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Jephael
01-04-2017, 11:10 AM
Back in my mid 20s ( 2005 - 2008 ), my sister used to put me down for still liking the Ninja Turtles and once in a while my mom would follow suit, even going so far as to blaming my fondness of them for my short temper. There have been times recently where even I found myself wondering if my family is right about it. It's hard enough letting such a cherished part of your childhood go to the wayside, but when people in your life say sh*t like that, it really makes you question everything.

On the other hand I always find it surprising how supportive my cousins and other relatives can be as opposed to my own immediate family. As a result I often find myself desiring to spend more time with those people. I can remain a TMNT fan and not feel judged around them.

Original TMNT Cartoon Fan
01-04-2017, 11:20 AM
I would just tell those who dislike it to stop arguing, or maybe they woul'dve liked it better if you used alchocol, tobacco or even drugs?

Andrew NDB
01-04-2017, 11:56 AM
Back in my mid 20s ( 2005 - 2008 ), my sister used to put me down for still liking the Ninja Turtles and once in a while my mom would follow suit, even going so far as to blaming my fondness of them for my short temper. There have been times recently where even I found myself wondering if my family is right about it. It's hard enough letting such a cherished part of your childhood go to the wayside, but when people in your life say sh*t like that, it really makes you question everything.

On the other hand I always find it surprising how supportive my cousins and other relatives can be as opposed to my own immediate family. As a result I often find myself desiring to spend more time with those people. I can remain a TMNT fan and not feel judged around them.

I guess it... depends what aspect of the TMNT you are an active fan of. A lot of the "Franchise" is not very defendable.

I would just tell those who dislike it to stop arguing, or maybe they woul'dve liked it better if you used alchocol, tobacco

But alcohol and tobacco are delicious.

CyberCubed
01-04-2017, 01:20 PM
Once you're a TMNT fan, you're a TMNT fan for life.

Once you go TMNT you never go back.

CylonsKlingonsDaleksOhMy
01-04-2017, 01:26 PM
Once you're a TMNT fan, you're a TMNT fan for life.

Once you go TMNT you never go back.

Once you're a TMNT fan, you outgrow Fred Wolf and come back when you find the comics. :trazz:

Andrew NDB
01-04-2017, 01:56 PM
Once you're a TMNT fan, you outgrow Fred Wolf and come back when you find the comics. :trazz:

When you're a hardcore Fred Wolf fan you either outgrow it... or live long enough to see yourself become a weirdo. ;)

plastroncafe
01-04-2017, 02:09 PM
Meh, everyone's a weirdo to someone else.
You've just got to own what you love, and let the chips fall where they may.

Jephael
01-04-2017, 02:10 PM
Andrew, you're kind of using my question as an excuse to do your typical "I hate the original cartoon." ranting, and I really don't appreciate it. Please refrain from pulling that sh*t in this thread. I'd appreciate it.

Aside from that, I've been loving everybody else's contribution to the conversation, especially what plastroncafe just said!!!

Andrew NDB
01-04-2017, 02:14 PM
Andrew, you're sooo mean.

I really like it when people post that they agree with me!!!

Well, clearly. I didn't think it needed to be said outright.

Jester
01-04-2017, 02:22 PM
Andrew, Jeff keep your personal beefs out of the thread, please.

Jephael
01-04-2017, 02:24 PM
Andrew, I asked you politely as I possibly as I can NOT to be a dick on this thread that I started and I'd thank you to respect my wishes instead of trying to egg me on. Now go find some other place on the forum to act out!!!

Andrew, Jeff keep your personal beefs out of the thread, please.

Check your PM box, please!!!

Andrew NDB
01-04-2017, 02:38 PM
Andrew, Jeff keep your personal beefs out of the thread, please.

I did, honestly. I would have made the same posts if it was anyone else.

Except if it were Plastron's. I don't think I'd risk it.

Funny, I was just about to PM you about this matter.

What were you, like, the kid on the playground who'd narc out kids using bad words to the playground lady and then brag about it in class? You realize that'd hardly something to take pride in, right?

Oh, you edited it already. Looks like you decided to fire away! Good on you, man.

Check your PM box, please!!!

ToTheNines
01-04-2017, 02:52 PM
I think my addictive personality causes me more grief than whatever it is I happen to be fixated on at any given time. Be it TMNT, or anything else.

My girlfriend will often joke that she's the fifth most important person in my life, after the turtles. To which I remind her that she forgot Master Splinter and she's 6th :P

But she's mostly joking. It only gets dramatic when she feels like I'm letting alcohol or pornography get between us.

plastroncafe
01-04-2017, 02:54 PM
Except if it were Plastron's. I don't think I'd risk it.


Smart Man.

I mean, as a question goes, it's not a terrible one.
I got picked on a lot as a kid for liking the things I liked, and not having those things equally liked by girls of my cohort.

It's all a matter of finding "your people."

That said, there's a line between Liking/Loving something and being Insufferable about it.

Jephael
01-04-2017, 02:55 PM
I think my addictive personality causes me more grief than whatever it is I happen to be fixated on at any given time. Be it TMNT, or anything else.

My girlfriend will often joke that she's the fifth most important person in my life, after the turtles. To which I remind her that she forgot Master Splinter and she's 6th :P

But she's mostly joking. It only gets dramatic when she feels like I'm letting alcohol or pornography get between us.

If I had a girlfriend I'd probably put the TMNT on the back-burner indefinitely!!!

Andrew NDB
01-04-2017, 02:56 PM
I think my addictive personality causes me more grief than whatever it is I happen to be fixated on at any given time. Be it TMNT, or anything else.

