It was love at first sight: Mattel’s football game.
The game play was quick and easy. You used buttons to move your player — a tiny horizontal red dash — across the football field.
Popular at the time, too.
You know “The Logical Song” by Supertramp that was released in 1979? When you hear the words “d-d-digital,” it’s followed by a special effects sound from the game that happens when a tackle is made.
It would be considered a joke by today’s standards. But as kids we loved that game.
News that Sony’s just-released PlayStation Vita might be the closing bookend on the era of handheld video game devices — thanks to the rise of smartphone gaming — had me feeling a bit nostalgic.
By the way, you can still buy one of these old-school handhelds (and plenty others including a Mattel baseball game we enjoyed growing up) at sites including Amazon.