Monday, March 5, 2012

Monkey - TV - Atari - Nintendo - Tablet?

Maybe, although I have my doubts.

According to an article yesterday, a report from Nielsen is showing a significant increase in tablet use as a resource to entertain children both at home and at school. But will tablet use erase the need for other media resources? I am not sure about that. To me, they are on different paths.

When I was growing up, we didn't even have a TV at home - yes! I am that old. Then we splurged (or gave in) and bought a TV, but reception was only at certain times of the day. Thankfully, when there was no reception, it was perfect time for some thumb exercise. You guessed it, Atari games. But we still watched TV.

Fast forward a few short years and there were several channels, international channels, and we were stuck to tv for hours at a time. Then Nintendo came out with its GameBoy. Remember? All attention went to that, along with many saved pennies towards a solid battery stock. We still watched TV and played Atari.

Many years later, there came the X-box, Wii, and Kinect. We tried them all out, and stuck with our favorite one (or two). About the same time, Nintendo DS came out and with it another slury of personal game consoles even for the youngest children. They promised all sorts educational and entertainment miracles and many Christmas shoppers headed in that direction. Did kids ever stop watching TV? Did they play with their iPod touch and completely forgot about their Wii?

Today, I find this whole conversation a little on the pathetic side, but if we have to walk this line, I would say that TV is not going anywhere, and neither is the home based gaming console or the personal one for that matter. They each serve a certain purpose even if their design is more flexible to act as another at times of need.   

And as for us, the ancient generation, we've experienced our share of technological evolution, but at the end of the day, we still watch TV.

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