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Re: [midatlanticretro] Re: Idea for our Maker Faire exhibit

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  • Dave McGuire
    ... Oh yes, absolutely. ... Sure. I was just sharing what happened, as I was surprised by it. -Dave -- Dave McGuire, AK4HZ New Kensington, PA
    Message 1 of 30 , Jun 13, 2013
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      On 06/13/2013 05:44 PM, Mike wrote:
      > What I'm saying is that if you have two systems, each loaded with a game,
      > one with color and joystick and the other with a monochrome text and a keyboard sitting side by side and a kid walks up, the vast majority of kids will gravitate towards one rather than the other.

      Oh yes, absolutely.

      > I know that there are games running in monochrome text mode that any literate person would enjoy.

      Sure. I was just sharing what happened, as I was surprised by it.

      -Dave

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      Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
      New Kensington, PA
    • Dave McGuire
      ... -Dave -- Dave McGuire, AK4HZ New Kensington, PA
      Message 2 of 30 , Jun 13, 2013
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        On 06/13/2013 04:10 PM, Mike Loewen wrote:
        >>> Kids like games, but I have noticed that the the more modern the game
        >>> is, the better they like them. Color graphics and a joystick seem
        >>> like the minimum baseline for most (but not all) kids.
        >>
        >> Just one data point here...My PDP-11/70 at VCF-E last year had a few
        >> terminals running various text-based games. (and one just sitting at a
        >> RSTS/E prompt, of course) Young kids, age 10 or so, took to those games
        >> like ducks to water. They'd never been exposed to that sort of thing
        >> before, but they seemed to intuitively "get it". It was fascinating to
        >> watch their facial expressions as they figured it out, and then started
        >> playing.
        >
        > It's not just kids. Here's Alex Bodnar engrossed in "Mystery Mansion"
        > on my HP 2109E:
        >
        > http://www.flickr.com/photos/osr/7151170579/in/pool-810295@N25/lightbox/

        :-)

        -Dave

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        Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
        New Kensington, PA
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