Hardware That Creates Feelings
by John Andreula
Playing video games is all about inspiring feelings within us.
Video games are about connecting with deep emotions. They create a link to the digital art and stories held within. They literally produce feelings as well. The feelings I speak of are sensations. Games stimulate the senses of touch, vision, and hearing.
My first personal example of connecting with feelings produced in video games comes in the form of a memory created in my very early days.
It is the memory of an Atari 2600 joystick.
I cannot even recall what game I played with that black and red joystick on the bulky black and brown hardware. It was probably Pac-Man or Ms. Pac-man.
The game experience itself did not create a memory as much as the tangible sensory stimulation of holding the joystick within my tiny hand did. I can recall the gliding movement of the stick. I remember the clicking of the button being pressed.
I was young and cannot piece together more than the feel of the joystick and the excitement of being able to play with what I understood then to be a “grown-up toy.”
“Please allow me to introduce myself”
There is the common phrase you are either a Beatles fan or a Stones fan. I have to say I like them both equally but for entirely different reasons. The rock sound of the Stones for the time was edgy and more of a primal scream with a different message. Oddly enough not one of the more common remade songs from band with the most noteworthy being from Guns and Roses.
The song I saved for Halloween this year is my favorite and standout for the band. Yes there are lot of songs to chose since this ones release in 1968 but the narrative is amazing. Jagger’s “voice” as the Devil paints such a historical tapestry. Always there, just behind the curtain, do you believe it. They say the greatest trick the Devil ever played was convincing the world he didn’t exist. I’m The Listener and one of the greats songs for a Halloween Classic Rock Wednesday is Sympathy for the Devil.
Mischief night! The pregame for Halloween or Day of the Dead and a little song to get the party started. Here is your ghostly Moment of Geek. #Ghosts #MomentofGeek #5280Geek
The crew talked about the Nintendo Labo on the #podcast. Now you can see it in action as legend John Carpenter plays the Halloween theme on one. Happy Halloween, here is your Moment of Geek. #Halloween #JohnCarpenter #Nintendo #MomentofGeek #5280Geek
“Welcome to the Human Race”
#CLRW Listener here; It was the 70’s and what we know as Classic Rock today is what was being played all over the FM radio dials back then. But there was this new sound of music called Disco that was coming out, and it was poised to take on the standard Rock music of that era. It was a big battle for a short period of time and we all know what happened of course, but there was one Rock band that came from that brief period that managed to fuse a little disco sound with their Rock band and became quite successful. They were called *the Electric Light Orchestra* or ELO for short. Headed by Jeff Lynne, ELO had an unmistakable sound that has passed the true test of time. And later, even managed to get them into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Instead of pulling out some old footage of one of their performances, and since we are Geek fans. I would like to show the beginning of “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” with dancing Baby Groot. Hey, why not? And enjoy the one of a kind sounds of the Electric Light Orchestra for your Classic Rock Wednesday. #ELO #MrBlueSky #ClassicRock #Guardians #5280Geek #TheListener