Monday, August 10, 2009

Ancient Hardware Reviews Pt 6

In this last installment of "Ancient Hardware Reviews," I'd like to cover possibly my oldest gadget - my 1989 Nintendo Gameboy. While I can't exactly remember if I was 2 1/2 or 3 1/2 when I received it for Christmas one year, I do remember that it was at my grandparents' house in Long Island, NY and that Marie and I both received one, which came with Tetris (yes!) and we also received the Super Mario Bros. game to share. The Gameboy is one of my favorite inventions of all time - when I was stuck with nothing to do (like sitting in a car for days) or on airplanes (and assuming I wasn't reading a book or something smarter than playing video games), the Gameboy was a breath of fresh air. As I get older, I still appreciate simple puzzles like Tetris on my Nintendo Wii, and have gotten pretty good at it as I've gotten older. While the shortcomings of the Gameboy are obvious - The greenscale screen, no backlighting, and pretty terrible battery life (the contrast would fade inversely as the batteries died, but the dedicated "contrast" controller let you prolong gaming for a few more precious minutes). But nevertheless, it's withstood the test of time, and for every version that Nintendo has released, this one still remains a staple of video-game history.

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