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Engineering Play: A Cultural History of Children’s Software

Engineering Play: A Cultural History of Children’s Software

This book right here is like an explanation of my childhood. Growing up I had computers around me all the time, from the very day I arrived home from the hospital after my birth. There’s even a fabulous picture of me, sitting on my father’s leg (he was holding me up, of course) with my hands smashing away at a keyboard, already a wiz at computers at the age of 2 weeks. My first few computer games were ‘key-pounder’ games, where every key stroke, or slam at that age, made a different shape, color, or pattern appear on the screen. From then on up, it got a little more complicated, but computer games and programs were always present in my life. Many of the ‘edutainment’ games mentioned in this book bring back fond memories for me. This book brings to light an entire side of these games that I had never seen, showing so many different aspects of the reality behind them. There’s more to things like Oregon Trail than I first realized, or ever would have on my own!

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