Wow! It feels like yesterday that I was playing Combat at Ronnie K’s fathers house in Hunters Point. Lips red from stolen Now & Laters bought from the neighborhood candy lady. Some guy name Curtis Blow was rappin’ about something called hip hop on the radio. A joystick with one red button in hand. Two horribly drawn tanks shooting squares at each other. A small Zenith television with hanger wire working as antennas sat atop a dresser.
That was 1985. It’s 2011 and my favorite childhood pastimes have gone mainstream. A white cat name Eminem just won a Grammy for Best Rap Album and Christopher Tin won the first ever Grammy for video game theme, “Baba Yetu.”