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!
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This is the time of year when the nation gears up to celebrate the 4th of July. In preparation, I thought it might be fun to share some popular patriotic movies the whole family can enjoy.
This blockbuster is always high on any July 4th movie list. It tells the story of an alien invasion of Earth on July 4th and the ragtag group of humans trying to stop it. Starring Will Smith, Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum.
This is a great family movie about the patriotic career of Broadway star and composer George M. Cohen. Jim Cagney gives a brilliant performance with songs and dance that will have you feeling very patriotic and ready to wave your flag.
This biopic tells the story of NASA mission Apollo 13. It was America’s third attempt to land on the moon but an explosion on-board starts to deplete the ship of its oxygen and power and soon the only focus of the mission is trying to get the astronauts home. The film showcases the American spirit of discovery and the creed of never-leave-a-person-behind. Starring Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon and Gary Sinise.
America at its best, this movie is a great example of how Big Government will not crush the human spirit. This film is as relevant now as it was 75 years ago. Starring Jimmy Stewart.
Benjamin Franklin Gates is a historian and amateur cryptologist searching for a lost treasure. A lot of history is covered in this movie from Ancient Egypt, to the Knight Templar, to the American Freemasons, to the Founding Fathers and the American Revolutionary War. At one point he even sets out to steal the Declaration of Independence to get to the hidden map on the back. This fun, entertaining movie is great for the whole family. Starring Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, Sean Bean, Jon Voight, Harvey Keitel and Christopher Plummer.