This toddler can’t figure out the classic Gameboy because it doesn't have a touchscreen
Growing up as a wee lad, I was really into video games, and if I have a son or daughter one day, I'm going to do my best to pass that particular pastime down to them as well. It's not exactly a controversial statement, but like many gamer dads past, present and future, I'm not sure if I understand the full connotations of that decision.
I know it's difficult, but just for one second, try to imagine your favourite video game growing up without that distinctly rose-coloured tint of nostalgia. For me, that's Goldeneye 007 on the Nintendo 64, but revisiting that game recently, the controls are so clunky and the graphics so awful that I would never have played it in the year 2017.
In the same vein, many of the kids growing up today will never know the struggle of having to blow on a cartridge to make a game work, or having to cross our fingers in hope every time until the Playstation 2 logo appeared as you booted up the system. As this little girl shows, most kids straight up won't know how to use our favourite nostalgic devices.
In the age of iPhones, iPads, the Nintendo DS and other sophisticated machinery, the touchscreen has transformed from a sci-fi fever dream into a ubiquitous, almost irritatingly prevalent form of machine interaction. Everything from your printers to your grocery checkouts is inundated with touch tech, and anybody born after the turn of century is unlikely to know any better.
Case in point: this young toddler, who, through the help of her parents, has managed to score herself a Gameboy Color with Pokémon Yellow, making her the envy of 10-year-old me and countless 90s nostalgia geeks all over the globe. The only problem is: she can't figure out how it works!
She doesn't say much in this video, but I have no doubt that the only thing she's thinking is: "why on earth isn't this touchscreen working?!?!" She jabs wildly at the tiny screen with her cute little fingers, while the buttons with which this now-archaic device lay dormant and untouched.
Her amused parent asks if she's figured it out yet, but the indignant turn away while continuing to tap at the screen would suggest not.
If, like me, you've got elderly relatives attempting to dip their toes of the modern day technological stream, there's an extreme learning curve to today's devices, but us Millennials never stop to think about how it could happen in the reverse as well.
There are people out there today that will never know what to do with a broken VHS tape, will never understand the concept of waking up at the crack of dawn on a Saturday to watch cartoons, or ever be able to experience 80s classics like Terminator, Ghostbusters or the original Star Wars trilogy without quietly wondering what all the fuss is all about.
If you're a Millennial like me, I think this video serves to illuminate a worrying truth: we might not be old quite yet, but the devices we used to love and cherish are now more archaic than avant-garde. I guess it's time to get a mortgage, or something else suitably mature...