July 17, 2008 |  Category:   life


It’s been a long week of meetings, but I now have a bit of time to decompress. It’s so hot outside and I’m not used to the daily commute on the subway or traveling during rush hour. I don’t think I’m used to so much thinking either. You can argue that much of design work is visual problem-solving, but not necessarily a task using analytical or comprehensive problem-solving skills. Designing a game for kids, on the other hand, and one that uses civics education as content, is just hurting my brain. I did, however, play tennis on the wii during my meeting yesterday and even though the wii is one game console that I would totally not mind having in the house, the thought is dangerous to entertain because I feel like we’d never get anything done.

I’m not a gamer, but video games were definitely part of my childhood. After all, I was part of a generation that grew up on Atari and the Commodore 64 – so so crude, yet so endlessly entertaining (we didn’t know any better then). The wii tennis game actually reminded me of those sports and Olympic games for the Commodore 64 that I used to play growing up, and maybe that’s why I even entertained the idea of getting a wii. I have such fond memories of playing these goofy games with my brother (who, one can argue, is a gamer). And with the 6 year difference between us (I’m older), it was one of the few activities that we could actually do together. Considering Mark spent one stint of unemployment many many years ago playing through the Tomb Raider series, I’m sure he wouldn’t object (uh, no Mark, I don’t think that means we’re getting a wii just yet). And Mia? Oh man, I can already tell that she’s going to be a gamer. Anything screen-related captures her attention completely, which is why we limit it so much. She spent most of one dinner out recently craning her neck to watch the kid at the next table play his Nintendo DS. I suppose it’s only a matter of time…

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  • Lani July 17, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    I love the photograph! And ditto on wii…we talk about it but it’s a long time coming, I’m sure.

  • Karin July 18, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    This reminds me of me and my brother growing up…except my brother is 7 years older than me. We used to play Atari together…I was always amazed by his ‘Ms. Pac-man’ skills. I’ve also debated about getting the wii…especially now that they have yoga. But I never advanced from the original Nintendo system…and I think I’d like to keep it that way. The funny thing is that my brother now has five kids and they won’t by any type of gaming system for their kids. Actually, I think I agree with that decision.