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16 Gaming Struggles From The '80s Today's Kids Won't Understand

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1. First thing's first โ€” this is what your squad looked like:

Computer Club rolled deep.
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Computer Club rolled deep.

2. Oh, you wanna play a game? Just load it from a cassette โ€” no, really, a CASSETTE.

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Which took up to 30 minutes.

3. Disappointment was knowing you'd probably never wear one of these:

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It was so bad too!

4. You had to actually leave the house to play the latest titles at the arcade...

Lest we forget. ๐Ÿ˜”
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Lest we forget. ๐Ÿ˜”

5. ...where you'd patiently wait your turn for a cabinet to open up...

Rivalries were fierce.
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Rivalries were fierce.

6. ...only to lose your hard-earned quarters without ever entering your initials.

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**Hard-allowanced quarters.

7. Meanwhile, handhelds were either unwieldy bricks...

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Ones that couldn't fit in your pocket.

8. ...or cheap, little LCD screens with crude animation.


There were so many of them.

9. You definitely had a birthday party at a pizza place, where this guy serenaded you to nightmare land...

10. ...and a fat stack of arcade tickets earned approximately one eraser.


And maybe a key chain.

11. The video game crash of '83 โ€” that happened.

Game over, man.
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Game over, man.

12. And, well...this came out:

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Some things are better left buried.

13. If you got stuck, you had to call expensive 1-900 numbers for hints and cheat codes...

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BRB, literally dying in World 8-3.

14. ...but somehow, tilting a pinball machine was still considered cheating.

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Totally bogus.

15. People thought this was a pretty good controller:

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Who needs a joystick when you have a numeric keypad?

16. Finally, nothing was more heart-racing than fishing for tokens while this screen counted down:

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The fever was real.

Oh, and speaking of '80s countdowns... ๐Ÿ˜‰

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