It was the nineties

There are few games that I played growing up that was as fun and exciting to me as Foursquare. Maybe it is written 4Square? A game you may or may not have heard of, but it was a crazy, gut-wrenching, all or nothing sport played in the greatest battlefield of all. The school playground.

We all know nostalgia is a hell of a drug and it hit me when I was talking with someone that had a kickball tournament recently. Kickball was all fun and games (literally) and yet didn’t compare to the rush of knocking someone out in foursquare. The annoyance of when your favorite spot was taken or when you got a bad ball for the recess.

Oh yes, we are walking straight down memory lane here folks. 

Rugrats, Invader Zim, Purple Ketchup, the Crazy Craving mascot for Honeycomb cereal, Tomogatchi and wanting to be the very best. Like NO ONE ever was.


Sometimes you just get hit with this blast of things from the past and you want to feel or experience that again. Would I play a foursquare videogame? I may download it and try it out, but it would never capture that experience again. A game can’t give me the stomach clench of the Tilt-a-whirl or make me want to run underneath whatever that giant rainbow tarp thing they had was. These are experiences we can’t simply digitally duplicate.

It is something that I think on often when I wonder what my kids will enjoy. As I age and my mind turns to the future I want them to smile and play something like foursquare. I want them to run inside and tell me that he/she has a stick that is actually a sword. I don’t want them lost to the screen time oblivion. Some of this is spurred from being at a small fair yesterday and seeing absolutely tons of kids on cell phones. It happens, I know I sound old and cranky. I just wonder where the limit is and what things we can do to use mixed media and incorporate physical games into their lives and ours again?

Yes, this is a rant.

A rant that I just had to get out for the day. Something that I know I can’t simply get back and it is a bummer. Something that each time I play through Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time it loses a little of its shimmer. The shock when you realize how simple you can beat the original Mario now, or how bad the shooting on GoldenEye is since you have had newer titles. It is growing up, it is inevitable.

Really I think the one thing we can do for it today, is live a little extra. Go find three friends, chalk up four squares all touching, and play. It doesn’t have to be fancy, you don’t have to look cool, just live a little.

As Marcus Aurelius said,

“You could leave life right now. Let that determine what you do and say and think”

So go out and play. Just do it for living and for the sake of gaming.


Feature Photo by Stephany Lorena on Unsplash

Cereal Photo by Samantha Gades on Unsplash

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