OK, I admit this is going to sound like the grumblings of an old curmudgeon, but this is something that has been on my mind for a while now.
I've been thinking about some of the things which have entered the pop culture consciousness and it occurred to me that there were particular items of video game history which a lot of younger people have taken as their own, despite having never really experience them.
Take for instance, the Konami code. It is one of those things which is out there in the world, but outside of a few sites, it rarely comes up in mainstream gaming these days. But when I was a kid, it was everywhere... it was a ubiquitous secret code, one which crossed over into the work of other game companies as a reference.
But I don't understand how it got so well known that it ended up being tattooed on multiple people.
I also wonder how many of the teens and 20-somethings that lionize the original Super Mario Brothers have actually played it, as opposed to watching it on Youtube and the like. I am sure it is a much smaller number of people than it appears, and I am sure the number of people of a certain age who played the original Legend of Zelda is relatively low as well, despite the retro geekdom shown by members of that generation.
And I have always been curious about the number of relatively young people who claim that E.T. the Extra Terrestrial is the worst game ever made. I wonder how many of them have actually played it. I mean, when I say something is the worst, I've watched, read or played the item in question.
Again, I sound like a grumpy old man talking about this, but it has been something I have been thinking about for a while.