Button Mash 22 Things You Only Understand If You Grew Up on Console Video Games  

Stephan Roget
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List Rules Vote up the truest aspects of growing up with console video games.

Video gaming and the culture surrounding it have gone mainstream. What used to be a niche hobby is now enjoyed by people of all ages, thanks to the advent of smartphones and tablets. But ask any longtime gamer, and they'll tell you: you just aren't a gamer if you didn't grow up with a console.

Growing up on console video games was a truly unique experience. Newbies don't understand what it's like to play console video games, and the specific triumphs and tragedies that come along with this type of equipment. From fighting with friends over Sega versus Nintendo or losing your instruction manual in the couch cushions, there were countless aspects to growing up on consoles that you had to experience for yourself to understand - preferably while sitting uncomfortably close to a television screen.

Read through this list of things you understand if you grew up on console video games, and vote your personal picks for most relatable up to the top.

list ordered by
1
93 4
Blowing On Cartridges
2
76 9
Controller Cords Being Too Short
3
65 7
Having To Use The Reset Button Due To Freezing
4
73 10
Not Being Able To Save Your Progress
5
74 11
Red, Yellow, And White A/V Plug-Ins
6
55 13
Renting Games
7
55 14
Not Having Enough Controllers
8
56 15
Sitting Way Too Close To The TV
9
45 12
Memory Cards
10
43 12
Video Game Covers That Did Not Accurately Represent The Actual Game
11
40 11
Space For Notes At The End Of Instruction Booklets
12
41 15
Making Tough Choices While Clearing Space On Memory Cards
13
42 16
Rumble Packs
14
52 24
Gibberish Passwords To Save
15
32 12
Clunky Boxes Attached To Power Cords
16
41 20
Games Ending Up In The Wrong Case
17
28 22
Console Debates On The Playground
18
29 23
Buttons Wearing Out
19
27 23
Must-Read Instruction Booklets
20
26 26
Your Cords Inevitably Fraying
21
16 23
Cheap Games Coming With Cardboard Cases Instead Of Plastic
22
10 30
Renting Photocopied Manuals