Hello lovely. Over the last few months due to the lock down I have been using my phone a lot to pass the time and take my mind away from the chaos the world is in at the moment! Have you been doing the same?
This got me thinking about how many different platforms there are available today to play games on. Mobile phones, I-Pads, computers, tablets, to name just a few.
When I was little there was not a choice. The first ‘electronic’ item I owned was the Atari Inc, tennis game ‘Pong’. This was released for the home version in 1975. It was a game, similar to table tennis, where you had to control a line moving vertically at the side of the screen. The ‘console’ had to be plugged into the television. I know it sounds riveting but in the seventies this was classed as top class entertainment and passed many an hour, usually on loading!!
I remember being given two educational electronic games, run on batteries, when I was younger, and they were, Mr Professor and Speak and Spell. With Mr Professor, it was literally a calculator who gave you addition, subtraction and division questions and then revealed the answers. Mr Professor was released in 1976.
Speak and Spell was one of my favourite games as I am a self confessed geek with words and spelling! Loving word games and writing. Speak and Spell became popular after it was featured in the feature film ‘ET’. Speak and Spell had the first chip voice synthesizer and had American pronunciation. This was released in 1978.
In 1978, ‘Simon’ was released. ‘Simon’ was a memory skill game of colours and sounds. You had to remember the sequence of sounds and colours that increased difficulty over the period of the game.
Growing up I had two hand held electronic games that I can remember. One was ‘Cue Ball’ authorised by Alex Higgins, the snooker player, released in 1980, and the other was ‘Frogger’, released 1982, a mini arcade game and run on the mains. For ‘Cue Ball’ you used the buttons on the device and for ‘Frogger’ it was like a mini arcade so you had a tiny joystick. Frogger was hug in the 80’s and is classed as a retro classic!
I finally received a computer for Christmas in 1984. A Commodore 16. This was rarer than the Commodore 64 and there were not many games available. The games were on cassette tapes and it took an age for it to load and find the game you wanted. The only three I remember playing were the Mavis typing programme, football manager, in which I had no idea of any players not being interested in football but do remember the names Hoddle and Waddle and the game Punchy. This was an arcade game, based on Punch and Judy, where a Policeman ran along a wall!! Again the computer had to be plugged into the television which meant it was a choice of one or the other.
It was a good few years before I got a proper computer, although I did have a typewriter, both manual and electronic, which I loved.
The PlayStation came out in 1994 and it was a couple of years before I purchased one. The games I can remember are ‘Tomb Raider’, ‘Mickey’s Wild Adventure’, ‘Crash Bandicoot’, ‘Theme Park’ and ‘Abe’s Oddysee’. Having good rhythm was a skill in these games.
There are now, many, many versions of the PlayStation and so many other platforms. I felt the next time gaming was taken to another level was with the WII. Moving around, even jumping around whilst playing was a brilliant concept and would hopefully get me fit! I think I often got a little carried away and there were often more injuries to myself or others playing with me than not and so it was decided it would be best to move on!
Many other platforms now are able to do this and technology continues to evolve. It has come a long way since ‘Pong’!
What would we had done in these months of the pandemic without our phones and devices. To play games, catch up on news and social media and use platforms like Zoom to virtually see our friends and families.
Even the Queen is now using Zoom and if it is good enough the Queen it is good enough for me!
Let me know if you remember any of these electronic games. Are there any main ones I have missed? I would love to hear your memories on the subject.
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