Atlas Shrugged

Yesterday, a fellow Goodjer mentioned that he just lost his dad who had suffered a severe heart attack. His father was an avid gamer, and together they enjoyed quite the amount of entertainment software it seems.

It was sad news — but it also reminded me of how, to my parents, gaming always was a closed book. They never did mind me adding it to my list of hobbies, however, they hardly understand what people find fascinating about them. I, obviously, was aware of that, and yet it didn’t become gravely evident until Comanche arrived in 1992.


Unlike other developers, Novalogic had opted for a Voxel-based engine, and the result was absolutely stunning for its time. I did not completely fall in love with its flight model — it felt a bit arcade-ish — , but the technology was what kept me playing. There simply had been nothing like this before. Taking advantage of the hilly areas to hide and sneak up on your targets, or doing a daring canyon run with several with several K-50s on your six — Comanche just delivered.

Being completely enthused, I simply had to show the game to my mother. I did a brief demo while gushing over the “incredibly realistic graphics” and what breakthrough we were seeing here. I was emitting vibes of utter excitement.

My mother looked at the screen. Then she looked at me. Then back at the screen. Then back at me again.

Hmmm mmmmm.

That’s when I knew that there was no hope for her.

(Screenshot courtesy of Mobygames)

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  1. #1 by sascha on September 22, 2009 - 1:15 pm

    yes, thats a story, truely many of us gamers can tell, i think.
    also my parents are so what of NOT into gaming. the existence of games seems to be invisible in their universe…

    only difference today is, that some of the current graphic engines indeed can impress a todays totally none nerd. well at least my girlfriend, who was once scared by the look and feel of “crysis” a years ago or so.
    and that is interesting: realistic gamegraphics more or less “scare” the “not nerds”, than they entertain them..

  2. #2 by Spunior on September 22, 2009 - 1:21 pm

    But your parents still are interested in the stuff YOU are doing though, no?

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