Video Madness

I’ll admit it, I’m a gamer. I have been a fan of gaming systems since the early days of Atari and Nintendo. And even before that. Back when the local arcades started moving out pinball machines, to make way for these new electronic marvels. Our family had one of the first Pong systems in the neighborhood. This made us very popular among the kids on our street. When Mom and Dad picked up a Jungle Life pinball machine, we could almost start charging admission.

As the years went by, I picked up my first game system. Not Nintendo, which was much more popular at the time. I decided to go with Intellivision by Mattel. It was cheaper and had a pretty good assortment of games. I mashed those buttons until they couldn’t mash no-mo. Time passed, I got married, and started a family. We picked up a Nintendo system for our two boys. Eventually upgrading to a Playstation, GameCube, and eventually Xbox. With each leap in technology, the graphics and gameplay just got better and better.

I’ve never been nostalgic when it comes to video games. Some people like to travel down memory lane and play those old 8-bit classics from Nintendo. Not me, I’ve always been about the graphics. My son had an Xbox 360 he left behind when he moved out, along with a Nintendo Wii. The Wii actually got couch potatoes up and moving around. It was doomed from the start. However, I recently dug it out and hooked it up. I’ve been playing baseball, tennis, and bowling. It’s been a lot of fun and I’ve been getting a great workout! 

My Xbox gave me a scare at the beginning of the CV Lockdown. It started stuttering and glitching out. Thankfully, it got over its issues and has run fine ever since. I’ve been playing Call of Duty 3 lately. I remember the first time I played that game in HD. I spent about ten minutes just looking at a striped awning flapping in the breeze. I was transfixed by the detail. Just breathtaking. I came out of my stupor long enough to take out a pesky machine gun nest that had my troops pinned down.

I gave up trying to keep up with the latest and greatest gaming platforms years ago. You can spend thousands of dollars on those systems, along with a small fortune on games. My library of Xbox 360 games has kept me entertained for years. Every now and again, I head over to GameStop to see if they have anything I might have missed. The beauty of playing an old system is that all the games are dirt cheap. Have I mentioned I’m stingy?

As we continue our lockdown here in Michigan, until May 28 ( or longer ), it’s nice to have another diversion. Bingeing the hell out of Netflix and walking around the block gets old. If your incarceration is getting you down, dig out that old Xbox and play some Halo. You’ll be transported to another world. Hold on, I hear my squad calling. They’re pinned down and need my help, again. Hang on guys, I’m coming!

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