Total Nerd 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
91 4
Blowing On Cartridges

2
75 8
Controller Cords Being Too Short

3
72 9
Not Being Able To Save Your Progress

4
63 7
Having To Use The Reset Button Due To Freezing

5
72 11
Red, Yellow, And White A/V Plug-Ins

6
54 13
Not Having Enough Controllers

7
53 13
Renting Games

8
54 15
Sitting Way Too Close To The TV

9
44 11
Memory Cards

10
39 10
Space For Notes At The End Of Instruction Booklets

11
41 12
Video Game Covers That Did Not Accurately Represent The Actual Game

12
40 14
Making Tough Choices While Clearing Space On Memory Cards

13
40 16
Rumble Packs

14
50 24
Gibberish Passwords To Save

15
40 19
Games Ending Up In The Wrong Case

16
30 12
Clunky Boxes Attached To Power Cords

17
27 21
Console Debates On The Playground

18
28 22
Buttons Wearing Out

19
26 22
Must-Read Instruction Booklets

20
25 25
Your Cords Inevitably Fraying

21
15 22
Cheap Games Coming With Cardboard Cases Instead Of Plastic

22
9 29
Renting Photocopied Manuals