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A gaming generation gap?
Posted 1/13/08 , edited 1/13/08
first off... if this is a duplicate, please lock it... I went through the thread index and it said nothing... and I looked through the forum search as well...

secondly, I'm not claiming to be some *huge gaming pro l33t* whatever... I've only been following the consoles that came out since I was born ¬_¬;;... which brings me to my topic...

a while back, I was at this party... and there was this 10 year old kid playing with his DS, either Pokemon diamond or pearl... but anyway, he was talking to me and this other guy about how he knew every single pokemon that came into existence.... Now, the other guy I was with was about a year younger than me, so he knew how awesome the first pokemon games were. we were like, "oh yeah, I remember playing red and blue on our game boys... *sigh* it was pretty awesome, even though we used to cheat all the time to get rare candies and stuff". That's where I made the mistake of calling the DS a game boy, (yeah yeah, I know they're NOT game boys... but I'm so used to calling them that o_O;;)... so the 10 year old was all like, "OH EM GEE it's NOT a game boy... durrrr n00b"...

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so in order to change the subject, the older guy and I started talking about how awesome the old game boys were... y'know? those big things? w/ the green screens? and the HORRIBLE battery life? but we knew exactly what we were talking about. The 10 year old, on the other hand, said "oh yeah!!! game boy color! those things were SO COOL". So me and the older guy were like..."uhm... no, we were talking about the original game boy ¬_¬;;"... and he was like..."....OH... game boy pocket? oh yeah, those were cool too XD"

there was no point in trying to convince him that we were talking about a totally different game boy ¬_¬;; so we ended up talking about pokemon again, and how it was fun playing pokemon stadium on our N64s. now, at this point, the older guy and I got really irritated because the 10 year old was like..."... what's a nintendo 64? ._." we tried to explain to him that it had awesome games like Super Mario 64 and Super Smash Brothers and Mario Kart and all that stuff... it went all downhill from there..."oh yeah, the original Mario Kart was on that system... I remember"... we looked at him, absolutely dumbfounded at his lack of console knowledge, and he claimed to know everything about video games... (at least from ps1 era to now...) so we explained to him that the original Mario Kart was on the SNES... and of course he was like, "what's an SNES?" At this point, we told him, "it's a Super Nintendo, of course"... but after that statement, I swear... that kid must've said one of the most blasphemous things against video games.

"hehe... you guys are just messing with me right? there's NO SUCH THING as a Super Nintendo XD"

at this point, the conversation was over. it was too late for him to redeem himself =_=;;;

so, tl;dr.... are you oldies upset with the current state of younger gamers? again, I myself have only been around since super nintendo came out. and you youngins... please tell me you're not really this dumb, and have respect for your elders? (err... I know that sounded sorta harsh... but I dunno -_-;; that was just... *shudders* >_<)

yeah, I know crunchyroll's not my personal blog... but it seemed like a really important thing to discuss
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Posted 1/13/08
lol

okies, now i think this is funny ^_^

I dont think its a very "new" thing that older generations and younger generation dont understand each others on "time frame" matters.

Happenned in music (remember one of my friend looking at a young guy wearing a "nirvana" Tshirt and turning to me telling me "I doubt he was even born when Kurt died") in movies, in TV serie... A little like when my grandmother tell me of the "radio show" she liked when she was younger, and she is amazed when Saka take picture with his cell phone of 2 products at the grocery store because he cant seem to decide which cake he should buy, send it to my cell, and then we decide which made the best Bday cake. She think "its a waste of pictures" because she dont quite yet get the idea that pictures inst a "special moment" thing anymore.

I dont think you can remember the joy of having to blow in your console to make the games work, or the reset button you have to press at a very particular time to be sure the games will load...
A time where www.gamefaqs.com wasnt existing, and if you was stuck on a game, and none of your friend knew how to help, you was definitly stuck... for hrs and hrs... and hrs... =P

Dont worry, it happen all the time. dont judge, but the older and youner, and everything ill be fine. I'm not a huge gamer that know everything about every console either. I bet this kids could teach me some trick too =P

