This week Talkback Challenge is an interesting one. Well, they’re all interesting really, but this one has been leading me back down Memory Lane.
I imagine I don’t have your typical background for a gamer. Before we had anything video game related, my family would sometimes play board and card games. I would only play them begrudgingly, preferring instead to read book by myself or play Lego/dinosaurs with my younger brother.
My parents have never been much in the way for technology adopters so our very first video game system was a ColecoVision that my dad picked up from a guy who was going to throw it away. The ColecoVision was discontinued in 1985 and it was at least 1991 (I was 6 or 7) when we got the system, so it was already dated. The console itself seemed to work fine but not all of the games did, and some of them were missing labels so it was anyone’s guess what was on them. I recall playing Frogger, Donkey Kong, and Smurfs Paint ‘n’ Play Workshop on it, while there was some wrestling game that my dad and my brother would occasionally play. But the ColecoVision didn’t really capture my interest. Read more →