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(Yahoo)   Daddy, what were video stores? Well when I was your age, we had to leave the house to rent a movie. And we had to rewind them   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 127
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2013-10-24 06:08:32 PM
We also rented VCRs to watch those movies.
 
2013-10-24 06:09:58 PM
Things got a lot better when DVDs came out though.  The DVD rewinders were a lot smaller and more energy efficient and could rewind the disc in a fraction of the time it took to rewind a tape.
 
2013-10-24 06:10:34 PM
We couldn't even get porn unless we could prove we were 18.

/You whippersnappers
 
2013-10-24 06:10:51 PM
So is fark really greenlighting video commentary about buzzfeed posts now?  Because that's what this is, this "article" is a video commentary and snippet show of some video buzzfeed put together.

Well... fark is pretty much done then.

Someone turn out the lights and don't forget to feed squires.
 
2013-10-24 06:11:07 PM
2warpstoneptune.files.wordpress.com
i got a friend of mine the other day when he took the dvd out of the player

me: HEY! did you rewind it?
 
2013-10-24 06:11:56 PM
Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.

prilspen.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-10-24 06:12:02 PM

buckeyebrain: We couldn't even get porn unless we could prove we were 18.

/You whippersnappers


the only porn i saw was the scrambled porn on chanel 52 in los angeles which was ON-TV

/memorieeeessss!!!
 
2013-10-24 06:13:01 PM

Kahabut: So is fark really greenlighting video commentary about buzzfeed posts now?  Because that's what this is, this "article" is a video commentary and snippet show of some video buzzfeed put together.

Well... fark is pretty much done then.

Someone turn out the lights and don't forget to feed squires.


Dont let the door hit ya on the way out.

/CAUSE I DONT WANT ASS PRINTS ON MY DOOR
 
2013-10-24 06:13:27 PM

wademh: Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.

[prilspen.files.wordpress.com image 376x326]


now that's funny
 
2013-10-24 06:13:42 PM
When I was teaching English to college freshmen in Vietnam a few years ago, I had to explain what VCR meant because none of them had ever seen one. I never felt so ancient.
 
2013-10-24 06:14:33 PM
What kind of stupid 15 year old kid do you have. "You know that blockbuster that was open a couple of years ago? Yeah, we had more of those"
 
2013-10-24 06:14:43 PM

Kahabut: So is fark really greenlighting video commentary about buzzfeed posts now?  Because that's what this is, this "article" is a video commentary and snippet show of some video buzzfeed put together.

Well... fark is pretty much done then.

Someone turn out the lights and don't forget to feed squires.


laptopmedia.com
 
2013-10-24 06:14:46 PM
I forgot about the whole re-winding thing, what a bunch of jerkwads. Yeah you have to re-wind it because the other options of getting a rental at the end of the tape or re-winding it at the Video Store are too horrible to contemplate.

We were so ignorant at that point we couldn't even figure out how to make a looping tape, seriously how stupid were we.
 
2013-10-24 06:15:23 PM
Adjust tracking!  Adjust tracking!
 
2013-10-24 06:15:24 PM
My six year old found a VHS tape in a box in the garage and didn't know what it was.  He was also surprised when I told him that I didn't have Netflix or a tablet when I was a kid.  They're going to think about us going to video stores and hoping that the movie we wanted was available the way we thought of people sitting around a radio in the days before tv.
 
2013-10-24 06:16:02 PM
BRB gotta clean the heads.
 
2013-10-24 06:16:55 PM
I remember the first one that opened in my town back in the late 70s/early 80s.  It was sort of like a dry cleaners in that there was only a counter and enough room for three or four people to stand in front of it.  There were no boxes...just a five or six page typed document with titles and no way of knowing whether it was in the store or out on rental.
 
2013-10-24 06:18:08 PM
www.firstshowing.net
 
2013-10-24 06:18:24 PM

Kahabut: So is fark really greenlighting video commentary about buzzfeed posts now? Because that's what this is, this "article" is a video commentary and snippet show of some video buzzfeed put together.


It's not news, it's Fark.
Come on now.
 
2013-10-24 06:19:28 PM
And we had b-b guns and it didn't make the swat team come out
 
2013-10-24 06:19:39 PM

MrHappyRotter: Things got a lot better when DVDs came out though.  The DVD rewinders were a lot smaller and more energy efficient and could rewind the disc in a fraction of the time it took to rewind a tape.


Seriously.  These things were great!
www.videouniversity.com

/Not serious.
 
2013-10-24 06:19:44 PM

MrHappyRotter: Things got a lot better when DVDs came out though.  The DVD rewinders were a lot smaller and more energy efficient and could rewind the disc in a fraction of the time it took to rewind a tape.


www.mediafire.com
 
2013-10-24 06:20:16 PM

buckeyebrain: We couldn't even get porn unless we could prove we were 18.

