Monday, May 5, 2008

Fun, anyone?

It all started two weeks ago. We had been meeting up with some friends for dinner, and later went to their house to play Guitar Hero 3 on their new Wii. I had played Guitar Hero 2 some months ago at BigGeek’s aunt’s house. I was no match for BigGeek’s teenaged cousin and I was boo-ed off the stage every time. For AC/DC numbers. Played at easy level. It was no different at our friend’s house but I managed to play one song entirely and not get kicked out. And it was such an adrenaline rush. I had not had so much fun since a really long time.

My first video game was, when I was, I think 11 or 12. It was one of those hand held ones. I forgot its name, but it was the type you shoot down airplanes and ships and even subs. It was most addictive. And not just to me. My brother and even my mom. We would fight all the time to play that game. Then came Pac man and Space invaders when we acquired a PC. Then when Windows came out, it was minesweeper all the way. I was so addicted to the game. We never had an Atari or Sega- my father would have thrown us out of the house had we asked for one. Then came Prince of Persia and we spent many hours in the computer labs in college playing that. Anybody remember Prince? In the end, somebody managed to get cheat codes and saved the princess and that was the end of that. I think that was probably the first game with nice looking graphics. Nice looking for the 90s anyway. And SimCity – I played that briefly, never did get addicted to it though. Then came Wolfenstein. 3-D graphics, but it was a first person shooter type game – never did enjoy those. Like Warcraft (which my brother loved) but I didn’t. I played it a couple of times, but never got addicted to it. I stuck to the likes of Atomica, freely available online.

I gave BigGeek an Xbox for his birthday a few years ago and a car racing game with it. I never did get into racing. Or MechAssult. Just not my type. I like my aliens only in movies, thankyouverymuch. The Xbox and the games lay abandoned for most part. The Xbox was eventually hacked by BigGeek and he converted it to be a media hub and it has been proving to be most useful as that. I stuck to Atomica and Hangman. I introduced my mother to Atomica and it gave her a welcome break from playing solitaire online. I think their old monitor died from excess game playing! I kept cribbing that no games ever come out for women – they are all so testosterone laced. Guns and bombs and Armageddon.

But that changed when I saw Guitar Hero. Now, there was a game I could totally enjoy and two weeks ago with Chip in bed, at our friends’ home, I finally got the hold of it. “I have to have one.” I told BigGeek. “Can I get a Wii and Guitar Hero for my birthday?” He was surprised. I thought he would be happy, I mean he was, but he just wasn’t thinking of buying Guitar Hero or a new gaming console. But this weekend we made the trip to Best Buy to buy a TV (BigGeek’s graduation gift – a 52” LCD) and he picked up the PlayStation 3 and RockBand. Not Guitar Hero, but the WHOLE Rock band. With a guitar and drums and a mike for sing along. BigGeek connected the system and the new TV and we sat down to, ostensibly test it – the family room was a mess with boxes and BigGeek’s suitcases lying around from his 2 week business trip from which he got back on Friday. Five minutes later, but we were glued. There we were crating avtars and playing songs – I finally got to be Nancy Wilson (I want to be her in my next life) atleast on play station. Chip was napping and we had such a BLAST playing R.EM. and Nirvana. Just like two teens. We took a break in the evening to run errands and came back home, made a quick dinner of sandwiches and played again. Chip played too. He got his own toy guitar and sat next to his Aie and Baba playing it – Jimi Hendrix style – strumming with his left hand and telling his Baba appreciatively “Changla vajavtois (you are playing really well)”. That lil guy likes his hard rock, let me tell you. I played the drums and realized for the first time that Nirvana, who I think is nursery rhymes for grown ups in terms of musical complexity - has umm… difficult time signatures and I had a hard time playing drums to it. That’s only more excuse to practice more, huh!

And so, the bottom line is this. I am addicted to it. On my drive to work this morning, I tuned to my usual rock station and saw all those tracks coming like they do in play station. And I haven’t been able to get them out of my head. And I can’t wait to go home and play. But we have to stow away boxes and suitcases, make dinner, feed Chip, play with him, and read to him and then maybe. No, I think, and then, definitely.


mummyjaan said...

Yes, I remember Prince of Persia. And SimCity. Not the other ones you've mentioned, though.

I don't really know what games kids (and grown-ups are playing these days) but I sure do feel old :).

JJC said...

i think my first videos game experience was the super nintendo in the 90's..i got it for my 6th bday..
and then my cousins had the shooting duck game..we were addictedd..i still love video games, but im no good at it! but i want the lookin to get it someday..

~nm said...

Prince of persia was my first PC game, followed by pacman! :)

Anonymous said...

Rock On!

I was probably the only one in my department that didn't get into video games. But Guitar Hero I gotta try.

Null Pointer

noon said...

Wii was more fun than I expected...
Liked your last line! :)

Mona said...

yes! i remember prince of persia, not simcity!
anyone remember duke nukem?

DotThoughts (the artist formerly known as DotMom) said...

mummyjaan: I remember being so impressed with the graphics!

jjc: you started young :) hope you get the wii soon!

~nm: those were the days, huh :)

thelastbyte: oh you sooo have to try it.

noon: wii is good fun! loved playing tennis there!

mona: duke nuke em? can you post a link? I love retro games!

Orchid said...

:)..i can almost see the twinkle in ur eyes!!

K 3 said...

What fun!!! Hmm, that reminds me of my playstation (being used as a DVD player these days) shld get back into the zing of things! eh! hopefully I can get Kutie into bed soon tonite!

DotThoughts (the artist formerly known as DotMom) said...

orchie: c'mom over orchie! we'll play together!

k-3: now you are talking. do a post on how it goes :)

I love Lucy said...

You know,DotMom...errr ok DotThought....I am so glad I got to know you.Now I know I have yet another soul to bug for suggestions.For a gift for the husband.All his gifts have to "beep and light up" apparently and I am forever at a loss for ideas for such contraptions!

ddmom said...

Prince of Persia, Tetris, Hangman and freecell were my first few addictions. We would convince our professor for extra computer time after regular hours to "work". Just to play, as after hours only the lab technician would be there and professors would be long gone. Fun times :)
BTW, Dotthoughts I like, but Dottie you would always be :)

DotThoughts (the artist formerly known as DotMom) said...

i love lucy: befriend brookstone.. or go to lotsa cool geeky stuff!

ddmom: how could I forget tetris. oh man. that's an evil game. the world becomes your tetris. oh those were the days.come on over ddmom, you, orchie and me will rock the world with videogames :)

Daisy said...

prince of persia- was my addiciton thru middle school. keeping tabs in on which kid is on which level and so on..and there was this one guy who used to rock in that game and I sooooo wanted to beat him.. gah!
at another time it was solitaire, digger .. etc... hubby and I want to buy a wii- soon..

Poppins said...

Tetris and Solitaire are the only games I played, apart from those attach to your TV and play (actually my mom was more hooked into that than I was)

The more I hear about the WII the more tempted I get.

DotThoughts (the artist formerly known as DotMom) said...

daisy: you guys are babies..s eriously.. playing prince in middle school. i feel like an old geezer here :(

poppins: Wii is awesome! go for it. ot get PS3 then we can ply over internet!