Gamer Life…


There are a handful of things I know about. At least, know about well enough to talk about.

Marriage and relationships is one. (been married for almost 25 years)

Children is another. (got two of them over 20, plus the whole youth ministry thing)

Writing. (although, I tend to debase my talent)

And… um.. oh.. video games! (been a gamer since.. the Atari 2600.. 

atari-2600

Man, look at that thing. Yeah, that’s right. I’ve been gaming since way back in the… way back. Space Invaders was my jam. Along with Combat, who can ever forget Combat. That was PvP back in the day.

When I got bored with this, I would go down to the local putt-putt golf (Cloverleaf in Miami) and start plopping quarters into slots to get my fix. Centipede, Tron, Pinball, Donkey Kong, Dragon’s Lair, Pole Position. You name it, I was playing it.

We upgraded our system after a few years to the Atari 5200…

Atari-5200

Ohhh… look at the shiny. We had Pole Position for this thing, and one night, we even let our mom play it. Now, there is a memory. Her with the controller in hand, sitting indian style on her bed (we had to keep the game system in our parent’s room.. something about us playing it too much or some such…), and when that car was making a turn, she would lean into it. As the game progressed, so did the leaning. She almost feel over a few times, instilling in my brain the comedic value of old people playing video games (which makes me realize, she was younger than I am now.. and I still… play.. and.. ok, not thinking about that.. not thinking about that…)

Eventually, I moved up to an ADAM. The cassette based computer system.

ADAM_computer

I remember plugging in Buck Rogers into this thing and watching as the cassette tape spun and spun. The game was a lot like Temple Run, except… in space, blocky, and about as boring. The cool part was, I could write on this thing and print out my stories. That was my first real taste of that. Granted, the video games were more important. After all, I was like 13 or so at the time.

Eventually, I got into a Commodore 64. Yeah, the C-64 with the 1540 slot drive.

C-64That’s when the video game thing really came home for me. Floppy drives, game controllers, hole punchers (shout out to those who get this reference)…

If you were wondering what hole punch I was talking about...
If you were wondering what hole punch I was talking about…

ACE (Air Combat Emulator) and ELITE were the games I played on this. River Raid too. Some great nights of no sleep were spent playing those games. I missed a lot of school because of that too…

In retrospect.. locking the game systems away might not have been such a bad idea.

But, eventually, I joined the PC world, got into Civilization, Wasteland, and a few other early 8 bit games that have become franchises that I have loved. I started playing Everquest the month it came out, and 12 years later said goodbye to the world of MMO’s and emerged into the sunlight (seriously, it was bad).

Console gaming came along. Playstations, Xboxes, Nintendos. The Gameboy, DS, and PSP were there for when I couldn’t take the big boys.

Now, I just carry my iPad and phone. The PC and consoles are there for when I get home. A little more dust on them these days because of my schedule. And yes, I may be old, and yes, I may not be as good as some of those young whooper-snappers out there.. but I still get a huge grin on my face when I hear this song…

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Three Perfect Shots.”

ok.. it’s more than 3… whatever…

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