Cast-offs from the Golden Age, by Melanie Swalwell, Design by Erik Loyer

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RSI B4 it was recognised!
The sheer contortions some of us would go into when playing the sit down at built-into the table classics like Pong, and the stand-up arcade-style versions of the 'same' game (i.e. Galaxian)! The energy expended in rying to make that ship swerve out of the way of a rocket from the attackers ... it's amazing that the handles/levers had been engineered to the extent that would survive such strenuous teenage testosterone-fuelled engagement.

And then there was the wrist pain. Well before the popularity of the term RSI - we'd already suffered it. Like your earlier article from the Journalist in Thailand - they were an addiction - in as much as we stole spare change from our father's clothes to be able to play the games, and, it had a (phyiscally) detrimental effect - sore wrists.

So, Pleasure, and Pain.
Q-Basic games
Way back in primary school we used to use lunch times to play on the class computer on q-basic. That was great, especially that gorilla game throwing bananas at each other.
Once a friend of mine downloaded some data and took it to school on a floppy disk, didn't tell us about it, then loaded up a car-racing game on q-basic and told us that he designed it himself. We bought it, we thought he was so clever.