always liked this song, and the video is terrific. Thanks for the link, srboisvert. (If I may say so, this is much much better than that stupid video link posted by you-know-who last week.)

As Space Coyote says, they really know their old games, and the montage during the famous solo was especially well done. Ah, the good old pre-Myst, Doom, Grand Theft Auto days, when everybody thought those dumb games were, as you kids say, so rad.
posted by LeLiLo at 7:26 PM on October 5, 2003


There is no shame, my friends, in liking Jump. 1984 was the last great Van Halen record, and it was one of the best rock albums from the 80's.

Besides, if I can get over Talking Heads '77 being more than 25 years old, anything is possible.
posted by crunchburger at 7:40 PM on October 5, 2003


Here are a few other clinchers. All Mods Con is 25 years old. Moving Pictures is 22 years old. John Bonham died 23 years ago. Sid Vicious: 25 years ago. Kurt Cobain: Almost a decade ago.

If we mark the grunge movement's popular rise with Pearl Jam's Ten, it's eleven years ago. Primus's Sailing the Seas of Cheese was thirteen years ago. And Justice for All... was fifteen years ago and the Black Album was thirteen years ago.

"Guilty of Being White" is nineteen years old. Steady Diet of Nothing is thirteen years old.

And 1984, despite its age, still holds.
posted by ed at 8:09 PM on October 5, 2003


I could almost feel the love that went into the creation of this video.
posted by angry modem at 8:55 PM on October 5, 2003


the montage during the famous solo was especially well done

Indeed, it almost seemed like that part of the animation was done by a completely different person, so much better was it than the rest.

I'm still a little unclear on what "FLOVIE" means, though.
posted by kindall at 9:00 PM on October 5, 2003


I'm still a little unclear on what "FLOVIE" means, though

It's a version of a Flowbee (the real-world version of the Suck-Cut from Wayne's World) marketed to funny foreign people, such as Soviet Russia.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 9:05 PM on October 5, 2003


no, it's FLASH Movies.
posted by jimmy at 11:21 PM on October 5, 2003


If it were a FLASH movie, there would have been nekkid people. Ergo, it's for Soviet Russia, as there can be no middle ground.

(dig dug was a good game)
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 11:42 PM on October 5, 2003


FLASH stands for FLOVIES LACK ANY SEXY HUMANS, which clearly implies that no one may be naked. FLASH Movies. FLOVIES.
posted by jimmy at 11:59 PM on October 5, 2003


ed you make me want to cry. We really aren't kids anymore are we?

(This post is courtesy of after watching presentation I felt quite taken aback)

We live in a world that isn't ours anymore.
posted by crasspastor at 2:18 AM on October 6, 2003


We live in a world that isn't ours anymore.

(hides in basement with Robotron, Rolling Thunder and Tempest)

Never liked that song, but love all the old arcade games.

I was a Jr in HS 20 years ago. About now we would have been scrounging cash together to buy tickets to as many of the Grateful Dead shows that we could get to on the fall tour. So long ago...
posted by a3matrix at 6:26 AM on October 6, 2003


Maaaaatttt...jon keeps poking me....make him stop!
posted by jpoulos at 7:45 AM on October 6, 2003


Oh, alright. Just pass the Ben-Gay and change the TV to Matlock, dammit.
posted by jonmc at 8:33 AM on October 6, 2003


I hadn't seen Burger Time in over two decades. So many burgers ... so little time.
posted by originalname37 at 9:08 AM on October 6, 2003


In thirty or forty years, I can just see a retirement home for the MeFites. Wheelchairs bumping into crumbling arcade editions of Burgertime and Elevator Action that barely work. A humble croak: "Well, some of the world is ours, right?"
posted by ed at 11:57 AM on October 6, 2003


Qix!
posted by nickmark at 2:46 PM on October 6, 2003


Great link!

I was so happy to see Q-Bert. And that Olympics game! I had that on my Commodore 64 but I liked to do the platform diving. : )

Now I feel ancient. : )
posted by SisterHavana at 3:02 PM on October 6, 2003


Thanks, that was swell!
posted by Zurishaddai at 4:34 PM on October 6, 2003


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