Technological Artifact: Ryan Ferrell


Nintendo Game Boy Advance SP Color (Photo Credit:  Nintendo Wiki)

I’ve been wanting to purchase a Nintendo Game Boy Advance SP Color again since mine that I had owned since I was 6 had stopped working last year. I would take this device everywhere I go: to school, road trips, friends’ houses, airplanes, school bus, etc. I believe that the Game Boy series is the most suitable technological artifact that defines and represents my generation growing up as kids. Kids have a hard time sitting still while they’re awake, they seem to always need something to entertain themselves with. In my generation’s case, this came in the form of handheld gaming, such as Nintendo Game Boys, Nintendo DS, Leapster, and the PSP. Even today, we as adults need something to entertain ourselves while on-the-go. Our phones now consist of just about anything and everything we could need to entertain ourselves; we can surf the web, read books and articles, keep up with social media, and GAMES! I personally am an old soul and would really rather play classic games than newer games. I’d rather play Pokémon and Street Fighter on the Game Boy rather than Call of Duty on the XBOX One or PS4.

After reading the mission of the Media Archaeology Lab, I had many great memories of simple devices during simple times flash through my mind. The more technology advances, the more difficult it is to use and enjoy. Nowadays, games on our phones crash and most require wifi or are infested with ads, there aren’t many portable gaming devices, and even on a stationary console, we must wait for games to be downloaded and installed. I miss the simple times of being able to pop a cartridge into my Nintendo Game

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Nintendo Game Boy Advance SP Game Cartridges (Photo Credit: Ebay site)

Boy Advance SP Color and instantly being able to play my game; if the game froze, I would simply blow hard into the opening and pop it back in, and it would work! There wasn’t any waiting to play the games, no ads, no in-game purchases; if you wanted to win, then it would have to be with skill, not money. Games were limited and that helped us commit to them, rather than shuffling from game to game whenever the game gets hard, boring or just taking too long. These games taught us patience, dedication and to keep trying until we find success. I still carry portable gaming devices with me rather than having games on my phone. Kids nowadays won’t understand the feeling of buying a new cartridge and hearing that click when it’s fully inserted into the game port, knowing that you are going to enjoy every last bit of this game and its story.

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1 Response to Technological Artifact: Ryan Ferrell

  1. saiklex says:

    Man, I can really relate. Playing Pokémon on a little screen from a huge cartridge is something I’ll never get tired of!


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