Old School Games

Most kids love video games and they have certainly changed their lives. Remember when waiting at the supermarket or the dentist meant reading a magazine? Not anymore. Now the first thing you hear from the small person next to you is “Can I have your phone?”

And while the games that are so readily available on our phones are more advanced than ever, what about all the old favorites? You probably remember Pacman, Qbert and Donkey Kong in the arcades, or Snake, Pong and Simon at home. But do your kids know all the old school games? Can they appreciate all the pixelation or do they just get bored with the simple one- or two-function controls?

pacman

I think those of us who have been around a while can remember being amazed by the simple pleasure of playing the early games like Pong. Sometimes it’s good to go back to the beginnings of a movement, like looking at the early technologay of video games, in order to appreciate it fully. It can be a real eye-opener for kids when they see how far things have come in such a short amount of time. It’s also fun for them to see the origin of the character. Pacman is back in action today, but he’s different, and frankly, not as fun!

You can find some of theses forerunners here.

Here’s a fun video of ol school vs new school- who do you think wins?

Vocabulary

  • Arcade: a place where you go to play video games. You usually have to pay with coins.
  • Old school: This means something that is from an earlier time period, or maybe old fashioned. Donkey Kong is old school, Angry Birds is not.

What was your favorite video game when you were a kid? Do you still play games today?

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