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I remember when i got my nintendo I thought the guy i was playing against in two player games (which was the game playing of course) was another kid who happened to be playing his at the same time and we got paired up somehow.
Well I had a wheel of fortune game and the machine always used the same names and i thought that I was always playing Ryan and Michelle. I was really confused why they were always playing at the exact time i was.

kara
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When the Sony Playstation first came out, I had only hear people talk about it and I never knew what it was. I always asumed it was a toy train. I couldn't understand why so many people wanted one!

Sally
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Whenever my dad would load a new game on the computer for me, I would see that box of all the things you had to "agree" with to play the game (copyrites, etc.) When I was taught how to load the programs myself, I would always make sure to read this all very carefully before I clicked Next. I was convinced that if you did not read it, somehow "They" would know, and send me off to jail. I just recently learned the truth in this. I'm 15.

Haley
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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.

philz
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When Tetris on the NES had just hit it big, I knew that it was invented in Russia (It was kind of hard to not know, with the castles and all that), but I had a hard time figuring out how a video game could be made in Russia. After all, they didn't even have electricty over there!

The best theory I could come up with was a game with a crane that lowered wooden blocks... but how would they take the lines away?

Matt Culbreath
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I used to play a kids' math game on my old computer, and if you won it'd give you an imaginary prize of a banana split. I was convinced the prize would come out of the floppy drive

anne
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I played Chrono Trigger (Best game of all time, if ya haven't played it, get the DS remake now) a lot as a kid, and I was terrified because I thought Lavos really would come and destroy the world in 1999. When the year 1999 did come, I was panicking because I knew that any day Lavos would awaken. But then when 2000 came and I didn't die, nor become a survivor in a dystopian world, I was utterly confused. Then it came to me! Crono and friends defeated Lavos!

Lucca
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I used to believe that computer games had "good" and "bad" moods. On Good days they were easier to play and you got more bonuses. On bad days you died alot and did not get free lives etc.

C S Wagon
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One day(I was very young!!) my Donkey Kong(remember those?) game just stopped working so I naturally went to my older sister to ask why it stopped working? She said "The batteries are dead". About a half hour later she found me in the backyard - I had buried the batteries in the sand. She laughs about to this day...I'm embarresed to this day!:)

Minesh
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When I was little, I memorized the video game rating system, so I knew what games my parents would let me play. On the little flier, they were in the Order: EC, E, E10+, T, M, AO, and RP. Next to them, they had the description. I believed that RP (rating pending) meant that the game was so bad, you had to call the company for permission to play it.

Anon
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I used to subscribe to Nintendo Power back when they still ran the Howard & Nester comics. One issue showed the title characters using an "interpakportation" device to travel inside Super Mario Bros. 3 to debug it. For years, I thought that Nintendo actually debugged games this way.

TB Tabby
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When I was in like third grade I got a used Pokemon Saphire game because I lost my old one. I decided to play the existing file and was amazed at how good it was. He had every Pokemon, a bunch of level 100 legendaries, tons of rare candies, and 60 Master Balls. I was stupid and believed that he actually worked hard to catch every Pokemon and get level 100 legendaries, but I was stumped as to how he got the Master Balls, since there's only one in the game. I asked my friend and he said "The previous owner probably used Action Replay"

Since Action Replay is a cheating device where you insert codes, a lot like Game Shark. Anyway, since Action Replay at the time was a pretty new program, I of course, had no idea what it was and that it was like Game Shark, which I had heard of. I took the "replay" part of Action Replay literally and assumed it was a program that let you play any part of the game over and over again and what happened during those replays would affect your current data. So I thought that he replayed the part where you get the Master Ball 59 times to get 60 of them.

Mitsuki
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I thought there was some video games so hard that if you died on them you also died in real life!

Kakuri
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I thought that when you buy a computer game that it contained a number of bonuses. By bonuses I mean special randoms items such as "power ups", health, money and weapons. As the game is played they get used up. So as the game gets older less and less bonuses appear. Thats why the game gets harder. I never played a game to the point where I had used everything included and had to buy a new copy.

C S Wagon
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My parents told me this in order to keep me from playing video games too long... They said if I kept a video game on for more than an hour, it would either melt or explode, and so would the TV. I believed this for years!

Joe
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I used to believe that Knuckles (from Sonic the Hedgehog) was an enchilada.

Anon
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When we first saw Nintendo 64 on the advertisement, I thought that it was introduced back in 1964 and I was thinking that video games were already around in the 60's.

Anon
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When my dad bought a computer baseball game, the installer said to turn off the monitor until the computer beeps. I thought you had to do that because very scary pictures would come up, and you had to turn it off so you wouldn't see them!

Anon
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When I was in the 4th grade, my father bought me a program for my C-64 called "Little Computer People". It created a house on your screen with a little occupant that you could feed and care for; essentially, a forerunner of the virtual pet craze in the '90s. The premise printed on the packaging was that your computer really *was* run by tiny people, and that the software simply installed a tiny house to lure one of them to move in. My father assured me it was absolutely true. I believed him for a couple of years!

Ellie
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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!

Nate
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