It was so nice when everything used the same aspect ratio; all televisions showed 4:3 and all television-intended devices gave 4:3. If I’m not mistaken, virtually all arcade boards and screens also used 4:3, and most computer monitors and resolutions were 4:3 as well. I think we took that shit for granted. Everything was so easy and logical and you could figure anything out by just scratching your head for two seconds and staring at the wall of cords in RadioShack for another ten and then not being a dumbass. The biggest possible worry you could ever have were trivial variations in framerates (frequencies). Everything input and output and recorded and played in the same frickckin 'way. Hell YEAH.
The widescreen craze was the death of brainless home entertainment setups. Now there are a kazillion different aspect ratios for a kazillion different things. It’s basically “Fuck you” if you want to plug two things together that weren’t made by the same company on the same year for the same room in your house and you expect to get an image without black bars, cut-off, or stretching/squishing. Shit, half the time I don’t even know how to predict whether it will be the black bars or the cut-off or the stretching/squishing, nevermind whether it will be horizontal or vertical in nature. I don’t want to have to check Wikipedia three times and consult the spec sheets in my products’ manuals and call Future Shop and then get out my calculator and Google that “fast decimals to fractions” converter page every time I want to connect Thing A into Thing B. Problems x2 if you’re trying to record or create or convert instead of just watch, and problems x3 if you care about the possibility of picture lag.
I’m tellin’ ya, guys, cavemen must’ve had it pretty good.
“Me Og. Og plans for today: not die, find meat, get pussy. Og have club, wear nothing. Ug ug hhuuuuh, me Og.”
I for one am going to slather rogaine on my chest and stop paying the electricity bill and tear up all of my shirts to make loincloths.