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Desc:The 8-Bit guy probes the limits of the VHS format.
Category:Educational, Science & Technology
Tags:80s, nostalgia, vhs, 8-Bit Guy
Submitted:William Burns
Date:10/18/16
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Robin Kestrel
I remember buying my first VCR for $400 in 1986.

The first movie I watched on it was "Top Gun".
Old_Zircon
My family bought their first VCR in I think 87 and we'd just recently gotten cable so that very night I taped Pee Wee's Big Adventure off of HBO. I don't remember the first movie I rented because it was a year or two before we actually joined a video store (Video Paradise, in the parking lot next to the McDonalds behind the train station) They had this weird system where every empty box on the shelf (nobody shelved the actual tapes then because they cost something like $100 each on average for a store, because of the multi tiered pricing system for VHS) had a kind of POG size tag velcroed on to the front, and if a tag was there that meant the movie was available, so you could take the tag to the register and they would bring the tape out to you.

chumbucket
My first rental was "A Bridge Too Far". Then it became my first purchase.

gravelstudios
I don't remember the exact year, but my family got our first VCR in the late 80's. It was a used top loader, like the one in Napoleon Dynamite. My parents let each of us pick a tape out at the store. My oldest brother picked Spaceballs, next was King Kong vs Godzilla, then Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (that was mine--I was about 5 or 6).

pastorofmuppets
1:00: whoa I wonder if 8-bit guy was popular with the ladies back in the day
1:03: (camera pans to 4-foot long TNG Enterprise poster)
Old_Zircon
I like this guy. His channel was how I first learned about Gotek USB floppy emulators and those cheap video rescalers you can get from China on eBay.
Dumb Lamer
I also like him, because he always tries to be positive even when he doesn't like something. I like his friend the Obsolete Geek as well for that overwhelming joy in finding old electronics. Either most YouTube nerds are snotty and sarcastic or I'm watching the wrong kinds of videos.

Monkey Napoleon
I can guess the answer without watching the video.

Sort of. VHS looked and worked like shit on most people's early or budget VCRs, but as the format developed you could get surprisingly good performance out of ultra high end machines.

Techmoan has taught me that this is the story of every even remotely successful media format.
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