/You whippersnappers


Flashback CSB. When I was about 15, I had my mom's credit card in my possession. The card just had her initials, "E.E.," and last name. I figured you have to be 18 to have a credit card, so having it would be my ticket to getting some good porn.

Me, at the counter, without any prompting: "What kind of ID do you need to show to get porn?"

Cashier: "Um, something that proves you're 18."

Me: "Here's my credit card. That's me, Eric Edward. You know, you have to be 18 to get a credit card."

Cashier:

Cashier: ....

Cashier: "OK."

I walked out of there thinking I was totally smooth, and not just some kid who had met a cashier who didn't give a shiat.

Porn, that was serious business back in the day.
 
2013-10-24 06:21:02 PM
I still have my Sony Betamax, in some deep dark closet.  Fargin thing weighs a ton, but it could play that pron, Im telling ya.
 
2013-10-24 06:21:05 PM

Takeshi6400: My six year old found a VHS tape in a box in the garage and didn't know what it was.  He was also surprised when I told him that I didn't have Netflix or a tablet when I was a kid.  They're going to think about us going to video stores and hoping that the movie we wanted was available the way we thought of people sitting around a radio in the days before tv.


On the other hand, kids these days will never know the glory of recording hardcore porn onto a Barney VHS tape and returning it to the video store for the next lucky customer.
 
2013-10-24 06:21:11 PM

Gawdzila: MrHappyRotter: Things got a lot better when DVDs came out though.  The DVD rewinders were a lot smaller and more energy efficient and could rewind the disc in a fraction of the time it took to rewind a tape.

Seriously.  These things were great!
[www.videouniversity.com image 300x300]

/Not serious.


DAMMIT.
 
2013-10-24 06:21:12 PM
newslang89.files.wordpress.com
I have to return some video tapes.
 
2013-10-24 06:23:00 PM

Kahabut: So is fark really greenlighting video commentary about buzzfeed posts now?  Because that's what this is, this "article" is a video commentary and snippet show of some video buzzfeed put together.

Well... fark is pretty much done then.

Someone turn out the lights and don't forget to feed squires.


Maybe fark was never really the hive of high minded journalism you first thought.  Or are you just saying that back in your day fark was freshier?
 
2013-10-24 06:23:01 PM

toraque: Takeshi6400: My six year old found a VHS tape in a box in the garage and didn't know what it was.  He was also surprised when I told him that I didn't have Netflix or a tablet when I was a kid.  They're going to think about us going to video stores and hoping that the movie we wanted was available the way we thought of people sitting around a radio in the days before tv.

On the other hand, kids these days will never know the glory of recording hardcore porn onto a Barney VHS tape and returning it to the video store for the next lucky customer.


Or accidentally returning the video you made the other night with your wife instead of the movie you rented.

/happened when I worked at Blockbuster
 
2013-10-24 06:23:30 PM
I remember being one of the first families to have a VCR in our small podunk town.   We had to drive to the next town over to rent a movie (that town was more affluent I guess).  If you bought a videotape in those days, they were like seriously expensive - 70, 80 bucks for a first run movie (and that's the 1981 price).

First film  I ever saw on videotape was The African Queen and Outland.  I guess my parents were picking movies randomly.

Ah pointless memories.
 
2013-10-24 06:27:01 PM

MrHappyRotter: Things got a lot better when DVDs came out though.  The DVD rewinders were a lot smaller and more energy efficient and could rewind the disc in a fraction of the time it took to rewind a tape.


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echomike23: [2warpstoneptune.files.wordpress.com image 399x275]
i got a friend of mine the other day when he took the dvd out of the player

me: HEY! did you rewind it?


I still find those on the back of NES,SNES and N64 games. Make me lol a little.
 
2013-10-24 06:27:01 PM
That's nothing. The boys growing up today will never know about trying to view some free porn on those over the air scrambled pay channels there used to be in the Eighties, and they showed their adult films from after midnight.

/I think I just saw some boobs on the screen, or maybe two cantaloupes.
 
2013-10-24 06:27:42 PM

NathanAllen: We were so ignorant at that point we couldn't even figure out how to make a looping tape, seriously how stupid were we.


...how would you have designed a cassette that holds enough tape to store a 2-hour movie and loops infinitely?
 
2013-10-24 06:29:48 PM

Kahabut: So is fark really greenlighting video commentary about buzzfeed posts now?  Because that's what this is, this "article" is a video commentary and snippet show of some video buzzfeed put together.

Well... fark is pretty much done then.

Someone turn out the lights and don't forget to feed squires.


Pip pip, old sport!  Cook has roast beef and Yorkshire pudding for us tonight, with spotted dick for after.  Pour you a sherry, or would you prefer a Pimm's?
 
