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Alright guys there is a reason for this thread hopefully I can make a good one this time.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0pCp8g-VjOs - Kids React to games (the gameboy)

if you lived the 90's and watched this video those UNGRATEFUL KIDS who take their mobile games on their ipad for granted probably ripped your heart out with what they said about our beloved Gameboy.

They have yet to experience the struggle of playing Pokemon in the car at night with only the streetlights to rely on because the screen did not have internal lighting. Now I have con-COCK-TED this evil plan for when I have kids (if I have kids of my own someday). MY KIDS FIRST CONSOLE WILL BE THE YELLOW GAMEBOY THAT PLAYS IN BLACK AND GREEN! YES. Even when he's growing up watching me playing all the new games my rule will be to start him/her off at groundzero the beginning lvl 1 the yellow gameboy he/she will have that for 3 years until he/she learns to appreciates the value of oldschool games his/her first 3 games I'll give them Tetris, Nemesis which is one of my all time favorite sidescrolling shooters and which ever Pokemon version they want also gameshark as a bonus. 3 years he'll/she'll play that then they will earn the next console the Gameboy color I'm not gonna let them skip ahead even though the Gameboy Advance plays every oldschool game cartridge so does the DS besides they will get to play the new games steady and surely one step at a time. I don't want my future kids to be so picky unnappreciative or ungrateful and of course mean to the gameboy that was my childhood.

In speaking of Pokemon I know a lot of kids are gonna try and play the first 3 Pokemon games on their 3DS's this month so gaming dads and moms you better not let ur kids touch those games they will hurt your feelings in the end. So you if kids are just now old enough to where they are curious about Nintendo maybe asking mom what's Pokemon? Dad what is Zelda? Then you can say alright son/daughter you wanna know what Pokemon is? You wanna know what Zelda is? Let's start from the beginning of the story it all started when I got my very first Gameboy ..."thoughtbubble" Then you take it from there.

Now I know I have no place to tell you how to raise your kids without any parental knowledge of my own so before you say how dare you tell me how to raise my children!!! Just think about it I'm sure if you watched this video? You feel the feels that I feel! And you'll feel ALL OF IT! Probably... Maybe... Unless if you only chuckeled and forget that you read my thread.
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wow those kids are pretty ungrateful. most of them, anyway. except the one at the end, who acknowledged it as the ancestor of modern mobile games.
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namealreadytaken wrote:

wow those kids are pretty ungrateful. most of them, anyway. except the one at the end, who acknowledged it as the ancestor of modern mobile games.


But even he said some mean things about it he was also smarter then the other kids which I picked up so I'm glad he acknowledges the history behind but you heard they all said they wouldn't play it and playing it for 2 days doesn't count as actually playing something and enjoying it, that's why I came up with that parenting model. Not really a parenting model but I call it that.
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By the way I always keep coming back to play more Pokemon Silver and Nemesis to, but Pokemon Silver is the best Pokemon game there ever was.
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Artificially limiting access to more recent console generations until an arbitrary standard of appreciation for older ones is met sounds like the surest way to drive one's children away from video games entirely. Besides, it sounds like an unenforceable policy unless you never, ever let your child stay over at friends' houses, actively prevent those friends who stay over from bringing recent video game consoles or handhelds with them, and lock up any recent consoles and/or handhelds you own when you're not using them. This isn't a way to instill a sense of appreciation for the progress games have made, and it isn't a healthy way to share something you have nostalgia for with your children.

Besides, Nintendo has maintained the functional core of its flagship franchises for decades now. Letting your kids play New Super Mario Bros. is pretty much the same as letting them play Super Mario Bros., it's just that they can use current tech to get that experience. Breaking out an NES and showing off where the more recent game came from might even be a fun experience for all as long as you're not all vindictive about it if they laugh. The truth is that the NES is functionally obsolete and outdated. It's a toy for collectors, people with nostalgia for it, and the occasional hipster at this point. Everyone else left it behind. That's just how it is. The wheel in the sky keeps on turning, time waits for no man, and all that.
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I stopped reading at 90s and ungrateful kids.

Get over yourself. Being born in the 90s doesn't make your childhood better than other peoples.

