I was a child when Video Games became a thing. The Christmas when my parents got us an Atari 2600 has become a mythical time in our lives. I remember bleary dry eyes and joystick thumb from playing until we dropped.
Even with advent of the screen, we played outside all the time. I had a bike with a banana seat. I had Barbies and coloring books and Simon and dolls and Colorforms.
But my all time favorite toy to play with was the game Connect Four. Maybe it was the power of commercials in the 70’s, but I will never forget the commercial for Connect Four. “Pretty sneaky, sis…” I played this with my brother, and I’m sure I wanted him to say that line. Maybe he even did.
My kids have the small travel version of this game, so the plasticky kerthunk of the checker dropping into its space on the grid isn’t quite the same , but the game play itself is just as I remember it. For many years I’ve had to hold myself back from beating them at it, but now that they are older, they beat me fair and square. Funny how life works. Pretty sneaky, indeed.