Here’s a great piece from EG (Electronic Gaming Monthly).
They got a few kids ages 10 – 13 and had them play classic games from the 70s and 80s (Pong, Donkey Kong, Mattel Football, Tetris, Super Mario Bros., E.T. and Space Invaders).
Their reactions are priceless.
Among my favorites:
On Pong: “My line is so beating the heck out of your stupid line. Fear my pink line. You have no chance. I am the undisputed lord of virtual tennis.”
On Donkey Kong: “It looks like a Mario that got run over by a car.”
On Mattel Football: EG: It’s Football. Kid: “I thought it was Run Away From the Dots.”
On Space Invaders: “You can get this game on a cell phone. Why would you want to pay for it in an arcade?
Check out the whole experiment on EG Online (Beware the programmed delays to make you read ads on each page)