"What is your earliest gaming memory? We all have to come to gaming from somewhere, what brought you into the fold?"As I may (or may not) have mentioned before, I was not a very heavy console gamer. As of now, I have only owned a couple of Game Boys (regular and pocket), a Dreamcast, and a Gamecube. As such, my earliest gaming experiences probably came from playing educational titles in the computer lab during my elementary school years. Specifically, the two that stick in my mind were Math Blaster and Word Munchers.
To some, perhaps they were a bit drab for their tastes. Perhaps some preferred the creative playground that a painting program offered, or possibly a music-creation program more suited their tastes. Since my artwork was rather limited to stick-figure drawings, and I'd rather go to the music room and bust out the recorder, the brain-swelling programs that were veiled as gaming platforms seemed to suit my needs.
|Trash Alien, antagonist of many a child gamer|
While they were a form of entertainment escapism, games like these certainly provided their educational matter, all wrapped up in a nice visual display. I always preferred being able to see my problems at hand - so be it that they were wrapped up in an interactive presentation. While Math Blasters was likely my mathematics program of choice, Word Munchers acted as my literary option.
|Just like West Side Story, but with Munchers vs. Troggles|
I'm sure there were more educational games that I played, but none have likely stuck in my mind more than the two aforementioned titles. It was games like these that helped introduce me to virtual worlds filled with interactivity, of which I have been hooked since.
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Are there any educational games you played as a kid? What were they like, and have they had any impact on your life since? Feel free to share in the comments below!