Playing cowboys and native American indigenous peoples (Injuns - to the unreconstructed) with plastic pretend guns was about the best fun you could have as a six-year old growing up in the wilds of South Yorkshire, SPOnG fondly remembers (perhaps with slightly rose-tinted specs).
Alas, with the modern fear and moral panic over everything and anything to do with guns, it seems that children will not be allowed to play with Nintendo's new Wii Zapper, which is to be slapped with a PEGI 18-rating when it comes out next month.
Perhaps the ban makes a little more sense when you realise that one of the main Wii games to make full use of the gun is the genuinely shit-scary, on-rails survival shooter Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles which Capcom has announced will be hitting shelves on November 30.
Umbrella Chronicles played using the Wii Zapper lets you play as Chris, Jill, Rebecca, Billy and Carlos in single player or two-player co-op modes. It was one of our surprise favourites from E3 back in the summer so we look forward to playing the full game next month. After the kids have gone to bed.
Perhaps it's totally bloody bonkers and shows a huge double-standard. Why? Let's have a look at the entry requirements for joining the British Army and being sent to fight with real guns. Your basic soldier can join at 16 years old. Officers have to be 17.
Yup, you can blow the hell out of other real life people with real life guns but you can't play with a Wii Zapper... makes you want to laugh with crying doesn't it?