The Digital Age

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy July, everyone!
Recent news about game stores and physical games have made me come to a realization, one that I’m a bit bemused by…
Fairly recently, I read a couple of stories about how GameStop is in buyout talks and physical copies of Fortnite are being sold for hundreds of dollars, and it made me realize something…
I’m old.
Not really, but considering how fast technology has grown during my lifetime, it makes me feel a little old. For example, I know that the “save” symbol in Microsoft Word is based off of a floppy disk. My cousins, who are about half of my age, have never seen a floppy disk nor do they even use Word anymore — it’s all Google Docs, which I have yet to fully figure out.
I have lived during the release of every Nintendo video game console with the exception of the original NES. I have seen Blockbuster at the height of its business as well as when they closed their doors for good. Guys, I’m as old as the World Wide WebAnd now nearly everything is at our fingertips — video games, groceries, clothes, these can all be bought at the click of a button and be delivered to your house if not able to be downloaded right away. I’m totally guilty with that too. I download games way more often lately than I do buy physical games, and if I do get a physical game, it’s probably ordered from Amazon.


On a side note, Whose Line is it Anyway? was a fantastic show.

It’s amazing how many strides video games have made during my lifetime, from the NES’s blocky cartridges that only supported two players at most to being able to play with multiple people around the world while online to even virtual reality. These innovations are being programmed rapid-fire and, while feeling old is still there, I’m also excited to see how much farther programming and coding can leap while I’m alive.

Are you “old” like me? What are your favorite advancements in the digital age?

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Readers Comments (8)

  1. I’m old. The NES was my third gaming system (after the Atari 2600 and Commodore 64 – both of which were more my parents’ toys than mine). I love that games are at my finger tips and I have way more than I’ll probably ever be able to play but with that also comes the downside of never truly mastering a game. Back when I was a kid, I’d only get a few games a year and I played them, even the ones that turned out to be stinkers. I learned every trick and secret the game had to offer, today that just doesn’t happen because when I finish a game, I’m already on to whatever the hot new thing is or whatever I missed while playing the last game. And while I still return to some of my favorites from my childhood, very rarely do I return to the more modern games.

    • That’s a very good point when it comes to playing games. Nowadays, Rachel and I enjoy playing the games we do for reviews and such, but there are definitely times when we feel like we rush through the games to get to the next one instead of enjoying them. It’s similar to how I feel about games’ “secrets” all leaking out onto the Internet before the games are even released. The Super Smash Bros. franchise is a good example, where the unlockable characters are all released ahead of time instead of being earned like how the original game and Melee were.
      So many game, so little time to fully enjoy and master them.

  2. I think I’m probably slightly younger than you but I still remember Floppy Disks! I never had the opportunity to play games when I was younger and only got a PS1 when I was about 10, but I still lived during the age of hard copies.
    Now I’m a PC gamer, it’s rare to find hard copies of games anymore so I buy them all on Steam. This isn’t a problem due to the vast amount of games I own and how cheap they can become during sales. If I had a console, I think I’d still like to own all the hard copies like I did with my CD collection. I now even have to buy music online as the artists I listen to are rarely on iTunes, never mind finding hard copies!
    I think it’s great that we can pick up games and play them instantly but it’s a shame that the game collection process doesn’t really exist anymore. I liked to look at all the boxes on the shelves!

    • Shortly after writing this post, I asked my younger cousins, who are about half my age, if they knew what floppy disks were. They… kind of knew what they were, haha. They couldn’t really described what they looked like, but they were aware they came before CDs. It made me laugh and be sad a little at the same time.
      Steam is fantastic, it’s nice to have all your PC games right there. It is funny how music has evolved that way, too. I almost never buy CDs — Spotify is my main source of music nowadays.
      Totally agree that it’s sad we can’t see all the pretty boxes, but it also saves on space, haha!

  3. We’ve come a long way. No longer do we have to blow into the video game cartridge. LOL!

  4. “I’m as old as the World Wide Web.” Haha! XD
    Yup. I’m old, too. It’s interesting to go back to old games and see how graphics and gameplay have changed. We mostly buy physical copies of our games, but it depends on the type of game, I guess. It will be weird when Best Buy doesn’t carry physical stuff. It’s basically going to be, like, and appliance store. We were there the other day and I was amazed at how much “crap” they carry there now…

    • Seriously, I am, I did research for this post, haha!
      Best Buy to me was always the place where Rachel and I would accompany Dad if/when we needed a new television, but that’s pretty much it. For games, we opted to go to GameStop or even Toys R Us occasionally (R.I.P.) if it wasn’t close enough to a holiday or birthday to wait for the game.

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