It came unexpectedly. I was visiting my mom and she pulled an old, crinkley bag out of the garage with wires hanging out of it. “After all this time?” I said with disbelief. I pulled open the bag and there they were: all my old Sega Genesis games that I played in the 90s. It was during a Christmas vacation when she remembered to give me the bag, wanting to clean out her garage. Why had she even kept it? I had no idea, but it was like she pulled a treasure out of that big warehouse in Indiana Jones. Needless to say, I spent a lot of time that holiday exploring dungeons filled with monsters, racing with Sonic, and discovering that my fingers still knew how to do that really tricky triple jump in my favorite game. Best. Christmas. Ever.
If you’re like me, perhaps it takes just a few chiming notes of the Super Mario Brothers theme to put a smile on your face. Whatever your favorite console was – arcade games, Atari, Intellivision, Nintendo, Sega, Playstation, X-Box, PCs, etc, playing these games from your childhood can bring back fond memories. An unexpected pleasure has been showing these games to my kids, which stirs up feelings somewhere between the satisfaction of passing down beloved childhood traditions to thrill of an evil mastermind converting disciples to his twisted ways.
Naturally, I had to plan a library event around all this! I’m happy to say that this Saturday, July 9th, from 2:00-4:00 in Room 201 we’ll have all sorts of classic games for you to come reminisce with (and maybe even show your kids). If perhaps you didn’t grow up with some of these games, it’s a great chance to introduce yourself to gaming’s origins and get firsthand experience with classics everyone keeps talking about. We can’t wait to see you there!