Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Are Wii Ready To Play...Part I


I've always liked arcade games. At least I used to until they put so many different buttons and knobs that you have to push simultaneously, or singularly, or randomly, or intermittently or whatever while constantly pumping quarters or tokens into the slot.

Back in the day, or the mid 80s, games like Galaga, Centipede, Pacman, Qubert, Space Invaders, and my favorite, Tempest, had basically one or two movements: A left-right (controller) motion with one hand and an up-down (trigger)with the other. Quite simple, yes, but I bet there are a lot of folks out there that can remember how sore their wrists became and developed a callus or two from spending hours playing those crazy games.

My neighbors, the Alexander's, had an Atari system and we spent many sleepless nights during sleepovers playing Pitfall, Frogger and Asteroids. I loved spending the night there.

As I've blossomed into middle age I have tried to keep up with the gaming industry. (Without much luck) I have a Nintendo 64 gathering dust in a closet somewhere. I have the newer Atari gaming system that came out a few years ago stuck underneath the guest room bed.

I just had to have the Xbox when it came out a few years ago and I don't even know where it is at the moment. To me, there was just too many buttons to push, and even though the vibrating controller was exciting, I was so unskilled at the games and I got tired of playing at the same level, that I chucked it somewhere.

Lately, all of the attention seems to be about the Wii. The what? I know, when I first heard about it, I was like what's a Wii? And the first commercials didn't help either. Two Asian men showing up in folks' living rooms with outer space looking gadgets. What are we? The Jetsons?



f82bfat said...

I loved Frogger on the old Atari. I watch my teens now with their xbox controllers, their little fingers so dexterous it makes me proud. Then I wonder, why can't these same fingers manipulate a can opener to feed the cat, or squirt dish soap in the sink, or fold laundry? And don't even get me started on the texting capabilities they have.

The Crotchety Old Man said...

I hear you loud and clear and look forward to part two. The first version of Nintendo was fun. Later versions were all too complicated for me. Just another experience that makes me what I am today.


Stacy said...

I never had Atari, but I did have the original pong that had knobs. We thought it was the greatest thing. My son had the original Gameboy and now when I see the kids playing their hand-helds that old Gameboy looks prehistoric.

We just got a Wii for Christmas. Love it! Only one or two buttons for me to push.

Rae said...

I think you would like the Wii. Even I can figure out most of the games. The graphics aren't quite as advanced as Xbox. Wii is more "cartoony"- but fun!

Jen said...

Omg I loved playing Galaga, Asteroids, Space Invaders and Stampede on the old Atari. I have the first Playstation and Playstation 2. I gamble my socks off playing Texas Hold'em on my PS2 or beating the crap outta someone on Tekken 3. I have those classic Atari games on PS2. I thought I wanted a PS3 but I would really and much rather have a Wii. It is so much fun. My little nephews have it and I love playing it. It comes with the Wii Sports. You can play golf, tennis, boxing, baseball etc. Im kid again when I play that. You would love it G.



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