I get that. I could shift gears, it's two months TMNT, then shift gears again, delve two months into DC Comics, shift again, and focus on Highlander. It's not our fault, though, really.

It's a bit like a year ago, my girl reached up to get a box out of the closet and... oops, a book falls on her head. I start laughing, and she's crying. Is it my fault that I'm laughing? I don't know, I don't think so.

ToTheNines
01-04-2017, 02:57 PM
Relationships are hell. You're better off.

Jephael
01-04-2017, 03:08 PM
don't be a sexist pig.

**DR**

plastroncafe
01-04-2017, 03:10 PM
Are you for serious right now?

Prowler
01-04-2017, 03:18 PM
Not really. Even when I was a teenager I didn't get teased for it. Just some chuckles or "really?" kind of reactions. Plus, despite liking FW and all it's kinda sad that FW and live action movies are the only things people associate with the Turtles and thus automatically label you asa "pathetic manchild" if you tell them you're a TMNT fan.

Not embarrassed of it by any means, but it's just not worth to disclose to some people that I like TMNT. Not that I get asked questions often that might lead me to say I like TMNT, anyway. So it's hard for people to know unless they check my FB profile and take a look at which pages I follow.

snake
01-04-2017, 03:19 PM
Don't worry Jeph, TMNT wouldn't have been your only "shortcoming" .

Jephael
01-04-2017, 03:19 PM
Are you for serious right now?

Hey, it's basic human behavior. You should see my family at Thanksgiving dinner. Everybody's a neurotic mess with 0 chill.

Prowler
01-04-2017, 03:20 PM
...OK is this the weekly day of "let's air dirty laundry on the forums"?

PApagreg
01-04-2017, 03:20 PM
I think my addictive personality causes me more grief than whatever it is I happen to be fixated on at any given time. Be it TMNT, or anything else.

My girlfriend will often joke that she's the fifth most important person in my life, after the turtles. To which I remind her that she forgot Master Splinter and she's 6th :P

What about April o neal

Prowler
01-04-2017, 03:22 PM
I get that. I could shift gears, it's two months TMNT, then shift gears again, delve two months into DC Comics, shift again, and focus on Highlander. It's not our fault, though, really.

It's a bit like a year ago, my girl reached up to get a box out of the closet and... oops, a book falls on her head. I start laughing, and she's crying. Is it my fault that I'm laughing? I don't know, I don't think so.
Yes, I go through phases like that as well. 2-3 months of anime/manga mostly, then 2-3 months of playing games only, etc.

...I don't get that second paragraph about your gf tho.

Relationships are hell. You're better off.
Is it safe for me to say "sorry to hear about that"?

CylonsKlingonsDaleksOhMy
01-04-2017, 03:25 PM
It's all about context. Was she crying because of some hormonal imbalance brought on by PMS, or maybe she had a headache and the book aggravated the pain more? Maybe right after the book fell she started running a ridiculous scenario in her mind, like "What if that happened to the baby?" Either way, it probably was a humorous moment but yea it's very easy to wind up in the doghouse if you make too much light of your significant other's feelings.

And with that I realize, we've gone waaay off topic here.

Please, enlighten us, oh wise voice of experience with the opposite sex.

Are you for serious right now?

:tlol:

Don't worry Jeph, TMNT wouldn't have been your only "shortcoming" .

Are you mocking his height? :trazz: Don't make fun of dwarves, Snake, or they won't share the riches of Erebor with you.

Jephael
01-04-2017, 03:27 PM
...OK is this the weekly day of "let's air dirty laundry on the forums"?

Wasn't really my intention when I started this thread, but given the fact that it's just after the holidays I'm willing to bet people are still reeling from some personal real life interactions that might have been very pleasant. Not everybody is good at holding in their problems and in most cases people tend to take their anger with one person out on somebody else.

Prowler
01-04-2017, 03:29 PM
To be fair, as anecdotal as this is, it seems to me that lots of chicks "love" the Turtles. Even if casually. I mean I'm not saying that going to a club with a FW t shirt on will get you p*ssy automatically, but TMNT seems like one of those franchises that women don't find too male centric, even though there's not exactly many female characters in it. Maybe it's the lack of sexual objectification of women and such in it as compared to other franchises.

Jephael
01-04-2017, 03:46 PM
To be fair, as anecdotal as this is, it seems to me that lots of chicks "love" the Turtles. Even if casually. I mean I'm not saying that going to a club with a FW t shirt on will get you p*ssy automatically, but TMNT seems like one of those franchises that women don't find too male centric, even though there's not exactly many female characters in it. Maybe it's the lack of sexual objectification of women and such in it as compared to other franchises.

Yea, but then what's the deal with some of the weirdo fans on Deviant Art who go around sexually objectifying the Turtles themselves?

plastroncafe
01-04-2017, 03:50 PM
One way to not get judged by your love of something is to in turn not judge others for their love of something.

Prowler
01-04-2017, 03:52 PM
One way to not get judged by your love of something is to in turn not judge others for their love of something.
Some stuff out there I just can't see the appeal of, though. But no, I wouldn't call someone who likes that stuff "stupid" or anything.

Guess we're all judgemental to some degree.

IndigoErth
01-04-2017, 03:53 PM
To be fair, as anecdotal as this is, it seems to me that lots of chicks "love" the Turtles. Even if casually. I mean I'm not saying that going to a club with a FW t shirt on will get you p*ssy automatically, but TMNT seems like one of those franchises that women don't find too male centric, even though there's not exactly many female characters in it. Maybe it's the lack of sexual objectification of women and such in it as compared to other franchises.
I think it also helps that the Turtles aren't quite human. While they may be guys, they're still kind of outside the typical 'boys club' vibe that a show with a largely male cast may inevitably have. Not to mention a lovable, and at times relatable (no matter a viewer's own gender), group of brothers aren't hard to love.

