Finally, 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 joystickâ€™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 â€œplay Atariâ€ in our renovated basement, our gaming would always quickly deteriorate into marathon sessions of hard, closed-mouth kissingâ€”because tongue kissing was disgustingâ€”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.
Iâ€™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 Activisionâ€™s Pitfall with my surrogate boner.