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November 19, 2015 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Atariana Grande - Will video games meet the same fate as Rock & Roll?

Every now and then my vicious grip on rock & roll falters and I find myself humming a Taylor Swift song or listening to Ariana Grande on my drive to work. Pop songs have an odd way of sneaking into my world before I realize their presence. I've always been a heavy metal and rock fan, but these genres are falling off the map when it comes to radio play.

I know many people have given up on radio and have a smart phone full of music at their disposal. I've always loved radio and it's connection to the local community. While local TV brings news from the nearest metropolis, its probably not as "local" as what's on your radio. Radio used to be the pulse of the latest greatest music, but today, my favorite genres are all but gone from airwaves. Classic rock stations still play a lot of my favorite bands, but when was the last time you heard a recent Judas Priest, Van Halen, or Def Leppard song. They all have released albums recently... so where's the airplay? Gone the way of vinyl. Wait, vinyl has made an extraordinary comeback!

When was the last time a rock band won something on a televised music award show? It's been a long time. The music world seems to revolve around the Pop Star genre and their latest hit song. Albums are seemingly irrelevant in a world full of 99-cent songs.

I can only hope video games won't go down the same rabbit hole that music fell into. Diversity is what makes gaming fun. We can all enjoy unique elements, revel in our favorite diverse genres, and become excited about new horizons! Music used to be this exciting.

Atari 2600 joystick and Ariana Grande Each time my son comes to visit, we explore a new batch retro games and listen to the bands I grew up with. He loves Splatoon and Minecraft, but he also loves to play Wizard of Wor and Dig Dug. His friends may be influenced by the pop stars who dominate the free airwaves, but how many of those kids know that AC/DC and the Scorpions rock hard?

Kids are the future - ensure they bring a little bit of the past with them! Add diversity to your kid's life. :)

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