10 Video Game Myths We All Stupidly Believed As Kids
10. Killing The Dog In Duck Hunt
Playing Duck Hunt was a rite of passage. The feel of that trigger, the echoing ping of the shot, even the satisfying weight of the grey or orange light pistol are nostalgic memories of a simpler time when guns came with video game systems for the purpose of hunting. Catching those ducks with a laser-beam quick bullet and watching the tube blink was as exciting as if we were really hunting. The harder the game got, the more frustrated gamers became. In fact Duck Hunt probably holds the title as one of the most frustratingly taunting games of those early days because of... the Dog. Man's best friend, indeed, if you nailed a few quackers he happily applauds you by displaying your kill... but if you miss he snickers with an 8-bit laugh devised by the devil himself, holding his pixilated belly in amusement. Sooner or later, the inkling would come to shoot the damn dog. SHOOT HIM DEAD.The laughing would drive you to hate the otherwise friendly digital pooch. And some kid out in the schoolyard always knew exactlyhow to show that K-9 who's boss. "Oh well, you've gotta get to Level 99," "Oh, didn't you ever play the arcade version?" that kid had a million ways. A million lies. You can't shoot the dog... it didn't work then and it wouldn't now (assuming you have a tube television and not a plasma screen - the Zapper won't work on those). Of course, that won't stop you. Once you start getting laughed at you're gonna try and blast that dog to bits.
Brandon grew from the awkwardness of his youth into the awkwardness of his adulthood. He is the author of the Eat Your Serial Press title "Ten Years Gone: Pomp and Circumstance" and is a contributor on Maglomaniac, Polite on Society, and What Culture.