The toys-R BACK

The Gameboy: this classic handheld device featured hours of fun.

Justin VanPoppelen ‘15
Online Editor

Barbie was a popular choice in the toy department.

Barbie was a popular choice in the toy department.

The Gameboy: this classic handheld device featured hours of fun.

The Gameboy: this classic handheld device featured hours of fun.

 

 

Think back to a long car ride before cell phones were so popular, when the amount of bars you had meant candy. What was there to do in the car before cell phones contained our games all in one place? Games had to be stored separately on cartridges that would be carried in a bag that you could lug around with you wherever you went.
Legos, Barbies, and Game Boys are just some of the toys of the current generation’s past and for some, they are still used today. Many students remember exactly what toys they played with when they were younger.
“I had a red Game Boy Advance and I loved it! I had a ton of games like ‘Kirby’, ‘Super Mario Bros’, and ‘Pacman’. I would bring it with me in the car whenever I had a long ride and needed something to do”, said Natalie Wise ‘16. She elaborated that it was pretty much the only thing there was to do in the car for long rides. The only downside she faced was when her batteries would die halfway through the ride and she would be without her games.
Mike Harris ‘15 and Aaron Jarmon ‘15 both agreed upon their favorite toys. “WWE action figures were definitely the best when we back in elementary school. We had miniature rings that we would reenact matches,” said Jarmon.
The two also noted that they would get new figures every time they went out shopping and their collections reached around 30 figures each.
“When I was in middle school, I always had friends over to play mini sticks. It’s like hockey just with just small sticks, and we would have competitions in my basement,” said Jacob Kelly ‘17.
Even the really boring games were a way to escape from a dull ride in the car. As the platforms for the games became more advanced, such as Nintendo’s DS, they allowed for local multi-player. This now meant that playing with friends nearby was an option and made playing games even more fun.