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Tuesday, February 08, 2011


The mobile phone is perhaps the most futuristic thing about our lives, but more and more the most profitable things about them are nostalgia based tie-ins! Fact!

Over the last few years companies like "Player X" have been busy making mobile versions of some of our favourite shows from the 1970's, 1980's and 1990's! Shows like "Bullseye", "Sale of the Century" and "Strike It Lucky" have been huge hits!

Understandable really. I love the idea of my messages arriving with Bully saying "Aaaaaaannnnd One" if it's my first text, or "Aaaaaannnnd Two" for my second etc. Nice.

Recently these mobile-scheming people have even managed to make a mobile version of "Etch-a-Sketch"! The classic, and ubiquitous drawing game we surely all remember from our childhood.

It has a free-drawing mode which looks so much like the old toy, it's spooky. It really transforms your phone. You can save your drawings and email them to friends, or use the application to make any photo in your gallery look like an Etch-a-Sketch drawing!

Some new models even allow you shake your phone and clear the screen! Just like the real Etch-a-Sketch! Amazing! I would most definitely need that function - when I was young I spent more time shaking and clearing my screen than drawing. I would always be trying to make the perfect spiral and then would get nudged at the last second and it would all be ruined! But I've never been much of an artist anyway.

It has a game component as well, which is similar to Etch-a-Sketch but is more like that other 1980's staple computer game - Qix.

So if you suddenly get a hankering to play or see a game you haven't played for a generation, search for it. It will usually be out there and available for your phone! I think I'm going to look for "Asteroids" right now in fact....


  • At 10:59 am , Blogger 80s Plastic said...

    I used to get irrated beyond belief with my Etch-a-Sketch. Straight lines...bit dull. Maybe I'll have to give it another go.


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