Blowing on Cartridges Didn’t Help Them, It Hurt Them! & Other Nostalgic Gaming Voodoo
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Posted 9/25/12 , edited 9/25/12
Ok so I'd imagine everyone who is older than 20 can remember having a system that required a cartridge. Now remember how through some weird magic every kid knew that blowing out the dust from the game and system would make it work. Well guess what it was BAD! The moisture from your breath would corrode the nickle connections.

Original Source: http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/142550

Lets also not forget that contrary to popular belief holding/pressing repeatedly the A & B button in Pokemon didn't help get a successful capture. But here is what I'm really want to discuss. What weird things did you do or believe in as a kid in terms of video games? How do you think those beliefs or actions got so wide spread without the internet? Lastly do you miss the mystery that video games and video game glitches would give us e.g. Missingno from Pokemon Red & Blue?
Posted 9/25/12
I used to think that hitting the same button more than once while selecting things made them more effective.
Also alot of game glitches (like missngno) have a good chance of corrupting your game. So no I don't really miss them...Although they are pretty cool.
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Posted 9/26/12
I would use a q-tip if blowing on the cartridge didn't work.

How do U think the beliefs or actions got so wide spread without the internet? Word of mouth.
Posted 9/27/12
Well, even if blowing on the cartridge was bad for it, there's no denying that it did make the game work most of the time. I still do it all the time.

The only thing that I can think of was I used to press buttons in really hard when playing racing games or platformers thinking it would make me go faster or jump higher. Those were the days before the pressure sensitive buttons.
Posted 9/28/12
The rumors about bringing aeris back to life in ff7, and obtaining the holy materia... we used to talk about things like this on the playground, and try them at home. There was certainly a lot more mystery to games before the usage of the internet was widespread.
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Posted 9/30/12
^ no kidding. Games weren't as refined back in the day which allowed for more awesome stuff. I remember a rumor that in Pokemon there was the truck parked by the cruse ship and if you did something you could move it and get Mew. I spent hours doing all the crap kids said would work and of course they didn't. But I don't regret the hours wasted because it was fun believing and indulging in a mystery.
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Posted 10/1/12
in the game dragon warrior for regular nintendo i would press A right as my character would attack, and would swear it had a better chance of getting a Critical attack.
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Posted 10/4/12
I used to think that behind an unopenable door in resident evil 2 was where the police station survivors were planning their escape.
I replayed it when I was older and realised you actually go to the other side of it and see it boarded up and that the guys in the files are probably dead.
I was 7 so I was not aware of the map.
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Posted 10/5/12
lol. i remember when i was at my friends house, him and his little brothers would shake around the ps2 anolog sticks as fast as they could when it was a loading screen on dragon ball z because they all thought it made the game load faster
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