PS and yes its a total blasphemy to say you know everything about videogames and say the Super Nintendo never existed =P They are the "parents" of all console. Like Packman and Pong and the roots of all videogames
But he is 10... so i forgive =P
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Posted 1/13/08
Um, wow I'm barely older than that 10 year old...>.< [ Only a year ] I'm not sure about "oldies" but I think I can understand how nowadays, "kids" only pay attention to the new releases and that anything old can be done and forgotten with. Which is NOT true, I mean, we have to respect what everything came from. After all, the ideas were pretty much only improved... I am not much of a game fan, I once had a game boy advanced at some point and currently own a Wii but either than that, I only know about the new releases that everyone knows about such as DS or PS3. Super Nintendo is the mother/father of all the current Nintendos, well kind of, we should all respect that since Nintendo ___ was pretty much just an idea improved from the "Super Nintendo" I know a guy his age, 5th grade, and hes WAY more knowledgeable than him. That guy should learn to accept things... Therefore I do NOT forgive that 10 year olds ignorance.
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Posted 1/13/08
well since the kid was only ten....it really depends on what time period you were born in...of course he didn't know wat a SNES was because of that fact that some of the systems you were talking about came out when or before he was born!

and kids that are growing up today...around like 5-10 when they get into their late years they're probably going to remember playing PS2 and up! sure they might know about the PS1 and earlier systems, they can't really acknowledge them because of the fact that they were born when or after those systems came out.

like a kid being born like 5-7(rough estimate) years from now probably going to say that his/her back-in-the-day system was a PS3/360/Wii! which are our current hottest systems
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Posted 1/20/08
well yea one day your kids kids will be saying "WTF! is a ps3 let me play my game-sphere3000"
and as for me i remember when i was playing nes and snes yea i grew in the nes era (well actually i was born a lil after nes was new and snes was about to come out) i even played the rare virtual boy which is even ignored or not known to many people
here is a pic of the virtual boy

also the 1 reason it didnt became popular is because of several lawsuits claiming it gave them seizures and stuff and because sega and psx where right around the corner
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Posted 1/20/08
I'm much older than that 10 year old kid and I have to say, the comment about the SNES made me chuckle a bit.

However, you can't hold them accountable for something they might never have been exposed to (and 9 times out of 10 their parents are hardly aware of the existence of older consoles themselves). And, given the general characteristics of a 10 year old, I doubt a lot of them run off and do a bunch of research on the history of Nintendo or Sony when they get a new Wii or PS3 or even XBOX 360 for Christmas.

I think the respect/interest for the origin of gaming (or anything) comes with age if it comes at all... but looking back on when I was 10, I really didn't give too much of a damn about that stuff. All I cared about was what was in front of my face. I'm not saying every single 10 year old is so narrow-minded, but it wouldn't surprise me if most of them are the same way I was.
Posted 1/21/08
lmao. kids. thinking that the new wave of systems are cooler and badder. but u know wut. if nintendo was reselling chrono trigger for snes i will wait at midnight to get 1
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Posted 1/21/08
Wow, reading those posts and nodding in agreement, It makes me feel old ^-^
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Posted 1/21/08

chaosshifter wrote:

Wow, reading those posts and nodding in agreement, It makes me feel old ^-^


i feel old alr ;~;
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Posted 1/21/08
...you should have kicked that kid in the face! Lol, no not really. He can't help it if he doesn't understand. I mean, I'm only 17 and my brother is 15, but we grew up on nintendo. NES, SNES, N64, Gamecube, And now the Wii. Gameboy, Gameboy Color, The micro, Advanced, AdvancedSP, DS, I'm surprised we didn't have that damn power glove lol. My older brother had a Sega. I mean, at 10 years old, kids are just preoccupied with the most shiny, colorful things. They aren't thinking about gaming's roots. I love retrogaming though. Bugertime=awesome game. lol.
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Posted 1/21/08
Hehe, well i started at the gamecube but im quite knowledgeable about the older systems and give my respect to those who were able to play them when they first came out. When you become older and more aquainted with videogames you hear people talking about the old games and consoles that the newer generation owes it all to. Most of hte time older games will be released as port for handhelds which is nice.
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Posted 1/21/08
they call could re-release final fantasy 7 with better graphic and get more profit than final fantasy 12...
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Posted 1/21/08
I start playing games in the PS1 era and am aware of the SNES, Mega Drive etc. I have some fond memories of playing those by-gone games but I'm far more interested in the video games of today and tomorrow. No one likes an nostalgia nerd after all.
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Posted 1/21/08
I'm sure that it depends on the person. For example, my 8 year old cousin plays a SNES daily, and bugs me all the time to let him show me the new pokemon that he caught on the original game.

On the other hand, my 16 year old friend didn't even know that Sony made gaming consoles.
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Posted 1/21/08
the 10 year old boy was cocky. Not knowing old school consoles and immediately thinks he knows everything with the new generation of gaming. Young kids (about 10) do not know about everything there is to gaming. If one does not know where gaming first originated from they are just plain ignorant and should just shut up.

By the way, I think the newer generation or generations yet to come are going to be weak, fragile, and obese for playing too much video games.
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