I grew up watching my brother playing Bard’s Tale on the Commodore c64. We would have graph paper and map out the towns and dungeons for hours. It didn’t matter who played, we both felt the sense of exploration, mystery and fun.
Tonight our children (6 and 7 years old!) are playing are playing Minecraft together on a shared server and video chatting over FaceTime using our iPhones. They are building block worlds instead of recording block maps.
I can see that same sense of wonder on their faces as they play as my brother and I had when we were young.