May 14, 2004
Made Real

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A few years ago, I bought Mr. Slavin a board game version of Centipede on ebay. Though I don't think it ever made it to his apartment. It seemed simply amusing at the time; now it seems poignant, an early Milton-Bradley ruminatiion on how to turn pixels and sprites into plastic. Today I found that Topps got there even earlier, in 1982, with these scratch-offs (Donkey Kong and Ms. Pac-Man, too, probably others.)

Posted by dbrown at May 14, 2004 08:15 PM
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weird. this rub off video game thing is something i remember.... now. now that you posted a picture of it, talked about it, i remember those. but before you said anything, i doubt i knew/remembered a thing.

i find i can't play videogames at all anymore.... i was 11 in 1982. i had an atari 2600. i freqented the video arcade. i had a thing for battlezone and tempest, partly because i just plain liked the action, and partly because the pressure and the piles of coins on donkey kong and defender was just too much for me to deal with.

but i can't play at all now. i always say the games these days are too fast, too many buttons - i'm too old and can't keep up. but really, i think it might be something else: that they are too realistic. i want back those squares and dots, jigs and jags, blobs and dashes. there's less and less to imagine these days (has it all been outsourced).

Posted by: james on May 15, 2004 09:05 AM
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