Hey, I guess I’m a gamer after all!
Thanks to Clark Aldrich for reminding me of the wonder of computer games and simulations in #change11 last week. I hadn’t thought of myself as a ‘gamer’ in the modern sense of World of Warcraft (Wow) devotees or snipers in Call of Duty (CoD) and yet I find myself making comments on blog posts of Jaap’s and Irene’s about the power of simulations and serious games to provide opportunities to practice leadership skills, communication, planning and strategy. To borrow from Cammy Bean’s reminiscing post again, here’s my take on the games that I’ve adored along the way:
- About 30 years ago: ColecoVision and Atari in my younger but cooler neighbour’s basement. Arcade games if my Mom had a few quarters to spare. Boggle and Yahtzee were only board games back then, with real dice and paper and pens to keep score.
- About 25 years ago: Perhaps the first time I ever saw Pong on a PC? Learned about basic supply and demand principles from Lemonade Stand. Felt humiliated by the teasing dog in Duck Hunter. Stayed up WAY too late at night trying to beat Round 42 on an IBM clone. Computer golf was basically a horizontal line and a flag but you still had to select a club and adjust for wind speed. My older but cooler cousin had a knock-off Tetris type game.
- About 20 years ago: Neighbours I babysat for had a Nintendo! My first taste of Super Mario 2 and I was hooked, often playing late with the kids’ mom when she came home. And then Super Mario 3 came out with Yoshi! Geez, have I really adored turtles for that long? I sucked at Zelda but it was fun.
- About 15 years ago: Minesweeper and Lemmings, both addictive.
Last few years: racing to space in Sid Meier’s Civilizations, butchering pop music with modulated mics and hurting my foot with repetitive drum pedalling on RockBand. I now play Angry Birds, Cut the Rope, Tiny Wings and the real Tetris on hand-held devices. I tried CoD and turned out to be a reasonably good sniper for a noob. I got myself stuck facing a wall during the first and only time that I ever touched WoW and I can’t read the font on Eve so no massive multiplayer devotion in my immediate future. I’m happy as a clam to trip down memory lane with newer versions of Super Mario and Hasbro Family Games on a 40″ flat screen with my own Nintendo and XBox, thank you very much.
So, #change11, what’s your gaming story?
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