Article by John Milligan
You just wouldn’t believe it would you. The word is out that some folk are actually using their older consoles like the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) more than their Wii or other, more recent console.
I didn’t believe it either but when I read about a survey carried out both here in the UK and in the USA, it concluded that some folk are actually using their older consoles more than their Wii console. How true that is I don’t know but when I stopped and thought about it, even I play my older consoles quite a bit more than I originally thought.
But some folk have apparently admitted to using their older consoles more and I suppose there is nothing wrong with that at all, it just seems quite strange. I have to say that I do play more than three times per week on my SNES with my little girl, even though we have the Wii and Wii Fit which we use about twenty times per week.
Interestingly, when people in the survey were asked why they played older consoles more, more than 50% gave an answer which might surprise you. It wasn’t because the older consoles were a greater challenge or because they were easier or because of any other similar reason. No, it was because of sentimentalily! Yes, that’s right, playing on the older console today brought back memories of fifteen years ago when they first played it and thought it was the best thing on the planet.
I never know how much to believe about surveys, but if all that is true I can understand it to a degree. A twenty five year old today would have been just ten years old fifteen years ago – that’s a huge difference and lots of us are indeed sentimental about our childhood.
For me, I like most of the older consoles and games but give me the Nintendo Wii any day.
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Living in the UK with his wife, Sula and daughter Heidi, John has a Business degree and though qualified as a teacher, never pursued this as a full time career. Now running his own online business in Computer Consoles & Games.
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