Our kids log many, many hours in front of the Big Ass Television, and Playstation 3. They do other things, as well; it’s not all-consuming. But sometimes I worry they spend too much time playing video games.
However… I’m not one of those hand-wringing types who lie awake at night worried people are having fun somewhere, and vowing to put an end to it as soon as possible. So what if our children kill thousands and thousands of virtual Russians this summer? Is that such a terrible thing? I think not.
When I was their age I played video games, too. But I was never as into it as they are. I dabbled, only. We had Intellivision at our house, and I liked three games in particular: Burger Time, Astrosmash, and Night Stalker.
But my brother played a lot more than I did. And my mother even got semi-obsessed with Night Stalker for a while. That’s incredible, thinking back on it, but I remember her sitting in a beanbag chair for a couple of hours at a clip, playing that game. Weird, man. My mother doesn’t fit the profile, believe me…
I don’t really like games, in general. I hate board games, and always have. I’m not a big fan of card games, either, and would rather plunge my face into an industrial fan than do word searches, or play Sudoku, or any of that nonsense. I mean, seriously.
I have no games on my phone or computer, and never will. I simply have no interest.
But people are different, and enjoy different things. I don’t have a chip on my shoulder about it. I just prefer to screw around on the internet, read, write, and listen to music. I don’t even watch much TV. I could give it up today, I believe. Many days I don’t watch one minute of television. Today, for instance.
So, I’m far from a video game junkie. I grew up in the ’70s and ’80s, though, and spent my fair share of time in arcades. My favorite arcade game, by far, is Galaga. I was never very good at it, but always had a great time. In fact, I played it not so long ago. Maybe at Knoebels? It’s still a blast.
The first video game I can remember seeing was called Death Race, and it was appealingly tasteless. You basically ran over pedestrians the whole time, and a white cross would appear whenever you offed another one. At the end, the whole screen would be full of crosses. Heh.
The Dunbar bowling alley had that game in their back room, and I liked it mostly because it was in bad taste, defiantly and gleefully. Needless to say, there was controversy surrounding it. Here’s a Wikipedia page about the late, great Death Race.
What’s your video game history? Were you into it big-time as a kid? Are you into it now? What do you play? Tell us all about it, won’t you?
Also, what’s your all-time favorite arcade game? And what was the first game that appeared on your radar screen? What piqued your interest in gaming, as it’s apparently called?
And now I’m gonna have a Mary Steenburgen frozen meal, and drag my ass to work.
See you guys again tomorrow.