Did Blowing Into Your Cartridges Ever Fix Anything?
Any old gamer will be familiar with this routine: you insert your cartridge, switch on your console and receive a glitched mess (at best).
A quick application of your breath to the underside of the cart and either it won’t work – in which case, it’s time to repeat – or lo and behold, it’s working again. It’s a practice that has been with us since the Eighties, and one which many old gamers still swear by. But did blowing into a cartridge actually do anything?
No it didn’t. At least, not anything good.
This lengthy piece over on Mental Floss explains just what could happen to your cartridges when blown. Oxidization of the metal contacts, dirt and mould build-up, all sorts of nasty things that make your cartridges less likely to work. Just take a look at the picture below – the cart on the bottom has been left alone, while the cart on top has been blown daily for 30 days and has a bunch of nastiness on the connectors. Yuck.