My son is obsessed with his Xbox 360. Obsessed. So far this obsession has not had a negative effect on his grades, the first sign of decline and the plug will be pulled. When I was a kid, Atari was king. My son doesn’t know what he missed.
Flashback-Favorite electronic games from childhood.
I have to start with Atari, though technically this was my older brother’s system. Pretty sure he only had one or two Atari games and that we only played one of them–Breakout–religiously.
For those of you too young to remember, here’s a quick Breakout primer, courtesy of Wikipedia:
“In the game, a layer of bricks lines the top third of the screen. A ball travels across the screen, bouncing off the top and side walls of the screen. When a brick is hit, the ball bounces away and the brick is destroyed. The player loses a turn when the ball touches the bottom of the screen. To prevent this from happening, the player has a movable paddle to bounce the ball upward, keeping it in play.”
I also really enjoyed the handheld electronic game, Merlin. Merlin, which looked a lot like the first incarnation of the cell phone, consisted of six games. Everything from (my personal favorite) tic-tac-toe to blackjack. I vaguely remember an accident involving my Merlin that left it broken after only a month or two of use, but for a brief period, Merlin was my main man.
This commercial from 1978 will fill you in on Merlin’s amazing abilities.
My favorite of all the electronic games was Simon. To succeed at Simon all you had to do was prove that you could listen and remember stuff. Unfortunately for me, after the first round you had to it–quickly. Pretty sure I only beat the game once. No matter, I kept trying and I am sure my parents appreciated my perseverance. Nothing like the repeated sound of a bleating sheep to keep everyone in the house (or car) happy.
Did you have a favorite electronic toy growing up?
*Sorry no Forget About it this week. Today we only Flashback. Soon I will be heading out-of-town for spring break. More than likely posts from me will be sparse or non-existent until the week of 4/12. Cheerio! Ciao! Au revoir!