In the 1980s I was a teenager, and I loved video games. Donkey Kong and Phoenix held my attention and gobbled my quarters. I would dabble with Defender and Centipede, but I never excelled with those.
One day at an arcade 1in Montgomery, Alabama I met a girl near Donkey Kong. We started a two player game and she scored more on her first man than I would score in my whole life (100,000+ points!). Maybe I should have forfeited, but went ahead and took my first turn. I got smashed right off and slamming my hand down beside the joystick jarred something loose in the game. That machine turned OFF! The machine was not the only thing that went off. The girl, also, did. She did not yell and scream, but she was none too pleased.
How good would perfect people be at video games?
How could one be perfect and have any fun at video games? My young brain really loved video games, but I was not permitted too much play time. Heaven for me definitely included serious time on an Atari, but the piece that gave me grief was whether playing a video game in heaven would be a bad experience. After all if you are perfect how can you make errors? Would Donkey Kong in heaven be boring since you would never get killed? [Read more…]