For the record Red and Blue were utter bug filled, shit sprite, shit. The only reason ANYONE thinks they're good is because they started Pokemon and nostalgia.
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^the point is for them to appreciate how mobile gaming have changed.
game boy literally revolutionized gaming as we know it. granted, there were some older mobile consoles such as game & watch, but Game Boy really was the one that turned mobile gaming into the mainstream. before Game Boy, the market for mobile gaming was risky and unknown. developers didn't want to risk spending their money to make a mobile game if they weren't even sure the console would be widely adopted - and the fact Microvision fell flat in 2 years didn't help with the risk factor, either. after Game Boy was released, people were no longer tettered to a Tv to play their favorite game. it was also fairly powerful for its time - the processor speed was comparable to that of home consoles (though slower). imagine if current mobile consoles were able to even compete specs-wise with the current generation consoles...that would be amazing. if the Game Boy tanked, we might not even have mobile games we know today, and of course, that also applies to games on a smartphone.
(edit: ninja'ed, but i guess this also applies to you)
edit 2: i'm not sure i agree about forcing kids to play on an older generation console, but they should at least know and show some respect to the precursor of modern mobile gaming, and not call it something they'd throw in the trash.


only played Red, Yellow, Crystal and Sapphire
Crystal (and Gold/Silver) is basically 2 regions in one game, which makes it last longer, and why people like it so much. but i think i prefer Sapphire (/Ruby/Emerald). i like the pokemon designs (probably the last generation in which i liked most pokemon designs), the secret base feature was pretty neat, and it was just a joy to play :p
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If I have a kid I'll make him work the garden and I'll play the video games. mwahaha!!!! mwahahahahaha !!
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I know I didn't care all that much where my entertainment came from as a kid.
Anyway, they've got plenty of time to learn how their gaming devices came to be.
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You guys are all right, I do see your point that it may not be right to force my kid to play one type of console but I'm not considering forcing. If I have my own kids one day this is how I wanna raise them up if they get curious about games I can. Forcing is more like shoving food he/she doesn't like down his/her throat and I wouldn't do that. But this can't be really considered forcing can it? Afterall I am still giving him something to play with also I said I would let him/her choose which ever Polemon version they want. I don't really think its forcing cuz one day he/she will earn his/her own modern console. I only want them to stick with the old one for 3 years that's not long. I had to have my Gameboy for longer then that before I got my Gameboy Color.
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Posted 2/7/16 , edited 2/7/16
I find it more amusing how they will handle most games difficulty back then more than the technological difference. Like seriously... a lot of gameboy games(or just old games in general) are pretty hard especially compared to the games nowadays. A lot of fun but hard!

And speaking of gameboy... I seriously love Castlevania Adventures. It took me a bit of time to finish the game but it was satisfying when I did it and the music is pretty nice given how limited the gameboy is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbgGxQGd4I4 - use earphones/headphones!
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You guys are all right, I do see your point that it may not be right to force my kid to play one type of console but I'm not considering forcing. If I have my own kids one day this is how I wanna raise them up if they get curious about games I can. Forcing is more like shoving food he/she doesn't like down his/her throat and I wouldn't do that. But this can't be really considered forcing can it? Afterall I am still giving him something to play with also I said I would let him/her choose which ever Polemon version they want. I don't really think its forcing cuz one day he/she will earn his/her own modern console. I only want them to stick with the old one for 3 years that's not long. I had to have my Gameboy for longer then that before I got my Gameboy Color.


Two things:

1. Yes, it is forceful. Very much so.
2. 3 years is about half a console generation's lifespan. It is a very long time in terms of video games.

This is beside the fact that your kid wouldn't be able to talk about current video games with their friends, so you'd actually be socially crippling them. They'd get asked what they thought about the latest Pokemon game and be unable to respond with anything other than that they haven't gotten past Red and Blue. At which point their friends will look in bewilderment as to why they're even playing red and blue.
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Posted 2/7/16 , edited 2/7/16
Back in my day (god I'm so old now!) we played pokemon red and blue a certain rare very unheard of Megaman game and pretty lame zelda games ( link's awakening) in black and green on the schoolbus.

The kid in the green shirt is the smartest one there the the majority of the kids are so ungrateful.
Posted 2/7/16 , edited 2/20/16
If kids like gaming enough then at some point they'll go back and try the classics.
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Faietus wrote:

If kids like gaming enough then at some point they'll go back and try the classics.


They will be dissapointed when they do if they started out with Gameboy then they won't my plan was to recreate the illusion of the past gaming era and have my future kids live with it.
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