We could go back and forth for hours about whether kids these days have it better or worse than we did. But when it comes to video games, there's no use arguing. Do you really want to go back to the days when a video game was really just a bunch of text commands? I sort of like having real pictures!
So, the next time your kiddo is whining about how hard they have it, maybe a little trip down memory lane gaming-style is in order? Take a look:
Then: Jumping around with the controller was just a way to goof off (and sometimes annoy your fellow game-playing sibling).
Then: We had to convince our parents to let us have a friend over to play a game against them.
Then: Your Mom would yell at you for sitting too close to the TV because the controller cord was so short.
Then: We paused the game and hoped Mom didn't shut things off before we could get back to it.
Then: Mom yelled at us to leave the computer, go outside, and get some exercise.
Then: We had to wait until someone took us to the store so we could buy a new game.
Then: We had to blow on our game cartridges to make them work.
Then: We had to actually figure out how a game worked ourselves, or shell out for the book.
Then: If you bought something you hated, you still had to play it because you'd spent all that money.
Then: We had gaming systems for, well, gaming.
What's your favorite big change in video gaming that your kids take for granted?
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