Today's Video Gaming Kids Don't Know How Good They Have It

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In today's completely grown-up edition of Speak Up on Kotaku, commenter DukeofWulf muses on how easy it is for kids today to fill all of that free time they've got with copious amounts of free gaming, the little snots.

Today is a good day to be a kid.

When I was young, I had all the time in the world and no money to buy games. Now that I work, I have money but no time to game; meanwhile, you can download a demo of practically anything, and quality games are available on flash sites for free and on Steam for a pittance.

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As much as I treasure my memories of Duck Hunt (muzzle against the screen, natch), Tie Fighter, and Starcraft on dial-up, I can't help but envy the choice available to kids today.

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Think of the basics kids have these days over what we had.

Wireless controllers? Do you guys realize HOW amazing this is? Do you remember how short NES cords were?

How about blowing into cartridges? Kids don't get to do that! I guess the Red Ring is closest to that...

My all time favorite invention of the current generation that we all take for granted is being able to turn your console on and off from the controller. Nothing was worse than having to get off the couch to reset, or turn off or on the system.

As an aside, I do hate the fact that you can turn off the system from the couch, as my nephew will hold down the power button on the Wiimote when he starts to lose at a game. Ragequit indeed.

What are some other great innovations that you guys like?