Are you a gamer? I was first exposed to my first computer sometime around 1976. One of my friends, Michael Stanfill’s father worked for IBM and brought one home. It looked something like this.
I was mesmerized and loved playing some simple football game on it. I had only played electric football prior to that. Electric football was invented in 1948…..no I’m not that old, but it was around when I was a kid. I was born in 1963.
Occasionally, my school would visit some university and I was exposed to better and faster computers. I was intrigued by them.
Then around 1978-1980, I played on my first Atari 2600. It started out with Pong, and then more sophisticated (at the time games).
Then I splurged in about 1982 and purchased an Atari 5200. I purchased it myself for about the same price that people are paying for game consoles in 2013. I think I paid somewhere around 248.00 and the suggested list price was 270.00.
I graduated from H.S. in 1981 and when I went to College, I think there was one dude on my dormitory floor with a computer at Oklahoma State University. They were the king of the geeks.
Punch cards were just going out of style as a programming tool.
I started out majoring in Engineering and I had a Fortran project requiring punch cards. I think the professors wanted us to see what we were missing. I don’t know why they didn’t ask us to communicate with a telegraph so we could see how Morse Code works. 🙂
I graduated with my B.S. in 1985 and then my M.A. in 1987. Some time in 1987 or so, I purchased my first computer which was an 8088, then a 286, then a 386. This year, I purchased a laptop for under 400.00 because I spilled a drink on my other one. It’s almost more expensive to repair one than to buy a new one.
In 2001, I purchased my first X box system in order to play the first version of Halo.
In 2008, I purchased a Nintendo Wii with the intent to use boxing, Wii Fit, and Wii Active to get in shape. I was 45 and it was time to get rid of that belly! I actually did the Yoga moves and stuck with it for some 100 plus days. I considered it a success. Even though I no longer use the Wii.
I considered buying a new X box 360 this year, but I didn’t think I needed something else to encourage any more time wasting. Maybe, I’m finally growing up. I turn 50 in 3 days. I certainly hope that I’m not growing up!