Thankfully, most of us who grew up around that time have started establishing a career within the workplace where opinions of our generation can actually being heard. And to the delight of many children of the '80s, some industries are taking those suggestions to heart by reinventing and incorporating elements of our childhood into many different forms of entertainment for today's audience.
That influence continues to grow. I see it every week with the amount of stories in my news feed that invoke nostalgic thoughts. The ease at which I can compile 40-50 stories each Friday for The Weekly Links is astounding at times. So even though modern entertainment continues to be somewhat predictable, '80s pop culture continues to seep in from many different angles.
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Betfair has created two games based off '80s classics. The first is Cash Blox, a spin on the classic Tetris game that was originally released in 1984. Tetris ranks highly among the puzzle and strategy games that were popular before the rise of adventure series in the '80s and their version keeps the original concept with the added bonus of the participants' ability to win money. The second game is based the cult classic film Life of Brian. Although technically released in 1979, it was comedy gold that remained for years afterwards. Betfair's game features characters and animations from the film, as well as funny quips that only true fans will recognize.
Las Vegas Weekly recently described a St. Lucia concert as "a live '80s movie." To take the crowd back to the era, the band combines their throwback synthpop sound with "some of the raddest '80s Miami Vice/Pole Position computer graphics backgrounds imaginable."
The 1980s are even impacting restaurant culture. As a quintessential kid of the 80s, chef Kevin Sbraga wanted to create a new restaurant in Philadelphia, PA with his era in mind. In a recent interview with Food Republic, he explained that his new restaurant would feature something most of us haven't seen in years aside from the rare trip to a buffet—a salad bar. Sbraga says it's his way of giving the people of his generation what they want, which is "something that's fun, that's funky and kind of brings us back to our youth." Makes me wanna ask mom for some quarters to play the Pac-man machine while waiting for the main course to arrive.