Memory Monday – Video Games

I follow a lot of different bloggers and influencers online covering a lot of different topics. Religion/spiritual, inspiration, comedy, technology, food, and family are the main topics of interest.

That’s probably partly why I chose to name this blog Faith, Family, and Technology.

The past few days there’s been a subject that keeps coming up with some regularity; Pokemon GO. It’s an augmented reality video game that you play in the real world with your smartphone.

Not wanting to suffer from FoMO (fear of missing out) I downloaded the game a tried it out. Within a matter of minutes I had captured my first Pokemon right outside my house!

First Pokemon GO capture

I’ll be honest. I feel really lost trying to play the game but I’ll keep at it. Look for an upcoming review of Pokemon GO from a parent’s perspective. It might be a week or two away, though. I need to spend some more time playing before I can fully understand and explain it.

Since lately my focus has been on electronic games I’ve been thinking about my very first video game system. It was the Atari 2600. Perhaps you had one yourself or remember someone who did.

It’s the gaming system with the black joystick with a reddish orange trigger button.

I’d hate to count up the hours spent down in our basement playing that thing! The graphics and gameplay pale in comparison to today’s video games but 35 years ago I really didn’t care. I thought it was awesome.

Pole Position, Pitfall, Pac Man, Asteroids, Chopper Command… these were my favorites.

I remember one time working to get a high score on Chopper Command. If you took a picture of your score and sent it in they sent you an official patch.

Now days the process would be easy. You’d just snap the pic with your smartphone and email it in. The process could be done in a few minutes. I’m sure people do this on their complicated games like League of Legends, my friend’s son told me to check out for smurfs? As impressive as it sounds it is a bit beyond me. What happened to getting the cherry in Pac Man?

Back then it took time. A lot more time. You had to use an actual camera to take the picture. Then you’d need to have the film developed. If you were lucky and your picture turned out you’d put it in an envelope and mail it.

This was just taking pictures. The technology wasn’t even developed enough to take a picture as easily as it is done today, so imagine my shock that nowadays your average person is able to produce video games that could be just as popular as something as global as Minecraft? In today’s tech-savvy world, normal people have the ability to pop over to these guys (known as Construct, a service allowing game making software to be available for aspiring developers) and let their creativity run wild. Now I officially feel old!

I remember working hard for and wanting that patch so bad. Funny thing is I have no idea what ever happened to it.

What was your first video gaming system and favorite games on it?

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