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April 24th, 2009:

So, if the Gameboy’s 20 that makes me… old

Hello my loves!

Many of you will already know, but as I always like to arrive fashionably late to any party, I thought I’d also be late in letting you know that twenty years ago on Tuesday (21st April), the Gameboy was launched.

If you’re young, (damn you, can you just stop being young? You’re making me feel old) then chances are you won’t remember the game boy in it’s original incarnation. Here’s how it used to look:

Lovely boxy, chunky brick of a thing. And the screen was rubbish and it wasn’t colour. And it was marvellous.

The Game Boy actually belonged to my brother, but he was pretty ok about me playing it. Perhaps most interestingly I remember the Game Boy as the device which brought gaming to the older generation – i.e. the parents. Prior to the Game Boy, computer games were definitely for kids / teenagers only – the Game Boy changed all that.

My Mum loved playing tetris – so much so, she had to cough up for extra batteries (and my God – the Game Boy *ate* batteries). It also meant she couldn’t really nag us too much about playing on it for too long – as she was totally addicted too.

Eventually she bought some rechargable batteries, and a widget to charge them with – cheaper in the long run than keeping us in duracells.

I also remember some kid at school tried to steal my brother’s Game Boy, such was my love for it (and possibly my brother) I think I gave the kid a black eye.

Game Boy, I heart you and salute you. Happy birthday!


Image credit Nintendo