Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Pay attention, kids

With XMas having passed, the web now turns to it's yearly job of try to "top" the famous "Nintendo 64 Kid" video from a few years back. I've seen a bunch already this year, and I was noticing a depressing trend: It's not "cute" with current-gen gaming systems.

Call it nostalgiac projection (i.e. 30something geeks like me liked N64 Kid because "that was us") but, well... seeing this year's crop of kids flipping their shit about an XBox 360 mainly made me think more on the lines of "Great. Dollars-to-donuts that kid is going be cheap-sniping and/or hurling unspecific xenophobic insults at me on Live within a week." Humbug.

But this... this is something else. Take a look:

http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1926915





The "hook" here, if you haven't already seen it, is that the kid gets a 360 (for his birthday, though this is being called an xmas vid all over the web) and what looks like a mega-super-edition of Halo3 and reacts, well... gratefully. As in, instead of losing his shit in a giant joygasm, he's completely overcome with gratitude to his parents for the gift. You kinda have to wait for the last few moments for a bit of info that puts it all in context as to what might've helped shape his Tiny Tim-esque outlook on life, but the main thing is that the kid seems both TOTALLY surprised and accutely aware of what a lavish expense it is for mom and dad - he's got quite the vocabulary for a young kid, but the word "entitled" doesn't seem to be among them.

Kids, watch careful: THIS is what your parents are looking to see when you tear into the "big" gift.

13 comments:

Peter S. said...

When I tore open my N64 on Christmas Morning 1998, my reaction was about on a par with the infamous kid of the same brand, with more than a little hint of this kid as well. What was amazing was the fact that I'd actually saved up every dollar I had been earning that year to buy one of my own (no easy feat for a 10 year old) so to receive one from my parents when they knew darn well just how hard I'd worked to subsidize my own was beyond belief. It really is nice to see a kid react with such joyous gratitude as opposed to flipping the fuck out and drooling over his new prize without so much as a forethought to those who payed for it. I know if I had a kid and payed $250 on ANYTHING for them I would appreciate a fraction of the gratitude this kid has for his folks.

MST3KROM said...

Well, let's just pray he doesn't turn into one of these nuts:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24-doONLac8

Anonymous said...

Meh, I bought a PS3 for Xmas since the giant price drop with Little Big Planet and Uncharted 2...

then threw away my 360 after it gave me the RROD for the 3rd time and the warranty is up...>>

Gray said...

Woah, I felt kind of bad watching that O.o

Anonymous said...

i kinda cried when i saw that. expecially when his parent's told him at the end when he had some crappy birthdays. that is the sweetest kid on the planet.

cpt_machine said...

That kid is awesome...

soldierhawk said...

Is it wrong that this video turned me into a complete, retarded and utterly foolish sobbing mess, in the exact girly way I always swore I wouldn't?

"Did you buy it? Do we get to keep it forever?"

God dammit there I go again...sniffle...

Joshua said...

If only I could have shown a quarter of the gratitude that this kid did for the gifts i have received in my life.

And I think he is far more aware of the expense of those gifts than you are giving him credit for. The words "i cost you a fortune" show he knows it all cost hundreds of dollars. and the moment at the end where he tried to give his dad something (couldn't see what it was but my guess is a few dollars allowance) really brings to light how much he understands the cost.

That and his sister was losing it more than he was.

Thanks Bob, this is just the kind of video i need to cap off my day.

dbzfandiego said...

speaking of College Humor I think you should see this Mario related video I came across http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1926862 it is a fan made ad for Super Mario Galaxy moving if I do say so myself

Anonymous said...

That was a really touching video. Thanks for sharing it.

sniffits said...

Not gonna lie. I cried like a baby.

Vincent said...

Cheap sniping? LOL, someone needs to learn how to play to win.

See: sirlin.net

Caos said...

This reminds me of the Xmas I had in the early 1990s when my parents (or, as the case was, 'Santa') bought me the Super Nintendo. My father even sort of hid the box up on the window sill behind the tree, a testament to his life-long love of Jean Shepherd's 'A Christmas Story', where Ralphie's dad pulls a similar move with the Red Ryder gift. I'm pretty sure that I wasn't as articulate as this boy, but I definitely shed tears of gratefulness and happiness.

It's nice to see a child who actually understands the real costs involved with tossing an expense like this atop the typical costs of living.

As a teacher who occasionally shoots the shit with my students about video games, I don't really see them understanding or caring about the money involved. Things like Rock Band and new PS3 games just kind of show up. The annual cost of X-Box Live isn't even a concern. I'm not seeing much reflection of my childhood, where two months of mowing three peoples' lawns once a week would mean that I could MAYBE afford to get myself Zelda: A Link to the Past.