MC poster DrTooth and I have long bandied about the notion of how so much of the stuff we grew up with in the 1980's and 1990's has been done away with. When old Sesame Street episodes have to come with a parental advisory warning, certain cereals done away with or all the creative/imaginative children's programming being nixed in favor of Dora/Blues Clues/Barney garbage...it's a sign. - Jack in the Box announced they will no longer have toys in their kids meals: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43483446/ns/business-consumer_news/ - Certain cities like San Francisco have banned happy meals altogether. - Toys now pretty much suck. Most action figures now went from 5-7" to super duper frail and dinky 3 3/4" figures but STILL cost the $10-$12 price point as bigger figures did. - Saturday morning cartoon rituals have long gone away - So to, the advent of the arcade went the way of the DoDo - Most children's movies are cgi heavy, obnoxious films that lack any of the fun or magic and imagination of pre modern kids/family films(Smurfs, Yogi Bear, Chipmunks 1/2, Scooby Doo, Garfield, etc...all garbage movies in both look and substance) As well as the all cgi films, which there's way too many of. - I DO applaud the advent of exercise video games, but back in my day as much as kids played Nintendo....we were outside. a lot. We didnt need virtual Wii tag football or Wii basketball. We went outside and actually did stuff. Most people now just come home, and veg like a zombie in front of the tv til bed time. And remember when you could just relax, take your time? Everything has to be instant gratification, cynical. Texting EVERY second the day. Everyone now has a PC in their pocket...always texting, chatting, twittering, updates. Always plugged in. Everything has been reduced to "like" "unlike". It's this whole "iGeneration", where everything is now-now-now ADHD addled, multitasking...total cultural entropy where everything has been remixed, rebooted, rehashed, mashed up and autotuned with a dubstep beat and lolcats meme image. Defriend, twitter, blah. I feel bad for kids these days.