If I had a girlfriend I'd probably put the TMNT on the back-burner indefinitely!!!
Eh, why though. A person shouldn't stop enjoying what they're into or lose who they are for someone else. I wouldn't want a guy doing that, if I became his sole focus it would not take long to start feeling clingy and needing some space...

And as for the reverse - love me, love tolerate my Turtles.


Regarding the actual thread topic... There's that other old thread from a while back that I'd posted about my own issues long ago. I haven't really had much issue these days though after coming back to it and my mom got over her prejudice she had against it when I was in my teens. I think that they've been around as long as they have now, adults fans being plenty, and just the fact that "geek" fan stuff is kind of 'in' these days, I think it does help. Adulthood no longer has to be boring and void of this fun stuff. And anyone who can't deal needs to get with the times.

Really I otherwise don't talk about it much. I only have one coworker who knows I'm into them, but then it turned out he's got his own interest in superhero stuff and likes the Turtles well enough, so that's cool. :)

Jephael
01-04-2017, 03:56 PM
One way to not get judged by your love of something is to in turn not judge others for their love of something.

Then why do we allow people on here to bash each other for liking certain versions of the Ninja Turtles? Hell, even the Michael Bay films, as crazy as they were, still gave people some enjoyment, yet "certain haters" (not naming names) in the movie section constantly go about picking on the ones who actually enjoy those movies.

Prowler
01-04-2017, 03:56 PM
Yeah, Jeph, ofc you should give your gf attention but your life shouldnt' just revovle around her. Just like you wouldn't like if all she did was hang out with you all the tiem and nothing else. Think abotu that for asecond.

Past a certain age, people don't care much about peoples' tastes in tv, games, etc, I think. This isn't HS anymore where many girls will consider you childish for liking DBZ and many guys will consider you an uncool nerd for still watching cartoons.

Candy Kappa
01-04-2017, 03:56 PM
Women and their PMS, and free-roaming uterus causing mood swings and not playing correctly with their toys, amirite?

plastroncafe
01-04-2017, 03:58 PM
Then why do we allow people on here to bash each other for liking certain versions of the Ninja Turtles? Hell, even the Michael Bay films, as crazy as they were, still gave people some enjoyment, yet "certain haters" (not naming names) in the movie section constantly go about picking on the ones who actually enjoy those movies.

Because sometimes people are jerks, and we can't control the behavior of jerks.
We can, however, control our own behavior.

So when you make a thread bemoaning how people made you feel like a weirdo because you like to play with dolls one way, the wrong thing to do is use that thread to bemoan how weird someone else is for how they play with their own dolls.

Prowler
01-04-2017, 03:59 PM
Women and their PMS, and free-roaming uterus causing mood swings and not playing correctly with their toys, amirite?
If a woman finds my a ocuple of my classmates hot but not me then she's a ho. A HOE!

Jephael
01-04-2017, 03:59 PM
A person shouldn't stop enjoying what they're into or lose who they are for someone else. I wouldn't want a guy doing that, if I became his sole focus it would not take long to start feeling clingy and needing some space...

And as for the reverse - love me, tolerate my Turtles.

Yeah, Jeph, ofc you should give your gf attention but your life shouldnt' just revovle around her. Just like you wouldn't like if all she did was hang out with you all the tiem and nothing else. Think abotu that for asecond.

Past a certain age, people don't care much about peoples' tastes in tv, games, etc, I think. This isn't HS anymore where many girls will consider you childish for liking DBZ and many guys will consider you an uncool nerd for still watching cartoons.

Good points indeed, though I guess it's just my way of saying I'd like to make real life relationships (not just with significant others) more of a priority.

Original TMNT Cartoon Fan
01-04-2017, 05:19 PM
Yeah, Jeph, ofc you should give your gf attention but your life shouldnt' just revovle around her. Just like you wouldn't like if all she did was hang out with you all the tiem and nothing else. Think abotu that for asecond.

Past a certain age, people don't care much about peoples' tastes in tv, games, etc, I think. This isn't HS anymore where many girls will consider you childish for liking DBZ and many guys will consider you an uncool nerd for still watching cartoons.

I recall watching cartoons in secret from the age of circa 12 and later.

IndigoErth
01-04-2017, 05:39 PM
It has long given me a small laugh when I've occasionally seen kids around middle school/junior high school age asking online if it's okay to still like cartoons. That age group gets so concerned with what is or isn't a "grown up" thing to be interested in, with cartoons being a big one.

And then you get older and realize it's harmless to enjoy these things and that there would be no cartoons if there were no adults who like them and choose to have a career making them. :twink:

Prowler
01-04-2017, 05:44 PM
It has long given me a small laugh when I've occasionally seen kids around middle school/junior high school age asking online if it's okay to still like cartoons. That age group gets so concerned with what is or isn't a "grown up" thing to be interested in, with cartoons being a big one.

And then you get older and realize it's harmless to enjoy these things and that there would be no cartoons if there were no adults who like them and choose to have a career making them. :twink:
When you're 14-15 you start trying to act more grown up and feeling peer pressured to stop liking "kid things". When I was that age I wanted to watch more violent entertainment on tv.

It's funny how when we're teenagers we want adults to treat us like adults, but we're actually still kids :lol:

CyberCubed
01-04-2017, 05:47 PM
When I was a teenager in the early 2000's I was watching TMNT, Pokemon, Dragonball Z, Justice League, Teen Titans, X-men Evolution, Jackie Chan Adventures, Simpsons and Futurama.

