Wish List Wednesday: For the Gamer in Me. 04.25.2012

Wish List Wednesday:

For the Gamer in Me

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez

Okay, so I’m not really a gamer. I’m more like the prehistoric equivalent of one. “In my day,” (as the older generations seem to reminisce more and more about) I had the pleasure of witnessing the “dawn” of machines transform into home computer technology through such icons as Vic 20 and the Commodore 64. This was an exciting time for us who could now move our play of Pacman and Donkey Kong from the pinball arcade houses to the privacy of own homes.

Vic 20. The way it was.
Pacman from 1973.

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The kids, now, with their technological savvy may laugh with the huff and puff of GB superiority, but the creative power of their tech toys and games had to originate from somewhere even if its humble beginnings were first the DOS-style games such as The Juggler!

The Juggler game on the Vic 20, one of the first. Its medium was on a cassette.

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Needless, to say, I’m not a techie. My Dad, however, is a retired LAN Administrator, AKA computer specialist and tech-savvy troubleshooter, so the mainframe of computers were always a part of our jargon and our home.

If my Dad wasn’t tinkering with hardware, he was programming software. If he wasn’t solving network problems or saving the corporation he worked for from losing millions of dollars, he was showing us the love of computers and its games–whichever one it was, of course.

I’m not an expert, but I have a secret passion for the game—and don’t laugh please—Tetris. More specifically, Tetris Attack!

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And so, for this Wish List Wednesday feature, I must confess the following are high on my wish list:

Tetris Heat Changing Mug

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When cold, the Tetris Heat Changing Mug shows a game of Tetris in its early stages. But pour in some hot or boiling water and it’ll reveal a game in full swing – level number, current score and all. I’m an avid mug collector and this mug is a sure favourite that I hope Santa will be kind enough to remember come Christmas time (yes, that means you, husband dear!) Available from firebox.com.

Tetris Tote Bag

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Who can say no to a tote bag? Especially a Tetris one? All the more to store my books in for Tote Bag Tuesdays at the Bibliotaphe’s Closet.

Tetris Magnets

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Because your game should always be on (the fridge)! Or at the very least, your tips and tricks at leading the championship. Available on etsy via Argopiffs.

Tetris Pendant

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I’m into jewellery. Wearing this is surely to mark me as a hardcore Tetris Warrior! Available from etsy via marikesh.

Tetris Pillow

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Need to recuperate from dropping tiles? Best to “drop” your head on this Tetris pillow. You know…for a short nap before your next game! Available from etsy via Nancy from Paris, France.

Tetris Dress

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I’m an avid vintage buyer and this little Tetris-inspired baby doll dress in green is perfect for me! Available from etsy via Tortoises Treasure.

Tetris Soap

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For the sweet-smelling man in my life—and to make sure he stays that way! And so he can also forgive me for always beating him at Tetris, this form of bribery always works best!

Tetris Link

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Tetris Link is great for the days at the cottage or when there’s a power outage in your area. Because now you don’t have to depend on Tetris online to give you your fix.

iPad3

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iPad 3. Call me a sellout. It’s okay. I want one. All the better to blog with, My Love. And also to carry and read 1000’s of ebooks, which I can’t do right now because I don’t own an e-reader device—yet.

Steve Jobs: A Biography

STEVE JOBS: A BIOGRAPHY by Walter Isaacson.

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 I’m fascinated with anyone who’s highly intelligent, driven, and creative. All words synonymous with the late Steve Jobs, the apple of my eye. I still have yet to own and read his biography written by Walter Isaacson. But, I will. I will, so help me, Apple!

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 That’s it for my Wish List this week! It’s been such a busy time I actually haven’t had the chance to even play Tetris. When I take a break today, I’ll sneak in a few rounds! To you Tetris Warriors on Tetris Attack, all I need to say is:

Anywhere. Any time. Any place.

Let’s play!

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If you had to choose one game you could play ABOVE any others, what game would it be and why?

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