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In my early days of internet chatting, if the other person was online but not responding soon enough, I'd worry they had a heart attack or somebody kidnapped them or something. Nowadays I realize that it's more likely they're just thinking, or distracted and I feel like I'd been stupid as thunderation.
I used to think that if you leave the Xbox console on too long, it will overheat and explode!
When I was very small, I was convinced my father (who had no interest in video games whatsoever) had a hidden video gaming hobby, and would sit up at night playing them. I would hear suspiciously video game-like sounds coming from the television late at night, and try to imagine what kinds of strange, secret games he was playing.
When i was a kid, i used to believe that when i played a games versus the computer, there was a man else where paid to play with me.
I used to believe that when we turned off the PS1 the characters of the video games would hang out at a bar, and talk about how bad or good we were at the game.
When I was little I used to think there was a real person controlling the video games as I played them. I would sometimes even talk to them and tell them to go easy on me and stuff.
I thought there was some video games so hard that if you died on them you also died in real life!
When my dad got the program Turbo Tax I asked my brother what it was and he said it is a video game where the government is trying to kill you for not paying your taxes and you have to escape! (I'm not sure if he actually believed this or was tricking me)
When the game Descent first came out in 1995 my dad got the shareware version for us (I was 11 at the time) However I had never heard the word descent before so I thought it was called "The Cent" and was some game having to do with money! I was really confused when I looked for "The Cent" and couldn't find it on the hard drive anywhere!
The first time I played a game with specular lighting I misread it as spectacular lighting and thought it made the lights look more spectacular if you turned it on
When I got my first computer the first game I played was Wolfenstein 3d. At the beginning of the game there is a menu where you select your difficulty level from 5 options. However, the menu was rather misleadingly titled "how tough are you?" because of this I thought the setting was how tough your character is I.E the game would be EASIER the higher you set it. So I would set it to the highest setting and wonder why the game was so hard!
I used to think that when I played a video game, the a.i. characters were actually being played by some people in a room full of screens, playing against everyone in the world.
Until the age of 12, I was convinced that video games literally turned your brains to mush, which would then dribble out of your nose until you became really really stupid. I taunted/warned my best friend's brothers with this, but they just laughed and I never really considered that they might be right!
I used to shutoff my computer immediately whenever windows 95 said I had executed an illegal operation. I was always scared the police were going to show up.
when i was about 6 years old, i loved playing NHL 94 on my sega genesis and since i never really knew how to play by the rules the referee would keep popping up on the screen calling penalties on me which i eventually found extremely annoying. so, one day i pulled out the nhl 94 cartridge and opened it up (unscewed the little screws on the back) and tried looking for the referee so i could take him out. unfortunately, all i found were wires :(
when we were little, my sister and I would play on our parents' computer. The computer would crash a lot while running games, and an error message would appear with a bomb icon next to it. when my sister saw that she would run out of the room screaming, because she thought it meant the computer was about to explode.
I used to believe that when you played nintendo games against a CPU character, that it was being controlled by someone who worked at nintendo.
in the late 80s/early 90s whenever a game magazine would award a gold/silver/bronze cartridge in their reviews i would be sure to check the cartridge when i got the game to check the connectors to see what colour they were believing them to be gold, silver or bronze depending on the score the magazine gave.
when i was little, my aunt played bejeweled and i never did because whenever i moved something it said "illegal move" so i thought my aunt was playing something that was against the law.
When I was very young, I came home to find my dad playing on the NES. I asked him what he was doing, and he told me that the "games" on the machine were actually training programs used to keep astronauts at NASA sharp. Later in life as I started playing video games myself, I learned that this was not true, but until very recently I was convinced that the game he was playing at the time - Tetris - was an astronaut training game.