What a time to be alive.

Prowler
01-04-2017, 05:54 PM
When I was a teenager in the early 2000's I was watching TMNT, Pokemon, Dragonball Z, Justice League, Teen Titans, X-men Evolution, Jackie Chan Adventures, Simpsons and Futurama.

What a time to be alive.
There was a jackie Chan cartoon? What?

IndigoErth
01-04-2017, 05:55 PM
When I was a teen, I was still watching TMNT's first cartoon series. I feel old. :tlol: (But so are the Turtles, so there's at least good company. :))

Prowler
01-04-2017, 05:57 PM
When I was a teen, I was still watching TMNT's first cartoon series. I feel old. :tlol: (But so are the Turtles, so there's at least good company. :))
Until I was 12-13 I sorta looked up the Turtles as if they were my older brothers or something. Or the cool kid at school.

As an adult now I see them as a bit immature at times. In some years form now I'll be old enough to be their chaperone or something. That's kinda sad.

CyberCubed
01-04-2017, 05:59 PM
There was a jackie Chan cartoon? What?

Surprised you never heard of it. It lasted 5 seasons and was pretty popular. It aired in the early 2000's.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackie_Chan_Adventures

Prowler
01-04-2017, 06:04 PM
Surprised you never heard of it. It lasted 5 seasons and was pretty popular. It aired in the early 2000's.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackie_Chan_Adventures
Perhaps it didn't air in my country or in a channel early in the morning that I don't watch. I preferred to watch animated series on cable since they were more likely to be subbed than dubbed.

ToTheNines
01-04-2017, 06:07 PM
I recall watching cartoons in secret from the age of circa 12 and later.

Lmao, you just reminded me of a funny story.

I was in 7th grade when season 1 of the 4kids show came out, and was definitely a closet geek with no one go discuss cartoons with. So since TMNT came on either right before or after Yu-Gi-Oh, I thought I'd approach the "nerds" and ask if they watched Turtles.

Their ring leader scoffed at me: "pff, Ninja Turtles is for babies".

I never felt so alone :P

Prowler
01-04-2017, 06:09 PM
Lmao, you just reminded me of a funny story.

I was in 7th grade when season 1 of the 4kids show came out, and was definitely a closet geek with no one go discuss cartoons with. So since TMNT came on either right before or after Yu-Gi-Oh, I thought I'd approach the "nerds" and ask if they watched Turtles.

Their ring leader scoffed at me: "pff, Ninja Turtles is for babies".

I never felt so alone :P
I was very happy when the 2k3 series came out. I could finally have TMNT toys... even if I was already 13-14 at the time.

That's right, I played with toys up until I was 16-17.

IndigoErth
01-04-2017, 06:10 PM
Until I was 12-13 I sorta looked up the Turtles as if they were my older brothers or something. Or the cool kid at school.

As an adult now I see them as a bit immature at times. In some years form now I'll be old enough to be their chaperone or something. That's kinda sad.
I know what you mean. When the OT started I was an 8-year-old while they were portrayed as these cool teenagers. Now I see a series like this youthful seeming Nick version and I just wanna go be like their mom figure or something. This happened when?? lol

Although collectively I tend to think of TMNT as their would-be real life age (if the first sketch or first comic was their 'birth') and really hope for a series someday of grown up TMNT that will catch them up to it. So many kids who are fans of Nick's TMNT prob have no idea these guys are technically 33-years-old. I just wish to amaze their little minds with that info. lol Getting up there a bit, Turtles.

Prowler
01-04-2017, 06:12 PM
I know what you mean. When the OT started I was an 8-year-old while they were portrayed as these cool teenagers. Now I see a series like this youthful seeming Nick version and I just wanna go be like their mom figure or something. This happened when?? lol

Although collectively I tend to think of TMNT as their would-be real life age (if the first sketch or first comic was their 'birth') and really hope for a series someday of grown up TMNT that will catch them up to it.
Well, they don't really act like 14 year olds in the FW or the 2k3 series. More like 18-19. $kids Raph certainly doesn't sound like a teenager.

Nick Turtles are a bit too young, imo.

IndigoErth
01-04-2017, 06:15 PM
Yeah, I wish Nick would have aged this version up more than they did, at least in terms of behavior/interaction.

DestronMirage22
01-04-2017, 06:46 PM
I was very happy when the 2k3 series came out. I could finally have TMNT toys... even if I was already 13-14 at the time.

That's right, I played with toys up until I was 16-17.

There's nothing wrong with playing with toys at a later age; be it 16, 20, 30, or whatever age you might be.

I've never stopped buying toys and playing with them, and I'm at an age where still buying toys gets me weird looks from people.

Prowler
01-04-2017, 06:50 PM
There's nothing wrong with playing with toys at a later age; be it 16, 20, 30, or whatever age you might be.

I've never stopped buying toys and playing with them, and I'm at an age where still buying toys gets me weird looks from people.
I haven't played with my action figures in years. But I haven't thrown them away yet for some odd reason.

The last ones I've bought were 3-4 years ago and they're still left in unopen.

sdp
01-04-2017, 10:58 PM
Balance is key to everything in life including fandom. Is it normal to be 30+ and like nerdy stuff? Of course it's no different than liking cars/sports/fashion/whatever but it is a little less socially acceptable, who cares if it's what you like. However if you dedicate yourself to only that one thing mainly like those people who have entire rooms full of stuff of one franchise only I think that's going too far in general but different strokes for different folks.

