Thirty Years from Geeks at a table to Gaming Online

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Thirty Years from Geeks at a table to Gaming Online

As a new year dawns and I get a year older it amazes me how much things have changed

I’ve been a gamer for over Thirty Five years about the same length of time I’ve been a Doc­tor Who fan and like the time lord whose face has changed many times over that period the term “gamer” has dra­mat­i­cally changed from my youth.

When I was young a gamer was some­body me or Instapun­dit who likely played Avalon Hill games like 1776, Diplo­macy or per­haps the newly released Squad Leader that took the hobby by storm or was into one of the many Sports Sim­u­la­tion Games APBA or Strat-​O-​Matic.

As the years passed gam­ing included peo­ple play­ing role-​playing games such as Dun­geons & Drag­ons and other such role play­ers with set­tings from Mid­dle Earth, to the Old West to Space.

With the dawn of the home com­puter Geek Gamers were sud­denly able to play things like King­maker & D & D Mod­ules like Pool of Radiance.

But just as we geeks were thanks to the com­puter age enter­ing Nerd­varna a funny thing hap­pened with the explo­sion of the speed of the inter­net & PC, plus their spread to the gen­eral pub­lic sud­denly gam­ing was rede­fined. It was no longer some­thing sim­ply for geeks like myself & my pals, sud­denly not only was gam­ing main­stream with online games such as City of Heroes and Call of Duty playable of gam­ing sys­tem as well as PC’s.

And with Smart­phones in the hands of every­one sud­denly the major­ity of the peo­ple online play­ing games are no longer folks like me, they’re peo­ple like my wife who might be play­ing Pogo online or per­haps going to the apple store and buy­ing apps like Slo­to­ma­nia because there is a big­ger audi­ence for slots or other elec­tronic ver­sions of casino games than geeks play­ing Munchkin.

To be sure there is still room for peo­ple like me who might sign on to stream to play Civ­i­liza­tion 5 with the same gam­ing crew I once sat at a table with were we were in col­lege and every now and then I man­aged to get free for a board game like Ra, Seven Won­ders or some of the old Clas­sics like 1830.

But when it comes down to it we have gone from being the main tar­get for writ­ers of aps.

That is until the dawn of true vir­tual real­ity games, then we’ll rule the roots again, at least for a lit­tle while until those gamemak­ers cre­ate a vir­tual real­ity Vegas Casino with a sim­u­lated Robert De Niro keep­ing us honest.

I would not be sur­prised to see that in my lifetime.

As a new year dawns and I get a year older it amazes me how much things have changed

I’ve been a gamer for over Thirty Five years  about the same length of time I’ve been a Doctor Who fan and like the time lord whose face has changed many times over that period the term “gamer”  has dramatically changed from my youth.

When I was young a gamer was somebody me or Instapundit who likely played Avalon Hill games like 1776, Diplomacy or perhaps the newly released Squad Leader that took the hobby by storm or was into one of the many Sports Simulation Games APBA or Strat-O-Matic.

As the years passed gaming included people playing role-playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons and other such role players with settings from Middle Earth, to the Old West to Space.

With the dawn of the home computer Geek Gamers were suddenly able to play things like Kingmaker & D & D Modules like Pool of Radiance.

But just as we geeks were thanks to the computer age entering Nerdvarna a funny thing happened with the explosion of the speed of the internet & PC, plus their spread to the general public suddenly gaming was redefined. It was no longer something simply for geeks like myself & my pals, suddenly not only was gaming mainstream with online games such as City of Heroes and Call of Duty playable of gaming system as well as PC’s.

And with Smartphones in the hands of everyone suddenly the majority of the people online playing games are no longer folks like me, they’re people like my wife who might be playing Pogo online or perhaps going to the apple store and buying apps like Slotomania because there is a bigger audience for slots or other electronic versions of casino games than geeks playing Munchkin.

To be sure there is still room for people like me who might sign on to stream to play Civilization 5 with the same gaming crew I once sat at a table with were we were in college and every now and then I managed to get free for a board game like Ra, Seven Wonders or some of the old Classics like 1830.

But when it comes down to it we have gone from being the main target for writers of aps.

That is until the dawn of true virtual reality games, then we’ll rule the roots again, at least for a little while until those gamemakers create a virtual reality Vegas Casino with a simulated Robert De Niro keeping us honest.

I would not be surprised to see that in my lifetime.