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Marion Cox remembers a not-so-happy Christmas in an article he posted on The Escapist.

"Apologies to any of my readers who don't appreciate the importance that a portable game system held in the late '80s. We are at a point in videogame history in which the Gameboy is little more than a piece of 8-bit nostalgia. At the time, however, the Gameboy was not just a portable game machine, it was the only portable game machine (with perhaps the exception of the Lynx which boasted a 30 second battery life and a $200 price tag.) Receiving a Gameboy on Christmas morning in 1989 would be like opening your present this year to find a personal teleportation device. Socially, the Gameboy could change your life, you would transform your status from "the pudgy nerd with a girl's name" to hearing things like "Dude, you got a Gameboy? Let's hang out, I know where my dad keeps they key to his liquor cabinet."

Of course, convincing my parents that I needed a Gameboy wasn't exactly easy. The handheld wasn't cheap. In my family, getting electronics was even harder thanks to my dad thinking that Satan can enter your body if you sit too close to the television. Mercifully, my mother had a connection to a higher authority, namely Grandpa Cox. He had ultimate jurisdiction in my family, and that meant that I, his only male descendant, generally had his way when it came to gifts."

Read the full article here:

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/columns/reliable-source/6943-Reliable-Source-How-Tetris-R uined-Christmas-89

Comments:
Comment by TomatoKirby on December 28, 2009, 11:13 am
I read the full article...what a sad story. :( I never tried opening presents myself.
Comment by iphys on December 27, 2009, 8:24 pm
Lol, I remember when I got mine kids just started calling out "Gameboy" when they saw me like it was my new name. Fortunately, I was craftier than this guy and just looked through my parents receipt jar to see what they bought me for x-mas.

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