With that said if it's actually affecting your life then it is a problem you need to look into while it's not a drug addiction it's still something that's affecting your life and maybe that's what your mother/sister bother you about it Jephael or maybe not I don't really know your situation and they could just be mean about something they don't understand. Is it affecting you is the question you need to ask yourself. Do you go into the fandom and your love for TMNT to escape life and go back to your years as a kid when things were simple? That's good in small doses but dangerous in large amounts since you are trying relive your past instead of living your present. I am guilty of overdoing nostalgia but I realize the cost of it so I try to balance it out which like I mentioned is key. You mention "if I had a girlfriend.." well why don't you try to find someone? Are you socially awkward/shy/feel like an idiot/have social anxiety? Well doesn't matter get out there and fail over and over again, dating like most things in life is a numbers game and the law of average does work. There are tons of girls who are also socially awkward/shy/feel like idiots/have social anxiety waiting for someone as well.

In my case I stopped liking cartoons/kid stuff as I turned 13 and not so much because of social pressure, I was a shamed of liking Pokemon but still did and yet I stopped because my likes expanded on other things teenagers do/like. When I was a junior in high school I rediscovered my love for cartoons/geeky stuff and realized at that stage of my teenage years no one really gave a sh-t about what I liked and was open about it and have been for the most part until recently, as I get to my 30s I do feel a little embarrassed again :lol: so I'm definitely trying to find a new balance between geeky stuff and being an adult but I'll never stop loving the things i like. My girlfriend knows I like geeky stuff but she doesn't really understand it at all but she's learned to accept it, for some weird reason she thinks I'm way geekier than I am since to her anything even slightly nerdy is like super dorky but oh well, if she only knew the people I've interacted with online ;)



I get that. I could shift gears, it's two months TMNT, then shift gears again, delve two months into DC Comics, shift again, and focus on Highlander. It's not our fault, though, really
That's how I am, I shift into different things, I can be totally into TMNT for 1-4 months but I get burnt out and then go to the next geeky thing that holds my interest for a few weeks. I like it since it keeps things fresh. I don't know how people can be into 1 thing mainly all year round.

One way to not get judged by your love of something is to in turn not judge others for their love of something.
haha if only that were true.

Surprised you never heard of it. It lasted 5 seasons and was pretty popular. It aired in the early 2000's.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackie_Chan_Adventures

I"ve been told it's generic to great and don't know if I should check it out. I only want to because I love jackie but this cartoon while using his face has nothing to do with him outside of some intros so I think I want to check it out only for the name and five seasons is a lot of commitment..

Storm Eagle
01-04-2017, 11:33 PM
Nobody has looked down upon me for being a Ninja Turtles fan. Some years ago though, when I was at my mother's house, I was watching the first Ninja Turtles movie. She asked me what I was watching, and I told her. She asked me if I haven't grown out of Ninja Turtles yet, and I told her that not many people have.

I kind of grew out of it around the early 90s though, and moved on to other things. However, I was interested in seeing TMNT III, only to not enjoy it when I did see it. I even had zero interest in The Next Mutation whatsoever (and that has not changed), but it was the 2003 series that rekindled my interest, and I even started buying the DVDs for that, as well as the 80s series, and the movies.

I've been shamed for a number of things, but being a Ninja Turtles fan, fortunately, just wasn't one of them.

CyberCubed
01-04-2017, 11:36 PM
I'm now sadly in my early 30's (I wish I was still in my 20's), and I still watch cartoons, play videogames daily, and read TMNT comics.

The only thing I stopped was buying action figures, because I can't be bothered anymore. :lol:

Original TMNT Cartoon Fan
01-05-2017, 05:22 AM
The average videogame player is now 31 (2014)

http://venturebeat.com/2014/04/29/gaming-advocacy-group-the-average-gamer-is-31-and-most-play-on-a-console/

Prowler
01-05-2017, 09:51 AM
I'm now sadly in my early 30's (I wish I was still in my 20's), and I still watch cartoons, play videogames daily, and read TMNT comics.

The only thing I stopped was buying action figures, because I can't be bothered anymore. :lol:
Well what did you think you'd be doing at age 30-31 if not playing games, reading comics or watching cartons? What do you think your hobbies would be?

Original TMNT Cartoon Fan
01-05-2017, 01:28 PM
When I watched cartoons and some other TV-series in secret by 12, I first checked out nobody else was where the TV-set was standing in a corner. If someone came down, I changed channel. Also, I tried to not have the volume too loud.

There were windows (through which you can see what programme is watched), and sometimes I checked them. Even if I knew there was noone in the garden, it always felt someone was watching through. So every fifth minute or so I had to catch an eye onto the windows. :) But then it was like the entire world was watching and listening outside the windows in the garden.

Has anyone else been in that situation?

CyberCubed
01-05-2017, 01:38 PM
Well what did you think you'd be doing at age 30-31 if not playing games, reading comics or watching cartons? What do you think your hobbies would be?

I don't have any "real" hobbies outside of games/shows/comics.

Andrew NDB
01-05-2017, 01:47 PM
When I watched cartoons and some other TV-series in secret by 12, I first checked out nobody else was where the TV-set was standing in a corner. If someone came down, I changed channel. Also, I tried to not have the volume too loud.

There were windows (through which you can see what programme is watched), and sometimes I checked them. Even if I knew there was noone in the garden, it always felt someone was watching through. So every fifth minute or so I had to catch an eye onto the windows. :) But then it was like the entire world was watching and listening outside the windows in the garden.

Has anyone else been in that situation?

