I remember the day my dad called us to see “something cool.” I’d never seen one before and I didn’t know what it was. On the desk in the corner of my parents bedroom, there it was: The Apple Macintosh II.
“What is it?”
“It’s a computer!”
“Where did you get it?”
“I bought it from ____.”
This amazed me. We lived in the Middle East – there were no computer stores. The people he got it were friends of ours who lived in Russia. This wasn’t just a miracle: it was a complete shock for the early 90s.
Fortunately for me, the computer came with three games. Sim City, Oregon Trail, and Power Pete. I delved into all three with eagerness.
Power Pete (later re-released as “Mighty Mike”) was an arcade style game where you rescued bunnies in 5 different lands – all to annoying sound effects and cartoonish weapons. I completely sucked at it, but my sister mastered it easily.
I loved playing Oregon Trail. I was super into Laura Ingalls Wilder and this was such a great way to visualize what I was reading. I always set myself up as a young 20 year old, married, with a small child. Occasionally my best friend and the boy she liked would join our party. It was like playing “LIFE” but with a “Choose your own adventure” mixed into the story. I loved it.
Then came “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?” and I learned a lot of geography from playing this game.
I don’t remember how long that damn Macintosh II lasted, but I remember it took forever for my parents to upgrade. We got that Apple when I was in 3rd grade. Oh, it was the start of everything.