STRANGER THINGS Videogame
Videogames today are so advanced. Playing one is like watching a CGI movie that you control. People of my generation remember DRAGON’S LAIR, a cartoon videogame you could find only in arcades, as the most amazing thing ever seen in the world of electronic game play. It was like controlling your own Saturday morning cartoon! The games we had at home on our trusty Atari 2600 weren’t as “good” as the ones in the arcades. The graphics weren’t as detailed; the lights and sounds not so rich or nuanced. But they were magical, all the same. Today’s fanciest game just can’t compare to the Atari Pac-Man. I have cherished memories of sitting up late into the night, the light turned out and the volume on the black-and-white TV set I had in my bedroom turned down all the way so as not to risk awakening my parents, playing Pac-Man into the wee hours of the morning.
Since the success of STRANGER THINGS is fueled in no small part by 80s nostalgia, what could be more appropriate than a STRANGER THINGS retro-style videogame? You don’t have to hunt down a working Atari 2600 to play it, though. You can play it on your phone–and it’s free to download. Will today’s children, I wonder, have the same kind of memories of staying up past their bedtimes, playing the STRANGER THINGS game on their cellphones?