Watch Today’s Youth Understand Our Pain as They Get Mercilessly Wrecked by NES Mega Man

No one even taught them the pause trick? Harsh.

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Depending on your age, you may remember a time when video games were hard. I’m talking controller throwing, unapologetically emotionally damaging, brutally hard. To heal those wounds in a totally healthy, schadenfreude-driven way, watch kids of today play the original Mega Man and get equipped with nothing but lasting psychological torment.

Too bad they only played the first Mega Man, though. I would’ve loved a live reenactment of “I Can’t Defeat Airman.”

Yes, video games were once so hard that people wrote songs fueled by the emotional scars they left.

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