I am part of the first generation to really grow up with video games. When home versions of Pong were proliferating in the 1970's, I was a kid, fascinated by my sudden ability to actually make something happen on TV. I saw black-and-white raster and vector displays augmented with color overlays before giving way to glorious full-color. I played early coin-op games that will likely never be made available under MAME emulation, because they did not make use of microprocessors and ROM chips, but instead relied on weird analog-electronic circuit designs.
I am talking seriously old-school here.
I am now just past the age of 40, and it occurs to me that there must be many of us who are not quite as sharp-eyed and quick-wristed as we once were. But I still love videogames -- my Wii and XBox 360 get plenty of use, along with my ever-growing collection of vintage consoles and games. I love new games and old games, and new versions of old games on the rare occasions when those work out the way we hope they will. I believe videogames are an art form, one that is only now beginning to be recognized as such. And I believe our tastes change and grow as we get older, and it's no shame to recognize our physical limitations either.
So I'm starting this blog to reminisce, speculate and celebrate the history, future and present state of the odd, wonderful fusion of art and technology that videogames present. I hope younger readers will find interesting retro trivia and history here, and older gamers will hear a sympathetic voice as we get our collective butts kicked online. I'm going to talk about what I'm playing, what I've played, what's exciting and new, and what has stood the test of time. Probably at excessive length, but that's why it's a blog and not a newspaper column.
I hope you will join me. Thanks for reading.