LSD Jellyfish wrote:However, I could’ve sworn this hatred used to be more, and 98 got referenced a lot more in discussions.
Well, yeah. It's been nearly 21 years, dude.
I thought it was absurd people were bringing it up and still seemed so emotional about it back in 2013 and 2014 just before the first Legendary film came out. There are now lifelong adult fans for whom G'98 is literally ancient history from before they were born.
My opinion has always been that the only reason it kept being brought up was because it was the only thing to discuss when it came to Hollywood and Godzilla. And considering the widespread DOOM-and-GLOOM that beset this fandom in the years that followed, especially between 2004 and 2014, it was an easy scapegoat for those who convinced themselves the franchise was dead and gone forever, a nice easy answer to everything. But we're a LONG ways from the Post-Millennium dry period now. It'd be like people bringing up and constantly referencing Godzilla vs. Megalon
in that period, we're just so far removed from all of that it makes no sense to do so anymore for many people.
That the fandom is a bit younger now than it was in the '00s, and that a lot of younger fans have never felt the same hatred for G'98 as older fans did, is probably a factor too.