For those who were brought up in the 90s, this was a golden era full of a whole host of playground sensations. From the Spice Girls to Tazos, we were a generation prone to hysteria and obsession, where whole schools would be overcome by the latest movements and fashions. Many trends rose and fell in these turbulent times, but here is a breakdown of some of the most eminent hobbies of the 1990s.
Pokémon originated with a Nintendo Gameboy game and exploded into a worldwide sensation in the 90s. With playgrounds across the world taken over by the subsequent Pokémon trading card game, it is a point of nostalgia for many of us 90s kids. Although it has been continually popular ever since, interest in the game has been revived recently with the rise of the notorious Pokémon Go app, in which you can go out into the real world and catch Pokémon using your mobile phone. If you want to return to the old school, you can collect, trade, and play themed cards depicting characters taken from the videogame. It’s even possible to collect rare cards that can go for thousands of dollars.
When Furbies first hit the classrooms with force, teachers responded by locking them away in the cupboard. Kids responded by training their Furbies to awake in the dark, creating chaos and distraction on a minutely basis, eventually leading to an outright ban in most schools. Banished but never forgotten, our furry friends live on in our hearts to this day, with one dedicated engineer even having recently created a fully functioning ‘Furby organ’!
Ah the Tamagotchi, the pet we had always dreamed of, except plastic and on a keyring. Many of us found out we had bitten off more than we could chew with our little friends – requiring constant attention to stay alive, it was almost impossible to maintain these demanding little robots whilst juggling school and social lives too. As a result, mothers nationwide were lumbered with our beeping little children, until they decided enough was enough and we had to bury them at the bottom of our cupboard to die.
Breaks and lunchtimes were inevitably spent getting a bit too competitive in a handball tournament. Bashing that ball against the wall just never got old, and some players were impossible to beat. At least this hobby got us a little bit of exercise unlike most of the others on this list!
With the shakey rise of technology, the 90s truly were the golden era of kids gaming. The latest developments in tech were put to questionable use, but whilst the VR and smart phones of modern day kids are all well and good, we wouldn’t have had it any other way.