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20 Classic Gaming Struggles Today's Kids Will Never Understand

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1. Blowing into cartridges several times in a row until the title screen appeared.

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It didn't help, btw.

2. Getting stuck in a point-and-click adventure game and having no idea how to continue…

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So you just clicked around aimlessly.

3. ...because you were utterly lost without strategy guides and video game magazines.

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Even fruit snacks had hints printed on them.

4. Going to the video rental store, only to find the one game you wanted was already checked out.

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The next person would overwrite your saved game anyway.

5. Manually entering new cheat codes on "game enhancer" cartridges...

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Hard-earned codes from 900 numbers.

6. ...while printing out FAQs and walkthroughs on your home printer...

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The ASCII art was too beautiful not to print.

7. ...or selfies on this thing:

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It took six AA batteries. SIX.

8. Playing on a CRT television that had to warm up for a few seconds.

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And using that time to argue about who would be Player 1.

9. Enduring the most inconvenient methods of copy protection, like code wheels.

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MS-DON'T.

10. Not being able to save your progress because you didn't have one of these:

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You just got really good at the first level.

11. Destroying your joystick — and your palm — all to win a single mini-game.

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And to think, you could've gotten free gloves.

12. Playing with corded controllers that couldn't even reach the couch...

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Sitting on the floor was standard procedure.

13. ...or using wireless controllers that would cut out if you didn't point them directly at the receiver.

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So you sat even closer to the TV.

14. Straining your eyes to finish a level on that late-night drive home.

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Fortunately, you probably had a worm light.

15. Loading a game from a 5.25" floppy disk — or, worse, a cassette recorder that took 20 minutes.

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Back when floppies were, you know, floppy.

16. Burning through your entire allowance at the arcade.

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Not even for tickets or prizes — just the high score.

17. Getting laughed at by an annoying 8-bit hunting dog, and for what — MISSING A FEW DUCKS?

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Be honest, you wanted to zap the scoundrel.

18. Untangling cables, like, pretty much all the time.

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A time-honored (time-consuming) tradition.

19. Swiping cards — literal cards — to play handheld games.

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It's not like you ever lost those, right?

20. And, finally, just...text-based games.

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We don't understand them either, tbh.

Gaming's evolved a lot over the years, so make sure you're playing at full speed this year with an Intel-powered 2 in 1 device, available now at Best Buy.

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