No lie; when I was younger, I was so stupid that I sometimes found it very hard to play songs on Ocarina of Time. The reason being is because I knew that the notes are played with C buttons up, down, left, right, and blue button A; but I couldn't read which directions the C buttons were indicating.
Initially, when looking at this I saw diagonally up right, diagonally down left, diagonally up left, diagonally up right, diagonally down left, right.
So imagine expecting horizontal or vertical directions, but instead getting diagonals thrown at you.
I know right. I also used to see that firefighter helmet from Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse as a red bird's head, with a beak. Picture.
Maybe this thread is very telling about how our brains make sense of unclear shapes and then associate that unclear blurr with what ever we came to understand it originally, until we're given more information on it. A little bit like how we get paradolia from things that barely resemble a human face.
Obviously these artists knew it was low resolution, limited colours going to be stretched on a blurry CRT, so brains would have to make guesses on an unclear image anyway.
In Super Mario Land 2, I couldn't tell that these enemies were supposed to be toy soldiers. I always saw the big black space on its head and assumed it was some sort of mask, and that the rim on its hat was a beak, making it some sort of alien or creature .
I used to see level 105's hills as skyscrapers. I think it was due to their height and the unobvious color of them.Wanted to post an update on my hack for 2000 posts, but well, there goes my plan, unfortunately.