Play­ing With My Son

EDGE - - KNOWLEDGE - In­spired by a trick de­scribed by Steve Martin on his 1978 al­bum A Wild And Crazy Guy, the sug­ges­tion be­ing to set school-age kids up for a fall by teach­ing them the wrong mean­ings of words when they’re three, XOXO Fes­ti­val co-founder Andy Baio set about ex­per­i­ment­ing with his own son. But rather than en­sure Eliot couldn’t ask to be ex­cused to use the toi­let, Andy de­cided to force the boy to play through the games of his own youth in chrono­log­i­cal or­der, start­ing with ar­cade and Atari VCS ti­tles such as As­ter­oids and Zaxxon – all the while with­hold­ing mod­ern games in an at­tempt to see if Eliot would bet­ter ap­pre­ci­ate games with smaller bud­gets as a re­sult. Now, ten years since he be­gan this not en­tirely sci­en­tific ex­per­i­ment, Andy has pub­lished his find­ings, and the re­sults are heart­warm­ing.

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