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40 Struggles You’ll Recognise If You Played Video Games In The 90s

Despite growing up in the golden era of video games, we faced a lot of problems…

1. Not being able to see your Game Boy screen when it got dark…

2. …so you had to buy one of these ugly things

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3. The smug look on your friend’s face when they performed a finishing move on you on Mortal Kombat

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4. Trying to sheild your half of the screen when playing Golden Eye multiplayer

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5. Having a fierce moral debate with yourself about whether or not you should get your PS1 chipped

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6. Losing all your rings in Sonic right before the boss

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7. Not having enough space left on your memory card

And having to carefully pick a sacrifice to make room.

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8. Being too young to cope with intense emotional moments like these 

9. Having to go through the ordeal of linking up with a mate so you could evolve your Kadabra into an Alakazam

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10. Playing Tekken against button-bashing friends

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11. Having to rely on luck as opposed to pure gaming skill in Alex Kidd 

Rock, Paper, Scissors – really!?

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12. Buying a four-player game only to realise your console only has two controller ports…

13. …so you had to buy one of these ugly things

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14. Being the weaker sibling and having to play as Tails

Begging for Sonic to stop moving so you could land. Ah well, we had our moments too…

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15. Your PC was so slow and rubbish it couldn’t run the most basic games without crashing

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16. Your batteries running out after a long day of playing Game boy without saving 

You don’t know despair until this has happened to you. A whole day… wasted.

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17. Growing up only to realise that an aggressive attitude won’t help in your actual driving test

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18. Playing games with a birds-eye view. Enough said

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19. Trying to time your spin attack perfectly on Crash Bandicoot without blowing yourself up

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 20. Having an entire collection of games you never even once completed

Gaming was hard back then.

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21. Bosses were particularly difficult. They don’t make them like this any more

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22. How you could spend a few hours “playing” video games but actually you were just watching your older brother complete Ocarina of Time 

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23. Having to wait weeks before you could progress to the next level because you needed to buy a magazine with all the answers.

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24. Pressing buttons impatiently when playing Pokémon and accidentally using Tail Whip in a crucial battle with Gary

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25. AV issues were frequent, meaning you had to put up with playing in black & white for a while 

“What is this, the 80s?”

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26. Not having enough time to finish the games you rented from Blockbuster

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27. Having nightmares about butlers because of the creep in Tomb Raider who just wouldn’t leave you alone

You locked him in the freezer, didn’t you?

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 28. Panicking and wasting your “special” on easy enemies

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29. Being so stuck (probably on Ocarina of Time or FFVII) that you actually had to call up a helpline 

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30. This guy getting in the way when you were trying to fight a boss

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31. Quickly switching from GTA to Rugrats so your mum didn’t see anything violent

Both great games.

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32. Negotiating the awkwardly shaped (but brilliant) N64 controller

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33. Not being able to play a game without first blowing into the cartridge

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34. Never getting very far in Silent Hill or Resident Evil because you were literally too scared to play

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35. Choosing your best friend based on what console they had. No point in both of you having a SNES, was there?

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36. This

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37. Having that one game on a cartridge you never played

Such a waste…

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38. Buying a Dreamcast, only for the Ps2 to come out shortly after 

The greatest struggle of all.

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39. Feeling guilty about all the cute creatures you MERCILESSLY EXPLODED in Mega Bomberman 

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40. And the age-old question… Croc or Spyro? 

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The Daily Touch / via various

Those were the days.