Over at EGM they decided to put thier nostalgia for the Golden Age of gaming to the test and put 9 kids ages 10-13 up against the best of the old school games. The results are pretty entertaining. Here's an excerpt.
Playing Donkey Kong
Andrew: Someone take over before I lose my dignity. [Mario picks up the hammer power-up]
Andrew and Niko: Hey, that's from Super Smash Bros.
Andrew: So that's where they got the idea from.
EGM: Who's that chick Mario is rescuing up there?
Brian: It's Princess Peach.
Kirk: It's a hooker.
Niko: She looks cut in half.
Tim: Oh wowÃ‚"”she's one of those pole dancers.
Needless to say the results were less than encouraging. Many times the kids were heard to say things like "Oh, 300 points. That's it? All you get is points? That's lame. Can't you do something with the umbrella?". When talking about Space Invaders they said, "Where's my rapid fire?" and "This game needs a super bomb or something."
I'd just like to thank EGM for going out of thier way to make me feel very, very old. If you'll excuse me, I need to get some youngins off my porch.