How old do you have to be before it is ok to be nostalgic? ;O)
Today Brian and I were discussing “the good old days” of computing.
Remember those old “TV Sports” consoles? Little blocks of plastic that took several of them fat-type batteries and drained them within a week. You would plug it into your television and be greeted with a black and white screen showing a square bouncing between to rectangles. That was “tennis”. Other games or sports were represented with various alternative placings of squares and rectangles. Remember the noise it made? “buuuuuurp bip”.
Next came the expensive Atari games machines. They took *cartridges* and whoever owned one was the envy of everyone they knew. My cousin Jonathan had one of the wood-veneered variety. It was just like the arcades, Space Invaders, Pacman, that tank game I can’t remember the name of ….
After that was the true personal computer revolution, ZX80/81, Spectrum, Vic20, C16/64. The computer age had arrived.
Kids today will never know the excitement of seeing a computer game on your telly in colour for the first time. Or the agony of spending hours painstakingly typing in hundreds of lines of code from a magazine, only to find there are bugs or lines missing (or even worse forgetting to press “return” and using the down arrow instead like my Dad).
Anyone born in the 80’s will probably take home computers for granted, those born in the late 80’s will probably wonder if there was life before “Sonic”.
Of course I don’t want to go back to those days, I am looking forward to Quake 3 like most computer geeks, but it’s nice to look back once in a while.
Maybe in the future kids will wonder what people did for entertainment before all computers were interconnected ..