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If you're not reading Chris Muir's Day by Day, you're missing out on the opportunity to say "I was reading him back in the day," when he becomes world famous.

Today's strip resembles many conversations I've been involved in regarding video games.

Yes, I was around back in the age of Oddysey and Atari and Vic20, when dinosaurs roamed the earth and Strom Thurmond was just a little tike.


Commoredore 64, Colecovision, Intellivision, Coleco ADAM, Atari 2600, Commodore 128, and pong recovered from the dump. Were there any other ones?

I still have my old Atari - packed away somewhere in an unremembered location.

All this talk about comic strips and nostalgia made me think about Bloom County. Bill the Cat, where have ye gone?


Opus, whither art thou? And Binkley's Closet of Anxieties?

I loved that strip.


Being a 40-plus programmer (and the resident 'old man' in my department), I totally related to that strip.

It also brought to mind that, a few days back, we decided a good way to identify the younguns 'round here was to see if they could complete the following, all the way to the chorus, from memory:

"Hold the pickle, hold the lettuce..."

I still want to buy a Galaga machine...

Good lord, I remember when Pong came out. Fifty cents, it cost to play, it did. That's twice what pinball cost back then. Ran on this newfangled thing called eee-leck-tricity.

Still have an original Intellivision in the garage, too.

HAH! Then I scroll down to see Kevin's catfight.

Hey, FerroLad...See if the kids at work can recognize the bodies Kevin used for the Moxies in the catfight. I haven seen those in probably 30 years.

I was going to put Pong in there(or asteroids-my fave),but I didn't think anyone would have recognized them!

And now, I must go rest my aged frame, as I used the tv remote too much last night and tired myself out....

They can, Ken, because they still make them...

Another Bloom Co. reference: Remember the Basselope?

And more on-topic, there was the little kid who had the obsolete PC that looked suspiciously like a TRS-80...

Wow, In an odd coincidence, today at lunch I just picked up one of those Atari-style joysticks that has 10 old Atari games built into it. You just put 4 batteries in it and plug it directly into the TV input. Blast from the past for 20 bucks.



That is SO frikkin' cool! Gotta get one of each!

Man, I remember my old Vic20. I was so pissed off that my parents got it for me for Christmas, as I saw it as a ploy to keep me off my Dad's IBM PC.

Crappy cassette drive. I kept tripping over the cord, and having to type my programs in again. It would take forever to save and load.

Meep, it's true the cassette drive on the VIC20 was woeful, but you had an operating system that was at least 10 years ahead of Microsoft. Totally graphical user interface, drag and drop functionality, etc. - all on the tiniest of system resources. GEOS was so far beyond Microsoft back in those days, it's enough to make you cry...

So I had the joystick thing sitting on my desk, and my boss saw it, and demanded that we test it out on the projector screen. So I even got a free set of batteries out of it courtesey of work!

You are in a maze of twisty little passages, all alike.


Nothing happens.

Jon, they still make 'em? Damn, if I had only known that my girls woulda had one!

As it is, I guess I'll have to wait for grandkids...but not too soon.