I'm here to tell you that growing up the way we did was not a long-term favor or blessed accomplishment. Let me be clear that I don't blame my parents. No, my disdain for nostalgia has more to do with cold, hard facts and unpleasant anecdotes than personal issues.
Thinking we'd finally done everything we needed to do to play the stinking game, we turned back to the Xbox, which had frozen up completely. No worries. We turned it off and let it reboot, but when it came back on, it immediately froze up again.
Thirty years ago! Scary! Yet inspiring. (Certainly most millennials I encounter are ripping off that era as fast as their iPad-laden hands can grab.) For your pleasure and edification, I was there (and then), and I reflect.
The founder of Atari revolutionized the gaming industry with one of the most successful gaming companies ever. His son Brent Bushnell is also an entrepreneur, running a company called Two Bit Circus, a purveyor of novel out-of-home entertainment.
Instead of putting in the mental exertion or time commitment to try and solve a puzzle -- and develop their critical thinking at the same time -- a kid's first recourse is to beg Dad to go online for a cheat code.