All the Video Game Consoles I’ve Ever Owned in Chronological Order, Pt. 1 of 4

Primitive Macintosh Computer (1987-1992)
Any individual with the privilege of watching Macs ‘grow up’ alongside the PC will recall an impossible contrast: There was the tall-tall-tall ‘fridge-looking object’ that breathed and huffed dot-matrix paper in the basement of my friend where we played a text-based adventure called ‘Adventure’ nearby her dad’s NO FUCKING KIDDING REAL LIFE SCIENCE LAB and then there was a considerably smaller obedient miniature ‘tan box with screen + mouse’ in my basement nearby where my mom washed our clothes. Think I might have had a ‘smock’/easel in similar vicinity, recall a friend named ‘Ashlie’ flipping the fuck out when I accidentally got a dot of blue ‘Crayola marker’ on her white pants.

(My friend’s name was ‘Charlotte’ and we lived within walking distance of one another)

Once I heard my mother calling me frantically from the basement and I came down to see her observing with an anxious expression a black screen featuring an explosion of ‘B&W’ fireworks and my mother was hysterically saying ‘Michael is going to kill me’ and I moved the single-button mouse thereby disabling the screensaver and simultaneously relieving/embarrassing her [thereby creating a story suitable for laugh-til-you-cry recounting at family gatherings to date.]

On this ‘platform’ I engaged in interaction with something recalled with fondness by ~5% of the game industry as ‘HyperCard Stack Games’, which loosely translates to ‘things involving clicking on things to create a sequence of slowly resolving images of other things’. There was a game called ‘The Manhole’ which involved burning a dragon’s toast, listening to seahorses singing, a rolltop desk, and just clicking around making things happen solving puzzles [via trial + error versus particular comprehensible logic].

NOTABLE: first intro to ‘indie games’, via a CD entitled ’99 Shareware/Freeware titles’ all of which involved clicking + various degrees of ‘broken-ness’. A game entitled ‘Pencils’ taught me the concept of the Egyptian sphinx in merely one example wherein things that ‘happened’ in the ‘adventure gaming genre’ provided priceless ‘cultural learnings’ which I would employ well into my adult life.

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  • http://twitter.com/thefremen thefremen

    In before the haters!

    I remember when you posted those pics of you around the Old Computer a while back. It's amazing I've never played with any of these other systems though. You are quite the gamer.

  • nunhead

    Feel like author is 'familiar with' Tao Lin's writing.

    • Molly

      Yeah, no kidding.

  • Lucia

    I love this series and the other similar ones on here. Someone needs to do “All The Magazines I have Ever Subscribed To”

  • no u

    LOOK AT ME! I'M A GURL GAMER! CHECK OUT THESE SYSTEMS my dad USED TO HAVE! ATARI! TURBOGRAFX! YOU NERDS LOVE THAT SHIT RIGHT?! GIVE ME ATTENTION! UT? WATS THAT?! WOW AND PEGGLE ARE MY FAVOURITE GAMES LOL

    • tehtehteh

      owned

      • http://twitter.com/rislynsey christopher lynsey

        Did you really just give your own comment accolades?

      • http://twitter.com/rislynsey christopher lynsey

        That is so unchill.

    • YA U

      LOOK AT ME! I'VE NEVER MET A GURL! CHECK OUT MY RAGE AT THE FACT THAT SOMEBODY WRITES BETTER THAN I DO. WORLD OF WARCRAFT IS MY FAVOURITE (GUISE IM TOTALLY SOPHISTICATED AND BRITISH) GAME LOL

  • http://twitter.com/WellReadWife The Well-Read Wife

    I just strarted reading this series today. Nice job Leigh!
    I loved Atari. But I have this horrible memory of playing the very poorly rendered Indiana Jones game on Atari everyday for probably a year when I was in Maybe 2nd grade(?).

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    your mom

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