One of my students found a bunch of old computer and videogame magazines and shared them with me last week. I’ve been slowly perusing them as time allows, and I found something surprising in the October 1982 issue of Videogaming Illustrated.
It’s from a multi-page feature called Star Words, in which different celebrities, mostly actors, offer their impressions of videogames. The main story that month featured Robert Culp (of The Greatest American Hero fame), but the section also offers a half-page inset with shorter reactions. I reproduce it below (click for a larger, more legible version).
The plainly negative reactions from Christopher Reeve and Chevy Chase are intriguing of course, but its the brilliant and prescient one-liner from comedian Mel Brooks that caught my eye:
Chuckle you may, but this is precisely the sort of argument I’ve been mustering in more philosophical contexts: videogames are not just objects for people, but objects for microprocessors and input devices and televisions too.
So, there you have it, Mel Brooks, object-oriented ontologist.