Wednesday, December 05, 2007

All I Want for Christmas

I'm not a fan of video games. At least I wasn't . . .

Andrew had the day off and we were wandering around Costco (yea, I know--it's a dangerous place to take him) and do you know what they had?? An old-fashioned arcade game, the real stand-up kind with 100 games on it. Everything from new stuff to the Atari classics like Asteroids, Frogger, Pac Man, Donkey Kong, Centipede . . .

Andrew began to brag about how he was "so good" at Centipede and set out to prove his manliness with a quick game. Quick indeed, he was dead within a minute. I asked for a try and it was like the first time Michaelangelo held a brush or the first time Einstein looked at the stars, or--well, you get the idea. I was terrific and I was hooked, he was hollering at me from the produce section to finish up already.

You know I'm cool now that I hold the high score in Centipede at Costco.




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34 comments:

Shesawriter said...

I remember those games. Loved them!
Happy WW!

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tiff (three ring circus) said...

Look at the concentration on your face!
I loved donkey kong when I was growing up, ooh and Mario brothers

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

Yep, they are making a comeback. How cool. Have a great WW. :)

Kelly @ Love Well said...

Centipede is my favorite. I was high score at Chuck E. Cheese when I was in junior high.

Ahhh. Good times, good times.

By the way, congrats for managing to keep the coat and scarf on while playing an intense video game. I always have to shed the outer layers and roll my sleeves up due to all the concentration.

Sandy Carlson said...

What fun! Those things still scare me!

Amy said...

that is hilarious! thank you for the laugh and I so understand the danger of taking your husband to Cosco!

The Preacher's Wife said...

nothing like old school arcade games. We bought the kids an Atari console that plugs into the tv - The best $30 we ever spent..:)

Maddy said...

You go girl! [imagine American accent]
Cheers

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Michelle A. said...

So hilarious! You looked very engrossed in your game! But - did you buy it!

Sheila said...

Off topic question - how do you get your hair to look so great? Is it naturally curly?

Laura said...

I have to agree Costco is a dangerous place to take your husband. It's actually dangerous for me too... somehow I can't leave the place without dropping atleast $150-$200 bucks!

Julie Q. said...

I was a Grand Master at Ms. Pac Man myself. Ah, the memories. Ah, the carpal tunnel.

My brother (the one who owns a company that writes games for Nintendo, X-box, etc.) has a whole collection of the old arcade games lining the walls at his company headquarters. The brilliant thing is that they still require quarters to play. Did the one at Costco take quarters? You could earn all your kids' allowance back from them.

tegdirb92 said...

wow, so cool!! I love centipede too.

Kat said...

That's awesome!

Mary@notbefore7 said...

Rock on Michelle.

Course, it is a darn good thing you are in Alaska cause I'd come to your Costco and beat your score :)

illahee said...

LOL excellent!

Summer said...

I've never played centipede but I still play Donkey Kong and Mario Brothers on my SNES.

Maria said...

I love those games, too. I remember feeling so left out when I was little because I think I was the only kid on the block to NOT have Atari. I got my son the new Atari with the 20 games in it for $17 at Target. I hope he likes it as much as I wanted it!

Deb - Mom of 3 Girls said...

I have a special place in my heart for those 'old-fashioned' arcade games - they supported my family while I was growing up. My dad and his business partner had them in restaurants, hospitals, civic centers and other places all over where we lived. We used to get our allowances, tooth fairy money - everything was in quarters... :)

Oh yes, Centipede is one of my favorites of all time too - along with Galaga, PacMan and Donkey Kong Jr.!

My Ice Cream Diary said...

I love the serious gamer look you have on your face. And I wish my hair looked that good when I go to costco.

Little Miss Moi said...

Dear scribbit. Hahah that's a classic piece of home video! Looks like fun - I can't play these modern games because there's too many buttons.

Shalee said...

I sure do miss Centipede. It was the only one in which I kind of rocked.

And I promise to never go shopping with you. You would put me to shame with your great-looking self. Sigh.

Melissa Markham said...

Centipede was my most favorite game when I was a teenager!

soccer mom in denial said...

Well, you ARE cool!

Babystepper said...

There are a couple of old arcade games at the laundromat. (Pac-Man and...something else.) My kids don't know, yet, that you put money in them to play, so we just look at them.

Ahh, innocence.

Congratulations on your Costco victory, by the way.

Janet said...

I love me my Ms. Pac-Man. Or I did 20, er, 25 years ago. Yikes. I doubt if I could get through the first level now.

jubilee said...

Ms. Pac-man was my favorite. The first time I played, a group of older teen guys graciously allowed me to take a turn knowing that I'd only be a second. 11 minutes later I took a brief look around and they were all standing around looking very bored and very aggravated. Good times! And yes, I too am interested in knowing if you bought it.:)

Coach J said...

Yeah, you're hooked now. :)

Thea said...

O.K. That? Hilarious!

Such concentration!!

frog ponds rock... said...

Wow! That brings back memories..Donkey-Kong was the game for me..
Thanks for the clip, now I know what you mean when you say 'costco' YAY!!

chelle said...

hehehe love the video clip!!!
I am a sucker for Mrs Pacman!

Lisa said...

My husband saw this at our Costco last year. And guess what? He bought it.

K T Cat said...

LOL!

wayabetty said...

I'd thought you'd never take Andrew to Costco again? Good for you! I'm sure he'll go to Costco secretly just to see if he can beat your high score!