Pioneer Times

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

Our days are saturated with technology, especially for those of us who love video games. Watching a DVD of an old show led me to wonder about how we would survive in an age before all of these technical advancements…

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I don’t watch too much television. Rather, Rachel and I tend to stick on some of our favorite YouTube or Twitch channels to listen to while we work or hang out if we’re not gaming or writing. Lately, DVDs of the old show “I Love Lucy” is what I’ve been putting on as background noise.

It’s an older show, one that originally ran in the 1950s and is still prevalent today with its comedy. Rachel’s and my older sister Lisa is the expert on stars from that era, and it’s due to her influence that “I Love Lucy,” “The Dick van Dyke Show,” and “Happy Days” are a couple of our favorites to return to again and again.

“I Love Lucy” has an episode called Pioneer Woman where the husbands and wives bet each other that they couldn’t live like their grandparents had in the 1900s — no electricity, needing to churn their own butter, bake their own bread, sew their own clothes, etc. The wives revolted over housework and wanted “modern” conveniences, like an automatic dishwasher.

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“I Love Lucy,” Pioneer Woman

Many of their modern conveniences are technology that we take for granted nowadays and, honestly, many we cannot live without. When was the last time you didn’t use your cell phone for a day? Are you able to do your day job without the help of a computer or any type of technology? Does the last video game you played have online capabilities to play and connect with others?

I’m constantly on the computer with my job, and it’s beyond frustrating when some aspect of it doesn’t work, whether its our Internet, the computers themselves, or one of the many programs we use to keep everything running smoothly. Our blogs and social media are used everyday at home for our writing, gaming, and connecting with friends. It absolutely sucks whenever our Internet decides to be spotty — it’s like we’re cut off from the rest of the world.

Gaming is a huge part of my life, having connected me with amazing people and friends through the Internet, as well as inspiring my writing and art in more ways than one. I am constantly amazed at the advancements in technology we have made in my lifetime, and I truly wonder if we could ever spend even a day without the tech we have at our fingertips.

Do you realize how often you use technology? Do you think you could survive in the 1900s after the comfort and ease of today’s technology?

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Switch Week: Back in my Day…

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I have personally been playing video games since I was old enough to pick up a controller and read on my own. Before then, I had watched my father, uncles and, occasionally, my older sister play games. While I’ve played games on the NES, the first console I have concrete memories of is the SNES. Back then, we’d simply have the game cartridge that housed the entire game — no DLC nonsense — and a controller or two in order to enjoy the video game.

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I believe I started playing games once I was able to pick up a controller, too. However, I enjoyed watching you play mostly. I didn’t start seriously playing games on my own until I was much older. While I remember watching you play games on the SNES, my earliest memories are from the Nintendo64. I remember playing Pokemon Stadium with you all the time. We’d pop the game in, occasionally have to take it back out to blow in it, hit power, grab the controller, and then begin to play. It was that easy, that simple.

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Back then, you unlocked secret characters by playing the game, devoting hours to learning the world. Now you unlock extra characters with a credit card. Back then, your save files were on the cartridges themselves. Now you pay extra for more storage space so you can download and save games. There are times when I miss the simpler past of video games.

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The difference between then and now is that everything is all about money and things are much more expensive than they used to be. Nintendo is a business and that comes first, despite how much they love their audience.

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And yet… back in our day, multiplayer games were only for two people. Now, we’re able to connect and enjoy games with people all around the world. Back then, the graphics and music were wonderful, but now we have HD images and orchestras to blow us away. Back then, we were told to sit farther back from the television or we’ll ruin our eyes. Now, we have virtual reality.

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It’s amazing how far technology has come, isn’t it? And it makes me wonder how it’s going to be just two years from now. While they’re promoting the Switch I’m sure they’ll begin working on something new and it makes me wonder how amazing that will be. Video games fascinate me and not just because they’re fun, but because of all the time, effort, art, and creativity that goes into it.

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While there are times when I miss the simple old days of gaming, it’s remarkable how far we’ve reached in terms of technology and community. I’m sure the Switch will continue to push onward and promote that sense of kinship among gamers, and I’m looking forward to it.

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Playing the old games fills me with joy, but that’s also what the virtual console is for. I too am looking forward to what the Switch brings us and what the future holds for gaming.

Are there any features you wish the Switch has that older consoles had? Do you miss the older consoles and/or are you absolutely in love with the new technology? Let us know in the comments below!

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