A Very Weird & Blocky Future

by alphamonkey on January 9, 2008 · 0 comments

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A Very Weird & Blocky FutureFinally, a memoir that speaks to me, the hapless game nerd! The Morning News has foolishly allowed writer/comedian Todd Levin to kick off his new autobiographical column, (Consoles I Have Known), with a love letter to Pong (or more accurately, the Radio Shack ripoff version he was saddled with) and that king of consoles: The Atari 2600.

A small taste of why you should read this:

The joystick’s distinct shape provided me with hours of sophisticated entertainment, especially as I blindly turned the corner of sexual awareness. When Beth Rubenstein came over to “play Atari” in our renovated basement, our gaming would always quickly deteriorate into marathon sessions of hard, closed-mouth kissing—because tongue kissing was disgusting—followed by hilarious hijinks such as me chasing Beth around the weight bench with the joystick tucked between my legs, like Jane Gumb trapped in the world of Tron.

I’m not sure who would have been more disappointed to discover that last fact: my parents, who tried their best not to raise a pervert; or my brother and sister, who had no idea they were playing Activision’s Pitfall with my surrogate boner.

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