Life is interconnected and so are the topics on this blog. It might be cooking and gardening one day, yoga the next, knitting and sewing, or hiking and then bird watching followed by recycling or composting. They are the parts that bring humble joy to my life of voluntary simplicity in Montana.
Matt was in disbelief that I'd never played one so he brought it up from the basement (where he also has the original Nintendo and Super NES as well, all from their childhood) so that he could show it to me. He even had to rewire a paddle to get the Atari to work (and impressed me with his handiness, I must say.) I still only got to play "Breakaway IV" as the joystick was beyond Matt's ability to fix apparently which limited our options.
Breakaway was pretty fun though. We laughed and had a good time with it for an hour or so.
The Atari experience reminded me of a conversation I had with a teen recently. The teen was basically saying that they "needed" a humongous television because video games were just so awesome that a more modest television didn't cut it. It made me wonder what they'd have to say about a gaming system that has a mode for both a color television and a black-and-white one. It made me laugh a little.
Everything is so relative. At one point Atari was cutting edge. So was DDT. And so many other things. It is interesting to think about how thing change...and rather quickly, too.