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    • Aside from the one remaining store in Bend, Oregon, Blockbuster is no more. However, the streetwear brand Dumbgood is trying to change that as they have created a pop-up store that sells Blockbuster gear in addition to candy and other items associated with the classic video-rental business. The only thing not on sale are videos, but for old times’ sake, you can play some VHS tapes on a VCR and watch it on a TV in the store. 

      Growing up as a kid in the 90s, I have fond memories going to Blockbuster with my family and picking out a movie. Grabbing some candy, looking at the different options, and maybe exploring the video game section as well. My brother Jake loved the movie Angels in the Outfield while I loved the Robin Williams classic Hook. With streaming services, that experience is now a thing of the past, trading a fun nostalgic memory for convenience. As we head into the 2020s, 90s nostalgia is becoming more and more popular.

      What I was curious to know is what are everyone’s thoughts on nostalgia as a whole and if anyone else has a love for 90s nostalgia. Anyone a big Blockbuster fan? 

    • Back when going to see a movie or renting one so we didn't have to sit through commercials was a special thing?! Good nostalgia there. These days with streaming, I regularly put on a "blockbuster" movie as background and stop in the middle to pick up later...

      I worked at Blockbuster for about six months while I was in college. It didn't matter that I didn't have a TV and went to the movies about once every three months, as we always had a movie on a couple of the screens in the store. If one paid the slightest attention, it was easy to see the good and bad movies to recommend.

      But the job was really bad. Mindless really. I don't even think being into movies would have made it better as 99.9% of the customers didn't want a "good" movie, they wanted the trendy one and if you let them, they would have you check every nook and cranny of the store looking for the "last" copy of the latest release. (I usually had it playing on the screens- they'd never catch on. That's how I knew it was time to quit, when I started doing that.)