Montageman: A dude who writes

January 30, 2007

Interest & Atari

Filed under: affect, atari, interest, videogames — montageman @ 4:32 am

My dad and his friends used to play Realsports Football for Atari 2600.  The system was housed in our basement on Stephens St. in Saint Clair Shores.  Realsports Football is the only videogame that I can picture my dad playing.   Nights playing Atari did not involve me, however, they involved my dad’s friends and gambling for either money or dinners.  Realsports Football offered very little in terms of “real football,” but what it did offer was a chance for players to imagine themselves as that week’s hot quarterback, wide receiver, or defensive end.  “Ken Anderson throws to the wide open receiver!” Atari games required an interactivity beyond that of the joystick and the game.  To truly enjoy Football, there had to be some knowledge of real football.  Early games elicited, as Tomkins might argue, interest from players because interest is a necessary condition for the formation of the perceptual world (71).  Tomkins is talking about a much larger interest here, but bringing to the level of the game works.  For Atari to work, gamers had to be interested.

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