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.

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.

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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