Now I feel officially old. My local museum had “The Art of Video Games” traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian for the Summer. The exhibition is a fascinating view into the development of video games from the early 1970s to now, but the entire thing just reinforced that time passes whether we want it to or not. An Atari 2600, which I remember as a childhood toy was UNDER GLASS IN A MUSEUM! Toys in museums are made of tin and hand-made in a 19th century workshop by an old German man. Toys from my childhood are new…ish. Damage to my aging ego aside, it is a great exhibit and I suggest everyone check it out, especially if they have younger children just to show them the primitive games we deemed “cool” as children. Seriously, visiting this exhibit is like our grandparents talking about walking barefoot in the snow to school…uphill…both ways. Now you may share tales of having only an “8-bit” system graphics and controllers with only ONE BUTTON! Oh, the horror, the horror.
Oh, also take the time to watch the interviews playing in the exhibit. There are a couple of love notes to “Dungeons and Dragons” as inspiring the first generation of video game designers.
Last Old Tyromancer