As yes, gaming was associated with being a nerd and :gasp: having "no life". You were made fun of for having videogames as your top hobby, only the cool kids had their top hobby as playing sports or hanging out with friends.
Playing games were looked down as detrimental to one's social life with my favorite line: "You should get out of the house" Even when you invited your best buds and fired up that multi-tap (because multi-tap = the party house), your parents stood behind you and your friends "You guys should go play outside, it's beautiful out".
Nowadays, EVERYONE plays games. Kids, tweens, adults, and I even hear senior homes encouraging residents to play Wii. Mobile phones have made every have access to one form of a game and now suddenly you're weird if you never played a video game....
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I think that 'cool' perception changed when the NES was released. My cousin, who is a little older then I am, had one and played ALOT but he was not considered 'nerdy' or 'geeky' at all... He had a lot of friends, skipped school, went out, partied, etc etc and still had time to play video games.