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ABrown
01-05-2017, 02:38 PM
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IndigoErth
01-05-2017, 03:00 PM
When I watched cartoons and some other TV-series in secret by 12, I first checked out nobody else was where the TV-set was standing in a corner. If someone came down, I changed channel. Also, I tried to not have the volume too loud.

There were windows (through which you can see what programme is watched), and sometimes I checked them. Even if I knew there was noone in the garden, it always felt someone was watching through. So every fifth minute or so I had to catch an eye onto the windows. :) But then it was like the entire world was watching and listening outside the windows in the garden.

Has anyone else been in that situation?
Not really, by the time I started getting judged at home for still being into TMNT I had a small tv of my own in my room anyhow and relatively low risk so I wasn't overly vigilant. I probably kept the volume down though and muted it if someone came knocking on my door.

Little bit of irony there that trying to watch innocent cartoons at a certain age ends up treated as scandalous as trying to have a peek an porn. lol Imagine the relief of any parent who notices suspicious behavior, suspects the worst, then it turns out it's just harmless cartoons. :tlol:

Original TMNT Cartoon Fan
01-05-2017, 03:21 PM
Not really, by the time I started getting judged at home for still being into TMNT I had a small tv of my own in my room anyhow and relatively low risk so I wasn't overly vigilant. I probably kept the volume down though and muted it if someone came knocking on my door.

Little bit of irony there that trying to watch innocent cartoons at a certain age ends up treated as scandalous as trying to have a peek an porn. lol Imagine the relief of any parent who notices suspicious behavior, suspects the worst, then it turns out it's just harmless cartoons. :tlol:

I also had an own TV-set in my room by the age of 12, mostly to watch ice hockey and soccer games, films and and play videogames. However it had not connection to the parabolic antenna, so I couldn't use it to watch most channels airing cartoons. TMNT no longer aired at the time in Sweden, but I really liked action-cartoons.

Another thing I hated was that I felt ashamed for reading Archie, said up subscription, and felt embarassed to go buying it at the shop. By this time, the Archie comics had become darker which was OK as I was now 12.

I never outgrow TMNT, but by the age of 14 it was just a great childhood memory. Sometimes when getting ordinary ill and home from school, I would watch videotapes with recorded episodes (nothing to feel shame for when you're ill). At my Archie comics, the logotype said "Eastman and Larid's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles". Sometimes I searched encyclopedia books (who sometimes seemed to have missed anything post-1850) who these guys where, without finding anything.

But one day in late-2003 I became TMNT-nostalgic, searched the Internet (pre-broadband) and by April-2004 I'd learned of it's origins, and there was a new cartoon out there since February 2003.

Jester
01-05-2017, 03:31 PM
I've developed a habit to turn on closed captions so I could keep the volume on my TV low...but mainly because I was a night owl and didn't want to wake my family.

plastroncafe
01-05-2017, 03:37 PM
I've developed a habit to turn on closed captions so I could keep the volume on my TV low...but mainly because I was a night owl and didn't want to wake my family.

Late night viewing is what prompted me to update my Roku Box.
The newer ones come with a headphone jack in the remote, so you can watch tv with sound without waking the fam...or in my case, the roommates.

As for being judged for watching cartoons.
I did get some flack for it in Jr High, but in hindsight that had less to do with the cartoons and more to do with my utter lack of social skills.

Andrew NDB
01-05-2017, 03:39 PM
Headphones, and turn brightness/contrast way down. And I'd still get caught watching Arsenio and TNG and/or Perfect Strangers.

Jester
01-05-2017, 03:58 PM
Late night viewing is what prompted me to update my Roku Box.
The newer ones come with a headphone jack in the remote, so you can watch tv with sound without waking the fam...or in my case, the roommates.

As for being judged for watching cartoons.
I did get some flack for it in Jr High, but in hindsight that had less to do with the cartoons and more to do with my utter lack of social skills.

Headphones, and turn brightness/contrast way down. And I'd still get caught watching Arsenio and TNG and/or Perfect Strangers.

I've done all of that too. My Roku TV doesn't have the jack in the remote, but the app puts that functionality on my phone...

Coola Yagami
01-06-2017, 08:18 AM
When it first became a daily series, I was 12, but only had one friend to share the excitement with. Everyone else was in the 'too cool for cartoons' stage or they liked other stuff that was 'more acceptable and bad ass' like GI Joe and Transformers. The turtles were aight but back then those two were The Big Two. I bought the Archie comics without shame, noone I knew was going there anyway and I'd rarely bring them to school. Anyone who did would bring batman comics or anything marvel but not the turtles. Some kids would tease that I only ate pizza or that I was naive enough to think the turtles on tour were the actual real life turtles, um no, even as a kid I knew crappy costumes when I saw them. But that's about it. I learned at a young age to not blurt out my Fandom too much at the risk of not fitting in. Funny how what seems so important as a kid means nothing now. Who cares if you fit in a classroom full of people you'd never see again?

By the time I was in high school the turtles were slowly on their way out and it was the era of street fighter for me. Noone talked about cartoons then, it was all about being cool and getting laid, so I knew to keep my tmnt and videogame Fandom mostly to myself except for a select few like minded individuals.

Spitfire
01-06-2017, 08:35 AM
When I was a little one, back in the 4th grade, I got picked on for liking Ninja Turtles. This was towards the end of their first life cycle and kids had all moved onto Pokemon and Dragon Ball Z.

Post that though everyone always thought it was "cool". Which is as surprising to me as I am sure it is to you. Actually, everything I grew up being told was lame or nerdy has now become acceptable by the general public thanks to the influx of blockbuster comic book films. I am now the pop culture guy who people ask questions like "Who the hell is Doctor Strange?, "Why is there a talking raccoon in that movie?", and "What is up with this guy who talks to ants and changes size?".

