Transcribed By Damien in 2011
Aaron, 34 Wearing a black hoodie and jeans. Living room has flat screen TV, coffee table covered in clothes is next to a red couch. He sits on the couch with an article of clothing in his hand. He folds it pushes it aside and begins talking.
What do video games mean to me? Well I don’t know. What do I think of gaming culture? Evolved. from like Pong to like more realistic. It’s gone from little side scrolling to like three dimensional worlds. What‘s the future well possibly 3-d like the PlayStation. Uhuh, like how TV’s now have 3-d on them. Ummm (he pauses looking thoughtful) It went from like joysticks on the Atari, like the games you would play down at the Arcade. Atari made the games but no home consoles. We played for fun. There was this game called fishing. It was a two player up and down catch the fish before the shark was coming. (He gets a bit more excited as he tells the story) It was hard to play because all we had was a black and white TV at the time. We didn’t know what was getting our fish, but we didn’t know, until we got a colored TV. They had the old cathode ray tubes so that’s change now too TV’s now use LED. You can’t use like some of the old shooter games. Duck Hunt, Hogan’s Alley. Nintendo was already out before the NES, they were on the Atari. They just got mad because (he trails off) It was cool it was already on the Atari but they wanted to do their own thing and have their own way of doing it and not conform to uh what Atari was wanting to do. They came out with Mario Brothers and Duck Hunt and Rad Racers, Sight Bike, Metroid, came out with a whole series of games back in like (He pauses to think) In like was ’88. Christmas of ’88 was a big push for Nintendo, they had their own system, it was the first big gaming system with a big push. Yeah, oh yeah. (His eyes light up and he smiles) Graphics, what you can do, more memory and well the graphics. Depends on how Microsoft works out their system whether remotes become obsolete, it very well could be. But it just depends on what people want. If they’re smart they will give ‘em what they want. If they get the technology up (pauses) it be ok, but some people still want to be lazy and use their hands, the controller. Mm It can make you lazy. That’s why the Wii was made, be more active but you either like it or you don’t. They’re trying but, (he pauses for a good while) the PlayStation has got their thing and the Xbox has got their deal it’s still, people fighting it. Yeah it’s just too new. I well I play a lot of Skyrim but before that it was Okami because of the art work. The Okami on the Wii is awesome but still that is my favorite game. They are still games they aren’t on the Xbox or console but yeah Facebook is still games. It’s pretty limited because they want you to pay money for things to add. It’s still games. It is just if they wouldn’t limit it it’s more like the old style to where you know demos. You can play to a certain point and then you got to buy the things to keep on playing. People make a lot of money that way but I don’t like it so I don’t play a lot of that crap. Yes total different interactions, a lot of the computer games have gotten MMO types, you can still play the game but you can type and talk. Now you can do that with Xbox (His voice raises a bit again with excitement) Yeah, yeah but with the limits right now. With the Xbox they are trying to get new stuff. Trying to do that more. Some people just want to go ahead and just play it and some people just like using the uh mouse over like the joystick or the controller. I’ve gone from console to computer gaming just because of the graphics. The games on the Wii and the PlayStation I don’t know what they’re doing. They stopped coming out with as cool of games as they use to. The price of computer games is a lot cheaper. I don’t know why but I have an idea, mhm. A lot of times with the downloads if you lose your computer you can still get the download back. Graphics is better on them.