By Jared Newman | Monday, May 18, 2009 at 3:23 pm
Growing up, how did technology treat your generation? Did your maturation sync perfectly with the world’s technological advances, or did you arrive too late (or too early) for the best and biggest developments?
I’m stealing this idea from Raph Koster, designer of the classic PC game Ultima Online, who ponders whether his birth year of 1971 made for the perfect “geek age.” For example, he saw Star Wars in theaters 13 times, played pinball machines in real arcades and “got an 8-bit computer at exactly the age when boys get obsessive about details.”
Koster wrote that he feels sorry for people born 10 years earlier or later than he, but falling into the latter category, I disagree. While his points about comics, science fiction and Dungeons and Dragons are beyond the scope of Technologizer, I’m prepared to argue the merits of my birth year, 1983, as a great time to enter the world of technology and subsequently geek out:
Now, let’s hear about your geek age. Was it better than mine or Raph Koster’s?