If I drank I could be a bar trivia powerhouse but alas I do not drink. My vices remain collecting but I have since switched from toys and statues to posters and blurays.

ToTheNines
01-06-2017, 08:53 AM
Spit! Welcome back dude!

Spitfire
01-06-2017, 09:01 AM
Spit! Welcome back dude!

It has been a very long time. Good see some of the old faces are still around. Hope you're doing well!

DisKosh
01-06-2017, 10:37 AM
Yeah, I wish Nick would have aged this version up more than they did, at least in terms of behavior/interaction.

I disagree, I like the more childlike turtles. We've had versions where they've acted adult but not very many when they feel like modern teenagers (which may be while some people don't like them, but my sister's around that age so I'm used to it).

I've been a geek for years and I was never very good at hiding it (as an interesting note, I think part of that was because I have Asperger's, it doesn't affect everyone this way but I was very lacking in self awareness when I was younger). I loved Star Trek and Babylon 5 (still very into B5, hence the username), I also became a brony so when I rediscovered TMNT as an adult, no one batted an eyelid.

The main downside is some people in work treat me like a kid, though part of that could be because I am the youngest in my particular department.
This seems to lure them into a false perception of me based on stereotypes which makes it difficult to talk about some of my other more adult interests for instance, my favourite writer being Victor Hugo. When I say I enjoy his books people find that pretentious. It's like they can't understand that I can get excited about the latest TMNT episodes and then start complaining that they left some parts of the book out of the Les Mis stage musical.

Original TMNT Cartoon Fan
01-06-2017, 11:45 AM
When it first became a daily series, I was 12, but only had one friend to share the excitement with. Everyone else was in the 'too cool for cartoons' stage or they liked other stuff that was 'more acceptable and bad ass' like GI Joe and Transformers. The turtles were aight but back then those two were The Big Two. I bought the Archie comics without shame, noone I knew was going there anyway and I'd rarely bring them to school. Anyone who did would bring batman comics or anything marvel but not the turtles. Some kids would tease that I only ate pizza or that I was naive enough to think the turtles on tour were the actual real life turtles, um no, even as a kid I knew crappy costumes when I saw them. But that's about it. I learned at a young age to not blurt out my Fandom too much at the risk of not fitting in. Funny how what seems so important as a kid means nothing now. Who cares if you fit in a classroom full of people you'd never see again?

By the time I was in high school the turtles were slowly on their way out and it was the era of street fighter for me. Noone talked about cartoons then, it was all about being cool and getting laid, so I knew to keep my tmnt and videogame Fandom mostly to myself except for a select few like minded individuals.

I didn't care for fitting into a gang, but would still feel embarassed.

Prowler
01-06-2017, 01:48 PM
I don't have any "real" hobbies outside of games/shows/comics.
So why did you expect not to still be playing games and watching cartoons in your 30s? What did you expect to be doing instead? Watching sports with beer in your hand and bitching about the government?

CyberCubed
01-06-2017, 02:44 PM
When we were all teenagers, did any of us think we'd still be watching cartoons, playing videogames, thinking about comics and movies...in our late 20's or early 30's?

Of course not. We were all told or expected to grow out of this. Instead it seems like our generation has embraced it. We've all become manchildren, so to speak. Our parents would be appalled.

plastroncafe
01-06-2017, 02:49 PM
When we were all teenagers, did any of us think we'd still be watching cartoons, playing videogames, thinking about comics and movies...in our late 20's or early 30's?

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ToTheNines
01-06-2017, 03:33 PM
Yeah, I knew I'd be a nerd for life.

DestronMirage22
01-06-2017, 04:01 PM
When we were all teenagers, did any of us think we'd still be watching cartoons, playing videogames, thinking about comics and movies...in our late 20's or early 30's?

Of course not. We were all told or expected to grow out of this. Instead it seems like our generation has embraced it. We've all become manchildren, so to speak. Our parents would be appalled.

If you really enjoy something, why would you ever want to stop?
I, for one, have never even thought about changing my lifestyle, or about not doing the things I love. I plan to be watching 'toons, reading comics, and buying toys and such 'till I physically can't anymore.

Coola Yagami
01-06-2017, 07:53 PM
I never thought that far ahead as a kid but I figured I'd have a job, have gotten laid and drink beer as well as cartoons and games.

I mean... you can have a job, pay bills, rent, have relationships AND game and watch cartoons.... they're not one or the other.

Honestly I like what I like and thought I'd eventually stop since tmnt was a memory and fighting games were dying out to make way the for FPS. Then tmnt came back, streer fighter 4 and MK2011 hit... and I'm still with it.

Prowler
01-06-2017, 08:33 PM
When we were all teenagers, did any of us think we'd still be watching cartoons, playing videogames, thinking about comics and movies...in our late 20's or early 30's?

Of course not. We were all told or expected to grow out of this. Instead it seems like our generation has embraced it. We've all become manchildren, so to speak. Our parents would be appalled.
Eh... yes?

And what do you mean movies?! What kind of age bracket doesn't watch movies?

CyberCubed
01-06-2017, 09:23 PM
Maybe its the time you grew up. I was a kid in the 80's and 90's. Back then videogames were viewed as solely "for kids" which kinda of makes sense because back then all there was, was basically 2D games, cartoony 3D platformers on the N64, and violent games like Mortal Kombat or some early FPS were viewed with outrage and backlash back then. If you were an adult playing videogames back then people would think you were some kind of loser with no life, or "mentally disturbed."

