Being human totally sucks most of the time. Videogames are the only thing that make life bearable.
—Anorak’s Almanac , Chapter 91, Verses 1–2
A day late, I wanted to share a quote from one of my favorite books. This brought me back to when I would play a lot of the older 8-bit games (not so old when I played them) on my old 486 SX33Mhz computer that my mother had taken out a loan to buy me when my favorite 8th grade science teacher told her that I had an aptitude for computers and that I should have on in the home as they were the future. Thank you Mr. Linville, you helped me find a passion that has help make me who I am today.
Playing old videogames never failed to clear my mind and set me at ease. If I was feeling depressed or frustrated about my lot in life, all I had to do was tap the Player One button, and my worries would instantly slip away as my mind focused itself on the relentless pixelated onslaught on the screen in front of me. There, inside the game’s two-dimensional universe, life was simple: It’s just you against the machine. Move with your left hand, shoot with your right, and try to stay alive as long as possible.
Parzival (Wade Owen Watts), Ready Player One
Cover image by the tallented: Florian de Gesincourt