I wanted to keep up a whole weekly blog thing for this shindig, but I was stumped as to how to approach the idea. So, I turned to someone who believes even more than I do about our favorite childhood hobby having changed quite a bit over the years for advice,
I told him how I wanted to write an article about what makes a classic game a classic, and how to communicate how important I believe preserving them is. He cocked his head to the side and asked me, "I don't understand. What exactly is it do you want to write about?" I tried to explain everything I had in mind for this group, piece by piece, as it all came to mind. I realize I have a problem with explaining my thoughts properly, so I thought maybe I wasn't saying something right. I thought I was losing his interest.
I was starting to turn into a stuttering mess, but he stopped me and said, "No, I understand the focus of your group. I understand your cause, and I think it's a noble idea. I just don't think you're thinking of the whole picture. You see them as something to preserve and to enshrine, because a lot of these games you grew up with and remember very fondly. There are others out there who haven't played all the games that you have. I don't think you should work to 'preserve' so much as to educate everyone about the era of gaming you cherish so much. Are you building a museum with art dedicated to gaming? Well, museums are nice for those of us who are history buffs, right? Those who have no interest don't get much from them. I don't think that your group really is the best way to catch younger gamers or people who picked up the hobby later than you did. You have to keep those people in mind, too."
I thought about what he said very seriously for the last few days, and I have no idea how to attract the attention of younger gamers to the old days. All I can do is try to explain why my heart is stuck in the past as much as it is. How do I 'educate', so to speak? That's one reason I do my perler art, I've even stated as such in my 'artist's statement' for my online portfolio.
That's why I've come to all of you! To ask you how you would go about such a gargantuan task?