Same with cartoons. Even as early as 11-12 years old you were always told, "You're too old to still be watching cartoons." or "When are you going to stop watching shows for kids?"

I wasn't a big comic book fan back then, but again reading comic books was considered very nerdy. Back then Star Trek fans and Star Wars fans were also made fun of, for goodness sakes.

I guess in today's modern society where "geek culture" is popular, and now most adults DO still play games, watch cartoons, read comics, etc....its no longer a negative stigma.

ABrown
01-07-2017, 10:21 AM
When I was a little one, back in the 4th grade, I got picked on for liking Ninja Turtles.

At my school, 4th grade seemed to be the final grade that it was completely ok with being into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. 5th grade was a transition year. For me, it was fall of 1991/spring of 1992. I started off the school year still very much in TMNT. However, as the year went on, the release of Super Nintendo, as well as my obsession with Kelly Kapowski on Saved By The Bell, pretty much made TMNT nonexistent to me. I think that the same ended up being the case for many of my classmates.

When we were all teenagers, did any of us think we'd still be watching cartoons, playing videogames, thinking about comics and movies...in our late 20's or early 30's?

At the age of 13, absolutely not. At 13/14 years old, sports was my main hobby. But at the age of 15, for whatever reason, I had a renewed passion for things like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Transformers.

plastroncafe
01-07-2017, 10:26 AM
Maybe its the time you grew up.

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Prowler
01-07-2017, 11:10 AM
Maybe its the time you grew up. I was a kid in the 80's and 90's. Back then videogames were viewed as solely "for kids" which kinda of makes sense because back then all there was, was basically 2D games, cartoony 3D platformers on the N64, and violent games like Mortal Kombat or some early FPS were viewed with outrage and backlash back then. If you were an adult playing videogames back then people would think you were some kind of loser with no life, or "mentally disturbed."

Same with cartoons. Even as early as 11-12 years old you were always told, "You're too old to still be watching cartoons." or "When are you going to stop watching shows for kids?"

I wasn't a big comic book fan back then, but again reading comic books was considered very nerdy. Back then Star Trek fans and Star Wars fans were also made fun of, for goodness sakes.
"Time I grew up"

I guess in today's modern society where "geek culture" is popular, and now most adults DO still play games, watch cartoons, read comics, etc....its no longer a negative stigma.
You're only 5 years older than me. You were like 7 years old when SNES and Genesis were going at it. Yeah right, I'm sure your 7 year old self thought a lot about what he'd be doing as an adult.

People always liked games and all that jazz. It's just that nowadays, with the internet, it's easier to consume that stuff whether legally or not. Plus people now aged 25-35(where you're included) grew up at a time where cartoons were all over tv, games were getting bigger every year, anime/manga was making its way to our part of the world, etc. They weren't going to let it go.

My mother used to judge my brother for still playing games after age 18-19, but she was born in 1951. She didn't have video games in her youth.

Coola Yagami
01-07-2017, 11:42 AM
Like I said, it's not one or the other. You can do adult junk AND play video games.

Prowler
01-07-2017, 11:47 AM
Like I said, it's not one or the other. You can do adult junk AND play video games.
Yep.

Although we gotta keep in mind that nowadays there's way too many games to count for all sorts of demographics. Your typical 30 year old isn't playing JRPGS but games like FIFA, PES, GTA, CoD, NBA 2k, etc. So many people I know who mostly play these sort of games. That and girls who also play these plus Singstar.

Basically, they play games that are deemed "socially acceptable" to plunge lots of time into.

plastroncafe
01-07-2017, 11:53 AM
Like I said, it's not one or the other. You can do adult junk AND play video games.

I like to make the distinction between Being An Adult and Being a Grown-up.
I can be the former without necessarily being the latter.

Prowler
01-07-2017, 12:05 PM
I like to make the distinction between Being An Adult and Being a Grown-up.
I can be the former without necessarily being the latter.
Well it depends. I think by being a grown up people usually are referring to acting responsible and such.

When I was a kid I believed that once I became an adult or maybe, let's say, around age 22-23 I'd "magically" know how to do everything other adults do. And know how the world worked :lol:

plastroncafe
01-07-2017, 12:11 PM
Well it depends. I think by being a grown up people usually are referring to acting responsible and such.

When I was a kid I believed that once I became an adult or maybe, let's say, around age 22-23 I'd "magically" know how to do everything other adults do. And know how the world worked :lol:

That's why I make the differentiation.
I'm an adult. I fulfill my responsibilities to myself and those around me.
(I'm fairly self-sufficient, gainfully employed, file my taxes...blah blah blah)

But I'm not a grown-up, because I still read comics, watch cartoons, and more recently have begun playing video games.

Prowler
01-07-2017, 12:49 PM
That's why I make the differentiation.
I'm an adult. I fulfill my responsibilities to myself and those around me.
(I'm fairly self-sufficient, gainfully employed, file my taxes...blah blah blah)

But I'm not a grown-up, because I still read comics, watch cartoons, and more recently have begun playing video games.
What sort of video games have you been playing?

Also, in 30-40 years you'll see plenty of old people playing video games, probably. Ofc that depends on how technology evolves until then.

Nintendo has already gotten old people playing the Wii and back in the 80s it's gotten families playing the NES to soem degree as well.

I've seen people in their 30s and 40s playing mobile games at the subway/bus. Once saw a guy who looked like he was in his late 30s playing Pokémon RSC on his phone.

Original TMNT Cartoon Fan
01-20-2017, 03:07 PM
But I'm not a grown-up, because I still read comics, watch cartoons, and more recently have begun playing video games.

Did you never play videogames as a child?