Talk about bread and circuses! Google’s interactive Pac-Man logo celebrating the 30th anniversary of the release of that most famous of video games can’t fail to put a smile on the faces of many Google critics. To play the game, just go to Google’s main search page and click the very cool insert coin
button or wait ten seconds and the game will self-start. Hey, it’s really challenging using your arrow keys to squeeze Pac-Man around the ins and outs of the Google logo. So far, I’ve only gotten 3/4 of the way through the second level. And this from a lady whose Atari 2600 is still in crisp working order – knock on wood paneling. Phew!
Funnily enough, my husband and I wound down from work last night playing videos games. It’s not something we do all the time, but every so often I am overcome by a nostalgia-based need to fight dragons, win treasures, gobble up little glowing squares. Yesterday evening, we joined forces trying to fight our way through the levels of Swords and Serpents for the old Intellivision II. The little plastic inserts for the controllers were lost sometime back in 1985 or so and so we’re playing a bit blind, but I think it’s very stress-relieving for a married couple to transform themselves into a knight and a wizard and go on an adventure.
The culture of the video game is something my spouse and I share…it’s something deep at the roots of who we are, as 70’s kids. It’s really kind of amazing to think that 30 years have gone by since I was sitting on a rough, brown carpet playing Pac-man on a tiny TV set with my big brother. Time flies, but the memories remain strong and clear.
Are you a fan of old technology? Here’s my hint of the day: take a shot at playing the old Scott Adams Text Adventure Game, Pirate Adventure
. It took us three night to win this fantastic classic which we remembered so fondly from childhood. The kids today don’t know what they missed, I say, with those first text and video games that called upon the imagination of the user rather than laying everything out for them in larger-than-life animations as today’s games do. It’s fun to revisit the dawn of our world as tech-bound people. If you’re feeling bored tonight, give Pirate Adventure a try, and don’t forget to say ‘Yoho’ for me.