Who would have thought that the Video Game Industry would amount to a $93 Billion Dollar Industry when my parents brought home the TV Hockey-Tennis Game back in the early 1980’s. This was replaced fairly quickly by the Intellivision in 1982/83 and my life would forever be changed. Late nights and early mornings were spent not watching TV but trying to beat a level on Donkey Kong or battle the Germans in B17 Bomber.
With 5 boys this console got a lot of use, and even my parents were instantly hooked and over the years, the 7 of us as a family have owned: Nintendo (Original Game System), Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Sony Playstation, Nintendo 64, Sega Dreamcast (my first solo purchase after college), Sony Playstation 2, Microsoft Xbox, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, Sony Playstation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360. We love our games…and from the very beginning we have been intertwined with the fantasy of the video game, but thinking back to the first console that started it all for us…I truly have great memories.
We would gather in the living room after a day of playing outside, or on a cold winter morning start a tournament and invite the neighbourhood kids over to take part.
I don’t know if our level of patience was greater then, but I recently tried doing a tournament of sorts with my 14 year old daughter with the single player games that we have for our Playstation 3…but there was something missing…or maybe something added…you see we now have become ultra portable and need of instant gratification.
For both of us, when not playing, we were not cheering and jeering at the other…no we were on our own Smartphone or Tablet, texting and playing games.
As I get older I do wish for a simpler time…but then again…was it simpler…or did we just have to “make our own entertainment”.
The summer is now over and with winter winds starting to blow
I can only think about my own youth and the endless summers that I spent outside with my friends, playing baseball, hiking and camping and turning our own neighbourhood into a war zone as we created the ultimate elastic gun battles that often times were not just a fantasy league but pitted brother against brother and block against block. But then when the sun finally went down and dinner was finished…it was time to game!
I miss those days, before I had a job, before I had responsibilities and bills, before I became well “old”. But now I can game…and maybe just maybe…I can relive a part of my youth that is now Big Business!