Every Time You Blew Into A NES Cartridge Your Brain Lied To You

If you’re a gamer who grew up during the 80s and 90s, you know you’re guilty of doing this. I did.

Stick Nintendo cartridge in console, game doesn’t load right, take cart out and blow on it, place back in console, wash, rinse, repeat. (Okay… well, maybe not the wash and rinse part. We all knew video games hate shampoo and have no desire for strong, silky, easily manageable hair.)

The simple fact was we KNEW it worked. It may take a couple tries… but it ALWAYS worked. Orrrrr, we were wrong and just trying multiple times was bound to make the game kick in as long as it wasn’t actually broken.

That’s exactly what It’s Okay To Be Smart is getting at here. Our brain just wants to see patterns and because of that, this seemed pretty logical to us. But what it really comes down to is that our brains are jerks.

  • Vince Hill

    Wow great perception

  • bibleverse1

    Stupid brain.

  • MrSatyre

    I never did that, but the friends of mine who did told me it was to get dust out. They always left their games lying around.

  • Chresrt juiipp

    Most games were left out of the box and could easily collect dust. Blowing removed the dust from the contacts. A build up of dust on one of the contacts could cause a problem. It was not used as some kind of lucky superstition. You must be stupid if you did it for anything but removing the dust.

    • http://www.aldshotfirst.com/ Ald Shot First

      I honestly had no idea people did it for anything other than dust removal.

  • Retards

    Blowing on the cartridges caused the contacts to eventually corrode, ruining your game. The best thing to do was use an air blower, but the problem was generally at the NES side, not game side.