TWA #73 – Computer Games

“First Lessons” by Joseph Devon


“A Wonderful Guy” by Andrea Obaez


TWA 73 MAIN-01Greetings, short story lovers, and welcome to this week’s mystery prompt.

In 1970 a curiosity appeared, a game that resembled Tennis called Pong, which was generated by a computer and projected onto a video screen. It was the world’s first computer game. Fast forward less than fifty years, and the world of computer generated interactive entertainment has progressed so far beyond that flat tennis simulation you would hardly recognize it as being related at all.

Computer games are an important and incredibly varied medium in the modern world, and they’re still testing their limits and pushing their boundaries. From hyper-realistic first person shooters rendered on expensive PCs, to cartoon birds being shot from slingshots on millions of mobile devices, and all the wide array of things in between, computer games are touching more and more people in more and more ways.

Our authors’ task this week is to bring this wide and varied world into the equally wide and varied world of fiction. They must write a story about a computer game. There are no restrictions on the type of game, or how it relates to the story, as long as the game plays a prominent part in the plot.

Who will see the credits screen and who will run out of quarters?

Let’s find out!

Joseph Devon leads off with “First Lessons.”

Andrea Obaez fires back with “A Wonderful Guy.”

The Clash of Computer Games is on!!

We have two judges that will render their decision next Monday. The third vote comes from you, the readers. We ask that you read both stories objectively, and then leave a comment below or on the story itself. Authors are not allowed to comment on their own stories, but we’re sure they’ll be checking in here. We’ll tally up the totals and announce our champion on Monday.

And remember, if you like one of this week’s stories, vote it up in the new all-time best of list (new stories appear at the bottom).

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  1. In the interests of historical accuracy, there were computer games before Pong:

    (And yes, I am aware of the irony of citing Wikipedia in a post about historical accuracy…)

  2. As the person who wrote this prompt I would like to come to my own defense and say that I actually did read the very article you’re citing before I chose to completely and totally ignore it in favour of the more recognizable Pong.

    I wasn’t misinformed, I was LYING.

  3. Didn’t mean at all to come across that way. Al; just am a fan of the uber-retro.

    (Spacewars rocks!)

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