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Flashback Friday: Convincing Your Parents to Buy a New Game Console

by Sean P. Aune | December 28, 2012December 28, 2012 11:00 pm PST

Flashback FridayHaving trouble convincing your family that you need a Wii U? Well, try going back to 1991 and talking them in to buying a Super Nintendo.

From the sounds of this local news report, the Super Nintendo was about the worst thing to ever happen to families. How dare Nintendo “make (people) spend more money” on something like a new gaming console!

Now, keep in mind that this was really the first time this had happened seriously in the gaming world. Yes, there had been the Atari 2600 and its successors, but nothing had enjoyed success such as the original Nintendo Entertainment System. Although six years had passed between the two systems, consumers weren’t yet accustomed to the idea of having a new console come out, let alone the fact it wouldn’t be able to use the same cartridges.

As news reports go … this one was just insane. I’m still not sure what the psychologist’s group therapy session for gaming addiction at the beginning really had to do with the rest of the story, but it’s good to see how local news reports don’t ever seem to change. (Actually, I got the thread they were trying to establish, but boy was it a tenuous one.)

So as we enter the age where people start wondering about the next Xbox and the PlayStation 4, just think back to the good old days of gaming where people feared evil marketers that “make (people) spend more money.”

And as a P.S. – seriously, they couldn’t reshoot the F-Zero playtime so he didn’t go in reverse and look like an idiot?

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...