Future Voices: From Jamiroquai to Jumanji - old favourites are returning

Damon Albarn and the Gorillaz. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Damon Albarn and the Gorillaz. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire - Credit: PA

In the first few months of 2017, there seems to have been an odd resurgence of media that was popular in previous decades.

Among other things: Bands such as Gorillaz and Jamiroquai have already released albums this year, there's a remake of Jumanji coming later in 2017 and the original three Crash Bandicoot games are being remastered.

The media that is coming back into popular view seems almost erratic in terms of the intended audience at the original time of release, which begs the question - why is it all coming back at once?

One possible explanation as to why these sorts of things are returning is down to pure nostalgia, as people who were children when these things first came out are now entering their 20s and 30s, and this provides a higher demand to have new versions of the products they grew up with.

The desire for nostalgia could also be explained by it acting as a comfort of sorts to people as they have aged, as the stress of adult life bears down on them more and more over time people would much rather remember the media that accompanied their care-free childhood and feel that connection to the past with newly released content.

A cynical mind may view such returns as businesses capitalising on the memories of people who now have more of a disposable income than their younger selves, those who would be more than willing to spend money on whatever is sold as the same, as or close, to what they remembered so fondly.

One example of this can be observed in video games where a game released last year called Mighty No 9 was billed as a successor to a well-liked game in the 80s, however ended up being unfulfilling and an overall terrible game even though it was funded on a crowd-funding website by nostalgic fans.

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Yet such examples are thankfully few and far between and most of the time there is nothing wrong with indulging in nostalgia, be it with music, films, games or TV shows.

Therefore I am perfectly happy to see media from the past return, just as long as they're done well and don't try to take advantage of the memories people have of them.

Which remake or return are you most excited for this year? Let us know in the comments below.

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