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February 2017 Retro Gaming Article


February 7, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Retro gaming is eternal - no expiration - just like Christie Brinkley returning to SI

Christie Brinkley returns to the cover of Sports Illustrated
Even when pictured with her two daughters, I still see Christie in that red Ferrari taunting Clark Griswold on his family vacation.
Christie Brinkley returns to the cover of Sports Illustrated As far as I'm concerned, she'll always be "the girl in the Ferrari" from National Lampoon's Vacation movie, released in 1983. Christie Brinkley made history when she appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated three consecutive years in a row - 1979, 1980 and 1981.

Appearing in SI again at age 63 is a pretty phenomenal accomplishment and sends a great message. For the kid who thinks 8-bit games are junk compared to Xbox and doesn't see the value of gaming's history, he/she needs to take a lesson from Ms. Brinkley. The past is what makes an amazing future possible!

So many things come full circle and do so in surprising ways. Look at the huge resurgence of retro in general and retro gaming. Nintendo releases the NES Classic Edition and there are numerous Raspberry Pi based MAME set-ups letting us play countless arcade games. Then at age 63, Christie Brinkley comes back to the pages of SI! The world needs more of this!

From Christie Brinkley's Instagram account:
Thank you Sports Illustrated for sending the powerful message that good things come in packages of every size and we do not come with an expiration date!

So, I've shamelessly bent this story into my own retro gaming lesson. But it's important in today's world, not to discount the past as we race to the future. The past holds much value and lessons for embracing the future. I want to live in a world where Christie Brinkley can still grace Sports Illustrated's pages and 100 classic Atari games are released for the PS4!

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