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Monday, April 28, 2014

Kids Have It Too Easy Today

While writing the article about the Game Boy's 25th anniversary, I went off on a small tangent about how kids today can't appreciate things like video games. And after I finished the post I sat back in my chair and realized, kids today have it way too easy.

I spend a lot of time playing games online late at night. Almost every night. And I gotta say a good 80% of the squeaky voiced gamers are pretty much assholes. I see it everywhere. In grocery stores, malls, all over. Kids today are crazy annoying, and I think I know why. They have it way too easy. They don't have to work for a single thing. I don't mean getting a job, I mean having to go through the tougher things in life like my generation did just about 15 years or so ago. Like having access to porn.

Kids today don't have to work for the things that I did as a kid. The internet has just about ruined all the magic of being a kid. Don't get me wrong, I love the internet, but it has destroyed all the hope and magic that was in the eyes of kids. I remember the only way to know of a new movie coming out, was to see the posters or trailers at the movie theater. The only way to find out what was going on with my friends, was to call them, or ride/skate to their house to find out. And damnit the only way to see some boobs was to watch some scrambled porn and pray that a nipple would become visible at some point!

Video games today are easy. Sure something like Dark Souls comes along and it's a challenge, but is it a challenge like fighting Tyson in Punch-Out? Or just getting through any level of Ghosts n' Goblins? Hell no. Kids today are handed everything on a silver platter. Their video games have unlimited continues and lives. Their friends are basically right in their pockets at all times. And porn as well!

What I'm asking for, is for parents to take a stand. Make it a little difficult for your kids to have access to things. I know it isn't too hard. If your kids want a PlayStation of XBox and are stomping their feet and crying because something in their game is hard. Hand them an NES controller and have them play Battletoads, show them what playing a real video game was like. And if you're one of those insane parents that let their kids play video games online, even though the game is rated M and they shouldn't be anywhere near the online world, before you go to bed, unplug the modem for your internet. Take the power cable into your bedroom, and stash it until the next morning. That's all it takes. If we made life a little tough on the kids of today, maybe they would appreciate the finer things in life a little more. Like what it's like to listen to music where the singer and band has actual musical talent. Give it a try parents.