Happy Mother's Day

I know a lot of you have memories of your mom surprising you for the holidays or your birthday with a game or, better yet, a console, or a birthday party at the local arcade or mini-golf. That's one of the best things about moms, when you're a kid; when they come out of nowhere, without a word of begging, pleading or conversation, with the coolest, bestest, most non-Mom thing ever in the world.


My brother and I both have an elephant's memory. We often astound our parents with perfect recall of years, dates, things said going back 25 years or more. I know Pac-Man was the only game that ever really amused my mother. But sitting here, racking my brain, I cannot ever recall her playing a video game.

Mom is not some prude or dowdy matron; she is a young, successful, athletic woman for having sons aged 34 and 36. By the time video games were fully on the scene in my childhood, my brother and I had bicycles and paper routes, and thus the means to get to local arcades or to pay for Atari cartridges


But by then, Mom really didn't need to. Because she singlehandedly brought video games into my world.

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The day was July 20, 1981. Dad's birthday. Mom herself heard about this "Atari Video Computer System" and trucked downtown to the Brendle's department store to buy one for him. And I mean it was the Atari 2600, with the wood paneling and chrome switches. It retailed for $199 in 1981. And she bought Space Invaders on top of that.

Dad unboxed it, clapped his hands and said "Hot damn!" He hooked up the RF switcher, plugged "Combat" in the slot, whammed on the old Zenith a couple of times to get a clear signal and then handed the joysticks to me and Fletch. Funny, I don't have much recollection of Dad playing video games either.


Happy Mother's Day, Mom. I love you very much. And to everyone reading Kotaku, Happy Mother's Day to your mothers, too.

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@karasu is my homeboy: This mom reads Kotaku every day. :)

It's nice to see so many nice stories being told about people's moms. My son let me sleep in and is letting me use the TV for Lost Odyssey instead of me watching him play GTA IV (which I'm really enjoying btw).

Aside from having a bunch of educational games on the Odyssey2 back in the late 70's or early 80's, I actually didn't start playing video games until I was pregnant with my son. (My ex-husband gave me a SNES and Super Mario World since I was bored at home.) This was 15 years ago. I'm 34 now and have every console and 4 computers. I am totally obsessed with games. I think I'm making up for the fact that I never played them as a kid. I go to midnight launches and stuff, too. My son loves it. It's not embarrassing to hang out with me, you know? ;-) Makes me feel good.

My mom is 61. She never actively goes seeking games or anything, but whenever I give her one, she LOVES it. I bought her a GBA several years ago and she played the hell out of it until it got stolen. She plays with the Wii now and I think I'll get her a DS Lite for Christmas.

Anyway, Happy Mother's Day to all the other moms out there! :-)