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Pac Man Will Ruin You!

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Mind at Play
The Psychology of Video Games
Loftus and Loftus
1983

I get the feeling that every time a new technology appears, there will be some speculation on how the end of civilized behavior is now upon us. Television, rock and roll, cell phones, texting, video games have all been identified as something that will ruin the minds of the young. I don’t remember if Pong suffered from all the criticism, but Pac Man definitely had the everyone wondering if this addiction would ruin our children. Since they are now adults, I wonder if anyone will confess to Pac Man ruining their childhoods.

If you are old enough, you will see this pattern repeat itself whenever there is a new breakthrough in technology or art that is different enough to be scary to parents and the rest of the establishment. Rock and Roll, cell phones, violent movies, D and D, and television were all part of ruination of society. This is a common theme here at ALB. Remember the conspiracy of evil in cartoons? Or how television will ruin our kids?  Yeah, we are all doomed!

Mary

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Game Boy Strategies of Yesteryear

Game Boy Strategies coverUltimate Unauthorized Nintendo Game Boy Strategies
Sandler and Badgett
1990

Submitter: While weeding through the 700s in the juvenile section of a public library, I came across this title clearly written for the 1st generation Game Boy.  The graphics in the book made me laugh and brought back memories of my childhood.  Some games include “NBA All-Star Challenge,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” and of course the ever popular “Tetris.”  This book is perfect for people in their 30s, but definitely not appealing for children today.  Maybe it will have better use in the Nintendo World Store in Manhattan displayed next to the old gaming systems.

Holly: The University of Michigan Computer & Video Game Archive might have a use for this.  Your basic public library youth section? Not so much.  Is the quality of this book really this poor, or are the scans not doing it justice? It looks like photocopied pages and bad screen shots.

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