2013-10-24 06:29:50 PM

echomike23: [2warpstoneptune.files.wordpress.com image 399x275]
i got a friend of mine the other day when he took the dvd out of the player

me: HEY! did you rewind it?


www.hitjokes.com
 
2013-10-24 06:30:24 PM

skinink: That's nothing. The boys growing up today will never know about trying to view some free porn on those over the air scrambled pay channels there used to be in the Eighties, and they showed their adult films from after midnight.

/I think I just saw some boobs on the screen, or maybe two cantaloupes.


Porn used to be something you had to go out and hunt. A magazine, video, some kind of something that you illicitly acquired and brought home. Now it's all piped directly to your house. It's making our kids soft. Well, not soft but shut up you know what I meant.
 
2013-10-24 06:32:40 PM
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2013-10-24 06:33:01 PM

fusillade762: MrHappyRotter: Things got a lot better when DVDs came out though.  The DVD rewinders were a lot smaller and more energy efficient and could rewind the disc in a fraction of the time it took to rewind a tape.

[www.mediafire.com image 400x309]


Having a silly looking VHS rewinder is something I miss.  I had the '57 blue chevy rewinder for only a few years before we switched to DVD.  It was starting to make a funny noise unless I set something on it during rewinding.  Later, I did catch funny looks from the younger kids when I asked them to rewind the DVD's before we took them back.

/we still have Family Video going strong in this area.
//we had 3 Blockbusters, but they all closed within a year.
 
2013-10-24 06:33:09 PM
My PT job all through college was working video rental. It was the best job (decent pay for minimal actual work) and the worst job (annoying customers) all at the same time.
 
2013-10-24 06:34:14 PM

Kahabut: So is fark really greenlighting video commentary about buzzfeed posts now?  Because that's what this is, this "article" is a video commentary and snippet show of some video buzzfeed put together.

Well... fark is pretty much done then.

Someone turn out the lights and don't forget to feed squires.


It's not news. It's featured partner.
 
2013-10-24 06:38:49 PM
The best part about video stores to me, was the game rentals.  Renting games was awesome because it was fairly inexpensive (good for poor folks) and I got to play so many different games.  The good ones, I would eventually save up and buy.  The ones that were too brief or too easy, I got to enjoy without spending big bucks on it.  And the bad ones, at least I didn't buy them.  Also, living in a very small town meant it was a 45 minute trip to any store that might have a decent selection of games, so the video stores were definitely my window to the gaming world.
 
2013-10-24 06:41:01 PM

Torchsong: My PT job all through college was working video rental. It was the best job (decent pay for minimal actual work) and the worst job (annoying customers) all at the same time.


Working as a video store clerk was where I mastered the art of saying horribly insulting things to idiots while appearing to be polite and helpful.

Idiot: "Where would I find the movie 'I am Sam?'"
Me (helpfully) : "Ah, yes, that would be under the letter 'I'"
 
2013-10-24 06:41:10 PM
What about the ruthless taunt "You can't even program a VCR!" That caused some teenage angst.

But then, I don't play with the digital cable box or TIVO either nowadays....at the end of the day when my brain cells have been rode hard and put up wet, I just want the TV to go.
 
2013-10-24 06:42:58 PM
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2013-10-24 06:45:26 PM

MrHappyRotter: The best part about video stores to me, was the game rentals.  Renting games was awesome because it was fairly inexpensive (good for poor folks) and I got to play so many different games.  The good ones, I would eventually save up and buy.  The ones that were too brief or too easy, I got to enjoy without spending big bucks on it.  And the bad ones, at least I didn't buy them.  Also, living in a very small town meant it was a 45 minute trip to any store that might have a decent selection of games, so the video stores were definitely my window to the gaming world.


This reminds me of my coworker who borrows books from the library to decided if she wants to buy the ebook for her Kindle.  She didn't really have an answer why she didn't just read the borrowed book through if she liked it.

/I get why you do it, and it makes sense,
//I'm just saying it brought up a thought.
 
2013-10-24 06:46:01 PM
Man, I used to get such mileage out of my DVD Rewinder jokes.
 
2013-10-24 06:48:43 PM
remixedmetre.files.wordpress.com

REWIND!!!
 
2013-10-24 06:49:59 PM
Video stores are alive and well.  The local redboxes always have big lines around 6:00/7:00 p.m.
 
2013-10-24 06:50:36 PM
Annoying:  when the local video store only carries porn in Beta format.
 
2013-10-24 06:52:33 PM

skinink: That's nothing. The boys growing up today will never know about trying to view some free porn on those over the air scrambled pay channels there used to be in the Eighties, and they showed their adult films from after midnight.

/I think I just saw some boobs on the screen, or maybe two cantaloupes.


All the porn the internet has given me has made me numb to most of it. But the thought of a scrambled tv channel still arouses me a bit. Ahhh memories...
 
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