My husband corrected me: I have certainly had times in my life when I have played games, and I was good at them, too. There was one winter break from school I spent entirely playing Donkey Kong Country on the Super Nintendo. I finished it. I played plenty of Atari games for large stretches of time when I was growing up.
We have one of those joysticks you plug into the tv that has Mappy, Galaga, Ms. Pac-Man, and Pole Position. We pulled it out last night to do some “research.” I’ve already gained a lot more understanding and appreciation for games from what little I’ve learned from my game programming book. Those classic games have great game play because they didn’t have good graphics to rely on. They *had* to have good game play.
I’ve been plowing through my game book. This is so much fun. Last year I learned Lisp, Flex, and Ruby/Rails. All of them were interesting in their own ways, but none of them got me as jazzed as game programming.