Tales of a Gamer

Jon Fishman is back with another fun post to share. Enjoy!

OK, I’ll admit it. I still like to play video games. It all started a long time ago (1983) in a land far, far away (Polk County, Wisconsin). That was the year my mom brought home a brand-new computer, an Apple IIe, from the county fair. As a secretary who had labored on a typewriter for many years, she was excited about the computer’s word processing function. I was excited about playing Space Quarks and Lode Runner.

Almost thirty years later I still have good memories of playing those games. These days I play on an Xbox 360, and I get almost as much of a kick out of it as I did in 1983. But my mom doesn’t get it. As far as I know, she’s never played a video game in her life. She assumed I would have grown out of it long ago. And I don’t blame her. When I was a kid, video games were for kids. Adults didn’t play.

The next time my mom calls and asks what I’m doing, and I reply that I’m playing a game and I sense the roll of her eyes on the other end, I’m going to point her to Lerner’s ShockZone™ — Games and Gamers series. I’ll show my mom that not only have some people become rich and famous through video games, but games can help improve people’s brain function, train professionals for some of society’s most important roles, and be a way for people to connect with one another.

After she reads these books, she’ll regret telling me to put down the controller and go outside when I was a kid. And maybe she’ll join me in a game or two.

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