I should have made it more clear. By "glorified" or "cool" I was trying to mean the gamers who play competitively, get plenty of money and make a living out of it. Not just some random basement dweller who plays games. Hence why I cited S.Korea, since a lot of pros are from there.
I know what you meant, but I hold by what I said. There are 'pro gamers' in the US and Germany, too, but gaming is still overall seen like a banality, maybe slightly above going to the movies or watching tv, at this point. Maybe. But maybe not. An infinitesimally small amount of people are "pro gamers". I'd say the wave gamers have been riding much more is the rise of "nerdism", where some ethereal notion of "nerd" conflating gaming, anime, and other hobbies like that, with intelligence. Few people are even aware or even care that there are "pro gamers" or game competitions for money. Even I tried watching a dota 2 competition and got bored. I listen to a few game related podcasts and youtube channels and not a single one has raved about spectator gaming. The advocates of spectator gaming do often say that the audience has gotten bigger than the sports audience, but the thing is that it's not really true in global standards. What size is the (association) football (soccer) audience? Sports watching in the US is plummeting and it's easy to overtake it at this point, especially when compared to a global audience.
Where are the shades and power glove? Not cool at all.
Only those residing in the contiguous United States in 1988 through 1990, of an age range to comprehend it, can truly grasp the magic nes brought to a generation.
From one point of view, yes. I agree that in the gaming world, the nes was a turning point. This is why there is a big audience for it. So, the point is that we can only assume the snes could be just as popular, if not more, which refutes the OP quote. But my main point before that was that outside of gamers, video gaming was still only seen as playing with toys, and sometimes even aggressively opposed in various ways. I hear about all these 8-bit and 16-bit era kids having dads, and sometimes even moms, buying and playing nes games along with them. That amazed me and I would have loved if that was my experience, but those are only a bubble. Most parents wished kids stopped playing their nintendo tapes so much, because it was worse than watching tv all day, for some reason. Some parents, like mine, made no qualms about it. My dad was kind of snarky about it and didn't think it was serious or good for anything, and my mom was downright naggy about getting me to quit.
And I very distinctly remember a joke in middle school, where one nerdy kid got asked what his favorite sport was; he hesitated for a moment and some other smartass kid asked "nintendo?", and then everyone laughed. Well, it was kind of funny. And, no, I wasn't the kid. It was some kid named Greg.
And then high school. Oh boy. It was a mortal sin to talk about video games.