20 Things Only 30-Something Gamers Will Understand

Old school gamers learned how to do things the hard way.

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The video gaming industry is worth almost £60bn. For those not great at maths that's twelve zeros.

Twelve zeroes isn't bad for something that started out with a few nerds, a handful of transistors and a black and white telly. It's come a long way from the Magnavox Odyssey.

Having survived the great console crash of 1977 and the video game crash in 1983 it's bounced back like a powered-up Pac-man to become one of the most lucrative industries ever and believe it or not there are a handful of people (formerly kids, not allegedly adults) who lived through it all.

These early-adopters were lucky enough to unwrap an Atari 2600 from Father Christmas, some did well at school and convinced their parents to shell out for a Commodore, Spectrum and Amstrad from Dixons and a few hard to take the long road but when they smashed open their Nat West piggybanks and legged it down to Woolworths for their very first Nintendo or Sega it was totally worth it.

Back then there was no online gaming, downloadable titles or free home delivery. By living a hard-knock life the struggle was real.

So for the joystick-wagglers, the patient loading screen warriors and the frustrated console gamers who shook, blew threw their temperamental cartridges across a messy bedroom, here is a list of 20 Things Only A 30-Something Gamer Would Understand.

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