Remember When Parents Thought the Super NES Was a Marketing Scam?

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One of the most frustrating things about gaming is trying to explain it to non-gamers. This has gotten way easier over the past decade or so now that gaming has completely permeated our social consciousness. But back in the early 90s, the gap between those who “got it” and those who didn’t was a pretty wide one.

For example, the Super NES was a new generation of tech that was superior to its predecessor and thus more expensive to produce, and this means the SNES should probably be expected to cost more as a result.

Somehow, enough parents misunderstood this evolution that this became a news story. Parents were very proud of the fact that they weren’t going to fall for Nintendo’s scams, and they seem so delighted at their admission of this on the local news. That rascally Nintendo won’t pull the wool over their eyes, no sir.

I’ll let you watch the news story for yourself:

“Things definitely have come a long way since Pac-Man” indeed.

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