In order to take back what is rightfully mine I will interview my husband for this post and wildly misrepresent his answers for my gain. Giddy-up:
When did you first play video games?
Good question. I don’t know. Though I’m sure it was under the influence of my brother.
What is one of your earliest video game memories?
I guess playing Centipede on Atari 2600.
Hmm, interesting...never heard of it. When did you know you were an avid video gamer?
When I was willing to purchase a Nintendo 64 on launch day just to have it, even though I didn’t have enough money saved up to buy a game as well. Thanks for spotting me, mom. (I love this story...isn't he the cutest?!?)
Was your family supportive of your interests?
My brother was certainly supportive. There were a few years where I was old enough to play games with him and he was still in the house. My mom was surprisingly supportive. She bought into the hand-eye coordination, using your brain thing. I vividly remember a short conversation we had.
Me: Can I watch tv?
Me: Can I play video games?
Do you harbor any repressed feelings regarding video games and childhood?
How should I know? They’d be repressed, right?
Fine, good point. Now, I know the answer to this, well maybe I don't actually, but for the people at home...please tell us, do you still own any of your childhood games/systems? (eye roll...here we go)
Question: When does childhood end?
Systems: All of them except the DS I recently traded in. NES, SNES, N64, GC, Wii, original Gameboy, GB pocket, GB color, GB Advance, GB Advance SP, 3DS, Virtual Boy, Super Scope 6 (counting as a system because it is hardware), Playstation, Playstation 2.
Games: It’s philosophical. For current-generation games, I have no problem trading them in, and for a couple reasons. They are readily available. If I wanted to relive an xbox game from a few years ago, I can get it in the bargain bin at GameStop. Also, saved games are on my hard drive now, not a cartridge. I would have a more difficult time getting rid of my Secret of Mana cartridge with a save at the end of the game. I have dozens of NES, SNES and Gameboy games laying around.
Do you own any other video game paraphernalia?
No. (Thank God.) Nintendo boxers. (Which I bought him.)
How will you introduce gaming to our young ones?
Hmm. Carefully. As with any media, you have be aware of what your kids see. Plus, I know it can be a slippery slope and a time-waster if not treated correctly.
Ok, so I have to admit that, in actuality, I quoted my husband nearly verbatim. He had interesting nuggets to share I didn't really answer Mark's question though. Oops :)