Over the weekend I did something I think my father would have been proud of, I bowled a perfect game. Now I did this on a Wii video game, but does it count as a great feat?
To bowlers a 3oo game is nirvana. My Dad was a serious bowler. He could talk to someone over the phone and correct their flaws. He was good. He never bowled a 300 game, but did take great pride in a 600 series (3 games with a total > 600) he once rolled. I just don't know if this counts on the pride scale.
Videos games have been around a long time. I've been there since the beginning. My family received a gift of a Magnavox Odyssey game circa 1974. You had plastic colored film to put on the screen to allow for color and designs. The game controls were like something from a nuclear energy control site. Skill involved being able to hold the controls that weighed a ton.
Next we had an Atari 2600. The most popular video game of the day. My brother and I would play sports games a lot because we were a sports loving family. I was way better then my brother (he'll deny). But while we were good at these video games, skill, talent and respect were never afforded to us.
I'll skip over the Atari 5200 fiasco and my Game Boy phase. I dabbled in games on the computer over the last 20 years, but I found they lacked the competition edge I yearned for from my youth (that sounds quite pathetic).
Now we have Wii. Santa brought Jimmy one for Christmas. The whole family can and does play together. The game comes with Wii Sports. You can play tennis, baseball, bowling, golf and boxing. You are up and moving around. Skill is required. Competition is reborn.
I admit that I have practiced after my wife and son have left for school. I got better, I got good, the competitive spirit was on fire.
But, would Dad have been proud? I think he would have some advice on picking up splits and I do think he would have been proud in a certain way. I know he would give the bowling a try too.