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15 Annoying Things We Definitely Don't Miss About Playing Video Games In The '90s

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Do we wish we could go back in time, and play all our favorite classic video games without worrying about jobs, family, or other distractions?

Absolutely. But while we're making wishes, there's a few other things we'd like to change. Yes, we made a lifetime of happy memories with our old games, but they could be a real pain some times. Technological limitations, bad design, and bizarre choices made gaming in the '90s a pretty stressful experience.

Here's 15 things we don't miss about gaming in the '90s:

1. Running out of batteries for your handheld consoles

Four AAs could get you about 15 hours of play time from a classic Game Boy, but you probably wound up with way less. And unless you carried batteries around with you like a walking Radio Shack, you had to wait to get home and swap them out.

Cyberia PC

And that was a console with a good battery life. Pour one out for the Game Gear owners, who only got 5 hours at most from 6 AA batteries.

2. Trying to reach a save point before your parents turned off the console

Giant Bomb

"Moooom! I can't just turn it off! No, don't hit the reset button, please!"

3. Games with insane difficulty levels

Yes, we like a challenge as much as the next person, but our fine motor skills had barely developed when we were playing these games. The last few levels of Battletoads still torture us as adults, so what chance did we stand as fourth graders?

4. When they made a Mario Bros. movie....and it sucked

GameSpotWhat a letdown.

"Who's this weirdo, and where's the real Bowser? What's the deal with the crazy mushrooms? Why don't the Goombas look anything like the characters from the games? Who thought this movie was a good idea in the first place?!"

5. Loading....screens

At least some were entertaining.

6. Trying to remember cheat codes with no help from the internet

At least we could depend on Nintendo Power.Planet Arbitrary

Now was that up, up, down, down, or was it down, down, up, up? I guess I'll just sit here entering codes until I remember it, or my fingers fall off. Whichever comes first.

7. Games that made you copy down really long level passwords


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