I played one of the first commercial titles for a computer game a long long time ago.
A cookie to anybody who remembers Silicasoft. They put out a game called Star Trek (No.. Not official, and they were later sued) Were there graphics? Eye popping visuals? NO. It was played on punch cards. The box it came in had about 500 little paper cards. You had to plot courses, choose an action, and blast Klingons and such right out of orbit. The game was hard, mostly because you had to picture what was going on in your head. There was no real way of seeing what was were unless you figured it out.
Ah those were the days... Kids today don't even know what fun is. Back when I started using computers, there was not a whole lot you could buy in stores. If you wanted a word processor, you made it your self and saved it to a cassete tape drive. If you wanted games, you either made them, or traded for them. If you wanted a computer, well, there were a few kits were you could build them your self. Almost any of these little script kiddies of today would be totally LOST if they had to use a computer back in the dark ages. Oh fond memories of Arpa Net.... And Phone Phreaking. And a certian little blue box. (If you don't know, don't ask) I remember my first email addy back in about 83 or 84. Before there was a world wide web even. When everything was dark, and the net was almost all text, with alpha numeric art of spock and the enterprise. I paid almost a full grand to get my own private email addy. The days of BBS boards and uzernets. Back before the net was full of porn, mostly because there was so few pictures. I remember when ram cost several thousand bucks for just a few kbs. I remember how impressive having a full meg of ram was on a machine.. How expansive it was... and 20 meg hard drives..... Oh my they were so huge.. We wondered how on earth we would ever fill them. (I paid around 6 grand for a spiffy super fast 3220 RPM 20 meg drive.) I remember when computers were EXPENSIVE. I paid around 10 grand for an Apple Mac IIfx, fully loaded, and it was worth every penny.
I remember when computers were worth something, something called respect, cause they had the power to change your life. They still are, but, now people use them like expensive telephones. The full potential is out of reach for most people.