In The 1980s, You Downloaded Video Games Off The Radio (Cool Weird Awesome 337)

Today we download video games online all the time. Back in the 1980s, gamers without the Internet (such as it was) had to buy or borrow their games. But a few could download programs off the radio. Plus: there's a comet headed Earth's way, and it might make for some great viewing this month, or 6,000 years from now. Either one.

Video Games Are Now Medically Necessary (Cool Weird Awesome 322)

Video games are now as artistically and technically challenging as any other art form. But now they've really leveled up: the FDA has just approved a video game-based treatment for ADHD. Plus: a school librarian in western Virginia just found a clever way to get books to her students while schools and libraries are closed.

By |2020-06-17T08:05:43-04:00June 17th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

How Oregon Trail Inspired A Generation To Learn About Dysentery (Cool Weird Awesome 184)

It was 48 years ago today that kids first got to play the video game Oregon Trail - the invention of three student teachers from Minnesota who ended up changing video game history without realizing it. Plus: a hospital in San Antonio, Texas marks the holiday season by sending all its December newborns home in red and white hats… and stockings!

By |2019-12-03T06:22:31-05:00December 3rd, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Dear Ralph Baer, Thanks, Signed, All The Video Gamers (Cool Weird Awesome 36)

Ralph Baer invented home video games from his workshop in Manchester, New Hampshire - and now the city is honoring this gaming pioneer with a "Baer Square," complete with a statue, in a city park.

By |2020-06-17T08:14:37-04:00May 9th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |