Andrew on Medium: January 2022
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Yet the Game Boy is — and has always been — treated as something of a sideshow. It was a supporting act to the main attractions that were the NES and SNES, even though the Game Boy outsold both combined. Today, the Game Boy is brought up on anniversaries as a device that was revolutionary in some vague sense, then quickly pushed back into the closet.
I had a very good reason for wanting to leave — my little stomach was full. It didn’t matter to the two of them, who past a certain point stopped talking in favor of shouting and chanting the words “EVERY. BITE.” at me. I complied as best as I could (a feat not helped by the panic tears), but there was no way I could force all of the food down.
In every culture, there’s at least one thing that speaks to money — and the lack thereof — in a very true way. What I mean is that there are things that you automatically buy if you have money, to the point where anyone who doesn’t have these things is assumed to be poor. It almost doesn’t matter if you want them, you get them so that you don’t look broke.