I was a kid of the 1980s and most of it I forgot. This is except for one thing: Nintendo. I can remember the day I got (Dec. 25, 1989), the first game I got besides the Mario/Duck Hunt game that came with the system (Tetris) and the first game I rented (Zelda II: The Adventure of Link). For some odd reason I can barely remember the names of all the teachers I had from Elementary through to Grade Four but I can remember all this useless knowledge.
I don’t really play video games that much anymore. I own a Nintendo DS and an XBox (the original) and that’s about it. One of the big reasons I lost interest in video games is that the controls and games have become too complicated. That’s not to say I don’t like complicated games, I enjoy some RPGS and love Civilization. But if I want to play a sports game I don’t have the time now to memorize 40 different button combinations; I just want to jump into the game and play. With Nintendo games you knew what was going on right away for the most part. With only a direction button and two buttons (minus select and start) you knew what to do after only hitting a few buttons and could jump right into the game. Sure you can do more things in a newer game but does complexity make it better?
I was able to recognize all of the games in this video besides two or three which means my childhood was lost to Nintendo.