When handheld video games were popular, I remember gathering around any kid who brought one to the schoolyard and jealously cheering them on as they ate ghosts, scored touchdowns or konged donkeys. When a kid brought his brand new Mattel Electronics Computer Chess with him, we all gathered around but most of us had no idea what was going on, so we were not sure when to cheer or back slap this guy.
After a while he was one of the few kids with an electronic device that didn’t have a crowd around him, but he spent almost every recess crouched over that LCD screen. Eventually I would ask him to teach me how the game was played and what small amount of chess knowledge was born from the lessons he gave me on his Mattel Electronics Computer Chess.
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